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Report shows majority of union spending in Illinois doesn't go to local teachers


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new report into the spending of Illinois’ largest teachers union shows the majority of the money didn't go toward representing local teachers.



The report, from Mailee Smith of the Illinois Policy Institute, shows how the Illinois Education Association spent its funds in 2020.

According to the report, the Illinois Education Association spent more than $77 million in 2020. Of that $77 million the IEA reported spending, about $9,766,252 went to representational activities.

Smith said that the money teachers pay every year in union fees has not been going toward the district they work in or their classrooms. Rather, it goes to state and national organizations.

"The union dues do not stay with their local districts," Smith said, "because most of that money is passed up the chain to IEA. Teachers have the right to know how the IEA is spending their money."

The report shows that 13% of the funds spent in 2020 went to representing teachers and the other 87% was spent on other expenditures such as lobbying, overhead and administration.:snip:

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