University of Illinois State Issues

State Relations prepares summary documents on various state issues. Information is available on:


Illinois Performance Accountabilty Commitment (IPAC)


With the state’s help, IPAC can be the most comprehensive agreement of its kind, to ensure that Illinois public higher education is both affordable and accessible. The University of Illinois would commitment to the following: to stabilize in-state undergraduate tuition and fees, guarantee to admit a growing number of Illinois residents, maintain high graduations and retention rates, implement the Triple I (Invest in Illinoisans) program to invest $170 million in financial aid for Illinois residents. In return, the state would commit to fund the university at a stable and appropriate amount every year for the next 5 years, while also creating the Illinois Excellence Program to recruit and retain promising faculty.


FY19 Budget Request

 The U of I System is requesting a FY19 state appropriation of $681 million, up $98 million from the current fiscal year.  The proposed increase includes $77.3 million to strengthen academic quality, $16.1 million to address facility operations, and $4.5 million to address increased costs.  For historical perspective, the U of I System received a post-supplemental appropriation of $647 million in FY15.  During a two-year budget impasse that followed, funding was limited to  $530.6 million, about 41 percent of the system’s traditional appropriations. Under an agreement last summer that ended the impasse, the U of I System received full funding for FY17, matching the FY15 appropriation.  FY16 funding remained at about $180 million, or 28 percent of the FY15 appropriation.  FY18 funding as reduced 10 percent from FY15, providing about $583 million.  

Thirty Year Lease Agreements

Under current law, the University of Illinois is prohibited from entering into leases for a period of longer than ten years under Section 40-25 of the Procurement Code. The University has several new construction projects it would like to complete at the UIC campus, but cannot attain financing through a public-private partnership because of the current ten-year lease limitation. These projects include a new $60 million dollar Ear and Eye Infirmary Replacement and Surgery Center, a $17 million dollar soccer stadium, a $125 million multi-purpose event arena, a $105 million dollar performing arts center, and $100 million dollar mixed-use facility.  The University needs relief from the current ten-year lease provision in the procurement code to continue to advance the mission of the University of Illinois through public-private partnerships and long-term lease agreements. This change makes financial sense as it will ease the burden on the state and prevent the University of Illinois from duplicating capital investments.