Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on the fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan


 Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on the fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan. The fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan shows why electing Bruce Rauner would have a disastrous effect on public school students in Illinois. If ... Read more

Pam Reilly, 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year, talks about Illinois Learning Standards

Pride of Public Education

With the implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core testing), schools are looking at what the implementation will mean to their students. For at least one college - Waubonsee Community College - the concern is whether the new ... Read more

Kevin Gannon and Sue Khalaieff each put in 25 years

Pride of Public Education

With the new school year starting in Geneva School District 304, two IEA members celebrated their 25th anniversary as high school teachers. The school year began Aug. 20. Read more. ... 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

New teachers provide inspiration for all of us

Tales from the Front Lines - Blog by Paul Gamboa

Before moving to fifth grade, I taught third grade for more than a decade. One of my favorite parts of the year was the novel study we did for “Charlotte’s Web.” In this classic, one of the chapters is called “The Crickets.” This chapter, as the ... Read more

Members use NEA Foundation grants to help students

Pride of Public Education

Joanna Sierka and Magdalena Wazydrag, members in Region 33, and Melissa Hickey and Tara Mowen of the Galesburg Education Association were awarded grant money from the NEA Foundation to improve students' reading. Sierka and Wazydrag received a ... Read more

IEA Higher Education Conference

Step into Leadership - IEA Higher Ed Conf.

October 10-11, 2014 Sheraton Suites Elk Grove Village, IL Join us this fall for the IEA Higher Education Conference. The conference registration fee is $25 per member. Buy one get one free registration scholarships are available through the ... Read more

IEA members spend their summers working

Pride of Public Education

The Southtown Star followed 11 IEA members to see what kept them busy this summer. Alexis Morford, Geri Kizior, Stephanie Gioiosa, Karla Horn, Maria Wilson, Kendra Will, Sheryl Shields, Mary Noren, John Wydra, Kelly Wydra and Bert Johnson didn’t ... 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

Langes involved in Naperville School District technology conference

Pride of Public Education

Matt Langes and other Naperville School District 203 teachers and administrators spent time Tuesday learning how to use technology in their classrooms. With the outside world more fascinating than school and schools more focused on testing, it's ... 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

Deb Perryman named environmental educator of 2014

Pride of Public Education

Often-honored Elgin High School teacher Deb Perryman was in the spotlight again at last week’s School District U46 board meeting, as she was recognized for being named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education ... 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

Terry Koker Gains experience with nanotechnology research

Pride of Public Education

Nanotechnology, as a word, tends to enter the vocabulary late. High-school students have “heard the term and have a sense of it being about very tiny things,” said Terry Koker, a chemistry teacher at Mahomet-Seymour High School. “But that’s about the ... Read more

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

IEA recommends Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election

pat quinn for gov

The largest education employee union in Illinois is backing Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election. The Illinois Education Association (IEA), made up of 130,000 teachers, school support professionals and other education employees and retirees, says Quinn ... 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

Amboy teacher returns from Gulf of Mexico

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Imagine trading in your Midwestern summer in the cornfields of Amboy for a scientific research trip in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s what local science teacher, Carol Schnaiter decided to do in order to bring her semester at sea to her students. From ... Read more

Markesha Hillsman spending her summer teaching at Camp Invention

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Danville students are attending Camp Invention, held at East Park School this week. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program gives kids a chance to explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts through hands-on projects aimed at ... Read more