Legislative & Political Action

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.

IEA Votes

Your Voter Guide

Every education decision that impacts educators and students is made by an elected official. That is why local members of the Illinois Education Association interview candidates and recommend the best choice for public education. The stakes have never been higher for our students and public education in Illinois. Please click below to view the recommended candidates on your ballot. These recommendations were made by local IEA members, just like you!

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    Volunteer for JB for Governor

    Canvass neighborhoods or call voters at JB offices across the state.

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    Volunteer for Kwame Raoul for Attorney General

    Call voters for Kwame Raoul.

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    2018 Election - Recommendation Meetings Schedule

    Recommendation meetings are ongoing, this list will be updated periodically.

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    2018 Election - IPACE Recommended Candidates (State)

    Recommendation meetings are ongoing, this list will be updated periodically.

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    2018 Election - IPACE Recommended Candidates (State & Federal)

    Recommendation meetings are ongoing, this list will be updated periodically.

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    2018 Election - NEA Recommended Candidates

    These candidates are committed to advancing student opportunity and quality public education in every neighborhood.

  • Legislative Updates

    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

    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.

  • Legislative Platform

    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.

  • Pension Resources

    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 States Congress

    Congress.gov provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.