U of I’s master plan estimated to cost $1.2 billion
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“This is a feasible approach. It’s very exciting,” Killeen said.
Trustee Don Edwards said funding for the projects will likely have to come from fundraising.
“We should be as ambitious as possible when it comes to raising money from our alums and reinvesting it in the future of Illinois students,” Edwards said.
Last month, the campus kicked off a $2.25 billion campaign as part of a $3.1 billion fundraising effort by the UI system.
“We’re going to have to get very active on the fundraising for obvious reasons,” Killeen said. “We can’t expect all of these to be done by state funding, if it continues to erode.”
Mary Jukuri, the campus planner for the consulting firm SmithGroupJJR, said a full detailed report will be available online once it’s been approved by trustees. The board is scheduled to meet next week in Chicago.