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University of Illinois and the 2014 Election

November 4, 2014 brought about historic change across the country and in Illinois. For the first time in more than a decade, a Republican was elected Governor. Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner will be sworn in as the 42nd Governor of Illinois on January 12, 2015. The University of Illinois looks forward to working with Governor-Elect Rauner and his transition team. The University of Illinois will be represented on this team, and will provide insight and leadership on issues facing public higher education in Illinois.

In addition to the Governor’s office, there were a number of state legislative races held. Both the State Senate and the State House will retain veto proof Democrat majorities. The 99th General Assembly will be sworn in on January 14, 2015.

U of I Caucus

The University of Illinois is an engine that drives progress for our state and nation, awarding more than 20,000 degrees annually to support the workforce of tomorrow and fostering economy-building innovation through a nearly $1 billion research portfolio.

To support our continued excellence and service to the state, we will officially be creating a University of Illinois caucus in the General Assembly, comprised of legislators who are graduates of the University’s three campuses and legislators who are parents of alumni and future alumni. The caucus will help advise University leaders on issues affecting the University, as well as representing the University’s interest in the legislature and throughout the state.  

The inaugural meeting of the U of I caucus will take place on November 19, 2014 in Springfield at 5:00pm after the first day of veto session.

As you know, state funding for higher education is an investment in Illinois’ future. Studies have shown that each dollar invested flows back into the state’s economy at a rate of one to four. Through a close working partnership with the General Assembly, both the University of Illinois and the state of Illinois can capitalize on this investment for the good of all our constituents.


Veto Session schedule: November 19& 20, 2014; December 2 &3, 2014

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