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Springfield's budget could take hit after Rauner signs new technology law

Gov. Bruce Rauner before signing SB1451, which he says will improve Illinois’ technological capabilities. (Rachel Droze)

The city of Springfield said their budget could take a hit now that the governor has enacted a new technology law.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1451 into law Thursday.

It expands Illinois’ access to 5G networks by allowing companies to install small cell antennas on streetlights and utility poles.

Some local governments though, including the city of Springfield, think the law will limit their ability to regulate big wireless facilities.

Rauner says the plan will create jobs and provide residents with faster internet service.

“It is a compromise,” Rauner said. “It isn't perfect, but it does keep local control, specific rule of technology at the local level, and we think it's a very important step in the right direction.”

The city of Springfield released the following statements in opposition to the law:

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