Details on Chicago Women’s march to be released at Tuesday news conference

CHICAGO – Thousands of Illinois Education Association (IEA) members are scheduled to participate in women’s marches across the state this weekend, including Saturday’s Women’s March Chicago. Executive Director Audrey Soglin will march in the downtown rally, alongside members showing their support for women’s rights, union rights and the right to a quality public education. IEA members also will attend marches in Springfield, Carbondale, Rockford and Elgin on Saturday.

“Thousands of our members will be out across the state because we believe voting is crucial to advocating our voice in a democracy. We also believe public education and the right to organize are fundamental to maintaining our freedoms and rights,” said IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin.

The theme for this year’s women’s march is “March to the Polls.”  The Chicago march will get underway at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20.  For more information on the march visit

More details will be announced at a news conference scheduled for 12 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Dr., second floor. Media planning to attend the news conference should RSVP to


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.