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URBANA — Less than three weeks after learning that the newly passed state budget includes a bump of nearly 5 percent in its appropriation, the University of Illinois on Wednesday announced system-wide raises averaging 2 percent for nonunion faculty and staff.

As was the case a year ago, the merit-based raises take effect Aug. 16 for the 2019-20 academic year, UI President Tim Killeen wrote in a mass email to employees.

Additionally, Killeen said, all three universities in the system were authorized to use "additional resources in their (fiscal 2020) budgets to address individual salary cases related to compensation, market, equity and retention issues.

"Commitments for existing contractual agreements, promotions and equity adjustments will also be honored as part of this program," he added.

Killeen said he asked all three chancellors to "monitor carefully" any individual increases of more than 7 percent, and said he'd do the same at the system level.

He said the raises would apply to faculty, academic professionals and civil-service staff at the Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses.

"Pay adjustments for faculty and staff in bargaining units will be determined by negotiations with the bargaining representative and/or applicable contract settlements, and are not subject to unilateral adjustments unless authorized or permitted pursuant to the collective bargaining process," Killeen wrote.