UIS will soon have a presence near the Capitol

The former Illinois Sheriffs’ Association building will be the downtown headquarters of the University of Illinois Springfield. (Photo courtesy UIS)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield campus of the University of Illinois is a step closer to the bright lights of downtown.

UIS chancellor Janet Gooch says the former Illinois Sheriffs’ Association building at Fourth and Washington Streets, a few blocks from the Capitol, will host the university’s business incubator, plus pursuits that can involve teachers and students.

“There will be ample opportunity for faculty, researchers, and students; working with other people, philanthropies, social service agencies, and lawmakers to really analyze and implement some strategies for the advancement of social progress, and this would be primarily through our Center for State Policy.”

The building gives the university, whose campus is a few miles to the south, a downtown presence.

The university intends to move in in 2025 and paid $950,000 for the three-story, 24,600-square-foot building.

Dave Dahl can be reached at [email protected]


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