Northern Illinois University will be the fourth research hub for the Illinois Innovation Network.
This hub will be part of a research network that spans three University of Illinois campuses, each focused on different subjects. Gov Bruce Rauner says the state’s already budgeted $15 million for NIU’s center, and NIU President Lisa Freeman says the center will focus on issues of sustainability.
"Environmental sustainability, water and food policy, water and food shortages," she said.
Gov. Rauner said this could lead to significant innovation.