Update from State Relatoins: August 8th, 2015
Though there are no signs of progress on a new state budget, legislators continue to return to Springfield every week for session. Before the impact of the budget impasse worsens, many are hoping that pressure will continue to build and force legislators and the Governor to work through their differences and strike a deal on a new budget. The Senate will next be in session on August 19, while the House will convene on August 11.
University of Illinois Advocacy
As the budget impasse continues into a second month, President Killeen is making efforts to avert future budget uncertainty. A key initiative is a proposed compact with the state that would provide a stable level of funding for 3 to 5 years. In return, the University would pledge to meet certain criteria in enrollment, graduation rates and other areas that serve the needs of the state. The initiative is one of many that President Killeen, OGR and alumni are championing to ensure that the U of I has a stable future. Illinois Connection is also at the center of our advocacy efforts and its members have been hosting small district meetings with state legislators and alumni, highlighting the tremendous impact that the University has on the state and its economy.
Univeristy of Illinois Legislative Report
The 2015 State Legislative Report is below, focusing on legislation that would specifically impact the University. Bills continue to be sent to the governor- and OGR is tracking them and responding to legislators as needed. If you have questions about specific legislation, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Government Relations for more information.
2015 State Legislative Report
U of I Bills Signed to Law
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