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NEIU Alumni Advocacy 

After 24 months, Northeastern Illinois University is still contending with the state of Illinois’ budget crisis.

Last year’s “stopgap” funding ran out at the close of 2016 and Illinois colleges and universities are facing a third year with no clear path to supporting higher education.

Defend NEIU's future and let legislators know that another year of budget inaction and massive cuts is unsustainable.

Illinois Public Universities Alumni Key Points to Consider:

  • Illinois’ public colleges and universities employ 175,000 people full-time and contribute more than $50 billion in state and local economic activity annually.
  • They build the state’s workforce by educating more than 800,000 students every year and awarding more than 195,000 certificates and degrees annually.
  • Over 70 percent of those graduates stay in Illinois, driving the state forward.
  • A lack of funding has left hundreds of Illinoisans without jobs and thousands more feeling insecure about their future and wary about staying in Illinois.
  • Northeastern Illinois University alumni are strong in number with nearly 80,000 living alumni. Leverage your power to unify as one collective voice for NEIU. Below are alumni stats you should know: 

    Living alumni: 77,910
    Golden Apple alumni: 28
    Alumni living in Chicago: 26,602
    Alumni living in the state of Illinois: 63,887

    ​Alumni by Profession
    Alumni who are attorneys/lawyers: 198
    Alumni who are doctors/medical field: 474
    Alumni who are teachers: 5,786
    Alumni who are business owners: 706

Tell lawmakers that you—their constituents—are watching and expect better of them.

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STATE OF ILLINOIS: 20 MONTHS WITHOUT A BUDGET

Northeastern Illinois University’s fight for funding and public higher education WHY FIGHT FOR PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION?

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Access to Opportunity

Northeastern is a pathway to an excellent and affordable education. For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report announced that Northeastern had earned the No. 1 spot for students who graduate with the least amount of debt among Midwest regional universities. Did you know that a recent Economic Policy Institute study found that high-wage states are those with a highly educated workforce? Also, according to a 2014 U.S. Department of Labor report, workers with a bachelor’s degree earn 65 percent more than workers with a high school diploma. The earnings gap is nearly double for workers with a master’s degree and almost 140 percent more for workers with doctoral or professional degrees. NEIU values access to a life-changing degree.

Economic Impact 

Public universities in Illinois enroll nearly 200,000 students and send about 50,000 graduates into the workforce every year. At Northeastern, our alumni base is nearly 80,000, and 65,000 are living in the state of Illinois. Universities leverage state support by attracting more than $1.2 billion in external funding that supports the state’s economy today and fosters groundbreaking, research-based innovation that creates the new businesses and jobs of tomorrow. NEIU alumni contribute a large and positive economic impact to the state of Illinois.

DID YOU KNOW?

This year and last year, Illinois public universities have received only a fraction of the state support we depend on. We are weathering the most difficult financial crisis in our 150-year history due to the ongoing Illinois state budget impasse. State appropriations for public higher education operations have decreased over the past 15 years.

TAKE ACTION BE PROUD TO BE NEIU

Advocate 

Contact your elected officials about the key role that higher education plays in meeting future workforce demands and the importance of keeping a college education affordable. Calling is always the most effective method.

Volunteer

Volunteer with the Alumni Association. Be a mentor. Offer an internship. Stay connected. Be inspired. If you haven’t already, sign up for our e-newsletters. And above all, come visit! Our students and faculty are outstanding, and want to get to know you.

Give Back

With inconsistent and decreasing state support, your donations are essential to student success. Donations to Northeastern’s Leader Fund provides help where the need is the greatest across the University.

With your support, We WILL win this fight and overcome the state budget impasse. Show your NEIU pride today and take action!


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Northeastern Illinois University
Alumni Serving Elected Officials as of February 2017

U.S. Congress

The Honorable Luis V. Gutierrez (D-4th District), B.A. 1976 
United States House of Representatives
3210 W. North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647

Illinois General Assembly 

*The Honorable Pamela J. Althoff (R-32nd District), M.A. 1978 
Illinois State Senator
One North Virginia Street
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

*The Honorable Iris Y. Martinez (D-20th District), B.A. 2009 
Illinois State Senator
2845 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60618

*The Honorable Sara K. Feigenholtz (D-12th District), B.A. 1978 
Illinois State House of Representatives
1051 W. Belmont Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60657

The Honorable Laura Fine (D-17th District), M.A. 1999
Illinois State House of Representatives
1812 Waukegan Road, Suite A
Glenview, Illinois 60025

The Honorable Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24th District), B.A. 2015
Illinois State House of Representatives 
2137 S. Lombard Avenue, Ste. 205
Cicero, Illinois 60804 

The Honorable Cynthia Soto (D-4th District), B.A. 2013 
Illinois State House of Representatives 
2615 W. Division Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60622 

Cook County 

The Honorable Karen A. Yarbrough, M.A. 1996 
Cook County Recorder of Deeds
118 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Chicago City council 

The Honorable Walter Burnett, B.A. 1998 
Alderman of the 27th Ward
1463 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

The Honorable George Cardenas, B.A. 1991 
Alderman of the 12th Ward
2458 W. 38th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60632

*The Honorable Margaret Laurino, B.A. 1974
Alderman of the 39th Ward
4404 W. Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60630

The Honorable Milagros (Milly) Santiago, B.A. 1986  
Alderman of the 31st Ward 
2521 N. Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois 60639 

*Leadership appointment

Alumni

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alumni@neiu.edu

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