Chicagoans who have not enjoyed access to the Internet will now have a chance to plug in thanks to $21 federal stimulus fund for technology upgrades for the city of Chicago, Mayor Daley announced Friday.
The money will help outfit under-served libraries with about 1,300 netbook computers.
The money will also help fund four new Business Resource Centers and provide 360 small business owners with tech help.
It's a good thing the federal money is available because the city's coffers are low. The city closed the books on its 2009 fiscal year with just $2.7 million left in reserve. That's cutting it close.
"Our nucleus is libraries," Daley said in announcing the funds at the Instituto del Progreso Latino.