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The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a fifth-straight tuition freeze for in-state freshmen next fall, extending an affordability initiative that is now the longest run of back-to-back freezes in more than a half-century. Trustees  at the Jan. 31 meeting also approved 2019-20 tuition for non-residents that will hold increases to the rate of inflation or less, along with student fees and housing costs for the system’s universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

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Seven additional professors were named to the President's Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program, a new initiative launched by the U of I System to add more world-class faculty and build its global standing as a leader in education and innovation. There are now 14 faculty in the inaugural class of the recruiting program.

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The U of I System invested $1.2 billion in construction and renovation across the three universities over the last five years. Looking forward, the system has an ambitious plan to ramp up investment on facilities with more than 300 projects totaling $4 billion over the next decade. Learn more by visiting the master plans for each university.

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Students from all three U of I System universities met in Springfield on Feb. 3 to learn about higher education advocacy and receive updates on the U of I System agenda. These students are all members of the Student Advocacy Coalition which is sponsored by Illinois Connection.

Illinois Connection hosted a Fighting Illini basketball watch party on Feb. 5 in Springfield. Alumni in government and area supporters came together to cheer on the Fighting Illini to an upset victory over Michigan State.


State Sen. Chapin Rose and state Rep. Dan Caulkins visited Allerton Park on Feb. 8 in Monticello. Their visit included a discussion about progress the park is making on different projects and state grants can help.


Urbana Vice Chancellor for Research Susan Martinis was in Washington, DC on Feb. 8 for meetings at Capitol Hill. Martinis met with staff members from the offices of Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Reps. Dan Lipinski and Bill Foster to update them on Urbana's research enterprise. Martinis was also able to meet with Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, the director of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.


On Feb. 21, OGR, Illinois Connection and the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC hosted a Capitol Hill reception for staff members. Over 100 people attended, including alumni from across the U of I System.

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Nolan Drea joined the U of I System's Office of Governmental Relations as the Assistant Director of State Relations in early February.  A graduate of Urbana's Gies College of Business, he previously worked on Illinois Senate President John Cullerton's staff for seven years. He is based in Springfield and can be reached at


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