Monday, February 20, 2017

Exhibitor registration is now open
for the 2017 Joint Annual Conference

IASB has posted information for registration and housing for all exhibitors planning to attend the 2017 Joint Annual Conference.

Click here for instructions and all exhibitor forms.

Registration and housing forms can be downloaded as a fillable PDF; however forms cannot be submitted online. Forms will be accepted by fax or email if payment is made by credit card. If payment is made by check, forms must be submitted by mail (see below).

Now in its 85th year, the Joint Annual Conference has welcomed exhibitors for the past 69 years. The Conference is proud to have vendors that have exhibited annually for 10, 20, and even 30-plus years. The Joint Annual Conference attracts thousands of public education decision-makers, connects exhibitors with them personally, and places products and services in the hands and minds of many potential customers.

This year’s Conference will be held November 17-19 in Chicago. The Exhibit Hall will be open on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, in the Riverside Center of the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

Completed registrations, and/or questions about exhibitions, forms, or procedures, should be directed to

Shantel Rotherham
Exhibit Manager, Meetings Management
2921 Baker Drive
Springfield, IL 62703
217/528-9688, ext. 1115
Fax: 217/241-2144

The Exhibit Hall was lively at the 2016 Joint Annual Conference.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Education leaders gather this week
for Alliance Leadership Summit

The two-day Alliance Leadership Summit kicks off Tuesday morning and offers school board members in Illinois the opportunity to add their voices to the efforts of educational leaders from around the state to develop strategies for public education. The event takes place Feb. 21-22 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, with the opening address at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
Alliance Leadership Summit

Governor Bruce Rauner will address the Summit at 12:45 p.m., Wednesday,  Feb. 22. In addition, Summit attendees will hear from Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis and State Superintendent Tony Smith.

Additional keynoters include author, speaker, and educator Jim Burgett and Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

Presented by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), Illinois Association of School Business Officials (Illinois ASBO), Illinois Principals Association (IPA), and Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Summit will also feature a panel from the Governor’s School Funding Reform Commission, another panel of political analysts and journalists who cover state government, and legislative meetings and a reception.

PMA Financial Network, Inc./Forecast5, Stifel, and Lifetouch are co-sponsors for the Alliance Leadership Summit.

This will be the second Alliance Leadership Summit. In 2015, more than 600 school board members, school superintendents, principals, school business officials, and other educators heard from guest speakers and panelists on timely public policy issues and prepared for effective advocacy on the issues affecting public schools. Participants received a variety of tools to craft and deliver their messages to lawmakers. Many participants then visited with lawmakers, aides, and other key legislative staff, many working from the new Vision 20/20 initiative.

Registration is open through noon on Monday, February 20. On-site registration also will be accepted.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-06

Alliance Legislative Report 100-06
Most of the week was devoted to looking ahead at the Fiscal Year 2018 State budget with Governor Bruce Rauner delivering his annual Budget Address Wednesday (see the last Alliance Legislative Report) and the Democrat leaders giving their rebuttal. Committee action was sparse, though some committees did meet Wednesday and Thursday. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate cancelled the scheduled session day for today (Friday). The House will return next Wednesday, February 22; the Senate will return on February 28.

Click here to read the complete Alliance Legislative Report 100-06, including a preview of next week's Alliance Leadership Summit and the bill action taken this week.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-05


Governor Bruce Rauner proposed to increase public education spending to fully fund General State Aid (GSA) and to end proration of transportation reimbursements. The governor delivered his constitutionally required state Budget Address today in the Capitol before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly.

The proposed increase in K-12 education funding for Fiscal Year 2018 would total $213 million over the FY 2017 budget. This includes an additional $30 million to again fully fund the GSA foundation level of $6,119 per pupil and $107 million to – for the first time in years – fully fund the Regular Transportation reimbursement in the mandated categorical (MCAT) grant payments.

The rest of the MCAT grants (for the various special education categories) would be funded at the same level as FY 2017.

Other proposed increases include $38 million more for English language learners and $50 million more for early childhood education programs. The governor also includes in his proposal $5 million to match the federal E-Rate program to access funds for the “technology superhighway” program. This investment in technology, specifically to help with broadband connectivity in places across the state that do not have such infrastructure, is a plank in the Illinois Vision 20/20 agenda being pushed by the Alliance this year.

In Illinois, the governor proposes a budget, but the General Assembly must approve legislation that appropriates the funds. The ball is now in the court of the legislature which is certain to dispute some of the governor’s budget numbers. There may be some agreement on the education portion of the budget, but given the mire that the state is in (without having had a complete budget in place for nearly two years) the discussion on a comprehensive budget for all of state government will continue.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-05, including additional budget details from the governor's address. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Deadline fast approaching
to register for Alliance Leadership Summit

Gov. Bruce Rauner will address the summit Feb. 22.
For those members planning to attend the Alliance Leadership Summit, event organizers have two important programmatic updates.

It has now been confirmed that Governor Bruce Rauner will address summit attendees on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 12:45 PM.

In addition, the Senate is not scheduled to be in session during the summit but House members are scheduled to be in Springfield.

The Alliance Leadership Summit provides an opportunity for superintendents, school board members, school business officials, principals, and other stakeholders, to come together to learn, plan, and engage state policy makers on what's at stake for public education in general, and local school districts in particular.

Attendees will hear keynote addresses from the State Superintendent, Tony Smith, and Beth Purvis, the Secretary of Education. This is also where school leaders can find out the latest on emerging issues such as:

  •     Property tax freeze
  •     Pension reform
  •     Mandate relief
  •     ESSA update
  •     Vision 20/20 initiatives
"These issues are important to all school districts," said IASB Executive Director Roger Eddy. "This is your chance to bring your voice to the capitol, to show strength and unity in carrying the common message on behalf of public education. I encourage you and your entire district leadership team to register now," he said.

"Thank you for your support; see you in Springfield!" Eddy added.