Judge declares pension cutting law “unconstitutional and void in its entirety”


A Sangamon County Judge today ruled that the pension law passed and signed into law last December violates the Illinois Constitution. The ruling by Judge John Belz was in reaction to a motion filed by the We Are One Illinois coalition and others, ... Read more

Nominate teachers, retirees for awards


IEA members can be nominated  for one of three awards. The Bob Haisman Awards  recognizes a "new teacher" and  a student member who has shown outstanding accomplishments and contributions  to their association, schools, and communities. The Mary Lou ... Read more

American Education Week Nov. 16 – 22


American Education Week — Nov. 16-22 — presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong ... Read more

Educating Selves in a Standardized World


How Culture, Social Status and Gender Shape Us All An Educational Unconference with Special Guest Dr. Hazel Markus, Director of the Mind, Culture and Society Lab at Stanford University. Complimentary copy of Dr. Markus’ latest book for the first 100 ... Read more

The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence


Here’s your chance to nominate an excellent educator for The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. We’re looking for candidates who are creative, student-focused, diversity sensitive and supportive, dedicated to life-long learning, and ... Read more

Message from the president: Why teachers are involved in politics


Teachers go into education to make a difference in the lives of students - not only help them learn subject matter, but also to guide them on their path to becoming productive, well-informed citizens who believe in our democratic principles. Those ... Read more

Retirees: Open enrollment for TRAIL insurance program


The Open Enrollment period for the state-sponsored Medicare Advantage health insurance program Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (TRAIL) is underway and will end on November 15, 2014. Current TRAIL participants wishing to maintain their coverage ... Read more

Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leadership Training


This series of workshops is geared to helping Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leaders in our state understand IEA Structure, the resources at your disposal, the skills you need to increase Association involvement, and assist you in developing a personal ... Read more

ESP of the Year Nomination


The ESP of the Year Award was created to emphasize the contributions of Education Support Professionals to their association, their schools, and their communities. To insure the widest possible participation, the nomination procedure for the ESP of ... Read more

The IEA Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award


Do you know an IEA member who has performed outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty in your local or community? IEA is seeking nominations of members or groups of members for the IEA Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award. This ... Read more

IEA Connect is here to help

IEA Connect is here to help

IEA Connect is a new and easy way to get all your IEA questions answered in one spot. You can do it by phone, by email or by live chatting with someone via the IEA website. Have you ever had a question about your IEA membership? Have you ... Read more

Coalition asks court to side with unions on pensions based on insurance decision

Scales of justice

Coalition urges court to consider significant Kanerva v. Weems decision, seek judgment in their favor SPRINGFIELD – Yesterday, the We Are One Illinois coalition, along with other plaintiffs, filed a motion in Sangamon County urging the Circuit ... Read more

Tell the Chicago Tribune to stop bashing teachers and public schools


It's unfortunate that the Chicago Tribune, which employs many first rate reporters covering news and politics, has an editorial board that is committed to advancing the agenda of those who wish to privatize public education. There is supposed to be a ... Read more

IEA-NEA Education Scholarship

IEANEA Education Scholarship

The IEA-NEA has established a scholarship program that is open to all children/legal wards of current IEA-NEA members. All children/legal wards of deceased, divorced, or IEA-Retired members are eligible to apply, regardless of child’s age or marital ... Read more

2014 Outreach to Teach

outreach to teach

Scores of volunteers descended on Prairie Central School District in June to help give various buildings a fresh new look. Members of the IEA Student Program and IEA-Retired paired up with others to work on a gymnasium, hallway, cafeteria and stage ... Read more

SIUC unions win furlough fight, university acted illegally


Aug. 4, 2014 – Carbondale, IL – An administrative law judge for the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board (IELRB) has found that the administration for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) acted illegally during a 2011 contract ... Read more

Professional development anytime, anywhere!


This pilot project is now available from IEA, IFT and ISBE! Join your colleagues in the online professional development pilot program now offered through the Illinois State Board of Education. Educators from Illinois have recently completed ... Read more

Frerichs tours state to tout IEA recommendation


State Sen. Mike Frerichs is appearing with IEA members around the state this week to talk about his support for public education and to acknowledge IEA's recommendation from him for the state treasurer's office. At an appearance in Springfield ... Read more

IEA announces statewide recommendations for constitutional officers


The state’s largest education employee union has announced its candidate recommendations for the state offices of treasurer, comptroller, secretary of state and attorney general. The Illinois Education Association (IEA), representing over 130,000 ... Read more

State Board, IFT and IEA recognize almost 30 exemplary educators for their performance


The Illinois Education Association is proud to announce 18 members who were honored by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Education Association as the best in their field of expertise during the ... Read more