IEA Recommends Brandon Johnson for Mayor of Chicago

The following statement is attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin:

“We have an opportunity to finally elect a true partner in labor and public education. Brandon Johnson is both a former teacher and a former union organizer. When it comes to protecting all our students and their right to a high-quality public education, there is no one better. Johnson knows that vouchers and non-public charter schools are deeply harmful and are steps toward privatizing our public education systems, opening the door for private entities to profit off our students. The IEA State of Education report reaffirms what we already know: Illinoisans overwhelmingly support public education and believe funding for schools should increase. Johnson is the clear choice for our students, for unions and for all of Chicago.”

This recommendation was made in accordance with IPACE procedures for interviewing and recommending candidates. The process is driven by IEA members from local associations. Each year, numerous meetings are held around the state to recommend political candidates. At these meetings, local IEA members participate in the recommendation process.


At 135,000 members strong, the Illinois Education Association (IEA) is the largest union in Illinois. The IEA represents PreK-12 teachers outside the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.

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