Thursday, January 26, 2012, NBC Chicago:
Rep. Mike Quigley is leading the way in helping Chicago schools snag a big gift from the federal government: computers.
The machines — computers and printers — are gently used, having been a part of the 2010 census and no longer needed. Chicago Public Schools received more than 500 computers and 1,600 printers. Even the cost of transporting the equipment was donated.
Quigley and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard on Thursday toured Jahn Elementary School, where students were already noting the improved speed the new machines provide.
“My biggest goal has been to prepare our children for a world that hasn’t been invented yet. We have to prepare [our students] and help them with skills that they won’t know they need for tomorrow,” said principal Sulma Grigalunas.
The computers will go to 57 CPS schools. Printers will go to 164 schools. Fifty schools will get both computers and printers.
The donation is worth roughly $4 million, said Quigley.