COVID-19: Rising to the Challenge

The University of Illinois System is demonstrating its land-grant mission in real time, marshalling its world-class resources and utilizing its knowledge-generating power to foster solutions that will help steer our state through this pandemic. Here is a look at some of the many contributions by the talented faculty and staff in the system offices, and at the system’s universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield.

Recent headlines

See the story archives

Learn more

Learn more about all the efforts throughout the system in the early months of the pandemic on our COVID-19 response narrative page.


$36,000,000 Students First COVID-19 Emergency Fund

500 participants in tech-ready programs to address the 699% increase in Illinois unemployment

COVID-19 websites

Websites across the U of I System keep our communities apprised of the latest communications and developments, along with answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information for additional concerns:

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | Weekly Dashboard
University of Illinois Chicago | Weekly Dashboard
University of Illinois Springfield | Weekly Dashboard
UI Health
System HR Services
SHIELD Illinois
Shield T3

podcast art with U of I System logo and images of Alma Mater, Chicago skyline, and Abe Lincoln

Listen to the Rising to the Challenge podcast

Play the Leading the Fight on All Fronts video below, or watch on Youtube


U of I System plans broader in-person instruction next fall
Killeen recognizes innovation and work that have kept campuses open
U of I System receives FDA authorization for covidSHIELD test process
This is the safest place in Illinois
Illinois public universities seek additional COVID-19 relief
Spring semester welcome
U of I System completes 1 million COVID-19 tests
COVID-19 update: you are leading the way

For older communications visit:
Messages to the U of I System community

Play the Turning Uncertain Into Extraordinary video below, or watch on Youtube

In the News

Sun-Times, Jan. 18
Yahoo Finance, Nov. 24
WGN TV, Nov. 20
WGN Radio, Nov. 20
The 21st, Sept. 16
CBS Evening News, Sept. 10
CNN, Sept. 8
CNN,  Sept. 1
CNBC, Aug. 28


U of I System COVID-19 policies



U of I System Offices should utilize their home campus signage. If you are in a leased space and need assistance with alternative signage, email University Relations.


System HR COVID-19 resources
Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Illinois Department of Health
1.800.889.3931 or 
Chicago Department of Public Health
Champaign-Urbana Health District
Sangamon County Dept. of Public Health
Hotline: 217.321.2606

small coronavirus image

A UIC alumnus helped create this CDC image.
Read the story in the Chicago Tribune.