In 2012, IEA members can lobby close to home

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The Illinois Statehouse is under renovation, but IEA members cannot let the limited access to the State Capitol Building stop them from lobbying their state senators and representatives on school, funding, pensions and all the other issues so important to public education.

IEA leaders are urging members to participate in “Back Home Lobby Days,

IEA members can directly contact and lobby their state representatives and senators by meeting with the legislators in their home districts when the legislature is not in Springfield.

Legislators understand how important it is for them to meet with their constituents and the legislator’s home district makes for a setting in which IEA members can outline what they want and expect from their elected officials.

When should members lobby?

Legislators are back home several weeks prior to the March Primary. Anytime legislators are not scheduled to be in Springfield is a good time to schedule a meeting in the home district with the people who make the laws that control teaching and learning conditions.

IEA will be making announcements throughout the 2012 legislative session about home district lobbying opportunities. Keep checking the IEA Website.

Here is a step-by-step explanation of how to set up a successful in-district meeting with your legislator:
  1. Go to  IEA website. Under the Legislative Tab, click on Contact Your Legislator.
  2. Then, go to the Elected Officials tab. If you know your legislator, go to member search where you will find contact information including phone numbers to call your legislator’s office and schedule a meeting.
  3. If you do not know who your legislator is, click on the My Representatives link and enter your zip code to get contact information needed to schedule a meeting.
We encourage you to invite your colleagues, Region Chair, Uniserv Director and GPA. You can contact them directly, or call your region office and ask that they contact you.
Another source of information is your building representative.

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