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90_HR0031 LRB9003513KBkb 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The State of Illinois has invested $30 million 3 in capital development funds for remodeling and equipment 4 purchases for a telecommunications-based instructional 5 delivery system with sites in high schools, colleges and 6 universities, libraries, healthcare facilities, and 7 businesses; and 8 WHEREAS, The 89th General Assembly passed Public Act 9 89-0141 intended to reduce line charges; and 10 WHEREAS, There is a need to encourage widespread 11 cooperative efforts in the use of distance learning resources 12 at the local level among schools, colleges and universities, 13 libraries, social and governmental agencies, and other 14 educational sites; and 15 WHEREAS, Higher education's effort to implement a 16 Statewide audio-video two-way interactive network is well 17 underway with the establishment of ten regional consortia and 18 275 interactive sites; and 19 WHEREAS, State funds invested have been matched by funds 20 from external sources such as federal and private funds and 21 user fees; and 22 WHEREAS, The cost of operating this system has placed an 23 unfair and undue burden on institutions located in certain 24 areas of the State; therefore, be it 25 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 26 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that the 27 Illinois Commerce Commission take immediate steps to provide 28 for rate relief to reduce operating costs for schools, 29 colleges, and universities participating in the 30 distance-based learning program. The rate relief may be 31 accomplished through legislation, special rulings, or other -2- LRB9003513KBkb 1 measures at the Commission's disposal to provide for 2 operating rate reduction; and be it further 3 RESOLVED, That the Commission report to the Governor and 4 the General Assembly prior to October 1, 1997 on steps the 5 Commission has taken to accomplish such action; and be it 6 further 7 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 8 provided to each member of the Illinois Commerce Commission 9 and its Executive Director.
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