Illinois Didn’t Divert 911 Funds in 2016

Illinois didn’t divert any 911 funds for other purposes in 2016, the state’s 911 administrator told FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly in a letter today. Statewide 911 Administrator Cindy Barbera-Brelle said in the letter that funds that she had indicated were diverted in 2016 were actually diverted in 2015. A total of $7.5 million was diverted in 2015. She told Mr. O’Rielly that since the 911 program was moved from the Illinois Commerce Commission to the Illinois State Police effective Jan. 1, 2016, no 911 funds have been diverted for other purposes. In an FCC report released in February, Illinois was listed as one of six states that diverted funds for other purposes in 2016 (TR Daily, Feb. 7). This year’s report was the ninth, and it noted that Illinois has been identified as a fee diverter in every report. – Courtesy TR Daily