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Rockford Anesthesiologist Elected As New U Of I Trustees' Chairman


A Rockford anesthesiologist has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of the University of Illinois system's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Timothy Koritz of Roscoe was chosen for the position Thursday at a trustees meeting in Chicago. He's been on the board since 2009. He works at Rockford Memorial Hospital and is a former professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Three trustee terms expired Monday. The school is awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's appointments to those positions.

The board is governs the system's three campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield and a $5.6 billion annual budget.

Meanwhile, University of Illinois trustees have decided for a third-straight year not to raise tuition rates next fall for in-state freshmen.

Trustees voted Thursday at their meeting in Chicago. School officials say it's the longest time tuition rates have held steady for four years since the mid-1970s. The school noted that trustees made the decision despite the lack of a state budget that has reduced government funding for the University of Illinois system for the last two years.

The vote means that base tuition for in-state freshmen will be about $12,000 a year at the Urbana-Champaign campus, about $9,400 in Springfield and $10,580 in Chicago. Chicago freshmen business administration students will have to pay an addition $150 annually for a tuition differential.

Some increases were approved for out-of-state and international students.

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