Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot received the endorsement of the Illinois Education Association (IEA) Region 67. Region 67 is made up of IEA members employed in the field of higher education in the Chicago area. The IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.
“I’m thrilled to receive the endorsement of the Illinois Education Association Region 67,” said Lightfoot. “I share the IEA’s commitment to excellence and equity in public education. To get there, we need to treat educators and staff as welcome partners in conversations about their schools and about our school system more broadly. That’s why I support elected school boards at CPS and City Colleges and why I’m committed to defending the collective bargaining rights of and negotiating in good faith with all educators and staff. I’m proud to join with IEA Region 67 members to fight for a more equitable education system on February 26th and beyond.”

“Ms. Lightfoot spoke passionately, and personally, about the transformative possibilities of higher education. She also communicated strongly-held positions on important policy issues such as the need for drastic changes in how TIF funds are utilized and the need to adequately fund and maintain pensions because they represent promises that must be kept,” said Oscar Valdez, an IEA grassroots political activist.

Randy Miller, president of the 1000-member City Colleges of Chicago part-time faculty union, CCCLOC, praised Lightfoot’s “solid opposition to the program consolidation at City Colleges that has forced students to travel great distances across the city to receive their degree.” Miller also took note of candidate Lightfoot’s “support for elected school boards at Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges and a more collaborative and pro-active approach to negotiations.”