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  • Governor unveils vision for Illinois Innovation Network

    RIVERBENDER | OCT. 19, 2017

    Governor Bruce Rauner and the University of Illinois System today unveiled plans for an Illinois Innovation Network to ignite the state’s economy through a network of research universities, businesses, and public sector partners focused on the development of solutions in computing and big data, advanced materials, food and agriculture, and biosciences and health.

  • 2 hubs picked for Illinois Innovation Center outside Chicago

    DAILY HERALD | SEP. 3, 2018

    Officials have picked sites at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and in Springfield to become part of a Chicago-based high-tech innovation center. The University of Illinois Springfield recently acquired Innovate Springfield, a downtown business and innovation incubator, to house the first hub of the Illinois Innovation Network.

  • NIU joins U of I system-led Illinois Innovation Network

    NIU NEWSROOM | OCT. 10, 2018

    A world-class research center targeting food systems, water resources and environmental change is planned at Northern Illinois University as part of a new statewide innovation network led by the University of Illinois System.

  • NIU announces partnership, plans for $23M research facility

    THE TIMES | OCT. 10, 2018

    A news conference was held Tuesday at Barsema Visitors and Alumni Center to announce NIU has joined the Illinois Innovation Network, in partnership with the University of Illinois system.

  • Innovation Hub Intended for Downtown Peoria

    OSF NEWS | DEC. 20, 2018

    OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council are joining forces to develop a Peoria Innovation Hub.

  • SIUE joins Illinois Innovation Network

    ADVANTAGE | MAY 16, 2019

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has joined the Illinois Innovation Network, a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development.

  • SIU joins the economy-building Illinois Innovation Network

    SIU NEWS | MAY 15, 2019

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale, long a leader in spurring innovation, entrepreneurship and development, is one of the newest members of a statewide group of hubs created to boost the state’s economy through research and innovation.

  • ISU joins Innovation Network, will pursue business incubator

    PANTAGRAPH | MAY 16, 2019

    The idea of a business incubator at Illinois State University is getting a boost from the institution joining a statewide network aimed at entrepreneurship, research and workforce development.

  • Illinois State University joins Illinois Innovation Network

    ILLINOIS STATE NEWS | MAY 20, 2019

    Illinois State University has joined the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois' economy through entrepreneurship, research, and workforce development.

  • Chicago State University Joins Illinois Innovation Network

    CSU NEWS | MAY 20, 2019

    Chicago State University joined the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development today.

  • WIU Joins Illinois Innovation Network

    WIU NEWS | MAY 21, 2019

    Building upon the President's Executive Institute for public-private partnerships, the region's manufacturing base and the University's commitment to the community and economic development of rural communities, Western Illinois University has joined the Illinois Innovation Network.

  • Illinois Innovation Network installs inaugural officers

    U OF I SYSTEM NEWS | OCT. 4, 2019

    The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) installed its inaugural slate of officers, approved bylaws and created four working committees to address key statewide priorities during a Sept. 26 meeting of the IIN Council at Governors State University. 

  • SIUE’s Cobb among Illinois Innovation Network’s inaugural officers

    THE INTELLIGENCER | OCT. 7, 2019

    Southern Illinois University Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Denise Cobb, has been named secretary for the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) as it installed its inaugural slate of officers, approved bylaws and created four working committees to address key statewide priorities.

  • Rives Named to Illinois Innovation Network Executive Committee

    WIU NEWS | OCT. 8, 2019

    Joe Rives, senior vice president for strategic planning and initiatives at Western Illinois University, has been named at-large member to the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) executive committee.

  • Peoria Innovation Hub Formally Kicks Off

    WCBU NEWS | NOV. 4, 2019

    The Peoria Innovation Hub formally kicked off Monday in downtown Peoria. The hub is a project of the Illinois Innovation Network and an affiliate of the Discovery Partners Institute. Gov. J.B. Pritzker was on hand for the kickoff at the old ICC Thomas Building.

  • Gov. Pritzker joins local leaders in celebrating new Peoria Innovation Hub

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD | NOV. 4, 2019

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker is joining Peoria city officials in celebrating the new Peoria Innovation Hub. The Peoria Innovation Hub, located downtown, will be dedicated to finding solutions to improve the wellness of underserved populations and advance systems related to food, farming, and transportation.

  • University Of Illinois Research Hub To Anchor First Phase Of The 78, As Massive Project Gets $500 Million In Funding From The State

    CBS CHICAGO | FEB. 12, 2020

    Construction on the first major piece of The 78 megadevelopment in the South Loop should begin later this year, after Gov. JB Pritzker announced the release of $500 million in capital funding for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a research hub led by the University of Illinois.

  • $10 million gift from UI trustee part of innovation pledge

    THE NEWS GAZETTE | FEB. 12, 2020

    A $10 million gift from the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and his wife is among $454 million raised by universities involved with the Illinois Innovation Network that will help move it forward.

  • State releases $500 million for statewide technology innovation network; SIU included as a hub

    SOUTHERN ILLINOISAN | FEB. 12, 2020

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday touted statewide benefits he said will result from a $500 million state investment in 15 hubs of a University of Illinois-led public-private research institute network.

  • State releases $500 million for technology innovation network with 15 hubs

    DAILY HERALD | FEB. 12, 2020

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday touted statewide benefits he said will result from a $500 million state capital infrastructure investment in 15 hubs of a University of Illinois-led public-private research institute network.

  • Related Midwest Unveils Plan for First Phase of Massive Development in Downtown Chicago

    GLOBE ST. | FEB. 13, 2020

    Related Midwest has unveiled plans for “The 78,” a mixed-use project that will bring 2.8 million square feet in the first phase of construction that will add new office, residential, hospitality and retail space to the downtown riverfront here.

  • UIC campus in Rockford to receive millions in funding

    WREX | FEB. 13, 2020

    Governor J.B. Pritzker announces hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for different institutions across the state, including the UIC health sciences campus in Rockford.

  • Pritzker announces $500 million in capital funds will be used to improve economic development

    CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD | FEB. 13, 2020

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker is backing up his plans to improve economic development in the state by introducing state-of-the-art technology to higher education.

  • Innovation hub at Illinois State University expected to provide inspiration, retain local talent

    THE PANTAGRAPH | FEB. 19, 2020

    With Gov. J.B. Pritzker's announcement last week that the state is moving forward with $500 million in capital funding for the Illinois Innovation Network and the Discovery Partners Institute, ISU is stepping up its planning efforts as one of 15 hubs in the network, led by the University of Illinois system.

  • Business incubator hopes to keep startups in Bloomington-Normal

    VIDETTE | FEB. 24, 2020

    After Gov. Pritzker announced the release of $500 million in funding for the Illinois Innovation Network, Illinois State University began planning to create a startup business incubator in Bloomington-Normal.

  • Illinois universities seeking greater funding increases

    SOUTHERN ILLINOISAN | FEB. 26, 2020

    Public universities in Illinois began making their case Wednesday for state funding increases larger than those that Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker proposed in his budget address on Feb. 19.

  • UIS seeks public input about downtown Innovation Center

    SJR | MAR. 2, 2020

    The University of Illinois Springfield is seeking public input about the UIS Innovation Center and Springfield Innovation District in the downtown area.