22, No.2, July 18, 2002
Benefits for domestic
partners and the Fiscal Year 2004 budget request topped the agenda for
the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Sept. 18 meeting
in Springfield, Ill.
Karen Alston, director of the Womens Studies Program at the Urbana
campus and a faculty member in educational policy studies, presented
a report to the board that supported extending university-provided benefits
to same-sex domestic partners of employees.
According to Alstons report, 167 colleges and universities, including
seven Illinois institutions, six of the 11 Big Ten universities and all
eight Ivy League schools and MIT, already provide domestic partner benefits,
a factor that has sometimes put Illinois at a competitive disadvantage
when recruiting and retaining faculty.
University President James J. Stukel said the board may consider the domestic
partner benefits issue again at its September meeting.
Vice president Chester S. Gardner presented the preliminary FY 2004
operating budget, which called for a $91.7 million increase, an increase
of 8.47 percent, over the current years base budget.
The increase is needed in FY04 so the university can recover from the
adverse impact of the budget rescissions and reductions of the prior
two fiscal years, Gardner said.
Despite the tuition increase approved by the trustees for FY03, the
universitys tuition allocations for various programs are expected
to exceed its tuition income by $1.7 million, leaving the three campuses
to reallocate funds to cover the gap, Gardner said.
The preliminary FY04 operating budget also includes $32 million for
salary improvements to safeguard retention and recruitment.
The FY04 budget presented also called for $34.1 million for facility
renewal and replacements, including $12 million for planning a Performing
Arts Center on the Chicago campus; $3.3 million for infrastructure improvements
on the Springfield campus; and $51 million for the remodeling of Lincoln
Hall on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
The trustees approved the appointment of Thomas Hardy as the new executive
director of the Office of University Relations, formerly the University
Office of Public Affairs.
Capital projects contracts approved by the board included:
- employment of VOA Architects, Chicago, for renovation and expansion
of the Intramural Physical Education and Campus Recreation Center
East facilities on the Urbana campus at a fee of $3.4 million plus
reimbursable expenses estimated at $700,000 through the schematic
- a $12.9 million contract with James McHugh Construction, Chicago,
was approved for constructing of a $20.7 million parking garage spanning
Maxwell Street. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2002.
- three contracts totaling $8.2 million were awarded for construction
of a new 334,500 square feet College of Medicine Research building
on the Chicago campus and for the planning and remodeling of relocation
space for operations displaced by the construction.
- a $3.5 million, three-year contract to TMP Worldwide for development
of instructional materials for training approximately 10,000 university
staff during the UI Integrate implementation.
Trustees discuss FY04 budget and
domestic partner benefits
By Sharita Forrest, Assistant Editor
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