Episode 3: Senate Bill 100

In this episode we learn about the new student discipline reform law, Senate Bill 100, otherwise known as Public Act 99456, with IEA Deputy General Counsel Paul Klenck.

IEA Legislative Update – March 8, 2018

The General Assembly is in session, but a considerable amount of the focus now is on the March 20 primary election. Despite the distraction,...

IEA works to raise awareness about heroin epidemic

CHARLESTON – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) along with the Eastern Illinois Area Special Education Association (EIASEA) are jointly sponsoring a free community screening...

IEA and bipartisan effort by lawmakers kills pension cost shift measure in House

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) is proud of its work that helped kill Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to shift the cost of pensions from the state to local school and community college districts and universities.

DACA Update

DACA is a five-year-old program that prevents the deportation of people who were brought to America illegally when they were children. President Trump said...

Teachers warn Janus v. AFSCME could have a direct impact on public education

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case. The lawsuit aims to take away fair share fees for all public unions, including education employee unions like the IEA, which means it will likely have a dramatic impact on public education.

Make your vote count for education!

In this election there are BIG differences in the candidates and their views on education. IEA members conducted interviews around the state and recommended pro-education candidates. Local,...

Hero teacher subdues student gunman, saves lives

Math teacher Angela McQueen said she was focused on saving students’ lives when she subdued a student shooter inside the Mattoon High School cafeteria...

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on President Trump’s push to arm teachers

SPRINGFIELD – Today President Donald Trump continued his calls for teachers to carry guns, going so far as to suggest armed teachers be given...

Episode 2: How a Recommendation Meeting Works

In this episode we discuss Recommendation Meetings with our special guest Jim Reed, IEA Director of Government Relations.

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address

SPRINGFIELD – Today Governor Bruce Rauner addressed lawmakers at the Statehouse in Springfield for his annual budget address. The following is a statement from...

West Chicago teachers begin “working to terms” in attempt to avoid strike

WEST CHICAGO - The West Chicago High School Teachers’ Association (WCHSTA) is now “working to terms,” which means all members will only be working...

IEA Legislative Update – Feb. 1, 2018

Legislative Update by IEA Government Relations Director Jim Reed.

Southwestern School District Education Support Professionals receive SCORE grant

Tasha McQuay, special ed van driver and Karen Jackson, a special ed van rider were awarded a $1,000 IEA SCORE grant this past December for...

IEA recommends J.B. Pritzker in Democrat Primary for Governor

The IEA Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly to recommend Democrat J.B. Pritzker for governor. The vote came after a Pritzker recommendation from the IEA IPACE executive committee.

2018 Teacher of the Year: Lindsey Jensen

Lindsey Jensen is nothing short of extraordinary. Congratulations on being named the 2018 Teacher of the Year! Thank you for encouraging and empowering your...

Urge Congress to pass permanent solution for Dreamers and DACA recipients

Take action now to urge members of Congress to pass a Dream Act before the end of the year.Already, 10,000 Deferred Action for Childhood...

Teacher who stopped shooter, saved students speaks for first time about her experience

MATTOON – Math teacher Angela McQueen said she was focused on saving students’ lives when she subdued a student shooter inside the Mattoon High...

IEA launches PE commercial, campaign

In an effort to help spread the word about the importance of keeping Illinois students active, IEA has launched the Keep Learning, Keep Moving campaign.

IEA Legislative Update – Nov. 9, 2017

This week, the Illinois General Assembly concluded their two-week veto session.  It was one of the most active veto sessions in recent years, mostly...