Political Action Committee (PAC)
Every education decision is a political decision. Elected officials
control technology funding, class sizes, curriculum and course content,
textbook approval, the length of the school year, teacher and staff
salaries, medical benefits, continuing education and
certification requirements, retirement pensions, due process rights,
special education rules, funding, and many other critical matters.
The Illinois Federation of Teachers Political Action Committee's (PAC) strength isn’t in big money. Our strength is
in the commitment of our members.
How does the PAC recommendation process work?
The purpose of the PAC recommendation process is to identify, select
and support those legislative candidates who share the Committee’s
commitment to the advancement of public education in Illinois.
Candidates who earn a PAC recommendation receive critical
organizational and financial support, as well as a statewide network of
The PAC recommendation procedure is a democratic process by which
local IFT members determine which candidates will get a PAC
Candidate questionnaire and interview:
Candidates and incumbents in each legislative district are mailed a
questionnaire that asks for the candidate’s views on various educational
issues. Questionnaires are returned and the region PAC representative
schedules recommendation interviews with each candidate individually in a
The region PAC representative, who serves as the chair and facilitator
of the interview process, invites interested IFT members living in the
legislative district of each candidate to attend the interview.
After all candidates are interviewed in a legislative district, all
PAC-contributing members attending the interview are given a secret
ballot and asked to decide whether any candidate will be recommended.
Votes are tallied and the candidate who receives the highest number of
votes is recommended to PAC.
PAC reviews the recommendations and makes decisions about the level of
financial support each recommended candidate receives.
Recommended candidates decide when and how to announce their PAC