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  • 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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    U of I System plans broader in-person instruction next fall

    The University of Illinois System is planning to expand in-person instruction next fall across universities that are already a model for both safety and hybrid learning through a homegrown COVID-19 testing protocol that held campus positivity rates in check this year.

  • Illinois Innovation Network announces seed funding recipients

    The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) on Friday awarded $229,000 in seed grants to eight research teams in its second round of funding, selecting projects that include ag tech, vaccine distribution, strengthening the state’s teacher pipeline and protecting Illinois’ biodiversity. 

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    Trustees approve U of I System spending plan for 2021-22

    The University of Illinois System Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $7.18 billion budget for the academic year as well as the design of a new Library Learning and Student Success Center at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and the purchase of a clinic that will expand health care access in two underserved Chicago neighborhoods.

  • Tim Killeen & the U of I System logo

    U of I board, president agree to four-year extension

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday to extend President Tim Killeen’s contract by four years, through June 30, 2024.

  • UIC campus and Michael Amiridis

    UIC Chancellor Amiridis named president of the University of South Carolina

    University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis has been named the next president of the University of South Carolina, effective July 1.

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    U of I System to host diverse business fair

    The University of Illinois System will host the second annual Diverse Business Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the iHotel Conference Center in Champaign.

  • Illinois State Capitol building

    State of Illinois budget update

    In a massmail sent today, University of Illinois System leaders shared that state appropriations for the U of I System would remain at current levels for the coming year under a budget approved over the holiday weekend by the Illinois Legislature that will be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is expected to sign it into law.

  • University logos over Chicago skyline with student

    Turning 'Uncertain' Into 'Extraordinary'

    Our latest video shines a light on the many efforts underway across the University of Illinois System to lead the way through the challenges of a global pandemic.

  • Guiding Principles

    U of I System releases second set of Guiding Principles

    The University of Illinois System released a second set of Guiding Principles Friday, clearly spelling out its position on more of the core values that defined its past and will shape its future.

  • U.S. Capitol

    Public universities seek support for student, equity, research and capital initiatives

    A letter was sent to Illinois’ federal legislators today by presidents of the state’s public universities, seeking support in federal legislation investing in infrastructure and families. Proposals endorsed by presidents would promote student affordability, research and innovation, diversity and social equity initiatives and bricks-and-mortar improvements.

  • 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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    U of I, EIU and SIU partner to recruit southern Illinois students

    About 170 high-achieving high school and community college students from across southern Illinois attended an event today hosted by six of the state’s public universities to keep talented students from the region in Illinois for college.

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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.

  • 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.

  • Three faculty named Presidential Fellows

    Today U of I System President Tim Killeen named three faculty members to serve as Presidential Fellows. They will share their talents on a part-time basis over the next year to help build on progress in developing the Discovery Partners Institute.

  • 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.

  • Obama receives award

    Barack Obama receives award, speaks to students

    On Sept. 7, former President Barack Obama was honored by the University of Illinois System with the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government, presented annually by the system's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. During his visit, Obama also spoke to students at Foellinger Auditorium. 

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

    Trustees approve request for funds to improve access and affordability

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding for the next fiscal year that would be used to continue improving access and affordability at its three universities, enhance student mental-health services and strengthen efforts to attract and retain world-class faculty.

  • Tim and Roberta Killeen at home

    The simple delights of the season

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen and Dr. Roberta Johnson Killeen reflect on the simple delights of the holiday season, with the help of some friends, in this year's holiday video.

  • John Marshall Law school entrance

    U of I trustees approve juris doctor degree at UIC

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Friday established a juris doctor degree for the new John Marshall Law School at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), which will offer the city of Chicago’s first and only law degree at a public university when it welcomes its first class next fall.

  • U of I seal

    Policies restrict intimate relationships, require job-candidate disclosure

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved two new policies, one that prohibits certain workplace-related intimate relationships among faculty, staff and students, and one requiring that job-candidate finalists disclose past findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.

  • COVID-19 update with colorized seal of the university

    Update on vaccination requirements

    President Tim Killeen sent a massmail to students, faculty and staff with updates on vaccination and mask requirements in keeping with Governor J.B. Pritzker's executive order.

  • Illinois Connections advocates outside the Capitol.

    University of Illinois Day at the Capitol

    Alumni, students, Illinois Connection advocates, and leaders from across the university system descended on Springfield on April 3, 2019 for University of Illinois 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 University of Illinois System's three universities.

  • 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.

  • Compilation of artist renderings of three construction projects

    Trustees approve budgets for Illinois Innovation Network-related projects

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today approved budgets for two construction projects that are connected to the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN).

  • U of I president Killeen

    U of I System: Rising to the Challenge

    Tim Killeen, president of the University of Illinois System, extends appreciation to students, faculty, staff and friends, and expresses pride and awe in how the entire system is rising to the challenge during this 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.

  • Lake Michigan Chicago shoreline

    Binational Great Lakes Higher Ed. Consortium Launched

    The Council of the Great Lakes Region, the University of Toronto, and the University of Illinois System have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to officially create and launch the binational Great Lakes Higher Education Consortium.

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    U of I System Excels in Online Program Rankings

    Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System have been recognized in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings.

  • U of I seal

    Trustees set tuition rates for 2022-23 academic year

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved modest tuition increases for in-state freshmen starting school next fall, only the second tuition increase in the past eight years.

  • Sanders

    Sanders accepts deanship at Carnegie Mellon

    The interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), Bill Sanders, announced today that he will leave the University of Illinois System to accept the appointment as dean of the college of engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, effective Jan. 1, and U of I System President Tim Killeen said he expects a seamless transition to a new DPI leader over the next three months.

  • graphic image of ventilator over lung image

    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.

  • U of I Seal

    Trustees approve $6.8 billion budget

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a $6.8 billion budget for fiscal 2019 with nearly $300 million in projected new revenue that will help fund key educational and research priorities such as faculty, facilities and student financial aid.

  • COVID-19 update with colorized seal of the university

    COVID-19 booster shot recommendation

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen sent a massmail to students, faculty and staff today recommending COVID-19 booster shots for all when eligible.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • U of I System and Hebrew University logos

    U of I System, Hebrew University launch collaborative R&D teams

    The University of Illinois System and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem are launching four interdisciplinary research teams that will drive innovations and advance collaboration between the universities. The joint research and innovation seed grants program seeks to accelerate economic development through research and development of innovative technologies, and is among the first collaborations between the two universities since a 2019 partnership agreement.

  • U of I seal

    Trustees approve procurement flexibility for COVID-19 spending

    The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a measure that would temporarily provide the system and its universities with greater flexibility on certain purchases related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • UIC campus

    U of I System sets innovation network priorities at UIC

    New research facilities to build on breakthroughs in therapeutic drugs and computer technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago are among top priorities in start-up plans for a new statewide innovation network that the U of I System is developing to accelerate job creation and economic growth, officials announced today.

  • U of I System and Hebrew University logos

    U of I System, Hebrew University launch second round of joint R&D teams

    The University of Illinois System and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently awarded funding to four new interdisciplinary research teams that will drive innovation and advance collaboration between the universities. The projects are the second round of a joint research and innovation seed grant program that began in 2019.

  • bronze U of I seal

    U of I trustees approve lease to expand DPI space

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a lease that will roughly double the amount of space now occupied by the Discovery Partners Institute’s headquarters to accommodate the growing demand for programming space.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Screenshot from CNN

    University of Illinois tests students, faculty and staff at least weekly

    University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen spoke with CNN on the groundbreaking saliva-based testing program underway at the system's three university campuses.

  • Pack of UIC graduates in caps and gowns

    U of I trustees to consider new tuition, fee and housing rates

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Wednesday received recommendations from U of I System administrators for new tuition, fee and housing rates for the 2020-21 academic year that for the first time in six years include modest increases in tuition for in-state freshmen.

  • U of I seal

    U of I System supports Illinois Attorney General's challenge

    In a massmail sent today, the University of Illinois System announced its participation in a new legal effort by 18 attorneys general around the country to challenge the recent ICE restrictions on visas for international students.

  • U of I System seeks state funding increase

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request for increased state funding next year to continue building on educational and affordability initiatives that have helped push enrollment across the three-university system to all-time highs.

  • 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.