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You have probably heard that there’s an election coming up on Tuesday, November 6.

We hope you’ll check out this message about voting from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. Then, find the public education champions on your ballot.

Students deserve better than tattered textbooks and educators that have to work two or three jobs. That’s why the National Education Association is recommending more than 350 candidates for public office—candidates who will make a difference in students’ lives by making sure they have the resources they need to learn and unlock their potential.

On November 6 (and in every election), be an education voter and #Vote4Ed!

In solidarity,

The NEA Education Votes Team

P.S. Show your friends and family that you’re an education voter! Add the “I Vote 4 Ed” sticker to your profile photo on Facebook.

A Project of the National Education Association
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Washington, DC 20036-3290


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ESP Insider

Oct. 25, 2018

ESP Council

Watch a short video message from ESP Council member Jill Scarcelli.

All ESPs invited! ESP Assembly and Council meeting – Sat., Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. in Springfield.

If you are interested in hosting an ESP Assembly at an IEA office in your area, please contact Alex Wallace.

To stay connected to other ESPs in all job categories, be sure to follow the IEA Education Support Professionals Caucus on Facebook and visit the ESP webpage on the IEA website.
ESP Connections

Pictured above, left to right: Leticia Childs, Julie Wilt, Holly Smigelski, Dawn Hamelberg and Christopher Blum in back. 

ESP Connections Network: Let’s talk
Join us for an open conversation with other education support professionals on Sat., Nov. 3 at the IEA Lombard Office, 10 a.m. – noon.

Letter from ESP member Christopher Blum

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Your vote matters!

IEA Voter Guide for Nov. 6 General Election
Quickly find IEA-recommended candidates and where you are registered to vote at IEA’s legislative and political action website provides updates and resources on the upcoming election.
Awards and scholarships

2019 IEA ESP of the Year award
The purpose of the award is to recognize an education support professional who has shown outstanding accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Involvement in his/her local, state and/or national association,
  • ​Achievements in his/her professional classification,
  • Promoting public education in the community, and/or
  • Enhancement of the image of ESPs in the association, worksite or community.
An ESP must be nominated by his/her local association president, leadership within the nominee’s local IEA office or by a member of the IEA Board of Directors.

Nominations are due Jan. 18.

The 2019 IEA ESP of the Year online nomination form and downloadable form can both be found on the IEA website.

What is the ESP STARS program?
The ESP Council created the ESP STARS program to allow local leaders to recognize and publicize the good work of their ESP members across the state.

Please use the online form to nominate members of your local association for an ESP STAR!

ESP STARS online nomination form

SCORE grants – Schools and Community Outreach by Educators
Educators in their first 10 years in any IEA local are eligible to apply for a SCORE grant. If partners or trios of IEA members apply together, at least one of the applicants should be within their first 10 years of membership. Find out more and view past SCORE grant awards.

Open Enrollment Dates

Did you know??

Open Enrollment Tips and Tricks


  • The following employees must complete open enrollment:

o   All regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week.

o   All permanent substitutes

  • When is open enrollment? When do new elections begin?

o   Open enrollment begins TODAY October 22nd through November 2nd.

o   Any changes or new elections made during open enrollment are effective January 1, 2019.

  • If I have questions, who can I contact?

o   The easiest and quickest way to reach us during open enrollment is via email at

o   A benefits representative will be coming to your building during open enrollment to be available to answer questions. Please see attached schedule for the date and time we will be at your building.

  • How do I complete open enrollment?

o   Please log into the Employee Portal at:

o   Go to Benefits – Benefits Enrollment

o   The Employee Portal works best using Google Chrome

  • I’m stuck on the Primary Physician page; how do I go back to change my election? Whether it’s for medical or dental, enter a 3-digit number (HINT: if you are changing to PPO, you can enter any 3-digit number), then click previous to go back to the previous screen.
  • If you participated in the 2018 biometrics screening, you must complete open enrollment to receive the 2019 medical premium discount.  You will see the correct rates when you log into the Employee Portal.
  • To view more detailed information about all of our benefit offerings, please click here(you will be prompted to log into the Employee Portal).  You have access to your Benefit Summary (rates included) and more information regarding Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), Sun Life and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • Sun Life – please read these pages carefully especially the Optional Life page.

o   If you and your spouse both work at the District, each employee must elect their own Optional Life Insurance.  You can NOT elect spousal Optional Life Insurance coverage if your spouse works for the district.

o   You may elect Optional Life Insurance for your child(ren) up to age 19 (or to age 26 if the child is a full-time student).  Please note: It is your responsibility to remove this benefit once your child(ren) are no longer eligible.

  • If you have a dependent who turned 26 earlier in the year, or will turn 26 before December 31, 2018, please do not include them in your elections for open enrollment.
  • If you experience a qualifying event anytime during the year, you have 30 days to make changes to your benefits as it relates to the qualifying event.  Examples of a qualifying event are:  marriage, divorce, birth/adoption, loss of other coverage.  Please contact us at if you have any questions.



If you have any questions, please contact us at



Open Enrollment is October 22nd through November 2nd