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Week Ending in April 17, 2015

The Illinois General Assembly returned to session on April 14th following a two week spring break, and adjourned on April 17th following a full week of floor action. April 24th is the deadline to consider substantive legislation in its originating chamber.

We continue to work on bills that we are both opposing and supporting on the floor. Again, we appreciate the support and assistance from the subject matter experts on our campuses.

State Relations Weekly Legislation Report

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing at UIUC

Members of both the Senate Appropriations I & II committees met in the UIUC Illini Union to hearing testimony from members of the Urbana-Champaign community on the Governor’s introductory budget. Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Vice Chancellor Renee Romano, and Research Park Director Laura Frerichs testified and focused on what a loss of state funding would specifically mean to the campus and the services provided to students, faculty and staff. In addition, three student leaders provided testimony from the student prospective on the severity of the Governor’s proposed 31.5% budget cut.

The committee has also held hearings at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

U of I Student Day in the Capitol

As posted on the University of Illinois OVPR blog, nearly 200 students from all three campuses joined forces to participate in University of Illinois Student Lobby Day in Springfield. This annual event brings students together to deliver a unified message to lawmakers on behalf of the U of I. As the University faces a proposed 31.5% ($209 million) budget cut, our message to legislators is more important now than ever.

University of Illinois President Robert Easter, Alumni Association President & CEO Loren Taylor, and State Senator Scott Bennett all welcomed and thanked the students for their participation.

Illinois Connection, the grassroots advocacy network at U of I that coordinated Lobby Day, scheduled meetings for students with state senators and representatives from their hometown districts. In addition to giving students the opportunity to represent the University in the Capitol, they learned about state government by observing House and Senate sessions.

Students met with their district legislators as well as those from other districts. They voiced concerns about how reduced funding for the University of Illinois would threaten the quality of education, decrease campus excellence, drive away current faculty and provide less incentive for future hires, deplete the state’s talent pipeline, and negatively impact the overall student experience. The bottom line is that the University of Illinois wants to partner with the state during this fiscal crisis, but the institution cannot bear the burden of these cuts.

Thank you to everyone who participated in U of I Student Lobby Day 2015! We played a significant role in the Capitol and our efforts did not go unnoticed. It is vital that students and other friends of the U of I continue to spread the message about how the University impacts the entire state and why these cuts will be detrimental to our success and your long-term stability. Please engage in our social media campaign (#UIllinoisLobbyDay and #ImpactUIllinois) to help us tell our story.


The House reconvenes on April 20st and the Senate on April 21st. April 24th is the deadline to consider substantive legislation in its originating chamber. As a result, we expect to see one hour postings and amendments moving fast.

State Relations Weekly Legislation Report

2015 State Relations' Events, Save the Date
  • April 29th DCEO/ISTC Innovation Day in the Capitol
  • April 30th Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
  • May 5th PELP meetings with caucus Chief of Staffs
  • May 6th May Alumni in Government reception (U of I caucus invited to reception)
  • May 7th UI Day at the Capitol with BOT
  • May 19th & 20th 4-H in the Capitol
  • May 31st Adjourn
99th General Assembly 2015 Legislative Calendar

Senate Committee schedule

House Committee schedule

Illinois Senate 2015 calendar

Illinois House of Representatives 2015 calendar

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