April 25, 2015, 4:16 pm

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Tales from the Front Lines - Blog by Paul Gamboa

There’s a musician that I’m quite fond of named Frank Turner from the UK. He is a former punk musician whose current catalog leans...

Looking to take some online training? Login to Members Only to connect with the IEA Online Learning Portal.  New courses are always being added. …to...

Governor Bruce Rauner likes to say, “I’ve been a success at everything I’ve done.”  This week, the governor is experiencing a little less success...

Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on Gov. Rauner’ remarks, made April 22, 2015  (Read what the governor said)It is interesting that the only teacher...

Ben Sodergren-Baar and Duane Farnsworth, both of IEA Region 22, wanted to do something to aid communities that were ravaged by a tornado earlier...

Jennifer Erickson, an elementary school teacher in Batavia School District #101, has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as its nominee for...

A number of local governments have added Gov. Rauner’s anti-middle class resolution (aka “Turnaround Agenda”, aka "right to work") to their meeting agendas this...

Pictures from the 161st Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly are posted on our flickr photostream. This year will mark IEA’s return to the Hyatt...
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This two and a half minute video explains the differences between defined benefit pensions and defined contribution savings plans.Active IEA members who participate in...
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For the second straight year, IEA has awarded cash grants to early career educators to fund community service projects throughout the state.This video highlights...

IEA members now have easy access to high quality, vetted professional development.NEA has partnered with BetterLesson to provide teachers with innovative lessons aligned to the Illinois...

If you think about it, having Gov. Rauner give a commencement address at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale next month makes little sense.Emily Neal...
Pride of Public Education

Ryan Danzinger works with special needs students at Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines, Ill., a Chicago suburb just north of O’Hare Airport....

Four amendments to the IEA bylaws have been proposed for consideration at the 2015 IEA RA. For more information and the exact language being...

Cinda Klickna and Andrew Hirshman need your vote to be the IEA voice on the TRS Board of Trustees.The Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) Board...

Is it the rejection of his anti-working families schemes by Attorney General Lisa Madigan?Is the failure of his phony “empowerment zones” idea to even...
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Legislative update for March 27, 2015 from IEA Director of Government Relations Jim Reed.  Watch the video.
Educators Talking To Legislators

Every decision that impacts the professional life of each IEA member is a decision made by an elected official.  That is why it is...

UPDATE:Illinois lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a plan to plug a $1.6 billion hole in the current state budget.The Illinois Senate voted 32-26...

The week ended with a thud for the Man Who Would Be King.After weeks of traveling the state peddling snake oil “right to work...