The University needs your
The proposed budget outlined by Gov. Rauner calls for a 31.5 percent,
or $209 million, reduction in state funding support for the University of
The University of Illinois would like to encourage you to voice your
opinion on how these drastic cuts could affect your Alma Mater. You can
personally vouch for the quality of a University of Illinois education,
and it is imperative that you share the story of how your education
helped shape your professional and personal life. An email or call to
your elected representatives in support of the University of Illinois
will go a long way in helping to communicate the value of the University
and higher education.
How the University of Illinois benefits the state of Illinois:
- For each dollar in
direct appropriations, the University of Illinois leverages more
than $4 in non-state funding.
- From 2010-2013,
the University of Illinois was responsible for nearly one-fourth of
the startups created at Illinois universities. It currently is
ranked fifth among public universities for producing venture
capital-funded entrepreneurs. The majority of these companies remain
- In Illinois, one
in three pharmacists, more than 40 percent of the dentists and one
in six physicians graduated from UIC. UIC has the largest medical
college enrollments in the nation, and a comprehensive set of
- More than 1.5
million Illinois residents take part in Illinois Extension programs
each year, including nearly 200,000 who participate in 4-H youth
programs. Communities are directly served by Extension staff in 27
units located throughout Illinois.
What cuts could mean for the University of Illinois:
- Decline in student
- Threatened quality
- Increased time to
- Reduced workforce
- Diminished service
to the state
Please consider taking
action today through the Illinois Connection website before our
appropriations hearing on March 19. By doing so, you will be able to
contact your state legislators as well as members of the Senate
Appropriations Committee and the House
Higher Education Appropriations Committee. It is important that U of
I alumni have their voices heard.
Visit the University
of Illinois State Relations website for more information on the
University's position and talking points, and instructions on how to
contact your legislators. You also can sign up for Illinois
Connection or the State
Relations newsletter to receive up-to-date information from Springfield.
Questions? Call the Illinois Connection staff at the UI Alumni
Association at 1-800-524-1420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your ongoing loyalty to the University of Illinois.