JB Addresses NUEA Delegates

Thursday, March 14, 2024 – The Illinois Education Association begin its Representative Assembly (RA) in Rosemont with an address from governor JB Pritzker. During his address, Pritzker offered his support to all educators, including certified staff members and Education Support Personnel (ESP’s).

Pritzker also highlighted the following achievements under his tenure as governor:

  • Increased education funding by $1.7 billion
  • Dedicated $5 million toward the Teacher Vacancy Program, resulting in adding 5384 new teachers to public schools in Illinois
  • Tripled scholarship for new teachers
  • Quadrupled the teacher minimum wage
  • Increased pension contributions every year
  • In 2023, US News and World Report recognized Illinois high school students as #2 in the nation for college readiness.
  • In 2023, CNBC named Illinois as the #2 best state overall in education quality.
  • Illinois has the highest graduation rate in 13 years.
  • Teacher retention is at an all time high.

The Naperville Unit Education Association has 15 delegates attending the RA out of a total of 1032 delegates in attendance. Special thank you to Gov. Pritzker for addressing our members and for continuing to advocate for our staff and our students.