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 »
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
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Illinois Civic Engagement Project identified 68 ways that people at all levels of society can encourage people to get more involved in their communities. Here is the list of the 68 ways (PDF). Related links: Final report of the Illinois Civic Engagement Project About the Illinois Civic Engagement Project Other resources related to the project
U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis used University Hall at UIS as the host site for meetings with two of his advisory groups on May 13, 2014 – one for elementary and secondary leaders in his 13th Congressional District and the other for higher education leaders. He listened intently to their concerns about education.
Several UIS students were honored for their roles in the annual Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation at the state capitol on March 2, 2014. The UIS delegation was also honored with the Outstanding Large Delegation award.