News You Can Use

  • Friendly Reminder:  Seeking interested members for 2019-20 IEA Committees

o   Committee and board subcommittee appointment procedures

    • Electronic applications are available on the IEA website until May 15.

o   All applicants will be required to enter their Members Only login information.

o   Any questions, please direct them to Courtney Gillespie

–         Notice of ESP Listening Tour, May 20-24

–         NEA ESPQ WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: What You Need to Know: ESP Mentoring ESP in the Workplace


  • Restorative Practices and Prosocial Skills Training: Interested in learning more about non-exclusionary student discipline? Register today for one or both of our summer training opportunities. On day one we will learn about restorative practices as a straightforward problem-solving framework that can be used as an alternative to exclusionary discipline. On day two we will learn about prosocial skills training as an intervention designed to promote prosocial behavior in adolescents using techniques to develop social skills, emotional control, and moral reasoning. All workshops will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch and clock hours will be available. Register for one or both trainings. Space is Limited! Register Today.

Trainings will be held at the following locations:

    • June 11 & 12, Bloomington IEA Office
    • June 25 & 26, Springfield IEA Professional Development Center


  • The IEA Summer Book Study will begin on June 3. Our next book will be “The Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians, and Administrators: Building a Culture of Community in Schools” by Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel, and Ted Wachtel.



Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week



Please see the note below from new Board of Education President Kevin Kirberg.




Tom Hernandez

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202

Director of Community Relations

FOIA Officer

(815) 577-4008 (desk)

(815) 514-5409 (cell)



District 202 Teachers and Staff,


The end of another school year is just around the corner. This has been another busy, successful year for District 202. We have accomplished a lot by working together and focusing on what is most important – our students, families and community.


Whether it’s academics, athletics, fine arts or full-day kindergarten, none of that success could have happened without the amazing work and commitment that our teachers and staff show to our students, families and schools.


May 6-10, 2019 is Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week, but we don’t need a calendar to know how great our teachers and staff are. The Board of Education appreciates and values what you do every day.


District 202 is very lucky to have some of the most talented teachers, support staff and administrators anywhere. Our community benefits from your talent and dedication in and out of the classroom.


On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you for everything you do. You make District 202 an excellent place to learn, work and live.



Kevin Kirberg


District 202 Board of Education

Legislative Update for Illinois

IEA Legislative Update for May 3, 2019

The Fair Tax amendment SJRCA 1 moved from the Senate to the House with a full head of steam and a few pieces of baggage. If approved by the voters in November 2020, the amendment will enable the State of Illinois to have a graduated income tax. Several other proposals,which are dependent upon the passage of the amendment, moved over to the House. All three of the companion proposals contain the following language “but only if an amendment to the Illinois Constitution permitting the taxation of income at a graduated rate is adopted prior to that date by the voters of Illinois.”

SB 687 imposes a number of provisions that alter taxation on corporations and individuals:

  • For taxable years after 2021, the tax on corporations shall be imposed at the rate of 7.99% of the taxpayer’s net income for the taxable year.
  • The bill also adjusts the Local Government Distributive Fund to provide that the transfer shall be equal to 10.75% of the amount that would have been generated if the tax had been imposed at the rate of 3% for individuals, trusts and estates and at the rate of 4.8% for corporations
  • Implements a child tax credit.
  • Provides that taxpayers who are required to file a federal joint return shall file a joint return with the state.
  • Provides that the income tax credit for property taxes shall be equal to 6% (currently 5%) of real property taxes paid by the taxpayer during the taxable year on the principal residence of the taxpayer.

SB 689 relates to the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act and provides that no tax shall be imposed for persons dying on or after Jan. 1, 2021 or for transfers made on or after Jan. 1, 2021.

SB 690 provides that, beginning in levy year 2022, for taxing districts that are school districts (other than qualified school districts), “extension limitation” means 0% or the rate of increase approved by the voters (currently, (a) the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters). The proposal defines a “qualified school district” as a school district that certifies to the county clerk that the district: (i) submitted a claim or claims to the Illinois State Board of Education for reimbursement of certain state mandated categoricals for the school fiscal year immediately preceding the levy year and received reimbursement for those state mandated categoricals that was less than 97% of the district’s claims; or (ii) did not receive the minimum funding required for that school district under the evidence-based funding formula. Requires the state board of education to certify to each school district whether or not the school district is eligible for designation as a qualified school district.

Senate committee bills 

HB1472 amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In the provision defining “eligible employment” for the purpose of allowing a teacher to return to teaching in subject shortage areas without impairing his or her retirement status or retirement annuity and changes the ending date of the employment from no later than June 30, 2019 to no later than June 30, 2021. The IEA supports this bill. This bill passed out of the Senate Government Accountability and Pensions Committee with a vote of 9-0.

HB1554 provides that on or before Jan. 1, 2020, the Task Force shall prepare and submit a report to the General Assembly and the report shall, at a minimum: (1) recommend how the state can keep employers and jobs in Illinois; (2) identify and describe best practices to prevent outsourcing of Illinois jobs; and (3) identify employment sectors most affected by outsourcing. The IEA supports this bill. This bill passed out of the Senate Executive Committee with a vote of 16-0.

HB3096 provides that as an alternative to certain other procedures, a taxing district may increase its aggregate extension if the taxing district obtains referendum approval as provided in the amendatory Act. The IEA supportsthis bill. This bill passed out of the Senate Revenue Committee with a vote of 7-0.

HB3213 amends the Downstate Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In the definition of “teacher”, removes a provision specifying that an annuitant receiving a retirement annuity under the Chicago Teacher Article,who is employed by a board of education or other employer as permitted under specified provisions, is not a “teacher” for purposes of the Downstate Teacher Article. The IEA supports this bill. This bill passed out of the Senate Government Accountability and Pensions Committee with a vote of 9-0.

House committee bills

SB28 provides that for a pupil of legal school age and in kindergarten or any of grades one through 12, a day of attendance shall be counted only for sessions of not less than five clock hours of school work per day. The IEA supports this bill. This bill passed out of the House Elementary & Secondary Education: Curriculum & Policy Committee with a vote of 19-0.

SB1213 says each school district shall, in good faith cooperation with its teachers or, if applicable, through good faith bargaining with the exclusive bargaining representative of its teachers, develop and implement an appeals process for “unsatisfactory” ratings that includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the original rating by a panel of qualified evaluators agreed to by a joint committee that has the power to re-evaluate and re-rate a teacher who appeals. The IEA supports this bill. This bill passed out of the House Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter SchoolCommittee with a vote of 5-3.

SB1460 SA 1 Senate Committee Amendment 1 provides that if adequate funds are available, incentives under the program must include a one-time incentive of $3,000 payable to National Board certified teachers teaching in Tier 1 rural or remote school districts, an annual incentive of $3,200 for National Board certified teacher rural or remote candidate cohort facilitators, and an annual incentive of $2,500 for National Board certified teacher rural or remote liaisons. Makes the program applicable to qualified educators who are employed by, or retired from,school districts (rather than just employed by school districts) and who are in the process of obtaining licensure through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The IEA supports this bill. This bill passed out of the House Elementary & Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter School Committee with a vote of 8-0.

Senate chamber

SJRCA1 removes a provision that provides that a tax on income shall be measured at a non-graduated rate. Provides that the General Assembly shall provide by law for the rate or rates of any tax on or measured by income imposed by the State. Provides that the highest rate imposed on corporations may not exceed the highest rate imposed on individuals by more than a ratio of 8 to 5. The IEA supports this bill. This bill passed out of the Senate with a vote of 40-19 and moves on to the House.

Important dates

A schedule for each chamber can be found on the GeneralAssembly website.

Next week

  • Both the Senate and House are in session next week.
  • The Senate and House are scheduled to remain in session through May 31.

Letter From Lily

NEA Home
Dear Member,

Educators don’t enter the profession expecting to get rich. They do it because they love teaching and because they have an unwavering belief in their students.

But, they should also be able to support themselves. The sad truth is that many educators aren’t earning enough to make ends meet.

Today, we’re releasing our annual data on educator pay. Click here to find out how your state ranks in educator pay and per pupil spending.

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Educator Pay in Your State >
Each year, NEA publishes data on educator salaries. We collect statistics from state departments of education and 11,675 school districts, which account for 94 percent of all full-time educators.

The data show in black and white (or, in this case, red and white) the dollar value each state places on its educators.

To make matters worse, the pay gap between educators and other professionals is vast and growing, forcing many out of the profession and creating a teacher shortage crisis that threatens our students and communities.

See how much educators make on average in your state and join the movement fighting for better resources for public school educators and students.

How much we pay educators is just one indicator of the value our society places on education. As part of the Red For Ed movement, educators across the country are joining hands with parents and community members to fight for the resources public school students need to succeed like a nurse, counselor, and librarian in every school; a living wage for education support professionals; and more class time for learning.

Equipped with data like average educator pay and the teacher pay gap, we are able to better make the case that we can do better. After all, our children are worth it.


Lily Eskelsen Garcia
National Education Association

ESP Insider

| April 30, 2019 Edition
Congratulations ESP STAR award recipients!
Carrie Bonine – ESP STAR!
U-46 DUSA, Region 63
Larkin High School

Carrie was able to prove that the work she was doing as a secretary warranted an increase in classification within our local. When she was able to show her work was high-quality and required advanced critical thinking skills, our district agreed to move everyone with the same title up a level, ultimately benefiting dozens of members and countless students and staff.

Also, Carrie finds time to be a speech coach and take her students to state competitions! Without her coaching, the school would not have been able to field a speech team.

Carrie is active in her local and serves as a building representative. She is a member of the events committee, mentoring committee, PD committee, negotiations committee and is a region representative.

As a leader for the events committee, Carrie has recruited members to events and meetings that have not had a lot of active participation in years. Her ability to reach so many people has helped us grow stronger! Congratulations, Carrie, and thank you for all you do!

Debbie Ciciora – ESP STAR!
Teaching assistant
Local 218, Region 28
Dwight D. Eisenhower High School
Debbie has been involved as a union representative for 17 years and a region representative for four years. She takes advantage of opportunities and attends conferences, conventions and trainings such as the IEA Representative Assembly, the NEA Representative Assembly and the National Education Support Personnel Conference. She consistently takes on extra responsibilities to make our local association even better! She serves on the local 218 executive board, is a part of the negotiating team and a member of the scholarship committee.

Debbie takes an active role in the classroom every day. She works closely with a literacy teacher to provide small group reading instruction to students. She works three periods a day in a self-contained biology classroom where she initiates tasks to help the classroom run smoothly. She enthusiastically learns new technology and constantly offers suggestions about how to improve classroom management and academic success for students. Debbie has really helped struggling students to succeed on assessments by reviewing with students and rephrasing questions to help clarify the meaning to help students make connections between class experiences and the formal assessments.

Debbie helped start up and run “The Closet,” an amazing program at Eisenhower High School. The program allows students access to hygiene products, school supplies, clothing, coats and other winter weather gear. Every week, she spends time organizing items, processing donations and responding to student requests for items. Her care for these students and her willingness to make a difference by meeting their basic needs is admirable. Debbie’s drive to increase the success of the program is evident. She is having conversations with colleagues and school administrators in order to extend the program’s offerings by adding an additional donation and distribution system she hopes to call “The Pantry.” This would allow students and staff to donate non-perishable food items that could be accessed by students who need additional groceries for their homes. She is truly an example of what an ESP should aspire to be. Congratulations, Debbie!

Use the online nomination form to nominate a special ESP member for a STAR award!
IEA ESP of the Year
Julie Spaargaren was selected as IEA’s Education Support Professional of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of an ESP in the area of involvement in their local, state or national association, achievement in his/her professional classification, promoting public education in the community and enhancement of the image of education support professionals in the association, worksite and community.

Julie is a paraeducator for special needs students at School District 201 in Westmont, IL. She has worked in the district for 16 years and is a member of Westmont Educational Support Personnel Association (WESPA), Region 57. Congratulations, Julie!

IEA Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award
Mary Ann Rivera, paraeducator from Lyons Township High School, received the Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award at the IEA Representative Assembly on April 11.

Mary Ann is co-president of LTPA, IEA ESP Council member, ethnic minority representative, NEA ESP Director-at-Large and midwest director of NCESP. Congratulations, Mary Ann!

Pictured left to right: IEA Vice President Al Llorens, IEA President Kathi Griffin and Adrianna Caballero (35), HCR Committee chair.

NEA ESP of the Year
2019 ESP of the Year Matthew Powell does it all

Read about Matthew in NEAToday.

Pictured with Matthew left to right: NEA Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and NEA Vice President Becky Pringle.

May 4 ??? ESP Assembly and Council meeting
Join us Saturday for the next council meeting in the IEA Bloomington office, 304 S. Eldorado St., Suite 2.

RSVP to Arlene Criglar.

A livestream event is planned before the council meeting from 10 a.m. to noon. ESPs from across the state will gather at the IEA offices in Palatine, Matteson, Carterville and Lombard to participate in a statewide digital lock box challenge hosted by the IEA ESP Leadership Academy. All ESP members are invited to attend and participate. Download a flier for more information and the registration link or simply register here.

Interested in hosting an ESP assembly? Contact Alex Wallace for details.

Stay connected with other ESPs:

News from higher ed ESPs
SIUE’s Sandra Goodwin is the Illinois Head Start Teacher of the Year

It wasn’t her first career choice, but Sandra Goodwin’s response to a need and her desire to educate and empower othershas earned the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Head Start/Early Head Start teacher high marks and the 2019 Illinois Head Start Teacher of the Year award. Congratulations, Sandra!

Historic SIUE IEA local celebrates 30-year anniversary

SIUE PSA President Kimberly McClellan (front row, second from right) spearheaded and emceed the event. Kimberly is a member of the IEA ESP Council and serves as ethnic minority representative.

You can view photos, artifacts and read a detailed history of this pioneer IEA local in a 12-page booklet compiled by IEA Organizer David Vitoff.

$2,500 education scholarship winner announced
Congratulations to Olivia Howard, this year’s winner of the $2,500 Burroughs Education Scholarship!

This scholarship recognizes the dedication and hard work of school employees, including Olivia’s mother, stepmother and father.

ESPs getting involved
Supplies for Puerto Rico school children
Mary Ann Rivera will be making a second trip to Puerto Rico to deliver school supplies to children who were greatly impacted by Hurricane Maria last year. She is currently collecting school supplies and monetary donations for shipping the boxes of supplies. If you are interested and would like to donate, please email Mary Ann.

Mary Ann is a paraeducator at Lyons Township High School – District 204 in Region 59.

Seeking interested members for 2019-20 IEA Committees

Big victory!! Congress votes unanimously to create national ESP award

Have you taken the member interest survey?
If not, please take it so we know your interests and the issues important to you.
  1. Log in to Members Only.
  2. Navigate to My Dashboard.
  3. Choose Member Interest/Issue Survey (top right purple box)
Highlights from ESP events
IEA Representative Assembly
In addition to their delegate responsibilities, members of the ESP Council were busy at this year’s IEA RA. Preparations began Wednesday evening, Apr. 10, setting up the ESP resource room, Thursday morning hosting the ESP open hearing and later the ESP delegate reception. Photos of the RA can be viewed on IEA’s Flickr site.
NEA ESP mentoring training
Carrie Bonine, along with a few members of the School District U-46 secretarial association, traveled to the NEA offices in Washington D.C. in mid-December to attended the 2018 ESP mentoring training. Don’t miss an upcoming webinar on May 23: ESP mentoring in the workplace

Union Strong Boot Camp
A 12-week program designed for ESPs to strengthen their locals and learn organizing skills to help increase membership.
Member benefits
Log in to Members Only and access your discounts and deals today!

If you don’t have it yet, download the MyDeals mobile app!
Upcoming ESP events
Jun. 7-9: NEA Joint Ethnic Conference
St. Louis

July 1-2: NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice

Jul. 22-26: Summer Leadership Academy (SLA)
Illinois State University, Normal

Oct. 4-5: IEA One Conference
Oak Brook

Tell us your story!
When you organize or participate in an event involving ESPs or hear of such an event, please send us the: Who, What, When, Where, Why and a photo to Arlene Criglar or use the online report form.

Stories are due May 15 for the May ESP insider.

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