IPACE Recommended Candidates

Decision 2014

Download a list of the latest IPACE recommended candidates for the 2014 election. NOTE: IPACE recommendation meetings are still taking place. This list will be updated as more recommendations are made. IPACE Recommended State ... 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

Public comments wanted for educator license renewal

ISBE Springfield

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved the initial review of the educator license renewal process through the proposed rule, part 25. The proposed rule would implement a new license renewal process that would include the ... 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

Summer Leadership Academy 2014

SLA - Summer Leadership Academy

July 22 – 25, 2014 Illinois State University Normal, Illinois Hundreds of Illinois Education Association leaders (elected, appointed, emerging, and aspiring) will gather together this summer for training on both the fundamental and advanced ... Read more

Educators and school officials urge lawmakers to pass Gov. Quinn’s budget plan


Leaders of the state’s top education employee unions have joined with school administrators to urge members of the Illinois legislature to pass the governor’s recommended budget. The Illinois Education Association (IEA), the Illinois Federation of ... Read more

TRIP Benefit Choice Period, May 1 through June 2


The Benefit Choice Period will be May 1 through June 2, 2014, for all Teachers’ Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) benefit recipients. The FY2015 Benefit Choice Options booklet contains the latest information regarding the Benefit Choice Period ... Read more

Showdown at the IEA RA


More than 1200 IEA members had ringside seats for the first round in what promises to be a brutal fight over who will be the next governor of Illinois. Every Chicago TV news operation was on hand at the IEA Representative Assembly on Friday ... Read more

IEA members lobby in Springfield


IEA members came to the State Capitol in Springfield today to lobby their state senators and representatives to urge their support for our campaign to build A Better Illinois - a state where those with lower incomes pay lower rates, and those with ... Read more

IEA opposing attack on IMRF benefits


A proposal that would eliminate inflation protection for participants in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) is strongly opposed by IEA and other unions representing public employees. Amendment #1 to House Bill 3898, sponsored by ... Read more

SCORE grant recipient’s students say “Thanks!”


Marissa Kall from Pleasant Ridge Elementary School in Glenview was able to purchase new stringed instruments for students who couldn't afford rental fees because she applied for and was given a $1,000 SCORE grant. This was the first year for the ... Read more

NEA Foundation awards three grants to Illinois educators


The NEA Foundation has awarded three grants to Illinois educators valued at a combined $9,000 that will be used to promote lifelong wellness, provide professional development to writing teachers and to introduce a Lego-based problem solving course to ... Read more

IEA recommends Sen. Kirk Dillard in Republican primary


Saying this year’s election is too important to remain on the sidelines, Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Cinda Klickna today announced that IEA is recommending state Sen. Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for ... Read more

Bloomington-Normal celebrates Seuss in a big way!


McLean County educators have partnered with community organizations for a week-long celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America that helped spread the message of literacy and a love of reading countywide. A grant from the National Education ... Read more

Pre-K-12 input needed on large-scale assessments by Feb. 21


IEA is inviting all pre K-12 members to take a moment to fill out a survey that will help the Illinois P-20 Council better understand the use, value and challenges of current large-scale assessments. Here is a link to the survey: ... Read more

Union coalition files lawsuit to overturn pension-slashing SB1


We Are One Illinois Coalition files suit to overturn “pension theft” law The union coalition We Are One Illinois and a group of active and retired public employees filed suit today in Sangamon County Circuit Court to overturn pension-slashing Senate ... Read more

Received an anti-union letter? Return to sender!


There’s an old joke about a man receiving a diagnosis from his psychiatrist: “I've got good news. You’re not paranoid. Someone really is out to get you!” No, this isn’t another column about Bruce (I love teachers, I hate their advocacy) ... Read more

What it would really mean if ISBE lifted the 70/30 special ed classroom split

Tales from the Front Lines

In September of my second year teaching, I had a three-year review for a student. It actually was wonderful timing due to having a few weeks to get to know the student and to get a feel for what needed to be done. In prepping for the meeting, I had a ... Read more