The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education exists to elect individuals to the Illinois General Assembly, statewide offices, and local school boards who will make a difference for quality education.
How IPACE works, how recommendations are made and more.
Download a list of IPACE Executive Committee members.
IEA members are encouraged to participate in the process used by IPACE, the organization’s political action committee, to recommend candidates for the Illinois General Assembly. This brief video explains how the IEA legislative recommendation process works.
IPACE is the vehicle that allows all IEA members to come together collectively for the purpose of influencing the political decisions that directly affects each of us. IPACE recommendations are member decisions and this document explains how the recommendation process works and provides a guide as to how all IEA members can participate in the recommendation process.
Designee form to cast votes for the local at recommendation meetings.
Contributions to the IPACE may be used to support candidates for local or state office. These contributions are voluntary and not required as a condition of membership. If you would like to contribute, please complete this form.
Local IPACE Rebates
Local IPACE funds are to be used for local campaign expenses, local election activities, school bond/tax referenda and related expenses, and as direct contributions to recommended candidates for local elections. See the links below for more information on your local IPACE rebates.
Many local associations around the state face the daunting task of passing much needed referenda and/or electing Education First school board candidates. Get help with the IEA “how to” manual “A School Board Election and Campaign Handbook.” While the manual is a primer for winning school board elections, it also contains vital campaign information that will help you win your local referendum.
Grassroots Political Activists Program
The mission of the GPA Program is to increase grassroots activity in policy advocacy and political action. This is a statewide program that is governed by IPACE and executed at the region level.
- Ten Golden Rules of Lobbying
- IPACE Recommendation Designee Form
- Ten Things You Can Do to Become an Education Activist
- Take a Legislator to School
- School Board Election & Campaign Handbook
Local Campaign Disclosure Reporting Guide
Any local IPACE unit that collects or disburses $3,000 or more in any 12-month period must file and comply with state disclosure laws. Federal legislation, signed into law on July 1, 2000, imposes new registration and reporting requirements for political action committees with annual gross receipts exceeding $25,000. The latest campaign disclosure information is available from the Illinois State Board of Elections or from your county clerk. You may also wish to follow these links for D-1 and D-2 reports. If you have any questions please feel free to contact an IPACE member or consultant.