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Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin Statement on Midterm Election

SPRINGFIELD – The following is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin: “Public education was on the ballot during this midterm election season, and our members made sure the best people for our students, our schools and our educators were elected. We are proud to say nearly all…

IEA Board of Directors recommends candidates for statewide constitutional officers

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) Board of Directors recommended five candidates for the state’s constitutional offices.  The IEA board is made up of 93 IEA members from throughout the state of Illinois and the board made its decision at its monthly meeting Saturday in Springfield. The candidates who…

Illinois Education Association Statement on Gun Violence in Schools

SPRINGFIELD – The following is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin, IEA Vice President Al Llorens and IEA Secretary/Treasurer Tom Tully regarding the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex.: “We face another tragedy – an almost unbearable and oft-repeated incident of kids getting on a bus,…

Illinois Education Association recommends candidates in Congressional primaries

SPRINGFIELD – The state executive committee of the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) has recommended four candidates in the Illinois Congressional primary races. IPACE is recommending Delia Ramirez for in the Congressional District 3 Democrat primary, Rep. Sean Casten in the Congressional District 6 Democrat primary, Brad Schneider…

Illinois Education Association recommends candidates in Illinois primary

SPRINGFIELD – The state executive committee of the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE) has recommended three candidates in the Illinois primary race – two for the office of Secretary of State of Illinois and one for the Illinois Supreme Court. The IPACE Executive Committee met with candidates Friday…

Illinois Education Association passes legislation to combat the teacher and support staff shortage and to improve K-12 education, higher education

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 2021-22 legislative session in Springfield. This legislation will mean stronger K-12 schools and stronger community colleges and…

Illinois Education Association Releases Annual, Bi-Partisan State of Education Report

Poll shows Illinoisans believe educators are paid too little, are concerned about the impacts the teacher and education employee shortages are having on students’ education and support teaching about racism and slavery in schools SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Education Association (IEA) today released its fourth annual State of Education report,…

Illinois Education Association Statement on 4th District Appellate Court Ruling

SPRINGFIELD – The following is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin regarding the 4th District Appellate Court ruling on the State of Illinois’ appeal of Judge Grischow’s Feb. 4, 2022, Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the Sangamon County COVID school litigation: “We appreciate the clarity brought forth in the…

Illinois Education Association Calls on School Districts to Wait for Appellate Court Ruling Before Making Decisions on COVID Safety Measures

SPRINGFIELD – The following is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) Vice President Al Llorens regarding the ruling by Sangamon County Judge Raylene Grischow on the temporary restraining order (TRO) that would prohibit enforcement of face masks, vaccination, and Covid testing mandates: “Our students thrive on consistency and the last two…

Illinois Education Association Statement on the Temporary Restraining Order Ruling on Quarantine, Face Masks and Vaccination Mandates

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin released the following statement after a ruling by Sangamon County Judge Raylene Grischow on the temporary restraining order (TRO) that would prohibit enforcement of face masks, vaccination, and Covid testing mandates. “This decision has the potential to shut our schools…

Gov. Pritzker, Lawmakers, Stakeholders Announce COVID-19 Sick Leave Initiative for Vaccinated School Staff

Administration Pledges to Work with IEA, IFT to Promote Member Vaccinations CHICAGO – After productive conversations, Gov. Pritzker, the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Federation of Teachers and other stakeholders announced that they have negotiated  a compromise that will keep students and teachers safely in the classroom without penalizing vaccinated employees…

Illinois Education Association and Illinois Federation of Teachers Welcome a Vaccination Mandate

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery and Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin issued the joint statement welcoming Governor Pritzker’s vaccine mandate announcement for educators and school staff. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, our unions have worked hard to protect students, teachers, staff, and…