Press Releases

Statement from IEA thanking Dixon School Resource Officer Mark Dallas for his heroic efforts

DIXON – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin today released the following statement regarding the school shooting at Dixon High School: “Our hearts...

Illinois Education Association recommends Sean Casten for 6th Congressional seat

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) is the first union to recommend Democrat Sean Casten for the 6th Congressional seat. Today’s announcement comes...

IEA pushes for school board oath to focus on students

New school board oath one step closer to becoming law SPRINGFIELD – The school board oath bill (HB 4768) unanimously passed out of the Senate...

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on the Equal Rights Amendment

SPRINGFIELD – On Monday, the House and Human Services committee will hold a hearing on Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4 (SJRCA 4), also...

Teachers, parents, students will call on lawmakers to fund the new school funding formula...

ROCKFORD– Center for Tax and Budget Accountability Executive Director Ralph Martire will be in Rockford on Wednesday, April 25 to discuss funding the evidenced-based...

IEA honors superintendent for support of educators’ union

ROSEMONT – A central Illinois school superintendent who was the only school administrator in Illinois to sign on to support unions in the Janus...

IEA honors pediatricians focused on the impact of trauma on students

ROSEMONT – A trio of pediatricians who have worked with the Illinois Education Association (IEA) to raise awareness about the impact of toxic stress...

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch receives IEA Friend of Education Award

ROSEMONT - One of the top public education advocates in the Illinois General Assembly is the recipient of the 2018 Friend of Education Award...

Elgin Para-Interventionist Team member receives IEA award

ROSEMONT – A member of the education support staff in Elgin Area School District 46, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA)...

Benjamin School District 25 music teacher named IEA’s Teacher of the Year

ROSEMONT – Matthew Turek, instrumental music teacher and band director at Benjamin Middle School in West Chicago, has been selected by the Illinois Education...

Loyola student selected as IEA’s Student of the Year

ROSEMONT – The president of the Student Education Association chapter at Loyola University Chicago, Rebecca Kreidler, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association...

Harvey’s Roosevelt Griffin III receives award from IEA

ROSEMONT – A band teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey, Ill., has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as the...

Schiller Park School District 81 teacher nominated for National Education Association Foundation Award for...

ROSEMONT – Louise Stompor, a reading specialist for Schiller Park School District 81, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as its...

2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year Lindsey Jensen honored by IEA Representative Assembly

ROSEMONT – An English teacher from Dwight Township High School, today was honored by her colleagues for being selected as the 2018 Illinois Teacher...

Hundreds expected at #Rally4Equality after teacher says he was discriminated against

BURLINGTON – Parents, teachers and students are all planning to attend the #Rally4Equality to push the Central Community Unit School District 301 Board of...

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.

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.

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...

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...