Medical school plan endorsed by University of Illinois faculty committee

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URBANA - The faculty Senate Executive Committee at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has signed off on a proposal to build a new medical school.

The committee agreed to endorse the idea on Monday, and was the first step of several still required for the university to build the new school.  The plan must be approved by the full faculty Senate and the Board of Trustees.

The local Carle hospital and the university would work together to run the new medical school.  Classes would be kept small at the beginning, with no more than 25 students per class.

Officials are estimating the cost of opening the school to be more than $200 million.

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