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  • Defense spending an economic driver for Illinois

    Though not generally considered a state that is closely tied to military spending, a new study by the University of Illinois System shows that the defense industry has a significant impact on the Illinois economy.In 2016, the study found that total economic impact of defense spending in Illinois was nearly $12 billion, representing approximately 1.5 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and contributing to more than 136,500 jobs.

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    Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), the pillars of a new statewide innovation enterprise led by the University of Illinois System, will magnify the time-tested formula for job creation and economic growth to a massive, unprecedented scale. 

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    Discovery Partners Institute, UIC CHANCE expand Digital Scholars

    The Discovery Partners Institute and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC’s) CHANCE program, in partnership with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, today announced the expansion of its Digital Scholars Program to support and develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois.

    Digital Scholars, now in its third year, is an intensive, free, five-week summer program for high school students and incoming UIC freshmen.

  • Anne & Don Edwards

    Don, Anne Edwards donate $10 million to U of I

    University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Don Edwards and his wife, Anne, on Wednesday announced a $10 million gift to their alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – the largest gift ever by a U of I trustee.

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    DPI aims to diversify Chicago's tech sector

    The U of I System-led Discovery Partners Institute's Pritzker Tech Talent Labs are a resource to help increase the diverse supply of tech talent for Chicago-area businesses. DPI Director Bill Jackson writes about why it is so important in an OpEd in Crain's Chicago Business.

  • DPI and IIN Information and Discussion Forum meetings

    Discussion Forums wlll be held in late August at each university to provide information for faculty and staff about the Discovery Partners Institute and the Illnois Innovation Network, two key parts of the University of Illinois System's research and innovation agenda. 

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    DPI and UIC CHANCE announce expansion of Digital Scholars Program

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC’s) CHANCE program have announced the expansion of its Digital Scholars Program to support and develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois.

  • Chicago skyline

    DPI announces first round of seed funding recipients

    Helping communities utilize sustainable development strategies, creating a statewide pipeline to train computer science teachers, and integrating people with autism spectrum disorders into the technology and innovation workforce are among the projects funded in the Discovery Partners Institute’s (DPI) first round of seed grants.

  • Rendering of future DPI at the 78 in Chicago

    DPI awards more than $1 million in R&D grants

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is launching eight, world-class research teams from the University of Illinois system and partner universities with more than $1 million in seed funding.

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    DPI & CDPH system to monitor COVID-19 in Chicago wastewater extended

    The Discovery Partners Institute, part of the University of Illinois System, and the Chicago Department of Public Health have announced the citywide system to monitor the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants in wastewater will continue for two years, leveraging $2.14 million in federal funding.

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    DPI launches new education and workforce research center

    The Discovery Partners Institute has launched a new education and workforce research center, IWERC, with $3.9 million from some of the city’s most influential philanthropists and foundations.

  • DPI names inaugural director of academic affairs

    Phyllis Baker, whose nearly 30-year career in higher education includes experience in classrooms, research and high-level administration, has been named to lead academic activities for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a pioneering new research institute led by the University of Illinois System.

  • Woman with laptop, her image reflected in the glass wall she leans on

    DPI, partners launch Chicago/Skills to develop diverse tech talent for Illinois companies

    Chicago/Skills will provide tuition-free technology training and paid apprenticeship opportunities to as many as 2,500 people over five years.

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    DPI receives $1.5M grant for clean transportation research partnership

    A multi-institutional and multidisciplinary team led by the Discovery Partners Institute has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation PIRE program to reduce pollution in South Asian cities and accelerate a transition to clean transportation.

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    DPI shares in $7.5M award from NSF to improve science gateways

    The Discovery Partners Institute is among the recipients of a $7.5 million CyberInfrastructure Center of Excellence Award from the National Science Foundation. The funding will support a five-year project to improve science gateways. 

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    DPI’s IWERC awarded funding to expand research on Illinois education issues

    The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has been awarded a total of $275,000 in funding from three organizations — CME Group Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies —  that will expand IWERC’s research on Illinois education issues.

  • Tim Killeen

    Editorial: "What Illinois higher education could be"

    University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen dropped by the Tribune Editorial Board on Tuesday. He delivered a refreshingly upbeat message about the state’s flagship public university system, with campuses in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign.

  • Don Edwards

    Edwards elected chairman of U of I Board of Trustees

    Donald Edwards, an alumnus who now heads a Chicago-based private equity investment firm that he founded, was elected chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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    Edwards re-elected chairman of U of I Board of Trustees

    Donald J. Edwards was unanimously re-elected to a second one-year term as chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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    Edwards-re-elected chairman of U of I Board of Trustees

    Donald J. Edwards was unanimously re-elected Thursday to a third one-year term as chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during its annual organizational meeting.

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    Emergency ventilator prototype developed

    A team led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Health has produced a prototype emergency ventilator to help address the expected surge in the need for respiratory care associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 89,000 students strong

    Enrollment grows to nearly 89,000 students

    Enrollment this fall across the University of Illinois System grew to a record high for the seventh straight year, increasing 3.8 percent to nearly 89,000 students, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • Karen M. Whitney

    Executive Committee approves Karen Whitney as interim chancellor at UIS

    The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the appointment of Karen M. Whitney as interim chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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    Executive Committee approves test-optional admissions for two more years

    The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request by the three universities to allow high school students to apply for admission in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years without taking standardized tests.

  • Extension announces inaugural class of Illini Science Policy Fellowship

    The University of Illinois Extension on Monday announced that five University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates will make up the inaugural class of the Illini Science Policy Fellowship (ISPF) program, which matches advanced-degree graduates with mentors in Illinois government and Extension to gain hands-on experience addressing issues critical to Illinois.

  • COVID-19 update with university seal

    Fall 2020 planning

    President Tim Killeen has created a system-wide coordinating committee to support the system's three universities as they begin planning for the reopening of campuses in the fall and examining the changes that will be required to ensure both safety and excellence.

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    Fall 2020 welcome

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen welcomes students, faculty and staff to a fall semester unlike any other.

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    Fall 2021 welcome

    President Tim Killeen welcomes students, faculty and staff to the 2021 fall semester.

  • COVID-19 update and colorized seal of the university

    Fall 2022 COVID guidelines

    President Tim Killeen sent a massmail today to students, faculty and staff across the University of Illinois System about Fall 2022 COVID guidelines.

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    Fall 2022 welcome

    President Killeen welcomes students to campus for the Fall 2022 semester.

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

    Fall semester plans announced

    A message was sent today to University of Illinois System students, faculty and staff regarding plans to resume on-campus activities next fall at its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

  • Farewell to Chancellor Koch

    In a massmail today, President Tim Killeen and the University of Illinois at Springfield shared a farewell video for Chancellor Susan Koch, wishing her well and thanking her for her service.

  • Federal government rescinds new rule regarding international students

    In a massmail this evening, U of I System leadership shared the news that the federal government rescinded the recent directive from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enformcent (ICE) that placed new restrictions on visas for international students.

  • Financial update

    University of Illinois System leadership sent a massmail to faculty and staff today regarding the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and provided guidelines for mitigation.

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    First faculty hires from the President’s Distinguished Faculty Hiring Program announced

    The first seven professors have been hired under a new initiative launched by the University of Illinois System to add more world-class faculty and build on its global standing as a leader in education and innovation, President Tim Killeen announced Monday.

  • Tim Killeen & the U of I System logo

    Four-year extension proposed for U of I president

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees will consider a proposal Thursday that would extend President Tim Killeen’s contract by four years, through June 30, 2024.

  • Avijit Ghosh

    Ghosh named vice president, CFO for U of I System

    Avijit Ghosh, a former business school dean who has served in senior leadership positions across the University of Illinois System for nearly two decades, has been named the system’s permanent vice president and chief financial officer, President Tim Killeen announced today.

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    Gift Days 2021

    University of Illinois System leaders announced additional paid days off for staff during the winter holidays for the sixth straight year.

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    Gift Days program for employees extended to fifth year

    U of I System leadership have announced that a program providing additional paid days off for employees during the December/January holidays has been extended to a fifth straight year.

  • New U of I Trustee Joseph Gutman

    Governor appoints Gutman to U of I Board of Trustees

    Retired financial executive Joseph D. Gutman has been appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Gutman will fill the seat being vacated by Ricardo Estrada and, pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate, serve a term that runs through 2025.

  • Sylvia Puente headshot

    Governor appoints Puente to U of I Board of Trustees

    Longtime public policy leader Sylvia Puente has been appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

  • Ramon Cepeda, Sarah Phalen and Tami Craig Shilling

    Gov. Pritzker appoints 3 trustees to U of I System board

    The governor on Friday named finance executive Ramon Cepeda, banking executive Sarah Phalen and agricultural communicator Tami Craig Schilling to six-year terms on the board, pending approval of the Illinois Senate. This will be Cepeda’s second term as a trustee.

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    Gov. Pritzker commits $500 million to IIN and DPI

    Highlighting his dynamic, long-term vision for economic development built on state-of-the-art technology, robust higher education and private partnerships, Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced that the State of Illinois is moving forward with $500 million in capital funding for the University of Illinois System’s Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) and Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) – a network of research and innovation hubs that will serve as a magnet for technology and talent.

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    Gov. Pritzker releases $142M in capital funding for DPI, IIN

    Governor JB Pritzker announced today the release of more than $142 million to launch new facilities for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), created to accelerate job creation and economic growth through groundbreaking education, research and discovery. The funding is made possible by the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital program, with state DPI investments matched dollar for dollar through university, private and philanthropic funding sources.

  • composite of Illini Union, UIC med building and UIS student union

    Grad programs earn high marks in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings

    In the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, the three universities within the University of Illinois System have more than 140 total ranked programs, 50 of which are top-25 programs.

  • Healthcare information sessions

    Benefits eligible University employees are invited to attend information sessions about proposed healthcare benefit changes. An email from CFO Walter Knorr and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Robert Barish gives dates and times for each U of I campus.

  • Tim and Roberta Killeen, with dogs

    Holiday Greetings

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen deliver best wishes for the holidays to faculty, students, staff, and friends.

  • Holiday Wishes

    Roberta and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes for health and happiness in 2018. We hope the season brings you joy, refreshment, and treasured times with family and friends. We have created a short video message celebrating the season, and I hope you will join us in reflecting on a successful year. Our thanks and our thoughts are with you and the entire University of Illinois System family.

    Tim Killeen                                                                                                                     

    President

  • Engineering quad at UIUC

    IBM and UIUC to launch new Discovery Accelerator Institute

    IBM and The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign plan to launch a large-scale collaboration designed to increase access to technology education and skill development, and to combine the strengths of academia and the industrial sector to spur breakthroughs in emerging areas of technology.

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    IDPH announces $225M investment to expand COVID-19 testing in middle and high schools

    In an effort to ensure in-person learning can fully resume as quickly and safely as possible, the Illinois Department of Public Health today announced a $225 million investment to expand access to covidSHIELD saliva-based testing, developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to middle and high schools across the state at low or no cost.