Government Sector

276 Lincoln life mask donated to UIS

On February 11, 1865, Abraham Lincoln consented to having another life mask made of him by the sculptor Clark Mills. A bronze copy of the mask is now on display at Brookens Library, donated by the McGraw family. Related Links: Lincoln life mask donated to UIS by McGraw Family Renowned Lincoln Scholar Michael Burlingame accepts… Read More »

274 UIS Students take top honors at MIG

UIS is one of 30 colleges and universities around the state that participates in the Model Illinois Government simulation each spring at the Illinois State Capitol.  This year’s UIS participants won awards and the top offices. Related Links: Winning awards and offices at the Model Illinois Government simulation Model Illinois Government Club 2014 Model Illinois… Read More »

272 UIS student elected to Benld City Council

Political Science major Peyton Bernot is already putting his education to good use as an elected member of the Benld City Council and Gillespie School Board. Related Links: Leadership Lived Video

270 UIS hosts Illinois House Inauguration for 5th year

The University of Illinois Springfield was proud to host the inauguration of the Illinois House of Representatives on January 14, 2015. A crowd of over 1,700 people gathered in Sangamon Auditorium to watch Illinois lawmakers take the oath of office. Related Links: 2015 Inauguration Video 2013 Inauguration UIS hosts 97th Illinois General Assembly House Inauguration Another historical… Read More »

268 UIS and Downtown Springfield go hand-in-hand

The University of Illinois Springfield shows its community pride for Downtown Springfield, Illinois. Related Links: UIS and Downtown Springfield, a wonderful partnership UIS supports Downtown Springfield video

267 UIS economic impact on Sangamon County

A new study shows how the University of Illinois Springfield is having a major impact on the Sangamon County economy. In Fiscal Year 2013-14, the university added $176.8 million in additional income to the local economy. Related Links: Economic Impact News Release SJR Column: Economic Impact, January 2015 UIS Impact About the study Demonstrating the… Read More »

266 Recipients connect with donors at Scholarship Luncheon

More than 275 people attended the annual UIS Scholarship Luncheon, which brings together donors and scholarship recipients. For many of the donors it was their first time meeting the students they support. Related Links: UIS Scholarship Luncheon 2014 Video Showing our appreciation for scholarship donors 2012 Scholarship Luncheon 2011 Scholarship Luncheon Chancellor’s remarks at the… Read More »

265 Innocence Project helps free man imprisoned for 29 years

A Chicago man who had proclaimed his innocence for nearly 30 years was set free from prison after DNA tests ruled him out as a suspect. Jim Abernathy was represented by the Illinois Innocence Project based out of UIS. Related Links: The Illinois Innocence Project UIS Illinois Innocence Project uses DNA evidence to exonerate man… Read More »

257 9 things the government sector can do

Build on civic pride already existing. 83% of Illinoisans rate their community as an excellent or good place to live. Tell people to put this pride to work instead of dwelling on criticism. Teach and promote civic skills. Provide leadership training. Make it easier for people to register to vote. Get up to speed technologically…. Read More »

255 8 major civic engagement activities – descriptions

Community Involvement Activities (secular): Such activities include volunteering, membership and participation in organizations, working with others to solve community problems, serving on a board, and attending a committee meeting or a board or council meeting. Almost two-thirds of our respondents (66%) reported volunteering time to at least one type of organization. More than one in… Read More »