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City Announces Federal Stimulus Funds For Tech Upgrades

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City Announces Federal Stimulus Funds For Tech Upgrades

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.

Many of the city's under-served neighborhoods are located on the South Side.

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.

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