The Illinois state government is seeking to make more local and state data available online and is challenging entrepreneurs to create applications with the information that will serve the public.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced the Illinois Open Technology Challenge on Saturday and said it would start on a pilot basis in four communities around the state: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford and Chicago's south suburbs.
The governor said the project would increase transparency at the local level and create jobs.
Reporting from Amanda Vinicky in Springfield was used in this report.
Illinois officials are hoping to start online sales for the Illinois Lottery early next year.
The U.S. Department of Justice made public on Friday a legal opinion that supports state-regulated online gambling, such as lotteries. Illinois was one of the states to ask for legal clarification on whether the Wire Act applies to online sales of lotto tickets.
In these times of change and uncertainty in the media industry, many doomsday scenarios predicted the end of small-town news coverage. As small dailies and weeklies all over the country shut their doors, many wondered what , if anything, would fill the void.