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Kennedy gets 5th term as chairman of U of I board

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  • University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy, left, congratulates new board member Patrick Fitzgerald during a meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

      University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy, left, congratulates new board member Patrick Fitzgerald during a meeting Thursday at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

Chicago businessman Christopher Kennedy has been elected to a fifth term as chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

The board re-elected Kennedy on Thursday during a meeting in Chicago. The board also welcomed new trustee and former top Chicago federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Gov. Pat Quinn appointed Fitzgerald to a six-year term.

Kennedy has been chairman of the board since 2009. The board is in charge of the University of Illinois campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. That includes more than 77,000 students, 24,000 faculty and staff, and a more than $5 billion annual budget.

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