Jennifer Ricker

Illinois prioritizes accessibility in IT planning

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On the Priorities podcast, Illinois' Jennifer Ricker and Mike Scott explain how the state is building accessibility into more projects.

New Illinois office boosts contracts for women- and minority-owned IT vendors

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Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker established an office to increase the percentage of contracts awarded to women- and minority-owned businesses.

What state and local IT officials are reading this summer

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We asked a group of state and local CIOs what they've been reading this summer, from business and strategy books to biographies and sci-fi.

State IT leaders 'still waiting to hear' what cyber grant program will allow

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Illinois CIO Jennifer Ricker said there's "a little to be seen" for how the upcoming grant program will be administered.

Data center modernization moving ahead in Illinois, says CIO

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A data center modernization project in Illinois involves replacing a 1970s facility not designed to handle modern infrastructure.

Pandemic advertised need for legacy IT upgrades, says Illinois CIO

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Jennifer Ricker said the pandemic alerted some key state leaders to the need for legacy IT upgrades.

Digital ID means no more remembering old passwords, Illinois CIO says

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Nobody wants to search for passwords — like the one used to register a boat — only used once every three years, Illinois acting CIO Jennifer Ricker said.

Illinois to spend $80.5 million replacing 1970s data center

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The new facility is just one piece of a $45 billion statewide capital improvement initiative called "Rebuilding Illinois."

Expanding chatbot, virtual agent use to meet citizen needs

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Illinois’ Department of Innovation and Technology acting assistant secretary on answering citizen questions with chatbots and virtual agents.

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