Springfield, IL – Jan. 14, 2015 – More than 50 members of the 99th Illinois General Assembly sworn in today were candidates supported by the state’s largest education employees union.

The Illinois Education Association (IEA) supported both Republicans and Democrats for Illinois House and Senate seats, with 87 percent of the organization’s recommended candidates elected.

According to IEA President Cinda Klickna, IEA is involved in politics because every decision made that affects teaching and learning conditions in our schools is a political decision.

“As an advocacy organization, it is crucial that we do all we can to ensure that friends of education are elected to political offices. The decisions of our Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) are made based on both candidate performance and interviews, irrespective of party affiliation,” she said.

IPACE is funded by voluntary contributions from members. Candidate recommendations are determined by local IEA members, based on in-district meetings with legislative candidates.

“Every recommended candidate sat down with IEA members and listened to their concerns while articulating their own views on education issues. Member involvement in the process is the key to electing quality candidates who support education,” Klickna said.

The Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is made up of more than 130,000 current and retired education employees.