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November 22, 2021

Dear colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that, this year, an additional paid day off will be added to the December/January year-end calendar. The additional paid time off is part of our ongoing efforts to show how much we appreciate your hard work, resiliency, sacrifice and commitment – qualities that have shone brightly throughout the COVID-19 crisis. In the face of extraordinary challenges, both on the job and at home, you have come together to not only pull the University of Illinois System through the historic storm but to make it a model for the nation.

Employees who are eligible for leave benefits will receive an additional paid gift day on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. This addition will amend this year’s Reduced Service Days to be Dec. 29, 30 and 31, 2021 and Jan. 4, 2022. Combined with holidays, other paid time off and weekends, this will extend the year-end break from Friday, Dec. 24, 2021 through Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

For employees in union-represented bargaining units, paid time off for the holidays is addressed through the required collective bargaining process.

Thank you for helping sustain our more-than-150-year legacy of excellence. We hope you are able to have some much-deserved time with family and friends over the next two months.

Sincerely,

Tim Killeen, President, U of I System

Avijit Ghosh, Interim Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs, U of I System

Robert J. Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois Chicago

Karen Whitney, Interim Chancellor, University of Illinois Springfield