ROUND LAKE BEACH – To help ensure students have consistent internet access as they continue online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is encouraging families to use the governor’s new Wi-Fi hot spot map to find free wireless hot spots near them.

“Educators and school administrators across Illinois have done their best to help students adapt to our new normal through resources like e-learning and virtual classes,” Yingling said in a news release. “Unfortunately, the reality is that some students don’t have access to reliable internet connections at home. These Wi-Fi hot spots are helping bridge the gap and ensure internet is accessible to all students.”

The map was spearheaded by several state agencies, including the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Community College Board.

The hot spot map was created to help ensure students can properly use e-learning, which typically includes video conferencing, online testing, research and assignments. Parents and guardians can drive their children to the Wi-Fi hot spots, where they may use them for their schoolwork and other needs.

To access the map and find more information on resources for children and families, visit�


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May 7, 2020 at 02:49PM