In the past week, IPACE sent a check for $50,000 to GOP candidate Kirk Dillard, and $25,000 to GOP incumbent State Rep. Sandy Pihos. They also sent $5,000 to State Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) and $5,000 to State Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson (D-East St. Louis), neither of which face primary or general election challengers.
Earlier, IPACE donated to GOP primary challengers Amanda Mancke (Plainfield), Adam Johnson (Wheaton), as well as veteran State Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield). They also sent a check to Democrat Secretary of State Jesse White.
Those donations are dwarfed, however, by the $500,000 IPACE gave the Illinois Freedom PAC, which is running TV attack ads against Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.
As reported previously on Illinois Review, the IEA's legislative platform opposes school vouchers, promotes the graduated income tax system and the 2011 income tax hike, as well as pension reform that doesn't affect its members' retirement plans.
Senator Dillard's "no" vote on the pension reform plan last year was cited by the IEA as a reason for their endorsement.
“Sen. Dillard supports our fight for adequate funding for public education and he stood up to tremendous pressure and voted against the unfair and unconstitutional pension bill, Senate Bill 1," IEA president Cinda Klickna said. “Illinois needs a fighter who believes in public schools and that is why IEA is proud to recommend Senator Kirk Dillard for the Republican nomination for governor.”