SOURCE: Illinois Education Association

July 06, 2010 10:33 ET

IEA Recommends Pat Quinn-Sheila Simon

SPRINGFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - July 6, 2010) -  Illinois' largest education employees' organization is recommending Gov. Pat Quinn and his running mate Sheila Simon for the top jobs in Illinois state government.

The Board of Directors for the Illinois Education Association-NEA (IEA) voted overwhelmingly to back Democrats Quinn and Simon for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, in the November election.

Watch a short video on the recommendation.

According to IEA President Ken Swanson, it is crucial to the future of public education in Illinois that the Quinn-Simon ticket be elected.

IEA has a bipartisan political philosophy and has endorsed both Republicans and Democrats for top offices over the last 30 years.

In the governor's race four years ago, IEA made no recommendation because neither candidate offered a plan to ensure every Illinois student would have an opportunity to attend a great public school. This year, Swanson said, is different.

"There never has been a more clear-cut choice for governor and lieutenant governor of Illinois. The Illinois Education Association enthusiastically recommends Governor Pat Quinn and Sheila Simon to our members and to everyone who supports public education," Swanson said.

IEA represents more than 133,000 education employees including elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers.

The Illinois Education Association is an affiliate of the 3.7 million-member National Education Association (NEA).

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