University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen
University of Illinois
May 31, 2018

U of I President Praises New State Budget

The University of Illinois is slated to receive an extra $11.6 million under the new state budget approved by lawmakers this week. U of I President Timothy Killeen said the two percent increase in state spending on higher education will bring the university system’s total budget for the next fiscal year to just under $600 million.

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Posters and signs with strike slogans written on them. Signs are part of the GEO strike on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.
Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Public Media
May 21, 2018

GEO Members Say Illinois Rep. Comments Are Insulting, Distracting

Members of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) said that State Rep. Jeanne Ives’ disparaging comments about graduate workers last week are a distraction from a bigger issue. Ives, a Republican from Wheaton, is opposed to legislation that would expand union rights to graduate research assistants.

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The Hallene Gateway on the University of Illinois Urbana campus.
David Mercer/Illinois Public Media
January 29, 2018

UIUC Graduate Employee Union Files Intent to Strike Paperwork

The graduate employee union at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign filed intent to strike paperwork today. According to a press release from the Graduate Employees Organization, or GEO, the union filed its strike notice after the university administration failed to respond to their latest contract proposal.

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State Senator Chapin Rose.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
September 28, 2017

Rose's Higher Ed Plan Faces Thorny Battle

Illinois ranks second highest in the nation for one very dubious distinction: Losing high school graduates to out-of-state colleges. Only New Jersey loses more college students than Illinois, and that's according to counts taken before Illinois starved its universities during the two-year budget impasse.

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