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  • group of masked people holding awards in front of banner

    Illinois Innovation Network honors innovators from across state

    The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) announced its first group of innovation awards Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair’s Tech Prairie STEAM Expo, recognizing individuals from the IIN’s 15 hubs who have made key advances in research, technology commercialization and education.

  • IIN logo and map

    Illinois Innovation Network installs inaugural officers

    The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) installed its inaugural slate of officers, approved bylaws and created four working committees to address key statewide priorities during a Sept. 26 meeting of the IIN Council at Governors State University. 

  • gloved hand and test tubes in lab

    Illinois K-12 public schools can access free SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 testing

    The llinois Department of Public Health announced that it has expanded access to free COVID-19 testing to al K-12 public schools across Illinois outside of Chicago, which received its own funding.

    Schools can choose to utilize the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • State Capitol

    Illinois Legislature Approves State Budget

    We are very pleased to share the news that the University of Illinois System will receive increased funding for operations and its first state capital funding in nine years under a fiscal year 2019 budget approved today by Illinois legislators and sent to the governor. 

  • U.S. Capitol

    Illinois public universities seek additional COVID-19 relief

    Presidents of the state's public universities sent a letter to Illinois federal legislators today seeking additional relief from increasing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Alma Mater, Chicago Skyline, Lincoln bust - university logos

    Illinois public universities seek additional federal support for COVID-19 costs

    Presidents of Illinois public universities sent the following letter to the state’s congressional delegation Tuesday, seeking additional relief from increasing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Illinois public universities seek additional federal support for COVID-19 costs

    Presidents of Illinois’ public universities sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation Friday, seeking additional relief from increasing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • University Seal

    Illinois public universities unite to advocate for increased funding

    The University of Illinois System has joined with all of the state’s public universities in a united effort to advocate for robust funding to Illinois higher education. The universities launched a statewide advocacy campaign today that includes a call-to-action for alumni and appearances from university presidents around the state to build grassroots community and legislative support for higher education.

  • flags of many countries

    Illinois universities unite to advocate for international students and scholars

    Illinois universities are urging members of the state’s congressional delegation to address obstacles facing international students and scholars. More than 53,000 international students attended colleges and universities in Illinois during the 2018-19 academic year, contributing $1.9 billion to the state’s economy and supporting more than 25,000 jobs.  

  • Impact Illinois 2017

    The University of Illinois System's annual report, Impact Illinois 2017, is now available online. 

  • Impact Illinois: 2018 annual report

    The University of Illinois System's 2018 annual report, Impact Illinois, is now available online. 

  • row of flags from variety of countries

    Importance of our international students

    President Tim Killeen issued a statement today regarding the importance of international students to the University of Illinois System.

  • Red, white and blue "vote" button and front cover of census booklet

    Information on registering to vote, completing the 2020 census

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and Executive Vice President Barb Wilson remind students, faculty and staff of the importance of registering to vote and participating in the census.

  • UIS Innovate Springfield exterior

    Innovate Springfield joins UIS, becomes first hub of Illinois Innovation Network

    Innovate Springfield, a downtown Springfield innovation and business incubator, has become part of the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) under an agreement aimed at expanding economic growth, entrepreneurship opportunities and social progress in the capital city, Chancellor Susan Koch announced today.

  • Peoria skyline

    Innovation hub to be developed in downtown Peoria

    OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council are joining forces to develop a Peoria Innovation Hub that will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve wellness of underserved populations, and advance systems related to food, farming, and autonomous mobility systems.

  • Innovation Index

    The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released information about the growth of entrepreneurial activity at state universities in Illinois.

  • Bousfield Hall

    Investing in facilities across the U of I System

    Over the last five years, we invested $1.2 billion in construction and renovation across the Univesity of Illinois System, even as a budget impasse sharply reduced state funding. Now, we are ramping up our efforts, setting priorities to do even more. 

  • DPI rendering

    It's full speed ahead as DPI continues to take shape

    Discovery Partners Institute continues to move forward: holding classes, funding faculty research projects and ramping up staff. A detailed 2-, 5- and 10-year business plan and economic impact analysis is nearly complete.

  • Jay Walsh headshot

    Jay Walsh named interim VP for economic development and innovation

    Joseph “Jay” Walsh, a biomedical engineering scholar with a lengthy track record of turning transformative research into economic opportunity, has been named interim vice president for economic development and innovation for the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday.

  • John Marshall Law School

    John Marshall Law School to merge into UIC

    Chicago’s largest university will be home to the city’s first public law school under an agreement approved Thursday that will make the John Marshall Law School part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

  • Jon S. Davis named interim director of IGPA

    Jon S. Davis, head of the nationally ranked accountancy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been appointed interim director of the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara J. Wilson announced.

  • Red, white and blue official Juneteenth flag

    Juneteenth Holiday

    In a massmail to students, faculty and staff, President Tim Killeen announced that Juneteenth would be added to the University of Illinois System holiday schedule for June 2022.

  • female student wearing Illini mask at desk in classroom

    K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools

    A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

  • Karen Whitney at UIS

    Karen Whitney’s term as interim chancellor to be extended at UIS

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen announced today that he is recommending that University of Illinois Springfield Interim Chancellor Karen M. Whitney’s appointment be extended by one year.

  • 6 ft apart sign in dining hall with worker in background

    Killeen recognizes innovation and work that have kept campuses open

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen on Thursday recognized the thousands of staff, faculty and students whose efforts made the challenging 2020-21 academic year not only possible at the three system universities but a model of success.

  • Killeen state funding message

    Yesterday, legislators and the governor agreed upon legislation for an initial fiscal 2017 spending plan that will fund higher education, K-12 schools and other essential state services through December.

  • King Li named dean of new College of Medicine

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved King Li as the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of a new engineering-based College of Medicine scheduled to open at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018.

    Li, a renowned medical researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, is currently senior associate dean for clinical and translational research at Wake Forest School of Medicine and deputy director of the university’s comprehensive cancer center. 

  • Koritz elected U of I board chairman

    Dr. Timothy N. Koritz, who has served on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees since 2009, was elected to a one-year term as chairman during the board’s annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Koritz of Roscoe, is a staff anesthesiologist at Rockford Memorial Hospital and a former clinical assistant professor at the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a medical degree from Harvard University.

  • Koritz re-elected U of I board chairman

    Dr. Timothy N. Koritz was re-elected to a second one-year term as chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during the board’s annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • Ed Seidel speaks to Peoria crowd

    Leaders celebrate Peoria Innovation Hub development

    Governor J.B. Pritzker today joined leaders from around Greater Peoria to celebrate the Peoria Innovation Hub, a world-class innovation facility coming to downtown Peoria. The Peoria Innovation Hub, funded through a $10 million grant that is part of the larger Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), will be located at the Thomas Building, a 50,000 square foot facility that was recently vacated by Illinois Central College.

  • State Capitol building

    Legislature approves budget with nearly 5% increase for U of I System

    The following message was sent to University of Illinois System students, faculty and staff regarding the budget for fiscal year 2020 approved by the Illinois General Assembly.

  • The 21st logo, Interview with Killeen, headshot of Tim Killeen

    Listen to President Tim Killeen on WILL Radio's The 21st

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen sat down with WILL Radio's The 21st show for a wide-ranging conversation on the timeline of the university system's COVID-19 response, finances, and what’s next for higher ed. 

  • Adrienne Nazon headshot and title

    Marketing executive Adrienne Nazon named to U of I System vice presidency

    Adrienne Nazon, a marketing and communications executive with more than three decades of experience in higher education and private industry, has been named the inaugural vice president of external relations and communications for the University of Illinois System, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • Massmail: Fiscal 2017 Salary Program

    Dear colleagues:

    I write to update you on the status of a 2016-17 salary program for University of Illinois faculty and staff.Finding a way to provide a merit-based salary program to reward employees for their hard work and dedication has been the subject of extensive discussions among leadership at the system and university levels. This is especially important on the heels of a state budget impasse that prevented a salary program for the 2015-16 academic year.Unfortunately, the budget stalemate in Springfield remains unresolved; following two partial “stopgap” appropriations, the state still does not have a full-year budget for the 2017 fiscal year that started July 1. This leaves us with uncertainty over funding that again makes a salary program fiscally imprudent at this time. As responsible stewards of the University’s future, we must be careful about committing to ongoing, increased expenses while our long-term financial picture is unclear.

  • Massmail re: state healthcare update

    Dear colleagues:

    Yesterday, the Illinois Labor Relations Board (ILRB) declared an impasse in the state’s protracted contract negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The board’s unanimous decision has implications for the University of Illinois System because healthcare costs for our faculty and staff are established based on terms negotiated in the state's AFSCME contract.

    The impact of the ILRB’s decision is still unknown because a written ruling has not yet been issued and may not be available until next week.

  • McMillan re-elected as board chair

    Edward L. McMillan was re-elected chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Thursday.      

  • Message of support for undocumented students

    Dear faculty, staff and students:

    In the weeks since November’s election, there has been a call across the country by many individuals and groups to declare college campuses as sanctuaries for undocumented students, including petition drives at each of the University of Illinois System’s three universities. These petitions, which we have reviewed carefully, raise a myriad of definitional and legal questions.

  • Message to the University of Illinois Family

    Dear students, colleagues and friends:

    On behalf of the entire University of Illinois family, we join Chancellor Robert Jones and countless others in expressing our deep sense of grief over the loss of Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • graphic depicting linked hardware for storing and processing quantum information

    Midwest collaboration awarded $25M quantum information institute

    The Grainger College of Engineering’s Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST) will launch a National Science Foundation Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN). 

  • Map of Illinois with plotpoints and 681,070 students; statistics of students, staff and schools served; Helping Illinois reopen safely

    More than 1,200 Illinois K-12 Schools have signed up for SHIELD testing

    More than 1,200 K-12 schools across the state have signed up to use the SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 saliva test for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. More than 650,000 students in Illinois will now have access to the test, pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • U of I advocates in the Capitol Rotunda

    More than 200 participate in Day at the Capitol

    Alumni, students, Illinois Connection advocates, and leaders from across the University of Illinois System descended on Springfield on February 6, 2020 for the U of I System Day at the Capitol. The annual event is a chance for legislators to hear from our advocates about the importance of supporting higher education and the system's three universities.

  • headshot montage

    More world-class faculty added under U of I System initiative

    Seven additional professors have expanded the inaugural class to 14 in the first year of a new initiative launched by the University of Illinois System to add more world-class faculty and build its global standing as a leader in education and innovation.

  • Kerr & Seidel

    Natalie Kerr wins first Falling Walls Lab Illinois

    Natalie Kerr, a senior majoring in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), won the first Falling Walls Lab Illinois competition to earn the title of Illinois Young Innovator of the Year. 

  • posed executives

    National Taiwan University joins Discovery Partners Institute

    National Taiwan University, the country’s most comprehensive and prestigious university, has signed an agreement to partner in the growing Discovery Partners Institute, a world-class education and research center led by the University of Illinois System.

  • blue waters graphic

    NCSA helps NGA create the world's most powerful geospatial system

    The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced a new collaboration between the Blue Waters Project, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University to produce digital elevation models (DEM) of the entire Earth, among other geospatial research projects.

  • UIC campus

    New budget? 'It's definitely good news for colleges and universities.'

    Tim Killeen, president of the U of I System, spoke with the Chicago Tribune about what the increase in state funding means for public higher education. 

  • quantum lab equip

    New center to accelerate quantum information science and engineering

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is making a $15 million investment in the emerging area of quantum information science and engineering, a field poised to revolutionize computing, communication, security, measurement and sensing by utilizing the unique and powerful capabilities of quantum mechanics.

  • New legislation proposes performance-based funding for U of I System

    Legislation introduced Thursday would redefine the state’s long partnership with the University of Illinois System, providing predictable funding for university operations over the next five years in exchange for tangible performance goals that support Illinois students and serve the needs of the state.

    President Tim Killeen outlined the proposed U of I Investment, Performance, and Accountability Commitment (IPAC) during Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, saying it is “arguably the most comprehensive higher education compact of its kind anywhere in the nation.”

  • Associate Dean Harley Johnson, Professor Abigail Wooldridge and Chancellor Jones outside the mobileSHIELD unit

    New mobile COVID-19 lab prototype completed

    The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has completed the prototype for a mobile laboratory, called mobileSHIELD, designed to demonstrate a way to rapidly deploy I-COVID, the saliva-based test for COVID-19 developed at Illinois. The U of I System's Shield T3 is currently identifying practical applications for the project.

  • RIsing to the Challenge, a podcast, with university iconic images

    New podcast: Rising to the Challenge

    The U of I System is introducing “Rising to the Challenge,” a new podcast dedicated to telling stories from across the system and our universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.