Bruce Rauner was on campus Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to announce that Northern Illinois University has been included in the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), along with three University of Illinois system sites, and will receive a $23 million, 30,000-square-foot research building on the west side of its campus.
The majority of the financing ($15M) for the new facility, which is slated to open in 2021, will come from the State of Illinois’ $500 million IIN fund. NIU will be responsible for $7.9 million, which they will raise through fundraising efforts.
The 20-acre site will focus on food systems, water resources and environmental change and will include greenhouses, an environmental policy institute and an environmental law clinic.
See the NIU Newsroom report for more details: NIU joins U of I System-led Illinois Innovation Network