Alumni Association rallies students and grads to visit lawmakers

On April 18, more than 200 University of Illinois alumni and students from its three campuses throughout the state will be in Springfield to meet with legislators as part of its fourth annual “University of Illinois Day at the Capitol” lobby effort.

Coordinated by Illinois Connection, the legislative advocacy network of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, these concerned stakeholders will canvas the statehouse and speak one-on-one with their representatives to encourage funding support for the University of Illinois and higher education, in general. UI President-designate Robert Easter and two campus chancellors, Paula Allen-Meares of UIC and Susan Koch of UIS, will be joining in this effort to reach out to lawmakers.
“A strong University of Illinois helps make for a strong Illinois economy,” said Amy Eichhorst, who directs the Alumni Association’s advocacy program. “Our state Legislature needs to invest its limited resources where it will bring maximum benefit.
“The strength of the U of I is in the faculty, students, staff and alumni who come together to improve peoples’ lives and make the world a better place through education, innovation and economic development.  It’s important for people who believe in the University of Illinois to make sure their state representatives know how they feel.”
After an 11:30 a.m.  lunch briefing and 1:15 p.m. group photo on the north steps of the Capitol Building, the UI alumni and students will visit legislative offices for scheduled appointments throughout the afternoon. The group will then reconvene at 4 p.m. to debrief at the Inn at 835 (835 S. 2nd St.).
Illinois Connection is sponsoring this effort in partnership with Undergraduate Student Government and Student Alumni Ambassadors at UI-Chicago, the Student Government Association at UI-Springfield, the Illinois Student Senate and Student Alumni Ambassadors at UI-Urbana-Champaign, and the UI Student Trustees.
For more information about the UI Alumni Association’s Illinois Connection advocacy program, visit


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