Killeen: No raises

Killeen: No raises

URBANA — For the second straight year, the University of Illinois will not provide general raises on its three campuses, at least for the time being.

UI President Tim Killeen sent an email to faculty and staff members late Monday, saying the budget stalemate in Springfield made it “fiscally imprudent” to fund a general salary program for 2016-17.

“Finding a way to provide a merit-based salary program to reward employees for their hard work and dedication has been the subject of extensive discussions among leadership at the system and university levels. This is especially important on the heels of a state budget impasse that prevented a salary program for the 2015-16 academic year,” Killeen said.

“Unfortunately, the budget stalemate in Springfield remains unresolved; following two partial ‘stopgap’ appropriations, the state still does not have a full-year budget for the 2017 fiscal year that started July 1. This leaves us with uncertainty over funding that again makes a salary program fiscally imprudent at this time. As responsible stewards of the University’s future, we must be careful about committing to ongoing, increased expenses while our long-term financial picture is unclear,” he wrote.

“Therefore, we will defer consideration of a salary program for now, and will continue to pursue efficiencies and cost savings that hopefully will allow us to implement a modest program in fiscal 2017,” the email from Killeen said.

Academic appointments for 2016-17 will be presented to the Board of Trustees in September at current salary levels, he said.

Killeen said he recognized the hardship this places on employees, “and I am deeply grateful for your understanding and continued commitment to excellence during this difficult time.”

Employee pay remains “among our highest priorities,” Killeen said, and the university will continue to push for funding to support faculty and staff, academic and reserch programs and public programs, he said.

Sections (2):News, Local

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
robby71 wrote on August 02, 2016 at 12:08 pm

The subject header of Killeen's e-mail was funny: "Fiscal 2017 salary program".

It should have been: "No fiscal 2017 salary program".


UIUCHoopFan wrote on August 02, 2016 at 3:08 pm

This comes as no suprise.....especially when HUGE raises were handed out to some employees last year to pre-pay for the anticipated lack of raises this year.'re not suffering with the rest of the employees by doing without.  You got yours ahead of time.  Good to know the First National Bank of the Ivory Tower was proactive in compensating top heavy administration at The Mother U.

The 'ol one-two punch has been raises + increased healthcare costs = LESS INCOME FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN THE AREA!

Get ready to take it on the chin and bottom line, C-U businesses.

Bulldogmojo wrote on August 02, 2016 at 3:08 pm


Plenty of 6 & 7 figure compensation packages for yet another stream of administrators who can't stay out of the cross hairs of an ethics investigation and plenty of money to put up buildings they can't afford to employ people in...

Shove off Killeen we're done with you and your pot O' gold under your arse

BART15 wrote on August 02, 2016 at 7:08 pm

No sympathy here. The State is dead broke. Blame King Madigan and his 40 year plan to pad his pockets and that of his cronies.