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.


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.

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets are designed to help our members understand a specific bill, issue or initiative.

Contact Your Legislators

Email your State and U.S. Senators and Representatives using CapWiz, our friendly contact and email system.

Pension Resources

Bill fact sheets, news releases, IEA’s position, talking points, and what you need to know about your pension system.

IEA Legislative Platform

2015-2016 IEA Legislative Platform approved by IEA Representative Assembly, April 17, 2015

Legislative Platform Outreach Form

Please use this form to share your ideas with the Legislative Committee to assist in the development of IEA-NEA’s Legislative Platform.


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.

Local IPACE Rebates
Local IPACE funds are to be used for local campaign expenses, local election activities, school bond/tax referenda and related expenses, and as direct contributions to recommended candidates for local elections. See the links below for more information on your local IPACE rebates.

Grassroots Political Activists 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.

School Board Election and Campaign Handbook
Many local associations around the state face the daunting task of passing much needed referenda and/or electing Education First school board candidates. Get help with the IEA “how to” manual “A School Board Election and Campaign Handbook.” While the manual is a primer for winning school board elections, it also contains vital campaign information that will help you win your local referendum.

Local Campaign Disclosure Reporting Guide
Any local IPACE unit that collects or disburses $5,000 or more in any 12-month period must file and comply with state disclosure laws. Federal legislation, signed into law on July 1, 2000, imposes new registration and reporting requirements for political action committees with annual gross receipts exceeding $25,000. The latest campaign disclosure information is available from the Illinois State Board of Elections or from your county clerk. You may also wish to follow these links for D-1 and D-2 reports. If you have any questions please feel free to contact an IPACE member or consultant.

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