Feb 18, 2010, email
The University of Illinois has turned a new page in its long, impressive history. Under the leadership of a newly reconstituted Board of Trustees, the University is forging ahead with positive ideas and a bright vision for the future.
At the same time, the state's fiscal crisis is creating a crisis for the University, as well. To date, the University has received only 18 percent of the funds appropriated to it by the Illinois General Assembly. This is not a reflection of the state's support for the University, but instead is a result of the state's cash crisis. As of today, we have more than $475 million in unpaid vouchers from the state of Illinois.
As president, I'm inviting you to join my efforts in securing funding for the University. Last week, I joined other public university presidents in signing a letter to the governor and comptroller outlining the crisis looming for higher education. Please add your voice in support of our efforts by visiting, calling or emailing your elected officials today. Share with them the value of the University to you, urge them to do what they can to resolve the state's financial crisis, and ask them to pay the appropriation to the U of I as passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor last year.
Thank you in advance for taking action today and for your loyal support of the University of Illinois.
Stanley O. Ikenberry
University of Illinois