The IEA’s Department of Government Relations is dedicated to ensuring that the legislature passes no laws affecting members’ pay, working conditions and benefits without membership input.
Updates that provide background and information on issues moving through the Illinois General Assembly and Congress that impact you and the tools you need to educate your local members and lobby your legislators.
Capitol Bill Watch
Find links to detailed information about the status of current education-related bills in the Legislature.
Contact Your Legislators
Email your State and U.S. Senators and Representatives using CapWiz, our friendly contact and email system.
Fact Sheets are designed to help our members understand a specific bill, issue or initiative.
Ten Golden Rules of Lobbying
You are the expert on how legislation will affect your students and your school. Read the Ten Golden Rules of Lobbying.
Grassroots Political Activists (GPA) Program
The mission of the GPA Program is to increase grassroots activity in policy advocacy and political action. This is a statewide program that is governed by IPACE and executed at the region level.
The Illinois Political Action Committee for Education exists to elect individuals to the Illinois General Assembly, statewide offices, and local school boards who will make a difference for quality education.
The IEA Legislative Platform provides guidance on how to address education policy and those issues facing our students and educators, including school funding, collective bargaining, educational opportunities, employee rights and more.
Bill fact sheets, news releases, IEA’s position, talking points, and what you need to know about your pension system.
School Board Election and Campaign Handbook
(Currently under revision, check back soon.) Many local associations around the state face the daunting task of passing much needed referenda and/or electing Education First school board candidates. While the handbook is a primer for winning school board elections, it also contains vital campaign information that will help you win your local referendum.
Illinois General Assembly
The Illinois General Assembly is the state legislature of Illinois and comprises the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate.
United State Congress
Congress.gov provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.