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U OF I SYSTEM UPDATES
 
 

After the General Assembly passed a historic, bipartisan budget, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed it into law on June 6. The budget is a result of months of difficult compromise between lawmakers in both chambers and both parties. 

The U of I System will receive a 4.6% increase in the new budget – the first increase in state funding the university has received since Fiscal Year 2002. U of I System President Tim Killeen sent a message to faculty, staff, and students highlighting the good news from Springfield. 

Read his message here

 
 

President Killeen spoke with the Chicago Tribune about what the increase in state funding means for public higher education. 

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been named a recipient of the 2019 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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UNIVERSITY UPDATES
 

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INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT
 

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to collaborate with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas at Houston to evaluate the efficiency of two drugs that could potentially improve survival and outcomes in people who experience sudden cardiac arrest.

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ADVOCACY IN ACTION
 
 
 

Rep. Rodney Davis observed training activities during a June 7 tour at the Illinois Fire Service Institute with the IFSI Director, Col. Royal Mortenson. He also participated in a live fire training experience to see first-hand the conditions a first responder can face. Before departing, he had lunch with instructors and students.

 

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams and Sen. Dick Durbin spoke at a conference on June 7 hosted by UIC and Rush University System for Health on "Addressing Chicagoland's Opioid Crisis: A Healthcare Response." The event brought together experts to discuss innovative strategies for managing opioid use, abuse and overdose.

 
 
 

On June 12, Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones headed to the Hill to present a football helmet to Rep. Sean Casten and provide a university update to Rep. John Shimkus. He also took part in an alumni reception the next day at the Newseum that drew nearly 300 attendees.

 
 
 

Rep. Cheri Bustos visited the UIC College of Nursing Quad Cities campus on June 17 for a tour and a discussion on educating advanced practice nurses and the college’s efforts to increase healthcare access in rural communities. Participants included Dr. Kathleen Sparbel, director of Quad Cities College of Nursing Campus, and Dr. Kelly Rosenberger, director of Rockford College of Nursing Campus and director of Rural Health Concentration Program. A current student and recent graduate of the program also attended.

 
 
 

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch took to the Hill June 19-20 to share updates with Reps. Cheri Bustos, Darin LaHood, and Rodney Davis, as well as staff from the office of Sen. Dick Durbin. In addition to highlighting the local impacts of the Illinois Innovation Network, she discussed issues surrounding the Higher Education Act reauthorization and the U of I System's concerns about possible sequestration cuts.

 

Flanked by lawmakers and advocates, Gov. Pritzker signed House Bill 2691, known as the Retention of Illinois Students and Equality (RISE) Act into law on June 21 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The new law makes undocumented students eligible for MAP grants and institutional aid at Illinois’ public institutions. It will also make transgender students eligible for financial aid – regardless of whether they have registered for selective service. For additional information on the RISE Act, please click here.

 
 
 

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