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Important Dates

  • General Election Voter Registration Deadline: Oct. 9, 2018
  • Early Voting (General): Sept. 27 – Nov. 5, 2018
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Know the Issues

Here's what's at stake in Illinois in the next election.

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Education Funding

Education Funding

Fully funding public schools is the only way to ensure all students get the education they deserve, regardless of ZIP code.

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Educator Salary

Educator Salary

Fair wages allow educators to provide for their families and do what they love without going into debt. Fact: 1 in 5 educators must take a second job to get by. This is not sustainable.

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Gun Violence Prevention

Gun Violence Prevention

Students and educators deserve to learn and teach in a safe environment. That’s why we demand gun violence reform.

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Retirement Security

Retirement Security

Educators deserve access to the benefits they spent their lives paying for. Protecting pensions and Social Security ensures retired educators live with dignity.

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Workers’ Rights

Workers’ Rights

Educators’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions. All public education employees deserve the right to negotiate a fair contract. Educators must advocate for fair pay, better working conditions and our students.

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College Affordability

College Affordability

Every student should be able to pursue an education without amassing major debt. We support college affordability legislation, federal loan forgiveness programs for public service and increased Pell Grant funding.

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NEA recommends

These candidates are committed to advancing student opportunity and quality public education in every neighborhood.
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JB Pritzker (D)
Rep. Robin Kelly (D)
U.S. House, 2nd Dist.
Chuy Garcia (D)
U.S. House, 4th Dist.
Sean Casten (D)
U.S. House, 6th Dist.
Rep. Danny Davis (D)
U.S. House, 7th Dist.
Rep. Raja Khrishnamoorthi (D)
U.S. House, 8th Dist.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D)
U.S. House, 9th Dist.
Rep. Bill Foster (D)
U.S. House, 11th Dist.
Rep. Mike Bost (R)
U.S. House, 12th Dist.
Lauren Underwood (D)
U.S. House, 14th Dist.
Sara Dady (D)
U.S. House, 16th Dist.
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D)
U.S. House, 17th Dist.
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Here's what you can do to support public education where you live.


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To ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed, we must hold politicians accountable for the quality of public schools. Pledge to be the voice for Illinois's students in the 2018 midterm elections!


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