The Office of Governmental Relations (OGR) has uploaded all of the University of Illinois System's Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations requests to the federal webpage. You can access them here. OGR has shared these requests with the Illinois delegation and has had numerous follow-up conversations regarding particular accounts and opportunities for the members to weigh in.
Legislative Activities of Interest
- On April 11, the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will hold a joint Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Research and Technology hearing titled Scholars or Spies: Foreign Plots Targeting America’s Research & Development. OGR is providing information to committee and member staff about the economic, national security and pedagogical benefits that international students provide.
The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) celebrated the relocation of its Mile Square South Shore neighborhood clinic to larger, more centrally located quarters during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 26. Rep. Robin Kelly attended and spoke at the event, along with Dr. Robert Barish, vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); Dr. Henry Taylor, chief executive officer and president of Mile Square Health Center; and Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice chancellor for community-based practice at UIC. In response to a great community need, the new South Shore location features a new adult and pediatric dental clinic in addition to family medicine services. It is the first Mile Square clinic to offer dental services.
On March 27, Dr. Winn spoke at a press conference hosted by Sen. Dick Durbin. The press conference focused on the funding increases for National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Department of Defense medical research that were included in the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill that was recently signed into law. Dr. Winn highlighted a recent $6.75 million NIH grant to UI Health to establish the Center for Health Equity Research in Chicago, which will focus on researching the impact of health disparities and structural violence. Dr. Winn also highlighted our partnership with other Illinois institutions in the “All of Us” precision medicine initiative, which studies and takes into account individual differences in lifestyle and biology when determining care. Last year, UIC had more than $128 million in NIH expenditures.
Amelia Salter from the Office of the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation and Janet Smith and Yittayih Zelalem from UIC's Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement were in DC to attend a meeting convened by the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). The U of I System was selected in 2015 by DOD-OEA to launch the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) program to help companies and communities impacted by federal defense spending to grow, diversify, and ultimately become more resilient amid declines in defense spending. While in town, they also updated staff from the offices of Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth on the Illinois DIA's Report on the Economic Impact of Defense-Related Spending in Illinois.
- President Trump nominated Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter of downstate Lebanon to be an ambassador to Kenya. Read more.
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