Illinois Education Association Recommends Hynes, Dillard for Governor

Jan 16, 2010, 08:28 ET from Illinois Education Association

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Illinois' largest education employees' organization is recommending candidates from both major political parties for governor in the primary election next month.

The Board of Directors for the 133,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA) has voted to recommend Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes for the Democratic nomination for governor and State Sen. Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination.

IEA President Ken Swanson said Dan Hynes has earned the support of education employees.

"Dan Hynes has consistently displayed a passion for a strong public education system and a willingness to listen to the concerns of public education employees," Swanson said.

According to Swanson, Dillard is clearly the best choice for the Republican nomination.

"Kirk Dillard is a leader who understands that a strong public education system is an absolute necessity in order to get Illinois on the right track," he said.

The IEA recommendation is for the February 2nd primary election. In the coming months, the IEA Political Action Committee (IPACE) will re-interview and assess candidates for office and will make recommendations for the general election in November.

The Illinois Education Association is the state's largest education employees' organization, representing more than 133,000 teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty, staff and graduate assistants, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers. IEA is an affiliate of the 3.2 million member National Education Association. More information about IEA can be found at

SOURCE Illinois Education Association