Illinois Education Association Recommends Mark Kirk, David Hoffman for U.S. Senate

Jan 17, 2010, 05:00 ET from Illinois Education Association

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois Education Association (IEA) Board of Directors has voted to recommend U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, and former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman for the Democratic nomination.

"Congressman Kirk has proven himself to be a thoughtful leader when it comes to national education policy.  He has always been willing to listen to the concerns of education employees and we are pleased to recommend him," Swanson said.

As for Hoffman, Swanson said the Democrat made a big impression when he met with the IEA political action committee, IPACE.

"We were very impressed by David Hoffman.  His intelligence and commitment to public education make him our strong choice for the Democratic nomination," Swanson said.

"Both these candidates recognize that education is the key to prosperity in Illinois and that our ability to compete on the global market requires a better, more innovative public education system," he added.

The IEA recommendations are 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.

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SOURCE Illinois Education Association