University of Illinois System State Issues

Below are a list of issues that affect the U of I System which State Relations has developed fact sheets on.

Illinois Performance Accountability 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.

PROSPER Illinois

An initiative led by the U of I System, PROSPER Illinois would offer new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate on or near eligible university or college campuses across the state of Illinois. These zones would be connected to the Illinois Innovation Network and the Discovery Partners Institute. Benefits to companies: direct access to research expertise, state of the art facilities, and top tech talent in key industries. Benefits to the State: attract major corporations and growing startup companies, job creation and investments, tiered benefits to drive growth in economically distressed regions, talent retention and recruitment.


Discovery Partners Institute (DPI)

The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is a purpose-driven, collaborative research institute located in Chicago that is focused on building prosperity and growing the state of Illinois’ workforce by creating solutions to grand challenges. It is led by the University of Illinois System, its three universities and partners.

Illinois Innovation Network (IIN)

The Illinois Innovation Network is a system of connected university-community-industry-based hubs throughout the state that will work together to drive innovation along with economic and workforce development across Illinois.
Hubs will utilize a combination of research, public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship and workforce training programs to spur economic development in their region and across the state.  IIN hubs will both power and leverage the Chicago-based Discovery Partners Institute.