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STATEMENT BY JAMES J. STUKEL
The State of Illinois has taken a huge step toward its quest to become the leading high-technology state in the heartland with the General Assembly's enthusiastic endorsement of Gov. George Ryan's visionary VentureTECH initiative.
Both the VentureTECH plan and strong support for our operating budget reflect a deep understanding of the University of Illinois' special role in economic development and in educating the workforce for the new century.
Our operating budget increase will support both special salary enhancements for valued faculty and filling key faculty vacancies, will allow significant improvement at our libraries, and will underwrite other academic programs to benefit our students.
Under the VentureTECH plan, state appropriations to the Capital Development Board will permit planning for several projects that both take advantage of major strengths of the University and position the State of Illinois for dynamic and sustainable growth in the technology sector.
At our Springfield campus, some key planning funds will enable our smallest campus to add an important classroom building, vastly improving our teaching and learning space for our students. And the proposed Siebel Center for Computer Science at Urbana-Champaign will benefit from planning funds, as well.
On behalf of the University of Illinois-its students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends-I want to thank Governor Ryan, the legislative leadership and the entire General Assembly for their foresight and their confidence in us.
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