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20 ILCS 1370/1-35

    (20 ILCS 1370/1-35)
    Sec. 1-35. Communications.
    (a) The Department shall develop and implement a comprehensive plan to coordinate or centralize communications among State agencies with offices at different locations. The plan shall be updated based on a continuing study of communications problems of State government and shall include any information technology-related equipment or service used for communication purposes including digital, analog, or future transmission medium, whether for voice, data, or any combination thereof. The plan shall take into consideration systems that might effect economies, including, but not limited to, quantity discount services and may include provision of telecommunications service to local and federal government entities located within this State if State interests can be served by so doing.
    (b) The Department shall provide for and coordinate communications services for State agencies and, when requested and when in the best interests of the State, for units of federal or local governments and public and not-for-profit institutions of primary, secondary, and higher education. The Department may make use of, or support or provide any information technology-related communications equipment or services necessary and available to support the needs of interested parties not associated with State government provided that State government usage shall have first priority. For this purpose the Department shall have the power to do all of the following:
        (1) Provide for and control the procurement,
    
retention, installation, and maintenance of communications equipment or services used by State agencies in the interest of efficiency and economy.
        (2) Review existing standards and, where appropriate,
    
propose to establish new or modified standards for State agencies which shall include a minimum of one telecommunication device for the deaf installed and operational within each State agency, to provide public access to agency information for those persons who are hearing or speech impaired. The Department shall consult the Department of Human Services to develop standards and implementation for this equipment.
        (3) Establish charges for information technology for
    
State agencies and, when requested, for units of federal or local government and public and not-for-profit institutions of primary, secondary, or higher education. Entities charged for these services shall pay the Department.
        (4) Instruct all State agencies to report their usage
    
of communication services regularly to the Department in the manner the Department may prescribe.
        (5) Analyze the present and future aims and needs of
    
all State agencies in the area of communications services and plan to serve those aims and needs in the most effective and efficient manner.
        (6) Provide telecommunications and other
    
communications services.
        (7) Establish the administrative organization within
    
the Department that is required to accomplish the purpose of this Section.
    As used in this subsection (b) only, "State agencies" means all departments, officers, commissions, boards, institutions, and bodies politic and corporate of the State except (i) the judicial branch, including, without limitation, the several courts of the State, the offices of the clerk of the supreme court and the clerks of the appellate court, and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, (ii) State constitutional offices, and (iii) the General Assembly, legislative service agencies, and all officers of the General Assembly.
    This subsection (b) does not apply to the procurement of Next Generation 9-1-1 service as governed by Section 15.6b of the Emergency Telephone System Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-611, eff. 7-20-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)