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Why belong to the Illinois
Education Association?
We are EXPERTS in what we do!
Were fighting to protect public employee pensions.
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computer services and professional development.
We provide frontline lobbying efforts for improving public schools.
Were there when you need us for legal representation.
We have field offices located around the state to provide assistance
and support.
The field offices are the vital link between you and IEA Headquarters.
The communications department keeps you informed.
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why belong to the |lllnols Lducatlon Assoclatlon ...........................................................l
The |LA Center for Lducatlonal |nnovatlon (CL|) .............................................................. 4
My |LA app.............................................................................................................................. 5
Consortlum for Lducatlonal Change (CLC) ...................................................................... 6
¥our |LA dues allocatlon .................................................................................................. 7-9
¥our NLA dues allocatlon..............................................................................................ll-l3
NLA Member 8eneflts....................................................................................................l5-23
Lxecutlve offlce.................................................................................................................... 26
Pleld servlces .................................................................................................................. 28-29
Government relatlons .................................................................................................. 30-3l
Legal servlces ................................................................................................................. 33-34
Program development ................................................................................................. 35-36
Communlcatlons............................................................................................................ 37-38
8uslness servlces ........................................................................................................... 39-40
Peglon offlces dlrectory...................................................................................................... 42
Printed by union workers in the IEA Print Shop 9/2014
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 Have you ever had a question about your IEA membership?
 How can IEA help me in my classroom, my school, my
community, my profession?
 Are there any online training courses IEA offers?
 What is my IEA membership number and how do I get on
to the Members Only portion of the website?
 Can you help me save money through Member Benefits?
 How are my dues dollars spent?
Just pick up the phone (844-IEA-1800), log on to your computer for a live chat (www.ieanea.org), or drop us an
email at (IEAConnect@ieanea.org), and you will find an immediate connection with an IEA staffer who will answer
your questions, or find answers to your questions, as quickly as possible. We’re here for you!
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My mother was an ESP member and I
was a recipient of an IEA scholarship while
in college. I joined the IEA Student Pro-
gram and found the conferences and
workshops very helpful. After becoming
a teacher, I attended the Illinois Reading
Conference. It was very exciting. I heard
from experts in the field and found new
and innovative ways to help in my class-
room. IEA is there to support education
personnel in every aspect of their jobs.
Jennifer Smith, teacher at
Monticello Middle School


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he |LA-NLA ls YOU and your colleagues who have comblned efforts and
resources to create your own organlzatlon, an assoclatlon or unlon of profes-
slonals who care about the schools and the envlronments ln whlch chlldren
and students learn.
The assoclatlon provldes an array of programs and servlces deslgned to enhance
the teachlng professlon and make sure that educatlon professlonals always have
an effectlve volce ln the declslons that affect thelr llves and thelr schools.
The IEA-NEA provides …
Leadership training for new and experienced educators
The |LA-NLA ls a great place to develop and practlce leadershlp skllls. The
assoclatlon regularly sponsors leadershlp tralnlng programs and an Lmerglng
Leaders School at lts annual Summer Leadershlp Academy.
Professional development opportunities
The |LA supports members at the local, reglonal, state, and natlonal levels by
provldlng classroom resources, lnformatlon, and speclflc tralnlngs. |LA leaders
and staff regularly partner wlth the Consortlum for Lducatlonal Change, the
Danlelson Group, |lllnols State 8oard of Lducatlon, Llvlng Llbrary, Student
Achlevement Partners, Center for Teachlng Quallty and many others. These
partnershlps have produced onllne courses, face-to-face tralnlngs and retreats
so that you may network and learn ln a varlety of ways.
Through the NLA Academy, teachers have access to hundreds of hlgh quallty
web-based educatlonal classes and opportunltles, all offered for the purpose of
lmprovlng your educatlonal experlence and practlce. These programs can be
especlally lmportant for non-tenured teachers. Graduate credlt and contlnulng
educatlon credlts are avallable.
IEA and early career teachers
Liability insurance protection (provided as a part of membership)
|f you are sued for actlons wlthln the scope of your employment, the |LA
llablllty lnsurance program protects you wlth up to s1 mllllon ln llablllty
lnsurance coverage. Thls valuable protectlon ls provlded as a part of
membershlp at no addltlonal cost.
Advocacy services through collective bargaining
Lducators have a legal rlght to advocate for thelr lnterests through
collectlve bargalnlng. |LA’s local assoclatlons and staff are worklng hard
through negotlatlons to ralse wages, lncrease beneflts, provlde [ob securlty
and lmprove worklng condltlons for all employees.
IEA staff representation in employment matters
|LA members know they have a legal rlght to representatlon lf ever ln-
volved ln an employment dlspute. |LA local representatlves and staff are
avallable as needed to make sure you are treated falrly. |f legal representa-
tlon from an attorney ls requlred, the |LA employs the very best ln protect-
lng your rlghts.
Legislative and political representation
|LA members and staff work dlllgently ln the |lllnols General Assembly to
pass and enforce laws that support quallty educatlon and educators.
Through lts polltlcal actlon commlttee, the assoclatlon also works to elect
frlends of educatlon who support quallty schools.
Publications and communications
Members of the assoclatlon recelve several publlcatlons through the
year deslgned to lnform about lmportant educatlon matters. Artlcles and
llnks to lnformatlon are also provlded through top-notch websltes.
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The IEA Center for Educational
Innovation (CEI) will work
with you to tackle challenges
The Center has developed an effective model for
bringing about meaningful change that positively im-
pacts teaching and learning. From individual professional
development opportunities to empowering your local associa-
tion to become a driving force in school transformation, the CEI
is here for YOU. To continually improve teaching and learning
in public education, a collaborative culture among stakeholders
must be present. Continual assessment that supports improve-
ment and learning within a system is essential to focus the or-
ganization on the tasks at hand.
The CEI assists IEA staff, members and local associations in
pursuing professional development efforts
that are aligned with the strategic focus of the
district and are based on best practices. CEI can
help you fulfill effective teacher training and
innovative strategies that have lasting impact
on your profession.
www.ieanea.org/resources/center-for-educational-innovation
Center for
Educational
Innovation
The free My IEA mobile app keeps me up to date with
the latest news and information on everything from pro-
fessional development to political advocacy to member
benefits. I recommend it to all of my members.


Craig Burns, technology director at Bushnell-Prairie City Junior
High in Bushnell-Prairie City Community Unit School District 170
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hella O’8ryen of Lanphler Hlgh School ln
Sprlngfleld credlts the Consortlum for Lduca-
tlonal Change wlth provldlng tremendous
guldance to the school and lts staff for the past
several years.
Lanphler recelved a federal School |mprovement
Grant and as a result, the CLC began worklng wlth
the school to help lt deflne lts student-centered
goals and to stlck to those goals through lts lmprove-
ment process.
“| thlnk the most lmportant thlng the CLC has done ls to get us focused and to
help us keep everythlng focused on teachlng and learnlng,” O’8ryen sald.
CLC helped the staff develop goals that lt referred to as “the paw,” a nod to the
school’s mascot of a llon.
“They made us focus on the most lmportant thlngs. All we do at our school comes
back to lt — the professlonal development, the collaboratlon. |t all flts lnto our focal
area. They gulde our leadershlp structure. There are so many demands from the out-
slde, but we always come back to the ‘the paw.’”
CLC has also worked to bulld leaders wlthln the walls of the school, helped estab-
llsh plans for new student growth lnltlatlves and helped gulde the declslon-maklng
processes through data.
“|f you have not become a better teacher
through thls (process), shame on you. Lvery-
thlng has been avallable to us to become
better, to be better leaders. All of what we do
ls focused on students. Professlonally, |’ve
grown tremendously.”
Consortium for Educational Change
I think the most impor-
tant thing the CEC has done is
to get us focused and to help
us keep everything focused
on teaching and learning.
Sheila O’Bryen, teacher at Lan-
phier High School in Springfield


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I UniServ Field Services ........................................................................ 52.8
I Legal Defense and Advice .................................................................... 8.5
I Springfield Building Costs, Insurance and Taxes ........................... 4.7
I Regional and Local ................................................................................. 6.0
I Program Development .......................................................................... 3.2
I Business Services/Membership/Fair Share .................................... 3.7
I Membership Communications .............................................................3.4
I Governance and State Committees ................................................... 3.3
I Research/Computer Services .............................................................. 3.9
I Government Relations .......................................................................... 3.9
I Human Resources ................................................................................... 1.2
I Executive Director’s Office................................................................... 1.1
I Crisis Fund................................................................................................. 2.0
I Professional Development.................................................................... 2.3
Your IEA dues allocation 2014-15
www.ieanea.org
The chart below shows how one IEA dues dollar is
allocated ($430 Educator; $215 ESP) to support
and represent members and affiliates in their efforts
to achieve IEA’s mission.
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What do I get for my dues dollar?
52.8
Provides assistance to public school and university employees and their local as-
sociations through staff located in regional offices throughout the state that are
responsible for delivering the resources of the organization. This includes assis-
tance in bargaining, grievance and employee rights, adjudication, crisis prepa-
ration, school reform, professional development and certification issues, and the
development of strong local affiliates through organizational development.
8.5
At various levels involving the protection and enforcement of rights of members
and affiliates, including legal training of staff and $1 million of employment lia-
bility protection for each member provided through NEA and IEA.
4.7
Provides for operation, maintenance and property taxes of Headquarters and Pro-
fessional Development Center buildings, and insurance coverage for IEA facilities
and equipment.
6.0
Provides funding for IEA and NEA representative assemblies and for program
and training development funds for utilization in regions, as well as ESP and
Higher Education Councils.
3.2
Provides the infrastructure for the development and implementation of the asso-
ciation’s conferences, member professional development, information technology,
and research programs, including IEA Professional Development Center operations
(Conference Center, archives/resources, and in-house printing).
3.7
Provides for maintenance of all association financial records and reporting,
employee records, and membership records. Includes costs related to Fair Share
program.
Legal Defense and Advice
UniServ Field Services
Springfield Building Costs, Insurance and Taxes
Regional and Local
Program Development
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Business Services/Membership/Fair Share
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3.4
To enhance the image of public education as well as produce regular reports to
members, leaders and affiliates through printed and electronic media. To main-
tain and build upon the association’s social media presence. To provide training
to locals on social media and other communications efforts, including help dur-
ing a crisis. To produce educational materials regarding elections, benefits and
other items for members.
3.3
Provides leadership for formulating and implementing association goals, objec-
tives and programs.
3.9
Provides access to and analysis of school district financial data for bargaining
and works with other departments and external partners in the areas of school
funding, student growth, and tax reform. Designs, applies, and analyzes survey
instruments and data for staff and local leaders, especially with respect to bar-
gaining and building local capacity. Provide general research assistance to var-
ious workgroups within IEA. Maintains the association’s e-resources, including
hardware and software, the IEA websites, the MyIEA mobile app, and a network
of videoconferencing sites at IEA Field Offices.
3.9
Lobbies the General Assembly, Constitutional Officers and the State Board of Ed-
ucation to enhance the fiscal and career well-being of our members, retired and
active, through legislation, opinions and/or legal action.
1.2
The Human Resources Department is responsible for oversight, implementation
and ongoing improvement of the human resources functions for all IEA-NEA em-
ployees, including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, employee retention,
benefits administration, government and contractual compliance, labor relations,
etc. In addition, the Human Resources Department is the primary resource to
members regarding governance elections.
1.1
Management of all of the association staff; implementation of IEA programs as
established by the Representative Assembly, the Board of Directors, and the IEA
President; fiscal monitoring of the organization; coordination of programs and
budget and service delivery; as well as the relationship between the association,
the NEA, and state government officials.
2.0
Funds authorized by the Representative Assembly to combat political and
legislative attacks on the rights of IEA members.
2.3
Provides professional development opportunities for members in regional
offices, at statewide conferences and online to enhance professional practice.
Membership Communications
Governance and State Committees
Research/Computer Services
Government Relations
Executive Director’s Office
Crisis Fund
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Human Resources
Professional Development
IEA has given me the
knowledge, tools and guid-
ance I needed to have the
courage to stand strong and
negotiate benefits and living
wages we all deserve.
Yvonne, IEA member
and school bus driver


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The chart below shows how your NEA dues ($183.00
Educator; $110.50 ESP) are allocated to support and
represent members and affiliates in their efforts to
achieve NEA’s mission.
I Strong Affiliates for Great Public Schools
I Uniting the Nation for Great Public Schools and Leading the Profession
I Research, Policy, and Practice
I Organizing and Operational Support to Affiliates
I Member Advocacy and Outreach
I Legal and Insurance Support
I Communications
I Business Operations
I Governance
I Contingency
Your NEA dues allocation
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$20.52 (ESP $12.39)
Build key overarching systems to enhance affiliate capacity to organize, engage, and
empower members to fend off attacks on their rights and to improve public educa-
tion, with emphasis on ballot measures and legislative initiatives. Provide financial
support, technical assistance, field support, member engagement support, com-
munications support, partnership brokering and facilitate the sharing of best prac-
tices throughout the association.
$11.30 (ESP $6.82)
Develop meaningful partnerships with school sites, local affiliates, and state affiliates
to move an association-led, student-centered agenda focused on quality and equity,
with a special emphasis on the quality of the professionals, the quality of profes-
sional practice, the quality of student learning, and the quality of educator and
association leadership.
$3.77 (ESP $2.28)
Provide support to affiliates in efforts to expand, improve, and enhance pro-public
education policy, improve practice, teaching and learning conditions, standards,
workforce quality, and priority schools. Provides specific attention to policies related
to ESP and Higher Education.
$51.07 (ESP $30.84)
Support the UniServ program, test effective value propositions for all membership
classes, develop a culture of organizing to drive more effective member recruitment,
retention, and relevance and by doing so, build association and member capacity.
$11.97 (ESP $7.23)
Harness the incredible power of members to engage in and advocate for NEA’s pro-
public education agenda, policies, programs, and recommended candidates. En-
gage partners, particularly in the ethnic minority communities, in advocacy for laws
and policies that enhance the lives of and protect the rights of our members, while
improving public education within the pursuit of social justice.
$19.74 (ESP $11.92)
Implement advocacy programs for members including the Unified Legal Services
Program, Fidelity Bond, association Professional Liability insurance, and a one million
dollar per member Educators Employment Liability insurance program.
$17.18 (ESP $10.38)
Meet the communications needs of the Strategic Goals and ongoing everyday oper-
ations that reach all key audiences in the most effective way. Provide customizable
communications with applicability and utility for affiliates and align perennial NEA
signature programs and publications to highlight work to improve public education.
Strong Affiliates for Great Public Schools
Uniting the Nation for Great Public Schools & Leading the Profession
Research, Policy and Practice
Organizing and Operational Support to Affiliates
Member Advocacy and Outreach
Legal and Insurance Support
Communications
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$38.58 (ESP $23.30)
Provide business operations to ensure organizational effectiveness through tech-
nology infrastructure, financial services, facilities services, and human resources to
serve the needs of affiliates and members.
$7.31 (ESP $4.41)
Implement an inclusive, engaged governance process that fosters member partic-
ipation and democratic decision-making through such governing bodies as the Rep-
resentative Assembly, NEA Board, NEA Executive Committee, and NEA committees
and task forces.
$1.56 (ESP $0.93)
Provide funding for emergencies at the national, state, or local levels.
Contingency
Governance
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Call ---Representatives are available to answer
your questions MondayFriday from a.m. to p.m. and
Saturday from a.m. to p.m. EST.
With all the education reform
we’re going through right now, it’s
important to have someone on our
side. IEA has been there every step
of the way, making sure we, as
members, understand how we will
be affected by the change.
Krista, IEA member
and music educator


IEA Headquarters, East Edwards Street, Springfield, IL Photo by Gordon Jackson
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Executive Office
The Executive Office is made up of the executive direc-
tor, president, vice president and secretary-treasurer.
The association officers and executive director provide
leadership and implement goals, objectives and pro-
grams of the association including, providing gover-
nance contact and coordination with national and state
affiliates. They represent the association in major
policy-making circles; e.g., elected, industrial, labor
organizations and at a variety of conferences, associa-
tion meetings and trainings.
From left, IEA Secretary-Treasurer Al Llorens, President Cinda Klickna and
Vice President Kathi Griffin. Top right, IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin.
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Working with the IEA has given
me an opportunity to work with my
colleagues from other departments, as
well as districts from across the state.
Camille, IEA member and
high school biology teacher


Field
Services
22 field officesstrategically located throughout Illinois
Assists locals in becoming highly
effective advocates for their mem-
bers, helps individuals in deliver-
ing a high quality education to all
students and continually assesses
members’ needs and interests.
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Assists locals in becoming highly
effective advocates for their mem-
bers, helps individuals in deliver-
ing a high quality education to all
students and continually assesses
members’ needs and interests.
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IEA has 22 field officesstrategically located
throughout Illinois to better assist local associations and
individual members with:
 Public relations and instructional improvement,
 Membership promotion,
 Organizational development,
 Collective bargaining,
 Grievance processing,
 Representation elections.
The goal of Field Services is to assist locals
in becoming highly effective advocates for
their members, to help individuals in deliver-
ing a high quality education to all
students and to continually assess
members’ needs and interests.
UniServ Directors, assisted by field
secretaries, are specifically trained
to:
 Deliver IEA-NEA programs,
 Provide legal and technical
assistance/information,
 Introduce interest-based ap-
proaches to leadership teams,
 Recruit and train local leaders,
 Coordinate field approach to head-
quarters staff and governance
committees.
UniServ Directors are specifically
directed to:
 Coordinate the delivery of IEA-NEA programs,
 Provide legal and technical assistance/
information,
 Introduce interest-based approaches to leadership
teams,
 Recruit new professional staff,
 Identify and articulate needs in the field to other departments, other managers,
officers and the Board,
 Work with staff and/or governance committees,
 Investigate, facilitate and resolve member/leaders’ concerns and complaints.
Libertyville
Elgin
Palatine
Skokie
Chicago
Lombard
Naperville
Matteson
Morris
Peoria
Bloomington
Champaign
Decatur
Edwardsville
Effingham
Mt. Vernon
Carterville
Springfield
Rushville
Moline
Rockford
Sterling
Anthony Jefries,
Director of Field Services
Government
Relations
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THE GOAL OF THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DEPARTMENTis to address
the political goals of the IEA and enhance our “effective locals” by helping leaders build
a strong political base, allowing locals to be strong partners with other stakeholders in
creating high performing systems that support successful students. By projecting locals
in the political arena, members become further involved in their association.
It’s often hard to understand how what
happens at the Illinois State Capitol build-
ing can directly affect you in your school.
But it does. And, there’s an easy and
rewarding way to get involved. Join the
Grassroots Political Activist program.
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Lobbyists work to increase the effec-
tiveness of locals by assuring that IEA is
a strong partner in a collaborative
leadership system at the state level.
Staff and GPAs work with the governor,
legislative leaders, members of the
General Assembly and other policy-
makers to enhance IEA’s effectiveness.
Lobbyists work to increase the effec-
tiveness of locals by assuring that IEA is
a strong partner in a collaborative
leadership system at the state level.
Staff and GPAs work with the governor,
legislative leaders, members of the
General Assembly and other policy-
makers to enhance IEA’s effectiveness.
Coming from a small district in
Central Illinois, the IEA has given
me opportunities both personally
and professionally. Most impor-
tantly, my affiliation with the IEA
has afforded me opportunities to
expand my perceptions and think
more globally about education.
Karla, IEA member
and kindergarten teacher


Legal
Workshops are conducted by our
attorneys on a regional and/or
local level to empower members
and leaders to handle problems
before they turn into legal cases.
PROTECTI ON YOU DESERVE
Workshops are conducted by our
attorneys on a regional and/or
local level to empower members
and leaders to handle problems
before they turn into legal cases.
$1,000,000
LIABILITY INSURANCE PROTECTION
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THE IEA-NEA PROVIDES ATTORNEYS to represent our local
affiliates and school employees in cases before the Illinois Ed-
ucational Labor Relations Board and other administrative
agencies, courts and in some arbitration proceedings. These
individuals provide expert technical advice to IEA-NEA staff
and leaders in analyzing the facts in a situation to determine
whether there is a potential case, and then provide representation as the case proceeds. Assistance
is provided to members with employment-related legal problems and to local associations having
disputes with their school boards.
Workshops are conducted by our attorneys on a regional andor local level to empower mem-
bers and leaders to handle problems before they turn into legal cases. Some of the training topics
are: members employment rights, school law, Department of Children and Family Services, etc.
The ,, liability insurance protection is provided automatically as part of your member-
ship. In your work as an educator, you are frequently exposed to situations that may give rise to
legal actions which can involve your personal liability. If a student or a students parents file suit
against you, the EEL Program will provide you with insurance protection
for the vast majority of cases. The program also reimburses you for
damage to your personal property in assault-related incidents.
The Attorney Referral Program offers members two free -
minute consultations with participating law firms on personal
matters each year. These firms offer members a percent dis-
count in their areas of practice. The core areas covered under this
program are:
Wills and estates,
Real estate,
Domestic relations,
Consumer protection,
Traffic violations.
Visit the IEA website at www.ieanea.org members only area to find a participating firm near
you.
Your IEA Legal Team
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IEA Professional Development Center, Liberty Drive, Springfield, IL
Training and professional
development
State of the art printing
and computer services
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PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROVIDES THE SUPPORTIVE infrastructure for the association’s
information technology, research, facilities management, in-house printing and meeting-space
needs, including:
 Computer services to maintain the association’s e-resources, including hardware and soft-
ware, the IEA website and a growing network of video conferencing sites at IEA field offices.
 Conference services to organize and orchestrate IEA’s state and national representative as-
semblies, plan and oversee the Summer Leadership Academy and CORE Conferences, and
schedule and maintain the IEA Professional Development Center’s 32,000 square-foot, state-
of-the-art conference facilities.
 Research services to provide research assistance, most notably in the areas of district finan-
cial profiles, school finance and tax fairness.
 IEA Online Learning Portal to share free professional development and association
skill-building trainings.
 Print shop to create high-quality printed materials while saving time and money.
FREE
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RESEARCH SERVICES
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Communications
LOGOS
TRAINING
VIDEOS
Association of
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UIUC
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THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONSis available to
assist you and your local with all means of communication. From video
production to logo design, Communications can help you produce
image-related products for both internal and external use.
Dealing with the media can be an intimidating process. It is impor-
tant that locals promote their own views on education issues in the
community. Resources available on the IEA web site (www.ieanea.org), including a sample press
release and letter to the editor, can answer many of your questions about public relations. In addi-
tion, staff can offer assistance if you are contacted by a member of the media, or need to get a mes-
sage out in your area. And, communication training is offered at the Summer Leadership Academy
to provide further direction.
IEA Connect, a division of the Communications department, is the new call center now available
to help members with questions on all things IEA. Professional development opportunities, mem-
bership information, name and/or address changes, questions about member benefits and other
association inquiries can be answered by calling a toll-free number, 844-IEA-1800, logging on to
a live chat at www.ieanea.org, or by dropping an email to IEAConnect@ieanea.org. With extended
hours daily, we want to make reaching IEA easy for you!
Providing up-to-the-minute news you need to know is a priority of the communications
department. IEA is active on Facebook, twitter and the IEA web page. In addition, all members
who provide a valid non-school e-mail address will receive the insider, IEA’s electronic newsletter.
You can save the cost of your membership by utilizing savings services through both NEA mem-
ber benefits (www.neamb.com) and Access. As
IEA’s member discount provider, Access offers dis-
counts 24/7 online as well as with their mobile app
for smart shopping on the go. Access is available
by logging on to the member’s only section of the
IEA web site.
The Department of Communications can:
Assist locals and regions with all things media related,
Provide communications training locally or at IEA conferences,
Assist you in dealing with local media, writing press releases or media advisories,
Photograph, produce video and/or write articles on a local issue you want highlighted,
Help you utilize savings with member discounts,
Create a logo for your local, and produce banners, buttons, fliers, etc.,
Coordinate orders with the IEA Store and/or using our vendor to create items featuring your
local’s logo.
We want to be a valuable resource for all members —let us know how we can help you!
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internationally. Save on goods and services like automo-
tive, dining, shopping and travel. Whether you save on
your next oil change, or on your spring getaway, discounts
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IEA has contracted with Access Development Corp. to ofer
our members discounts at more than 100,000 merchants
internationally. Save on goods and services like automo-
tive, dining, shopping and travel. Whether you save on
your next oil change, or on your spring getaway, discounts
ofset your dues dollars! Merchants are constantly being
added, so check back frequently!
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HOW CAN THE BUSINESS OFFICE be a benefit of membership? The membership processors keep all
records of membership. Maintaining accurate membership information and assisting members and
local affiliates is the membership team’s first priority. Through checks and balances, the accounting team
allows the most efficient use of your dues dollars. The staff manages the expenses of the association,
provides audits of locals in need of assistance, files the annual IRS return for more than 900 locals, and
maintains compliance with IRS regulations and GAAP. The accounting staff also acts as a resource for lo-
cals in terms of questions about IRS matters, state election laws and general finance questions.
The business services department also provides valuable resources on the local and regional level
through the means of annual trainings, on both membership and financial procedures, throughout the
state and is available to answer all your questions.
Helpful and courteous staff in Springfield,
Chicago and Rockford are available to
assist you with your membership services.
Visit the IEA website and
update your personal
information through My
IEA Profile. IEA takes
your personal informa-
tion very seriously. IEA
never sells or makes
available the IEA
membership roster.
Members will find
valuable association in-
formation in the IEA
Members Only section
of the IEA website. While
on the IEA home-
page, remember to
check all savings
available by clicking
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bership Card icon.
Teachers can’t stand
alone and make a differ-
ence for their students
and for education. As
a member of IEA for
42 years, through my
leadership opportuni-
ties at the local, region,
state and national levels,
I have a voice to help bring
about changes to help teach-
ers teach, students learn and
protect our pensions.
Janet, IEA retired member
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For additional information or assistance:
Bloomington .................................................... 309-663-6400
Carterville.......................................................... 618-733-4472
Champaign........................................................ 217-384-2906
Chicago.............................................................. 312-407-0227
Decatur .............................................................. 217-875-9353
Edwardsville...................................................... 618-656-0010
Effingham.......................................................... 217-342-2187
Elgin.................................................................... 847-428-7640
Libertyville ........................................................ 847-932-4140
Lombard............................................................ 630-495-3250
Matteson............................................................ 708-228-5556
Moline................................................................ 309-797-4126
Morris ................................................................ 815-942-6220
Mt. Vernon ........................................................ 618-244-0015
Naperville.......................................................... 630-369-1555
Palatine.............................................................. 847-359-0300
Peoria ................................................................. 309-691-2288
Rockford ............................................................ 815-398-0995
Rushville ............................................................ 217-322-2101
Skokie ................................................................ 847-329-7756
Springfield ........................................................ 217-787-7060
Sterling .............................................................. 815-626-3884
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No one knows your
students like you do.
Do you see a need in your school or community that you
know would make life better for your students if it was
fulflled?
Last year more than 100 early career teachers from
around the state spotted those needs and flled them by
using money from IEA’s SCORE grant.
You can do the same.
Check out SCORE on the IEA website at
www.ieanea.org/score
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