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University of Illinois plans faculty raises despite state cuts

University of Illinois leaders say that, although the school is operating in a tough financial environment, they plan to give faculty merit-based raises this summer that will average 2.5 percent.

Christophe Pierre is the university’s vice president for academic affairs. He says any raises will be questioned with the school’s state funding dropping by $44 million this fiscal year. But Pierre and others say the university has to keep salaries competitive to draw and retain top talent.

Randy Kangas, the university’s a

ssociate vice president for planning and budgeting, says other Big Ten schools are planning raises of 1 to 3 percent.Officials say the raises aren’t automatic and that some employees might not get them.

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