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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Trustee Robert Boey and NIU President Doug Baker
Jenna Dooley/WNIJ
June 16, 2017

NIU President Doug Baker Will Leave Office June 30

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker will step down on June 30, the end of the current academic year. He made the announcement at the beginning of the NIU Board of Trustees meeting, which had scheduled a closed session on its agenda to review “Presidential Employment.”

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