URBANA-The University of Illinois will receive a $10.1 million increase in its
base state operating appropriation to $708.2 million total under a fiscal year 2007 budget
approved by the General Assembly. University initiatives across the three campuses will
receive an additional $2.4 million in grant funding from the state, and Illinois
VENTURES, the U of I technology commercialization entity, will receive $750,000 in
state economic development funding.
The 1.8 percent increase in the general revenue appropriation for the University
marked the first year since fiscal 2002 that the U of I, and state higher education in
general, received an increase in operating funds.
University of Illinois President B. Joseph White applauded the governor and the
legislature for a budget that he said affirms the importance of higher education in Illinois.
"The University of Illinois is the state's most valuable asset to the people of our
state to have a prosperous future," White said. "I am grateful for the leadership of the
governor and the legislature in helping with the resources to achieve continued academic
excellence and affordable education for nearly 70,000 Illinois students."
The state of Illinois is the single largest source of funding for the University of
Illinois, providing more than $1 billion of the University's $3.6 billion annual operating
budget. In addition to the $710.6 million general revenue appropriation, the state is
expected to make nearly $389 million in payments on behalf of the university for
employee pension and health care benefits.
University initiatives contained in the $7 10.6 appropriation include the following:
- $1 million for the CHANCE program at the University of Illinois at Chicago;
- $800,000 for the Hispanic Center for Excellence at UIC;
- $500,000 for library digitalization at Urbana-Champaign;
- $350,000 for the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center through the Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences;
- $350,000 for the Pathways to Health Professionals program; and
- $300,000 for campus-based work force development programs.
In addition, the UIC Operation CEASEFIRE program, a successful
violent crime deterrent in Chicago area neighborhoods, will receive $6.4 million in
community grants through the state Department of Corrections, and CFAR's grant
funding was increased by $1 million to $4.5 million. CFAR is the Council on Food and
Agricultural Research, which supports projects that have a practical impact on the state's
food and agricultural industries. CFAR is based in Champaign; researchers at the U of I
and other public universities compete for CFAR grants.
Students at the U of I, and other Illinois universities will see more financial aid.
The need-based Monetary Award Program is in line for an additional $7.56 million, for a
total of $354.3 million. A new grant program, called MAP Plus, would give $500 grants
to students whose families earn too much to qualify for regular MAP grants, which can
be used for college costs such as books and room and board.
A capital budget was not appropriated for the third year in a row.
The University of Illinois enrolls nearly 70,000 students at its campuses in
Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign, educates thousands more off-campus
(including on-line) and has more than 558,000 living alumni. The state's top educator,
University of Illinois awards more than 17,000 degrees each year.