Illinois Education Association Endorses Mike Frerichs

July 16th, 2014
For Immediate Release
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Illinois Education Association Endorses Mike Frerichs
Cites Frerichs’ longstanding advocacy for public education in endorsement
Champaign, IL- This week, members of the Illinois Education Association, the state’s largest education employee union with over 130,000 members across Illinois will join Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) in Moline and Rockford and announce their endorsement of Frerichs for state Treasurer.
Thursday, July 17th
·   Moline, IL- 1:00pm-1:45pm, IEA Moline Office, 1530 46th Avenue, Suite 1 Moline, IL 61265
·    Rockford, IL- 5:00pm-5:45pm, IEA Rockford Office, 7029 Rote Road, Rockford, IL 61107
“I am honored to have the IEA’s 130,000 members support me in my race for Treasurer. I have campaigned in every corner of Illinois on the need for investment in our people and our state and how we can expand access to a quality and affordable college education. These are values that IEA shares and with their backing, I will work non-stop as Treasurer to help grow the middle class and provide ethical and transparent leadership in Springfield,” Frerichs said.
IEA President Cinda Klickna said, "As state senator, Mike Frerichs has been a strong and consistent proponent for eliminating the significant and unfair disparities in state funding for school districts. We are excited about his candidacy and look forward to working with him as Treasurer.”
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Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 975) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” references that at 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.

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