Evanston to Have State's Fastest Internet

Evanston is already home to more than 160 technology start-up companies

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    Anyone looking for the fastest Internet connection in Illinois should head to Evanston.

    The city and Northwestern University have been awarded $1 million to turn the area into an Illinois Gigabit Community.

    It will provide an ultra high-speed connection that's 100 times faster than what people normally can access. The goal is to keep students from going to Silicon Valley after they graduate.

    "We want them to stay right here in Evanston, in Illinois, to create apps that will help make life better in the 21st Century," Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday.

    Evanston is already home to more than 160 technology start-up companies.