Higher education in the State of Illinois remains at a crossroads. The sting of this year’s budget standoff already is being felt by thousands of students and families associated with our state’s public universities.

When legislators return to Springfield on Tuesday, Oct. 20 for veto session, they’ll continue negotiating about the budget impasse. We need your help to get—and keep—higher education at the top of the lawmakers’ agendas when they begin their discussions.

Make a Call for Your Alma Mater

That’s why we’ve teamed up with all nine Illinois public higher education institutions for the “Light up the Lines” event on Monday, Oct. 19. We’re asking all University of Illinois alumni to call and urge lawmakers to make higher education their priority. Click here to find your legislators' district office phone lines, and use our talking points to make the case for higher education. After all, public financial support of higher education touches everything from student aid and faculty recruitment, to the value of your degree.

Your Voice is Critical

To intensify the impact of the collective effort, please consider signing thestatewide petition in support of higher education. Also consider writing a letter to the editor of your local paper or to the Chicago Tribune or Chicago Sun-Times(View our sample letter here.)

Your voice is critical to higher education. Let it be heard. Lawmakers need to know that you—their constituents—expect and deserve a healthy public higher education system.

To magnify your impact and receive updates about the future of higher education in Illinois, join the UI Alumni Association’s legislative advocacy network, Illinois Connection.

Thank you so much for your help and participation.




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