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

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

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

UPDATED 10-31: Insurance for TRIP/CIP participants


The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has released the details that Medicare eligible TRIP and CIP participants have been waiting for. IEA members who are Medicare eligible now have access to a full overview of their ... 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

New rates posted for TRIP insurance coverage

The ILlinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has posted on its web site the initial letter that gives more information, including rates, about the new Medicare Advantage plans that are being offered to members enrolled in Medicare ... 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

Call Gov. Quinn to protect retiree insurance


Member action is needed to ensure that retired IEA members are not unfairly impacted by changes to the state-subsidized insurance program for retired educators. The Illinois department of Central Management Services (CMS) is modifying the ... Read more

TRIP – State-Sponsored Medicare Advantage Plan

The State of Illinois has reached agreement with four insurance companies that will serve those members covered by the Medicare Advantage program as part of the Teachers' Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP). All IEA members who will be offered a ... 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

Student Program Fall Conference


Come Sail Away with IEA Student Program on November 22-23, 2013 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville Hotel. Join future teachers from throughout Illinois at the IEA Student Program Conference.  This is THE conference for students entering the field of ... 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

TRIP Changes Expected

This document is intended 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. What is Medicare Advantage? Simply put, it is 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