blog posts $100 million center to drive smart, reconfigurable technologies Oct 1, 2019 1:30 pm The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) are partnering on a new $100 million Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments (C-NICE). 2017-18 Salary Program Jul 26, 2017 10:45 am Dear colleagues: The recent state budget impasse revealed yet again that our faculty and staff are the heartbeat of the University of Illinois System. Your commitment helped us weather two years of historic funding shortfalls without diminishing our rich legacy of excellence and world-class service to students, discovery and the public good... 2017 DELTA winners announced Apr 27, 2016 2:00 pm The 2017 winners of the University Administration Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team Awards (DELTA) were announced recently and honored at a reception. 2018-2019 Salary Program Jun 12, 2018 11:45 am Today, President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for the 2018-19 academic year. 2019-20 Salary Program Jun 19, 2019 11:00 am Today President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff to take effect August 16. 2019 report highlights initiatives from across the U of I System Apr 17, 2019 9:45 am Impact Illinois 2019, the annual report from the University of Illinois System, highlights recent initiatives of the system, our three best-in-class universities, and our leading hospital and health sciences system. 2020 annual report highlights initiatives from across the U of I System May 22, 2020 9:00 am Empowering Extraordinary, the 2020 annual report from the University of Illinois System, highlights recent initiatives, accomplishments, and innovations from across the system, including our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2021-22 Salary Program May 14, 2021 9:00 am Today President Killeen announced a 2 percent, merit-based salary program for faculty, academic professional and civil service staff to take effect August 16. 2021 annual report highlights initiatives from across the U of I System Jul 6, 2021 9:00 am The University of Illinois System 2021 Annual Report: Empowering Extraordinary highlights our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent initiatives, accomplishments, and innovations from across the system. 2022 report highlights system initiatives in new, interactive format Oct 6, 2022 1:15 pm U of I System President Tim Killeen: I invite you to read just some of the many stories from all across the U of I System that show how we are laying the foundation upon which we can build a better future for all of Illinois. 28 receive U of I System honor for leading COVID-19 response Aug 23, 2021 12:00 pm University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion. The medallion is the highest honor that the system president can bestow. $7.5M gift establishes Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media Oct 12, 2020 10:00 am The College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced that its students will benefit from a suite of enhanced professional experiences, thanks to a $7.5 million gift by Rich and Leslie Frank of St. Helena, California. The gift, the largest in the College’s history, will establish the Richard and Leslie Frank Center for Leadership and Innovation in Media. Agreement reached with State Universities Civil Service System May 15, 2018 1:15 pm Over the last year, the University of Illinois System joined other public universities in talks with the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) to develop new procedures for exempting positions from the civil service system.I write to share the news that an agreement has been reached that complies with state law while still allowing us to exempt academic professional positions from the civil service system, as appropriate. Agreement will bring Mexican doctoral students to U of I Nov 23, 2016 1:30 pm The University of Illinois System signed an agreement that will bring doctoral students funded by Mexico to U of I System universities, and approved a partnership for diabetes and obesity research during a visit to Mexico last week by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of senior leaders. Agreements also were signed that will provide a foundation for new academic and research partnerships with Mexico’s largest university and the country’s leading research institute. Alumni, students advocate for U of I System Feb 28, 2018 1:00 pm Nearly 250 current students and alumni met with Illinois legislators Wednesday to advocate for the University of Illinois System during its annual Day at the Capitol in Springfield. The afternoon-long event also included the U of I System’s first-ever Statehouse rally, featuring speeches in the Capitol Rotunda by legislators, a student and a graduate. Alumni unite in Springfield to advocate on behalf of University of Illinois May 16, 2016 2:00 pm On Wednesday, more than 150 alumni from the University of Illinois’ three campuses will be in Springfield to meet with legislators for U of I Alumni Day at the Capitol. An Open Letter: State Budget Impasse Threatens Shutdown of Major U of I Construction Initiatives Jun 29, 2017 10:00 am In an open letter to state legislators, University of Illinois System leaders describe how the state budget impasse threatens the shutdown of major University of Illinois construction initiatives. Argonne joins new research center led by U of I System Aug 28, 2019 12:00 pm The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, a global leader in scientific discovery and America’s first national laboratory, signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System to accelerate the groundbreaking innovation that drives progress and economic growth. Arts & humanities initiative offers new support for 10 projects Jun 22, 2021 2:30 pm The University of Illinois System continues to demonstrate its commitment to the arts and humanities, funding a second generation of vital projects through the Presidential Initiative: Expanding the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities, President Tim Killeen announced today. Avijit Ghosh named interim CFO for U of I System Jul 20, 2017 10:45 am Avijit Ghosh, a longtime University of Illinois administrator who has served in a variety of leadership roles, has been named interim chief financial officer of the three-university System, President Tim Killeen announced Thursday. Avijit Ghosh named interim executive VP for U of I System May 19, 2021 9:30 am Avijit Ghosh, vice president/chief financial officer and comptroller for the University of Illinois System since 2018, has been named interim executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs, effective July 15, President Tim Killeen announced today. Barack Obama receives award, speaks to students Sep 10, 2018 12:30 pm 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. Barbara J. Wilson named president of the University of Iowa Apr 30, 2021 6:15 pm Barbara J. Wilson, a longtime University of Illinois faculty member and administrator who has served as second-in-command of the U of I System since 2016, was unanimously approved as president of the University of Iowa today by the Board of Regents. Barbara J. Wilson named to System executive vice president post Sep 12, 2016 1:45 pm Interim University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Barbara J. Wilson has been named executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs of the three-university U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced Monday. Killeen said Wilson’s appointment, subject to Board of Trustees approval, fills a newly restructured role that establishes a clear second-in-command to the president, and adds responsibilities as senior operating officer to traditional duties as chief academic officer. Become an Illinois Connection advocate Oct 14, 2020 1:00 pm VIDEO: Illinois Connection is the legislative advocacy network for the University of Illinois System. By increasing awareness and understanding of the U of I System's positive impact on the state, nation and world, Illinois Connection advocates help to ensure the system’s legacy and longevity. Best wishes of the season Dec 12, 2016 1:30 pm Roberta and I send you our fondest greetings and best wishes for health and happiness in 2017. We hope the season brings you the warmth of family and friends, cherished memories, and peace and renewal for the new year. We have created a short video message, and I hope you will join us in celebrating all the U of I stands for this holiday season. Binational Great Lakes Higher Ed. Consortium Launched Oct 29, 2020 12:45 pm 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. Board backs Discovery Partners Institute Jul 25, 2019 12:15 pm The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today gave its unanimous support to the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the groundbreaking new research and education enterprise led by the University of Illinois System. DPI will boost the state’s economy by addressing real-world challenges, promoting entrepreneurship, growing next-generation businesses and delivering top talent to Chicago. Board of Trustees Chair commits $100K for UIC's frontline healthcare workers May 20, 2020 10:15 am University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Don Edwards and his wife, Anne Edwards, both alumni of the University of Illinois, have pledged $100,000 to establish the UI Health Employee Relief Fund, which will support health care workers at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, or UI Health. Board secretary appointed Jan 11, 2016 2:30 pm President Killeen announced the appointment of longtime University of Illinois administrator Dedra “Dee Dee” Williams as secretary of the Board of Trustees and of the University, pending approval by the Board at its Jan. 21 meeting in Chicago. Budget Message Jun 1, 2017 11:00 am Dear friends and colleagues: For the third straight year, the General Assembly’s spring session ended yesterday with no agreement between legislators and the governor on a budget to support essential state services, including the University of Illinois System. Budget proposal would provide needed investment in U of I System, students Feb 2, 2022 3:45 pm Under the fiscal year 2023 budget proposed today by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the state appropriation for the University of Illinois System would increase by $28 million over the current fiscal year. Additional one-time funding proposed by the governor would increase current-year funds by another $28 million. Campaign fundraising for the U of I System crosses $2 billion mark Mar 14, 2019 9:00 am In October 2017 the University of Illinois System officially launched a comprehensive fundraising initiative with an ambitious $3.1 billion goal. Now, less than a year and a half into the public campaigns, the U of I System has surpassed the $2 billion mark—or 64.8%—in funds raised toward this goal. CDC endorses Test to Stay strategy piloted by IDPH, SHIELD Illinois Dec 20, 2021 8:00 am A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published today confirms that the Test to Stay program, created locally by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and operated by SHIELD Illinois, can help keep kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) students in the classroom. As a result of the report, the CDC endorsed Test to Stay as a useful strategy to be implemented in schools. CDPH to utilize innovative covidSHIELD test in select city schools Jun 1, 2021 10:00 am The University of Illinois System today announced that it will begin providing its innovative saliva-based covidSHIELD test to select K-12 Chicago schools through funding from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). The $20 million in funding will go to the system’s nonprofit SHIELD Illinois unit, which provides testing throughout the state. Chicago awarded $18.5M in federal funds to create new jobs in the region Aug 17, 2022 2:15 pm The Discovery Partners Institute and P33 will spearhead tech-specific workforce development programs in support of an $18.5 million federal Good Jobs Challenge award announced earlier this month. City Scholars program expands at Discovery Partners Institute Sep 17, 2020 11:30 am The Discovery Partners Institute and The Grainger College of Engineering are expanding the City Scholars program to now include the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech). College of Engineering to be named in recognition of Grainger support Apr 16, 2019 1:45 pm The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering will become The Grainger College of Engineering, recognizing a new $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation and more than $300 million in total support, after consultation with the Chancellor’s Joint Advisory Committee on Investment, Licensing, and Naming Rights and pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. Commencement ceremonies update Mar 17, 2020 3:00 pm Today University of Illinois System leadership sent a massmail regarding commencement ceremonies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Community colleges in Illinois now have option to provide free covidSHIELD tests to state residents Apr 19, 2021 1:45 pm Community colleges across the state now have the ability to provide the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test at no cost to any state resident who wants one. Condemnation of Bigotry and Hate Aug 16, 2017 10:30 am Dear colleagues, students and friends: The lens of history gives us many reminders of the massive human toll taken when hatred and bigotry rear their ugly heads and go unchallenged, or – through wicked intimidation – infect and persist within society. Construction contract awarded for UIS student union Mar 16, 2016 2:15 pm The U of I board approved a $21.7 million contract for a student union at the U of I in Springfield at their meeting on Mar 16. COVID-19 booster shot now required Jan 6, 2022 11:15 am University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen sent a massmail to students, faculty and staff today requiring COVID-19 booster shots for all when eligible. COVID-19 booster shot recommendation Dec 6, 2021 11:00 am 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. COVID-19 news and research Mar 13, 2020 1:45 pm (Originally posted March 5). The University of Illinois System has established a COVID-19 Planning and Response Team to help coordinate the system’s response to and communication about the virus, and our three universities are monitoring their campuses and working with their local community agencies. COVID-19 related websites, communications, policies, and other resources can be found on this page. COVID-19 reminder: keep your guard up Mar 31, 2020 3:30 pm University of Illinois System leadership sent a COVID-19 update message today to students, faculty, and staff. COVID-19: Rising to the Challenge Apr 10, 2020 10:00 am The University of Illinois System is demonstrating its land-grant mission in real time, marshalling its world-class resources and ramping up its knowledge-generating power to foster solutions that will help steer our state through the COVID-19 crisis. Visit this page for updates, communications, and other resources. COVID-19 testing strategies allow universities to open Aug 28, 2020 3:00 pm CNBC (Aug. 28) On CNBC's "Sqauwk on the Street," University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen discussed the pioneering saliva-based testing program that allowed the system’s three universities to resume face-to-face instruction this fall. COVID-19 update Mar 13, 2020 6:45 pm University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen sent a COVID-19 update massmail this evening to faculty, staff, and students. DACA ruling Jun 18, 2020 2:30 pm University of Illinois leadership sent a massmail today to students, faculty and staff regarding the the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.