July 1, 2016
Yesterday, legislators and the governor agreed upon legislation [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-budget-impasse-madigan-rauner-met-0701-20160630-story.html] for an initial fiscal 2017 spending plan that will fund higher education, K-12 schools and other essential state services through December.
We are grateful for their hard work and bipartisan compromise, which will improve the University’s financial outlook – providing much welcomed funding and temporarily resolving a year-long budget impasse in Springfield.
I am also deeply grateful to everyone in the University of Illinois family who has stepped up over the last year to advocate on our behalf. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and our Board of Trustees have traveled to Springfield to meet personally with legislators. More than 1,200 supporters responded to a call to action last month, sending over 3,500 emails telling their stories about the University’s importance in their lives and to the future of our state. Our U of I Legislative Caucus also has come through for us. All of these contributions have been impactful.
Under the agreement, the University of Illinois system will receive an appropriation of about $350 million for fiscal year 2017, which begins today, about 55 percent of the nearly $650 million we received in our state appropriation for fiscal year 2015. The funds may be used to pay obligations for both fiscal 2016 and 2017. In addition, the measure also funds MAP financial aid grants that students received for last spring’s semester.
The appropriation will provide critical support for our students, our faculty and staff, our world-class academic and research programs, our Chicago health-care enterprise and our Urbana-based state research institutes. It represents a significant step in the right direction, and for now defers the need for layoffs and other austerity measures that could have had an irreversible impact on our core missions and our global standing.
The short-term spending plan is a milepost, but does not bring us to the finish line. We will continue to advocate for a full fiscal 2016 and 2017 state budget to support our excellence and ensure the long-term stability that is crucial to plan our future. At the same time, we will continue to make our case for future MAP funding to support our most vulnerable students, affordable health-care for our employees and solutions to protect the retirement benefits they have earned.
We also will continue to apply the lessons we have learned through a year of self-examination and self-assessment – hard and ongoing work that has helped us operate more efficiently and effectively, and sharpened our focus on marshaling resources to serve our students and the public good.
Despite our challenges over the last year, the University of Illinois system has remained a go-to destination for students and a world leader in education and innovation. We have held our place because of you, and I can’t thank you enough for your patience, your commitment, your creativity and your passion for this great university.
A few months ago, the governor signed Executive Order 2016-04. Among other things, that executive order directed Central Management Services (CMS) to prepare, on behalf of the governor, a Code of Personal Conduct (Code) for distribution and implementation at all state agencies and public universities.
Per the governor, this Code is to:
Ensure that state employees, including public university employees, are conducting the business of the state in an honest and respectful manner.
Promote accountability to the taxpayers and the people of Illinois.
Promote honest and ethical conduct and fair dealing.
Promote compliance with applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations.
The Code is in addition to, and does not replace, existing University of Illinois policies and procedures regarding employee conduct. The stricter of University of Illinois policies and procedures or the Code will be applied with respect to employee behavior.
The full Code is available for your review and reference at: [http://www.ethics.uillinois.edu/compliance/State_of_Illinois_Code_of_Personal_Conduct].
Donna S. McNeely
Executive Director of University Ethics and Compliance
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To UIC Students, Faculty and Staff,
Tuesday afternoon, UIC Police detectives arrested two suspects in two recent armed robberies in UIC's south campus neighborhood that were the subject of crime alerts. The arrests were made off-campus and were the result of an investigation in collaboration with the Lincolnwood Police Department and a Chicago Police Department/FBI task force.
Michael Hayes, 54, of 518 E. 77th St., and Tyrone Cole, 47, of 7702 S. Calumet Ave., are each charged with two felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm -- for a June 7 robbery of the Subway restaurant at 1252 S. Halsted St., and a June 22 robbery of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1350 S. Halsted. Additional charges are pending with multiple law enforcement agencies. The suspects are due to appear in bond court Wednesday afternoon.
I would like to thank our law enforcement colleagues and our south campus community for their help in this investigation.
Chief Kevin Booker
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