A new tool called the Electronic Recovery and Access to Data Prepaid Card Reader allows police officers to check the balance of cards, including credit and debit cards, gift cards, hotel key cards, library cards, and Metro cards. The device will be useful because criminals rarely travel with stacks of paper money anymore. […]

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Just 17 months into his tenure as the state of Illinois’ chief information officer and head of the newly created Department of Innovation and Technology, Hardik Bhatt is helping to lead one of the biggest turnarounds in state and local technology.