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AP - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

U of I Trustees Setting Search Committee, Exploring Supplemental Retirement Options

By The Associated Press, With Additional Reporting from Illinois Public Media

University of Illinois trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to name the 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president.  They'll also look into options for a supplemental plan to help employees make up for an expected loss in pension funds.
 
U of I President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.
 
The committee will include trustees, faculty members, students, as well representatives from UI Alumni Association and the UI Foundation, among others.
 
The trustees oversee all three university campuses and will have the final say on a replacement for Easter.
 
Easter has been president since 2012. He replaced Michael Hogan who resigned under pressure from faculty who were unhappy over his plans for the university.
 
Easter was previously a faculty member, dean, provost and chancellor on the Champaign-Urbana campus.

U of I administrators have looked at a few options for helping employees who expect to lose out on a portion of their retirement funds with last year's passage of the pension reform plan.  But the News-Gazette reports that no decision is expected at Friday's meeting.
 



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

“That was the saddest moment of my life…being told I’m not capable of working.”

Ann and Robert Russell of Champaign interviewed each other about living with Robert’s mental illness as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers and Lindsey Moon

Listen to the Story

(Duration: 4:11)

Ann and Robert Russell in 1972 after he returned home from Vietnam.

Robert Russell enlisted in the Army shortly after starting college at the University of Illinois in the late 1960’s because he needed the money. A few years later, when he was home on leave from Berlin, Germany, he met his wife Ann on a blind date. After just a few evenings together, they decided to marry, and have stayed married for the last 42 years. 

Categories: Health, Mental Health





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