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Our Collective Bargaining History

40 years ago, the Illinois Education Association’s (IEA) collective bargaining bill, officially known as the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act (IELRA) , passed through the legislature and was signed into law by Republican Governor Jim Thompson. The IELRA gave education employees the right to collectively bargain and required school districts…

Stop Vouchers in Illinois

One of the country’s biggest school voucher schemes is operating right here in Illinois. It began as a temporary five-year program under the guise of helping students of color and low-income students have a choice.

IEA State of Education

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2023 Legislative Session

Welcome to the IEA 2023 Legislative Session. You can click below to see legislation that IEA has introduced this year and see other education-related initiatives winding their way through this year’s session. Please understand that these pages are updated daily, reflect any changes to the legislation and that bills may…

How To Become a Teacher in Illinois

To teach in Illinois, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license. On this page, we’ll go over the steps required to teach in Illinois, plus answer some commonly asked questions about licensure.

District Job Board

Find a job in one of 700+ IEA Affiliated School Districts in Illinois. Sort and filter by District, County or IEA Service Area.
Summer Leadership 2023

Summer Leadership

Join us this summer for training on leadership skills that make a difference for our students, our locals, our schools and our communities.

Stronger United Micro Grants

Our SU RRE (Stronger United Recruitment, Retention, & Engagement) Team offers Micro Grants of up to $1000 for locals to host events pertaining to recruitment and retention efforts.

Employment at IEA

View vacancies available with the Illinois Education Association. The IEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal,…


Raising Education Support Professionals by Elevating Careers Together (RESPECT)is a statewide effort by ESPs, with the support of IEA staff, to improve working conditions by focusing on five areas.

NEA Representative Assembly

Over 8,000 NEA members are expected to attend the next Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly. Delegate information can be viewed at My NEA RA.


IEA is an association of more than 135,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers.

Illinois Virtual Instructional Coach and Building Mentor Program for New Teachers

Discover Opportunities to Support New Teachers The first years of teaching are exciting, exhilarating, and amazing. At the same time, they can be stressful, scary, and pressure-filled, especially for those who began their teaching career in the middle of a global pandemic. That’s why the Illinois State Board of Education…

Proud IEA Member

The Illinois Policy Institute is taking advantage of a worldwide pandemic, capitalizing on fear, and urging you to give up your rights in your workplace. How? By lying.

Retirement Resources – TRS, IMRF, SURS

Teachers’ Retirement System – TRSThe Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois (TRS) was created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1939 for the purpose of providing retirement annuities, survivors and disability benefits for PK-12 public school educators outside of the City of Chicago. TRS contributions and benefits have…

One Conference

Join us for a two-day event offering a variety of elective sessions for Education Support Professionals, Higher Education, and IEA Retired members. Download FlierMore coming soon!

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President Support

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