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

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

NEA Foundation awards two $5,000 grants

Award Nominations

The NEA foundation has awarded to grants to IEA members that will advance technology and Common Core State Standards in two Illinois schools. Shannon Mangan and Xochitl Munoz, both educators at Longwood Elementary School in Glenwood received a ... Read more

Proud Union Member signs and buttons – now with free shipping


'Proud Union Member' signs and buttons are now available through the IEA Store. To order, please download the form below. Due to the cost of signs, payment for the signs must be made at the time of order (checks or cash only please). Buttons are free ... Read more

IEA member wins Teacher of the Year award

Pam Reilly, Teacher of the Year

The Illinois State Board of Education named a second-grade teacher from Sandwich, and IEA member, its 2014 Teacher of the Year Saturday night. Pam Reilly of Woodbury Elementary was one of 11 finalists for the award. Nine of the 11 were IEA ... Read more

UPDATE – State retirement health insurance


(Message from IEA President Cinda Klickna) Colleagues, As we told you a few days ago, we've been fighting to get information about the impending changes to retiree health insurance by the state's Department of Central Management Services ... Read more

TRIP – State-Sponsored Medicare Advantage Plan


The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) recently announced that the Medicare Advantage procurement has concluded and contracts are being awarded to the winning vendors. All members who will be offered a Medicare Advantage plan ... Read more

Updated – TRIP Changes Expected

Health Insurance Update

Download TRIP FAQs have been added to help answer questions with regard to the recent news that the State of  Illinois plans to implement a Medicare Advantage Plan for Medicare-eligible TRIP participants. Download TRIP FAQs On Aug. 21, the ... Read more

Common Core State Standards Explained

common core video

This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State ... Read more

In the News ~ August 6


Another unfunded mandate by state hits local schools (Mattoon Journal Gazette © 08/06/2013) State law requiring catastrophic insurance coverage for student-athletes has probably added to the friction between schools and legislators. “How nice, ... Read more

Meridian school needs our urgent help!


Meridian elementary/middle school is a financially struggling pre-K-8 school in Mounds, Illinois (Pulaski County in southern Illinois).   The school has been closed unexpectedly due to a devastating mold problem. School is still scheduled to start ... Read more

We Are One Illinois calls for investigation of Civic Committee


The We Are One Illinois union coalition released the following statement in response to the revelation by Ty Fahner, president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, that members of the Civic Committee lobbied the three major ... Read more

IEA stands with NCAE leaders arrested in protest of changes in North Carolina


The president, vice president and executive director of the North Carolina Association of Educators were arrested Monday as they protested massive changes passed by the state legislature aimed to weaken the state's education system and NCAE. The ... Read more

IEA has resources for job seekers


Were you RIF’d this year after working as a teacher, ESP, or college faculty member? Are you a newly graduated student member looking for a job? Are you an adjunct faculty member of IEA? Then please accept an invitation to join the Willing and ... Read more

Two IEA members named to TRS board


Rainy Kaplan of Schaumburg and Mark Bailey of Palos Park have joined the board of the Teachers' Retirement System and started four-year terms this week. Kaplan and Bailey are filling two of the four seats reserved under state law for "active" TRS ... Read more

Links to job opportunities

Willing and Able EA

WAEA - A Service for unemployed certified and ESP members of the IEA Below you will find 2 sets of links to help your job hunting. Set 1: Illinois Regional Offices of Education by county These links will connect you with the Regional Office of ... Read more

Physical education task force to promote health, studies


The Enhanced Physical Education Task Force is working to promote P.E. programs statewide in which students spend more time in moderate to vigorous physical activity. In an effort to further the cause, the task force will be hosting a webinar on ... Read more

Special Session update


IEA Director of Government Relations Jim Reed offers a preview of the General Assembly's "special session," scheduled for June 19th. It is anticipated that the Cullerton-union coalition pension bill, SB2404, will be changed to become identical to ... Read more

ISBE, IEA and IFT recognize outstanding teachers

Award winners gather at ceremony.

The Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Education Association and Illinois Federation of Teachers honored 36 educators today who have been chosen the best in their field by various professional education organizations during the 2012-13 ... Read more

Say “thanks” to senators who voted against SB 1

thank you

Please take a moment to thank the members of the Illinois Senate who recently voted “no” on SB 1, the incredibly damaging pension bill that was soundly defeated in the senate by a 16-42 vote. The senate will reconvene in Springfield on June 19 for ... Read more