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120414 js 0227SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a plan Thursday allowing the Quincy/Adams County 911 system to take advantage of additional funding to operate its 911 call center.

A bill passed earlier this year made additional funds available to counties with populations less than 100,000 that operate Emergency Telephone System Boards (ETSB). Adams County does not have an official ETSB, instead it is served by a "qualified government entity." Consequently, Adams County could not access the additional funds.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the plan, Senate Bill 3265, which recognizes Quincy/Adams County 911 system's "qualified government entity" status so it can receive an additional $25,000 per year.

"Every eligible 911 system should have the opportunity to access these funds without raising rates on their users," Sullivan said. "This legislation gives Adams County the opportunity to improve its emergency response services for city and rural residents."

Sullivan's proposal passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

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