News from the ITA

January 18, 2019


Legislative Update

The inauguration of Governor J.B. Pritzker and the other statewide constitutional officers was held Monday, January 14. Governor Pritzker talked about rural broadband in his inauguration speech saying, "As we enter Illinois’ third century, we must bring a renaissance to downstate Illinois which has been deprived of some basic resources for education and business building that are taken for granted elsewhere in our state. To begin, we will work to deliver high speed broadband internet coverage to everyone, in every corner of Illinois. Today every new job and every student is dependent upon connectivity, and no part of our state should be left out." 

Gov. Pritzker continues to announce new members of his administration and agency directors. His appointments can be found on the Governor's website.

The General Assembly was not in session this week. However, legislators have introduced hundreds of bills already and we are reviewing the new legislation as it is filed. As of this morning, more than 800 bills have been introduced in the House and more than 60 bills were introduced in the Senate. Up-to-date status and summaries of legislation affecting the telecommunications and broadband industry will be available throughout the legislative session on the ITA website and we will provide legislative updates in our newsletter as well.

Senate President John Cullerton announced leadership positions and released committee appointments this week. Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago), who chaired the Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee last year, was appointed Chairman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee for the 101st General Assembly. Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Loves Park) replaces Cunningham as Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee. Other Democratic Senators on the committee include Vice-Chair Napoleon Harris III (D-Flossmoor), Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), Robert Peters (D-Chicago) and Elgie Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago). Republican Leader Bill Brady announced Senate Republican Leadership positions, but Republican committee appointments haven't been announced yet.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, announced House Leadership positions and appointed the House Committee Chairpersons. State Rep. Larry Walsh (D-Elwood) will Chair the House Public Utilities Committee for the 101st General Assembly, Rep. Jaime Andrade, Jr. (D-Chicago) will again Chair the House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee and Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero) will again Chair the House Consumer Protection Committee. Republican Leader Jim Durkin announced House Republican Leadership positions but Republican committee assignments haven't been made available yet.

The House and Senate are scheduled to return to Springfield January 29. The House Calendar and Senate Calendar are available on the Illinois General Assembly website. 

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Mid-State Consultants…a nationwide, full service telecommunications engineering firm, is sad to announce the passing of Don Korth, the founder of the company. 

Don Korth was born on May 26th, 1927 in Garland, UT and passed away December 31st, 2018, with his loving family near him. Don loved hunting with his brother, friends, and his dog Brownie. He joined the Army at the age of 18 and served in Germany shortly after World War II.  Afterward, Don attended Utah State Agricultural College and worked nights at the U and I Sugar Factory. While attending school, Don met and married Lena Mae, his beloved wife of 65 years, they had five children. He and Lena Mae moved to Seattle where Don pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington. Throughout Don’s career, he worked for various telephone and engineering companies in Boise, ID, Spokane and Seattle, WA, Tremonton, Provo and Springville, UT.

Don envisioned engineering excellence and started out in the 1960’s as a partner at a small engineering firm called Clarence Holtkamp Engineers. After Clarence left the company, in the mid 1960s, Don became the sole owner. Don used his farm in Mapleton as collateral to leverage financial loans for the company.

Under Don’s ownership, the company thrived and assisted rural telephone companies with loan applications from the Rural Electrification Administration, which would later become the Rural Utilities Service.  It was also while Don was President, that the Company began work for Century Telephone Enterprises (which today is known as CenturyLink); and the Company grew substantially, working throughout various areas of the United States.

In the early 1970’s, Don was responsible for changing the name of the Company to Mid-State Consultants, Inc.  When Don decided to retire in the late 1980’s, he started the ESOP, whereas Mid-State Consultants became a fully employee owned company and still is today.

 Mid-State Consultants, with its corporate office in Nephi, UT and eight other offices throughout the Country, (including Alaska and Hawaii) works in nearly every State. Mid-State has over 120 Independent and Coop clients, and works for most of the larger companies throughout the Country as well.  Mid-State Consultants is able to handle any and all needs of our clients  from inception to completion, to include: OSP and ISP engineering, drafting/software services, inspection, loan application assistance, Right of Way and Permitting, and everything else Telephony.


For more information about Mid-State Consultants visit their website or contact Tom Schultz at (920) 872-2902

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