(SPRINGFIELD) Starting as a University of Illinois garage band and reaching the heights of arena rock, the band REO Speedwagon from Champaign has been voted the top musicians in Illinois history by those taking part in the Illinois Top 200 project, a part of the state’s bicentennial celebration. REO Speedwagon was followed in the voting by Decatur native Alison Krauss, Chicago native Nat King Cole, the Rockford band Cheap Trick, and Alton native jazz legend Miles Davis. Rounding out to top ten list are Chicago native Benny Goodman, Buddy Guy, the Chicago band Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago bluesman Muddy Waters, and the “King of Soul” Sam Cooke. The Illinois Top 200 project lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks, choosing the top ten favorites in twenty different categories before Illinois’ 200th birthday is celebrated on December 3rd later this year. Voting in the next category, Top Artists and Architects, is now underway online at www.IllinoisTop200.com. Learn more at www.PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov.
(CHICAGO) The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), formed by Executive Order in 2016, is now officially recognized as a state agency. Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law this past Friday that officially codified the agency into law. The bill was unanimously passed in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly earlier this year reflecting bipartisan support for the legislation to show the state’s commitment to improve cyber-security, enhance employee work processes statewide, and to provide better services to Illinois citizens. For more information, go online at www2.illinois.gov/sites/doit.com.