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Why is the IFT involved in politics?

It's a fair question. Simply put, the elected officials who serve on your local school board, in the state legislature, and in Washington D.C. make important funding and policy decisions that affect your workplace, career, and community. It’s important that we have a voice in that process. Time and again, IFT members have won major victories defending public education and setting new standards for our schools by getting involved in the political and legislative process. We need your help to keep fighting.


What is the IFT PAC (Political Action Committee) process?
The IFT works diligently to advocate for our members, their professions, and public education and services. To help the union determine which candidates for public office share our values and deserve our support, the IFT uses a transparent, democratic Political Action Committee (PAC) process to make endorsement recommendations for Congress and the Illinois General Assembly.
 
The IFT Statewide PAC consists of 19 members  - 18 regional committee chairs who represent different geographic areas of the state, as well as one member who represents statewide locals. These chairs share candidate information and endorsement recommendations from their respective committees. All IFT members are encouraged to attend the Regional PAC meeting in their area to participate in the endorsement process.  
 
Through IFT PAC, every member can have a voice in which candidates the IFT supports.


How are PAC recommendations made?
The PAC committees convene in advance of each Primary and General Election to determine their endorsement recommendations.
 
First, the Regional PACs review incumbent voting records and candidate responses to IFT questionnaires and conduct interviews to learn where each candidate stands on important issues.
 
After considering this data, the Regional PACs make endorsement recommendations to the Statewide PAC, which reviews them and forwards them to the IFT Executive Board for final approval.

Ultimately, candidates who earn an IFT endorsement are eligible to receive financial and organizational support from the union for their campaign.
 
Please plan to attend your Regional PAC meeting to take part in the process! The complete schedule appears below.


Call 217.544.8562 to confirm your PAC region and meeting time and to RSVP.

2018 PRIMARY ELECTION PAC MEETINGS
PAC REGION N
Tuesday, December 19

Senate Districts: 36, 37, 46
House Districts: 71, 72, 73, 74, 91, 92

Laborers Hall
2835 7th Ave.
Rock Island, IL

PAC REGION L
Wednesday, December 20

Senate Districts: 32, 34, 35, 45
House Districts: 63, 64, 67, 68, 69, 70, 89, 90

Carpenters Union
212 S. 1st Street
Rockford, IL

PAC REGION G
Thursday, January 4

Senate Districts: 23, 25, 42
House Districts: 45, 46, 49, 50, 83, 84
Robert M. Healey Center
500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont, IL

PAC REGION H
Thursday, January 4

Senate Districts: 21, 24, 41
House Districts: 41,42, 47, 48, 81, 82
Robert M. Healey Center
500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont, IL

PAC REGION A
Tuesday, January 9

Senate Districts: 2, 6, 20
House Districts: 3, 4, 11, 12, 39, 40
Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll Ave., Room 130
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION D
Tuesday, January 9

Senate Districts: 1, 3, 5
House Districts: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10
Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll Ave., Room 130
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION P
Wednesday, January 10

Senate Districts: 51, 52, 53
House Districts: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106

IFT Champaign Office
2902 Crossing Court, #B
Champaign, IL

PAC REGION E
Wednesday, January 10

Senate Districts: 14, 18, 19
House Districts: 27, 28, 35, 36, 37, 38

IFT Local 943 Office
15521 South 70th Court
Orland Park, IL
 
PAC REGION K
Thursday, January 11

Senate Districts: 22, 27, 33
House Districts: 43, 44, 53, 54, 65, 66

Local 1211 Office
2010 East Algonquin Road, Suite 214
Schaumburg, IL

PAC REGION B
Thursday, January 11

Senate Districts: 7, 8, 9
House Districts: 13,14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll Ave., Room 130
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION F
Tuesday, January 16

Senate Districts: 13, 15, 17
House Districts: 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 34

Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll Ave., Room 130
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION I
Tuesday, January 16

Senate Districts: 4, 11, 12, 16
House Districts:  7, 8, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31, 32

Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll Ave., Room 131
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION Q
Tuesday, January 16

Senate Districts: 55, 58, 59
House Districts: 109, 110, 115, 116, 117, 118

Quality Inn & Suites
2600 W. Main St.
Marion, IL

PAC REGION M
Wednesday, January 17

Senate Districts: 38, 40, 43, 49
House Districts: 75, 76, 79, 80, 85, 86, 97, 98

AFT Local 604 Office
1520 North Rock Run Drive, #1
Crest Hill, IL

PAC REGION C
Wednesday, January 17

Senate Districts: 10, 28, 39
House Districts: 19, 20, 55, 56, 77, 78

Ram Restaurant & Brewery
9520 West Higgins Road
Rosemont, IL

PAC REGION O
Monday, January 22

Senate Districts: 44, 47, 48, 50
House Districts: 87, 88, 93, 94, 95, 96, 99, 100

IFT Legislative Office
700 South College
Springfield, IL

PAC REGION R
Tuesday, January 23

Senate Districts: 54, 56, 57
House Districts: 107, 108, 111, 112, 113, 114

IFT Fairview Heights Office
Four Executive Drive
Fairview Heights, IL

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