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  • Community map locates food assistance sites

    To help Illinois residents meet their basic food needs, University of Illinois Extension launched a new Illinois community food map that allows individuals to search by Illinois zip code for all food resources in that area.

  • Healthcare leaders protect homeless during pandemic

    Chicago nonprofits, shelters, city and healthcare leaders, including UI Health, have come together to address the problems those experiencing homelessness are facing while protecting public health.

  • U of I to expand COVID saliva testing nationally

    The U of I System has embarked on a broad effort to expand the reach of saliva-based testing pioneered by U of I researchers that supports widespread testing with rapid results to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • Instructors benefit from UIS course on teaching online

    The University of Illinois Springfield ION Professional eLearning Program’s Overview of Online Instruction course is helping Illinois higher education professors and K-12 teachers to better teach online during the pandemic.

  • Fund to aid family advocacy initiative at law school clinic

    A new fund will help support those in need of representation in family law matters through UIC John Marshall Law School's Pro Bono Litigation Clinic.

  • Awards recognize UIUC excellence in public engagement

    The Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement spotlight faculty members and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have consistently applied their knowledge and expertise to issues for the public good.

  • UIS offers free public webinar series on community health

    As part of the Springfield Innovation Hub, UIS and the Community Health Roundtable have launched a new webinar series on community health with immediate focus on the impact of COVID-19.

  • DPI launches new education and workforce research center

    The Discovery Partners Institute has launched a new education and workforce research center, IWERC, with $3.9 million from some of the city’s most influential philanthropists and foundations.

  • South Shore clinic expands COVID-19 testing

    UI Health Mile Square Health Center — a network of federally qualified health centers, or FQHCs, in Chicago — is now providing COVID-19 testing to community members on the South Side who meet testing criteria at its South Shore clinic, located at 7037 S. Stony Island Ave.

  • Child Development Laboratory cares for children of essential, critical personnel

    Since mid-March, the staff at the CDL has stepped up to provide emergency childcare for a limited number of essential and critical personnel during the pandemic, under the state’s emergency childcare license. 

  • UIS helping private and community colleges and state agencies transition to remote learning

    The University of Illinois Springfield Center For Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) is helping Illinois private and community colleges and state agencies transition to remote learning as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • UIC leads largest nationwide effort to protect the monarch butterfly

    Since 2017, the University of Illinois at Chicago has partnered with more than 45 energy companies and transportation agencies to develop the first nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances to engage in important conservation actions to protect the monarch butterfly.

  • U of I at Urbana-Champaign helping families across the state

    Here's just 10 ways the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is helping kids and families across the state. More...

  • Gov. Pritzker commits $500 million to IIN and DPI

    The State of Illinois is moving forward with $500 million in capital funding for the University of Illinois System’s Illinois Innovation Network and Discovery Partners Institute – a network of research and innovation hubs that will serve as a magnet for technology and talent. More...

  • Studying access to early childhood education in Illinois

    UIC researchers, supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will examine feedback from families who are living with the effects of their child’s expulsion. More...

  • New UIS data analytics course for business professionals

    UIS is offering a chance for business professionals to become data analytics ninjas through a new highly marketable Splunk fundamentals course that can be completed online in only a month. More...

  • New Peoria Innovation Hub to be part of statewide network

    The Peoria Innovation Hub will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve the wellness of underserved populations and advance systems related to food, farming, and transportation. More...

  • Two projects to help communities with lead-elimination

    UIC received $1.7 million in research funding from HUD to study lead and other household health hazards. The funds will support two different projects in Illinois communities. More...

  • Assisting military-dependent communities

    UIC has received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment to support economic research and resiliency in Illinois’ military-connected communities. More...

  • Child Protection Training Academy

    The Child Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) trains case workers and investigators to better spot and report kids who might be in danger. More...

  • Training community firefighters

    As the statutory fire academy for Illinois, the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) serves firefighters throughout Illinois and beyond with coursework and hands-on training at regional centers throughout the state. More...

  • Impact on the state economy

    The U of I System contributes $17.5 billion annually to the state’s economy through its research, hospital, and entrepreneurial activities, along with the universities' students and visitors, according to a recent study. More...