U Of I President Killeen Discusses Budget, Travel Ban, Search For Yingying

June 28, 2017
University of Illinois president Timothy Killeen, with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows in 2015.

University of Illinois president Timothy Killeen (right), with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows in 2015.

Illinois Public Media

As the state of Illinois approaches two years without a full budget, University of Illinois president Timothy Killeen remains optimistic that legislators and the governor will come to an agreement.

Killeen says he spent much of Monday in Springfield talking with lawmakers and advocating for state funding for the U of I.

“It’s very important to our future, and in particular to our ability to attract and retain the kind of talent that we’re used to having, world-class talent at the University of Illinois, so I made that case again (Monday),” Killeen said.

Killeen also discussed how the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments on President Trump's travel ban could affect students and faculty from the seven countries on the list.

And he expressed confidence in University of Illinois Police as they continue to work with the Illinois State Police and the FBI in the search for visiting scholar Yingying Zhang, missing since June 9th.

You can listen below to additional comments from Killeen about a conference call he held last week with U of I alumni. He says thousands of alumni participated.

Story source: WILL