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Special ESP Legislative Update for June 20 2021

A Special ESP Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.

Lawmakers pass several pieces of legislation to help address growing teacher, education support staff shortages

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and the governor’s office to ensure the passage of several pieces of pro-public education legislation during the 2020-2021 legislative session in Springfield. “The COVID-19 pandemic made this year incredibly difficult for Illinoisans, especially for...
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Legislative Update for June 1, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
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Legislature passes bill to help districts plan for summer school, pandemic recovery

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) worked during the legislative session to make sure any educator who wants to teach summer school will be able to. Senate Bill 1646 excludes any salary increases resulting from teaching summer school beginning on or after May 1, 2021 and before Sept. 15,...
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Illinois Education Association-backed birth leave bill that will impact thousands of education employees passes both legislative chambers

SPRINGFIELD – House Bill 816 (HB816) passed both the House and the Senate and is now headed to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk for his signature. HB816 is backed by the IEA and was introduced this session after an Illinois Supreme Court decision last spring. HB816 would allow educators, both men...
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Illinois Education Association-backed FMLA passes Senate heads to Governor for final approval

SPRINGFIELD – House Bill 12 (HB 12) passed the Senate. The bill now heads to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk for his signature. The legislation was drafted by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and sponsored by Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-Lombard). HB 12 expands coverage of the Family and Medical Leave...
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Legislative Update for May 23, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
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Legislative Update for May 16, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
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Illinois Education Association-backed FMLA expansion bill heads to Senate floor

SPRINGFIELD – House Bill 12 passed out of committee and is now poised for passage in the Senate. The legislation was drafted by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and would expand coverage of the Family and Medical Leave Act to thousands of education support professionals across the state. “This bill...
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Legislative Update for May 11, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
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IEA releases statement on Gov. Pritzker’s push to increase school funding

SPRINGFIELD – The following statement is attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin: “We are glad to see Gov. J.B. Pritzker look toward increasing the evidence-based funding (EBF) for schools to the recommended $350 million after seeing an increase in revenue this year. Our state is woefully behind in how it funds...
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Legislative Update for April 22, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
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Illinois Education Association releases statement on Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

SPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Education Association (IEA) released the following statement regarding the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict. The following is attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin: “Everyone wants to be safe in their community – no matter where they live, no matter the color of their skin. The jury’s verdict...
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Illinois Education Association-backed birth leave bill that would impact thousands of education employees overwhelmingly passes House

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) is continuing its fight in the Illinois legislature to protect working parents. House Bill 816 (HB816) is backed by the IEA and was introduced this session after an Illinois Supreme Court decision last spring. HB816 would allow educators to take their birth leave...
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Illinois Education Association releases statement on death of Adam Toledo

SPRINGFIELD – Today Illinois Education Association (IEA) released a statement on the police shooting death of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. The following is attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin: “Our hearts are with the family of Adam Toledo and all those who loved him. For a family, the pain of losing...
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Greenville educators providing food pantry aimed at feeding students, families and senior citizens

GREENVILLE - The Greenville Education Support Professionals Association (GESPA) will continue to sponsor and oversee a food pantry geared at feeding residents in the Pocahontas and Sorento communities. Both towns are served by the Bond County Community Unit 2 School District. The program started in mid-February and provides food on...
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Fenton teachers announce their recommended candidates for school board, plan to continue to canvas community

BENSONVILLE - The Fenton Education Association (FEA) recommends John Radzinski, Thalia Anguiano, Joe Minard and Xavier Pete for the Fenton High School District 100 School Board. FEA members plan to meet on both Sat., March 27, and Sat., April 3, at 10 a.m. at Target (401 W. Irving Park Rd.,...
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Dundee Township educators announce their recommended candidates for school board

ALGONQUIN - Local Education Association District 300 (LEAD 300), District 300 Education Support Association (DESA) and District 300 Educational Services Personnel Association (DESPA) recommend Christine Birkett, Emmanuel Thomas and Dr. David Scarpino for Community Unit School District 300 School Board.  The candidates were chosen after an extensive vetting process. The following...
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Bremen educators announce their picks for school board

BREMEN – The following statement is attributable to the Bremen District 228 Joint Faculty Association (JFA) President Stephen Hogan: “Through exhaustive dialogue and research, the Bremen High School District 228 (BHSD228) Joint Faculty Association proudly endorses the following three candidates in the upcoming BHSD228 Board of Education election: Marcus Douglas, Mary...
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Glenview educators announce their picks for school board

Educators recommend Jim Baumstark, James Dolan and Diane Stefani GLENVIEW – The Glenview Education Association (GEA) and Glenview Professional Association (GPA) endorse District 34 parents Jim Baumstark, James Dolan and Diane Stefani for election to the Board of Education of Glenview Public School District No. 34. All three candidates running for the three Glenview...

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