* Rep. Jeanne Ives campaign…
Rauner Loses IEA Endorsement He Coveted to Pritzker
The IEA chose the big government Democrat over the big government Republican, despite Governor Rauner’s best efforts to cater to the IEA with Chicago Public School bailouts at the expense of suburban and downstate schools.
January 11, 2018 - The Illinois Education Association has announced it is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for governor. The 135,000 members of the IEA represent the state’s largest education employee’s organization.
“Republican teachers are reminded again that the union they are forced to fund is a far left-leaning activist group intent on growing government at all costs and bankrupting the state,” said State Representative Jeanne Ives, conservative reform Republican Candidate for Governor. “In his endeavor to betray all his promises of conservative reform, Governor Rauner attempted to woo the IEA with his ’state money for things, not students’ concept and massive CPS bailout on the backs of taxpayers. It must be disappointing that the IEA didn’t give him any consideration after all he did for them.”
* Pearson steps in…
But suggesting Rauner is trying to suck up to the IEA by helping CPS doesn’t track. That’s because the IEA doesn’t represent CPS teachers. A different education labor umbrella group does — the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the Chicago Teachers Union.
The new funding formula, which Rauner has touted as a major success, is currently in limbo after he issued an amendatory veto this week of a clean-up bill to allow more private schools to be considered for funds from a new private school tax-credit program.
At any rate, the IEA wasn’t going to give its endorsement to Rauner, who has made weakening union influence part of his long-standing agenda. Still, Ives referred to the union as “a far left-leaning activist group intent on growing government at all costs and bankrupting the state.”
The IEA has a traditionally more Republican-friendly history. In the 2014 Republican primary, the IEA and the IFT backed Kirk Dillard’s unsuccessful bid for governor over Rauner. In the past, the IEA also has backed GOP candidates for governor including Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan.