U of I Day at the Capitol generates buzz in Springfield
Alumni from all three University of Illinois campuses converged on Springfield, Ill., on May 18 to explain the impact U of I has had on their lives and to urge a compromise that will save public funding for higher education. Ranging from the class of 1950 to the class of 2018, this diverse group of dedicated alumni came together to move the dial on the budget impasse.
Advocates were greeted by U of I Alumni Association President & CEO Loren R. Taylor and U of I President Timothy Killeen before an address from Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs on how their voices can help break the deadlock that has delayed the state budget for almost an entire year. The group then marched to the Capitol and met with dozens of legislators, describing the vital role higher education played in their lives and its importance to the state’s future. By relaying their stories and perspectives, this group of impassioned alumni sent a clear signal to Springfield that the University’s 400,000 in-state alumni are concerned about the damage the impasse has inflicted and expect a solution to secure our school’s future.
If you couldn’t attend the event, you can still do your part to preserve higher education. Elected officials want to hear from their constituents about their passions and priorities. Whether you are a student, a graduate or simply a friend of the University, telling legislators about your unique connection to U of I makes a major difference.
Click the button below to email your legislator and describe your own Illinois connection, or tag a post on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter using the hashtag #MyIllinoisConnection to tell the world why U of I is meaningful to you.
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