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Budget proposal cuts programs to aid teacher shortage

The following statement can be attributed to Al Llorens, president of the Illinois Education Association: At a time when Illinois is experiencing a statewide teacher shortage, it is incomprehensible that funding for vital educator support programs are absent from the current budget proposal.  Sadly, two such programs — the teacher…

Arbitration panel upholds union workers’ rights in landmark decision

CHAMPAIGN – In a significant victory for labor rights, a federal arbitrator has ruled in favor of a member of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Association of Academic Professionals, IEA-NEA (AAP), upholding union educators’ rights and ensuring fair treatment in the workplace. The arbitrator found the University of…

Columbia College Chicago lays off more than one-third of its professional staff

Petition calls on administration to stop layoffs, warning students’ education will suffer CHICAGO – Professional staff at Columbia College Chicago submitted a 150-signature petition to President Kwang-Wu Kim, urging the administration to halt the scheduled layoffs of employees and asking it to explore alternative budget management strategies. The Columbia College administration…

Illinois Education Association honors Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and former co- director of Citizen Action/Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Education Association (IEA) honored Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch and William McNary for their commitment to public education. Welch was honored with the IEA “Friend of Education.” McNary was awarded the IEA “President’s” award. The following statements are attributable to IEA President Al Llorens:…

Illinois Education Association honors educators from around the state

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) awarded seven educators from around the state for their outstanding commitment to their schools, students, communities and public education. The awards were presented during the IEA Representative Assembly (RA). The RA is the legislative body of the IEA and helps the state’s largest…

Nursing program will provide much needed healthcare to South Side residents

CHICAGO – City Colleges of Chicago and University of Chicago have partnered to bring a nursing program, known as the Malcom X College Learning Center, to the City Colleges’ Kennedy King campus on the southside of Chicago. The new center is expected to open for the 2026-27 school year and will be…

Illinoisans believe teaching is harder than ever, support fixes

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Education Association (IEA) will release its sixth annual IEA State of Education report on Tues., March 12, the only bipartisan poll monitoring Illinoisans’ views on all aspects of public schools. The findings will be shared during a news conference today on Zoom at 10 a.m. The poll…

IEA recommends Michael Crawford, Ph.D., for Illinois House District 31

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) voted to recommend Michael Crawford, Ph.D., for the Illinois House of Representatives District 31. The following statement is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President and IPACE Chairman Al Llorens: “IPACE recommends Michael Crawford for Illinois House District 31 because of…

Lowest paid employees hit with financial double whammy just before holiday break

Tuscola paraprofessionals plan to speak at board of education meeting TUSCOLA – The Tuscola Community Unit School District 301 Board of Education (BOE) rescinded the district’s contribution to the Tuscola Education Support Professional Association’s (TESPA) health savings account (HSA) contributions and also abruptly canceled a long-standing, annual holiday bonus. The administration’s…

IEA calls for continued cease fire in Gaza

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Al Llorens issued the following statement in response to the conflict in Gaza: “The Illinois Education Association (IEA) supports a permanent truce in Gaza, the release of any hostages and a resolution to the ongoing violence. Both sides have agreed to a four-day truce…

Kewanee teachers and staff secure new contract

The new agreement provides historic wage increases, back pay and addresses the teacher shortage KEWANEE – After more than six months and the help of a federal mediator, the Kewanee Education Association negotiations team and Kewanee Community Unit School District 229 Board of Education have accepted a new contract. “We…

Illinois Education Association statement on Invest in Kids Act sunset

SPRINGFIELD – The following statement is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Al Llorens: “It is a new day in Illinois. We are incredibly grateful to our lawmakers for choosing to end the voucher scheme known as Invest in Kids. This program sent millions of taxpayer dollars to private…