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Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) “Suspends” Primary Campaign

Journal Gazette and Times-Courier
Mattoon and Charleston

SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Roger Eddy, R-Hutsonville, has suspended his  re-election campaign to consider a job offer with the Illinois Association of  School Boards, he told the JG-TC on Sunday evening.

In the midst of a heated primary race, Eddy has been offered the position of  executive director of the IASB. If he accepts the job, he would start July  1.

“I have an offer on the table,” he told the JG-TC Sunday night.

Eddy said that if he does sign a contract with the association, he will  resign both his current state representative seat for the 109th District and his  post as superintendent of the Hutsonville school district.

He told the JG-TC on Sunday evening that these questions, however, remain  premature.

“I haven’t even seen the contract yet,” Eddy said about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

He released the following statement late Sunday:

“I have devoted my entire professional life to working to improve the  education of our children. From serving as a teacher, my work as a  superintendent, and now as a state representative, I’ve committed myself to  working to improve Illinois’ education system.

“Now, a unique opportunity has been presented to me that would further my  reach to improve our state education system while representing one of the  state’s most influential and respected education associations, the Illinois  Association of School Boards,” Eddy said.


“The IASB has asked me to serve as their new executive director beginning on  July 1. While final details regarding the position have not been resolved, I do  expect them to finalize soon, and as a result I am suspending my champaign for  state representative effective immediately,” he said.

“While I regret the timing of this announcement and I know many who have  worked so hard for my re-election will be disappointed, the decision to move  forward with this opportunity is the right one and I am excited about the  challenges that lie ahead,” he added.

Eddy said he does not want to mislead voters over the next few days, and that  desire led him to suspend his campaign while he mulls the offer from the  IASB.

Sunday afternoon, IASB spokesman Jim Russell confirmed that the  organization’s board of directors voted during its meeting Saturday in Chicago  to offer Eddy the executive director position.

If Eddy accepts the job offer, Russell said he would start working in this  position on July 1 after the association’s current executive director  retires.

Recent redistricting put Eddy out of the 109th District and into the new  110th District in the Illinois House.

Eddy has been running for re-election in a heated primary race against  Republican challengers Brad Halbrook of Shelbyville, who is chairman of the  Shelby County Republican Party, and Kevin L. Garner of Toledo. The trio are  vying for the GOP nomination for the newly drawn 110th House district, which  includes all or parts of Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Edgar, Crawford and Lawrence  counties.

Eddy has served in the House since 2003.

According to the IASB website, the group “is a voluntary organization of  local boards of education dedicated to strengthening the public schools through  local citizen control. Although not a part of state government, IASB is  organized by member school boards as a private not-for-profit corporation under  authority granted by Article 23 of The Illinois School Code.”

Contact Stroud at rstroud@jg-tc.com or  238-6861.

Contact Weaver at pweaver@jg-tc.com or  238-6863.

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3 Responses to "Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) “Suspends” Primary Campaign"

  1. Comment by mebe on February 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm said:

    is this executive directors position covered by the trs pension system?

  2. Comment by Administrator on February 27, 2012 at 2:20 pm said:

    Yes, this non-government Illinois Association of School Boards is covered under TRS. They muscled themselves into the teachers pension plan. Eddy literally has a “golden parachute”.

  3. Comment by John lappe on February 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm said:

    It looks like Eddy is making official what we already know; he’s just been shilling for the teachers unions in Springfield. And now he will be heading up a teachers organization whose goal is to see to it that local school boards are filled with more of their hand picked shills.
    Since ISBA participates in TRS will his comp be public?