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Speeches and InterviewsPresident Tim Killeen

University of Illinois President Timothy L. Killeen makes numerous speeches each year and is interviewed by the press.  Many of these remarks are listed below. 

For communications to faculty, staff, and students, refer to the Messages to the U of I System community page.

2024

Speeches

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, May 16 (at 8:11)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Mar. 28 (at 7:05)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Jan. 18 (at 18:48)

2023

Speeches

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Nov. 16 (at 17:21)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Sept. 21 (at 9:45)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, July 20 (at 13:15)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, May 18 (at 9:30)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Mar. 30 (at 12:18)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Jan. 26 (at 23:55)

Interviews

Interview with Capitol Connection regarding Governor Pritzker's FY2024 budget proposal, WCIA-TV, February 26
 

2022

Speeches

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Nov. 17 (audio only, at 12:30)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, Sept. 22 (at 24:00)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, July 21 (at 16:00)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, May 19 (at 10:00)

UIUC Commencement, May 14 (at 55:50)

2022 Douglas Award presentation, April 21 (at 14:20)

Welcome and introduction of new UIS Chancellor Janet Gooch, April 19 (at 4:15)

UIS Celebration of Philanthropy, April 13 (at 15:00)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, March 17 (at 7:30)

Townhall with President Killeen on state priorities, February 25

Proposed investment in higher education, event with governor, February 9

Town Hall with President Killeen on federal priorities for 2022

International Holocaust Rememberence Day, January 27 (at 3:25)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, January 20 (at 6:45)

Interviews

U of I System leaders on state tour at Ag Day at the state fair, RFD Today, Sep. 1

U of I leaders focus on partners, future roles, FarmWeek, Aug. 31

U of I visits Cairo Port Project site, hopes it can help fight food insecurity, WSIL, August 17

U of I president offers a state of the system report, WBBM, May 20

2021

Speeches

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, September 22 (At 17:00)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, July 22

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, March 11

Federal priorities webinar, February 2

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, January 21

Interviews

University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen talks about fall semester, WILL, Aug. 18

University of Illinois president on why students must be vaccinated to attend fall semester, WBUR, Aug. 16

Preparing for the future, WLS Radio, July 22

University of Illinois system now requiring COVID-19 vaccines for staff, WGN TV, July 21

How universities are preparing for another school year amid COVID-19, WTTW, July 21

2020 

Speeches

5th Anniversary of Paris Agreement, December 11

Presentation to City Club of Chicago, December 9 

Op-Ed on the SHIELD program, News-Gazette, November 25

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, November 12

Remarks, University of Illinois Foundation 85th annual meeting, October 22 (at 18:26 mark)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, September 10

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, July 23; and Remarks from Chancellor Jones

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, May 21

Virtual Town Hall, May 13

Opinion: U of I System playing a role in fight against COVID-19, April 8
(also appearing in Springfield State-Journal Register, Rockford Register Star, and others)

Remarks, Board of Trustees Meeting, March 12

Remarks, IIN and DPI funding announcement, February 12

Edwards remarks, IIN and DPI funding announcement, February 12

Interviews

COVID-19 'has no place to hide' on campus, WGN Radio, November 20

U of I President Tim Killeen discusses COVID-19 on campus, WGN TV, November 20

Tim Killeen, President of the University of Illinois System, The 21st, September 16

Curbing COVID-19 cases on campuses, CNN, September 8

U of I tests students, faculty and staff at least weekly, CNN, September 1

Key to stopping coronavirus spread is rapid testing, CNBC, August 28

Illinois Town Hall: Responding to COVID-19, Nexstar Broadcasting, May 28

The 21st, Illinois Public Media, April 22

2019

Speeches

Virtual Town Hall, Illinois Alumni Association, December 9

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, November 14

Remarks, 84th annual University of Illinois Foundation meeting, October 11 

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, September 19 

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, May 16

Opinion, State Journal-Register, Investing in higher education, May 11

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, March 14

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, January 31

Interviews

WTTW Chicago Tonight panel, July 25

Times Higher Education, May 14

2018

Speeches 

Video: speech at Observer Research Foundation, December 4 

Video: speech at University of Illinois Foundation annual meeting, September 21

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, September 27

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, July 19

Remarks, video, Discovery Partners Institute press conference, June 19

Video: City Club of Chicago speech, June 6

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, May 17

Remarks, Illinois House Appropriations Committee, April 11 View House handouts

Remarks, Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee, April 5 View Senate handouts

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, March 15

Interviews

Crain's Chicago Business, July 13

State-Journal Register video interview, April 5

2017

Speeches

Letter to House and Senate conferees re: draft tax reform bill, December 6

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, November 16 

Remarks, DPI announcement, October 19

Remarks (video), With Illinois campaign launch event, October 13

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, September 7

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, July 13

Guest Commentary: A model for environmental sustainability, News-Gazette, June 25

U of I Tele-Town Hall with President Killeen, June 22

Commencement remarks, May 

Interviews

Illinois Public Media, June

2016

Speeches

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, September 8

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, May 19

Remarks, Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee, March 17

Remarks, Board of Trustees meeting, January 21

Urbana campus visit from Sen. Dick Durbin, January 20

Interviews

The 21st, Illini Public Media, August 16

News-Gazette, June 29

2015

Speeches

Presentation at Adler Planetarium, June 17

City Club speech and slides, Chicago, June 3; Video

Interviews

Chicago Tonight, November 17

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, May 17

Chicago Tribune, May 15

Other
Performance at Ellnora Guitar Festival, Sep. 12