blog posts Be Alert for Unemployment Fraud and Phishing May 20, 2022 9:00 am23 views The Illinois Department of Employment Security website continues to note that they are aware of phishing schemes targeting Illinoisans. Urbana: Faculty and Staff Emergency Fund Drive Spring 2022 Apr 14, 2022 8:00 am28 views The Emergency Fund needs your help! State of Illinois Budget Update Apr 13, 2022 8:00 am4 views Dear faculty, staff, students and friends: The new state budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly and expected to be signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will provide $655.2 million in general operating funds to the University of Illinois System for the coming fiscal year, as well as a $122 million increase for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the state’s primary student financial aid program. The state budget for the 2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1, will increase the U of I System appropriation by 5 percent over the current year. The budget passed also applies an additional $28.1 million supplemental appropriation to the current fiscal year’s $622 million in state operating funds, essentially providing the fiscal year 2023 increase a year early. This marks the third consecutive year that legislators and the governor have maintained or increased U of I System funding. These increases signal continued recognition of the value the U of I System provides not only to our more than 94,000 students, but also to the state as a whole, and we are grateful to our legislators and governor for their investment in higher education. Highlights of the budget include: A $122 million increase for the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP), which provides financial aid to Illinois students, including more than 22,000 across our U of I System universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. $1.36 billion in total capital re-appropriations across the system, of which $496.7 million will support continued planning and construction of the U of I System's Discovery Partners Institute and the statewide Illinois Innovation Network. Additionally, $862.5 million of re-appropriated capital funds will support a number of ongoing construction projects across our three universities. $3 million in new funding for the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield, part of a national program that works to exonerate wrongfully convicted people and reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. $2 million in new funding for the creation of a Climate Jobs Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, to provide data, research and information that will help the state and its workforce transition to a clean-energy economy. In addition to the budget, the legislature also approved regulatory measures that streamline and improve procurement, allowing the university system to more effectively engage minority vendors and conduct business in the state. The measures also establish a taskforce to report on further procurement reforms needed to legislate in the fall veto session. We thank our U of I Caucus for its hard work and dedication during this budget process, and we appreciate the support of all of you in making the U of I System a powerful engine of progress for the state. We are grateful to Gov. Pritzker and the legislature for their ongoing partnership, reflected in this budget which makes vital investments in higher education. We look forward to further collaboration as we work to ensure our universities have the financial backing to continue to deliver for the people of Illinois. Sincerely, Tim Killeen, President, University of Illinois System Robert Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois Chicago Karen Whitney, Interim Chancellor, University of Illinois Springfield Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Limited Waiver Feb 21, 2022 1:30 pm347 views As a University of Illinois System employee, you may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. PSLF is a federal program that forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Keep Your Emergency Contacts Updated Feb 8, 2022 7:00 am93 views Do you have emergency contacts on file with the University of Illinois System? Are they current? It is important to keep up-to-date emergency contact information on file, so U of I System representatives know who to call on your behalf in the unfortunate event of an emergency or accident. Update Your Mailing Address and Consent for Online Tax Forms Dec 8, 2021 7:30 am4920 views This is a general reminder to all faculty and staff: please review and, if necessary, update your Mailing Address on file with the University of Illinois System for benefits and/or tax purposes. Update Your Profile on My UI Info Oct 28, 2021 7:30 am474 views Have you earned a degree or advanced degree recently? Earned or renewed a certification? Or moved to a new address? Please review your profile on My UI Info and update with any changes to ensure your information is current. Free Seasonal Flu Shots - Urbana Sep 28, 2021 10:15 am210 views Seasonal flu shots will be available at no charge to state benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees, and State of Illinois employees, beginning Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at various locations on campus. See Urbana Flu Shot Clinic for details. Keep Your Personal Information Updated Sep 9, 2021 7:30 am264 views Do you have emergency contacts on file with the University of Illinois System? Are they current? It is important to keep up-to-date emergency contact information on file, so U of I System representatives know who to call on your behalf in the unfortunate event of an emergency or accident. Unemployment fraud, phishing on the rise via text, email, social media Jun 28, 2021 12:30 pm1095 views Following is a general notice and reminder to all University of Illinois System faculty and staff to be aware of an increase in identity theft-related unemployment fraud and phishing schemes. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) issued a press release urging citizens to be on high alert for phishing schemes attempting to impersonate and exploit IDES and unemployment systems across the country. Note: IDES will never send a text message seeking your personal information, such as your social security number or driver’s license number. Reminder: Be Alert for Phishing Attempts Jun 24, 2021 4:15 pm120 views Be cautious of unexpected messages or emails asking you to urgently log in to a website or service. Please protect your personal information.