Over 150 UI alumni meeting lawmakers at Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD – Alumni from all three University of Illinois campuses will be traveling to the State Capitol Wednesday to meet with legislators for U of I Alumni Day.

This annual event brings alumni from the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses together to deliver a message on behalf of the University. Alumni will be meeting with their elected representatives to encourage funding support for the University and higher education in general.

U of I President Tim Killeen will also be joining the alumni and says he is great to alumni for sharing their experiences with lawmakers to help the University.

“The success of University of Illinois alumni feeds the pipeline of talent development that contributes to the economic vitality of the state of Illinois,” President Killeen explains.

The event is coordinated by Illinois Connection, the legislative advocacy network of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. UI Alumni Association President and CEO Loren Taylor says the program gives alumni a unique way to stay connected while advocating for education.

“As we enter the 11th month without a state budget, the University of Illinois Alumni Association’s role in advocating for state support of higher education has never been more critical,” Taylor says.

Advocates will begin the event with a noon lunch at the Sangamo Club then hear from Killeen, Taylor and State Treasurer Mike Frerichs about the importance of state funding of higher education and the challenges that the budget impasse has created for the University.

Everyone then heads to the east steps of the Capitol Building for a group photo before dispersing to meet with legislators.

According to officials, this event is being held in conjunction with the Board of Trustees meeting, which takes place on Thursday, May 19.

More information about Illinois Connection can be found here.

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