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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 GENERAL ELECTION PAC MEETINGS

PAC REGION R
Wednesday, June 6

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

IFT Fairview Heights Office
Four Executive Drive
Fairview Heights, IL

PAC REGION M
Monday, June 11
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 O
Monday, June 11

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 C
Tuesday, June 12

Senate Districts: 10, 28, 39
House Districts: 19, 20, 55, 56, 77, 78
Chicago Teachers Union
1901 W. Carroll Avenue, Suite 200 Conference Room
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION E
Tuesday, June 12

Senate Districts: 14, 18, 19
House Districts: 27, 28, 35, 36, 37, 38
Local 943 Office
15521 S. 70th Ct.
Orland Park, IL

PAC REGION J
Thursday, June 12

Senate Districts: 26, 29, 30, 31
House Districts: 51, 52, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62

Local 504 Office
248 Ambrogio Drive
Gurnee, IL

PAC REGION A
Wednesday, June 13

Senate Districts: 2, 6, 20
House Districts: 3, 4, 11, 12, 39, 40

Chicago Teachers Union
1901 W. Carroll Avenue, Room 105
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION D
Wednesday, June 13

Senate Districts: 1, 3, 5
House Districts: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10
Chicago Teachers Union
1901 W. Carroll Avenue, Room 106
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION L
Wednesday, June 13

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

IFT Machesney Park Office
623 Harlem Road., #200
Machesney Park, IL

PAC REGION K
Thursday, June 14

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

Local 1211 Office
2010 E. Algonquin Rd., Suite 214
Schaumburg, IL

PAC REGION B
Wednesday, June 20

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

Chicago Teachers Union
1901 W. Carroll Avenue, Room 104
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION G
Wednesday, June 20

Senate Districts: 23, 25, 42
House Districts: 45, 46, 49, 50, 83, 84

Robert M. Healey Conference Center
500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont, IL

PAC REGION H
Wednesday, June 20

Senate Districts: 21, 24, 41
House Districts: 41, 42, 47, 48, 81, 82

Robert M. Healey Conference Center
500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont, IL

PAC REGION F
Thursday, June 21

Senate Districts: 13, 15, 17
House Districts: 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 34
Chicago Teachers Union Center
1901 W. Carroll Ave., Room 105
Chicago, IL
 
PAC REGION I
Thursday, June 21

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 106
Chicago, IL

PAC REGION P
Thursday, June 21

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

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

PAC REGION Q
Tuesday, June 26

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

Operating Engineers Local 318 Hall
3310 Water Tower Road
Marion, IL

PAC REGION N
Wednesday, June 27

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

Laborers Local 309 Hall
2835 7th Avenue
Rock Island, IL


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