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2014 Board Meeting Schedule

  • January 16, 2014 - Chicago
  • February 20, 2014 - Chicago
  • March 20, 2014 - Springfield
  • April 17, 2014 - Chicago
  • May 15, 2014 - Chicago
  • June 19, 2014 - Springfield
  • July 17, 2014 - Chicago
  • August 21, 2014 – Chicago
  • August 28, 2014 - Chicago
    *Note: The regular meeting of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board scheduled for Thursday, August 28, 2014 has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
  • September 18, 2014 - Springfield
  • October 16, 2014 - Chicago
  • November 20, 2014 - Chicago
  • December 18, 2014 - Springfield

    2013 Board Meeting Schedule


          *All meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.
          *Refer to agenda for address and conference room number.


          The IELRB’s meetings are conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Illinois Open Meetings Act, and are accessible to handicapped individuals in compliance with Executive Order #5, upon notification of anticipated attendance. Handicapped persons planning to attend and requiring special accommodations should contact Eileen Brennan at 312/793-3170.

          Advisory Committee

          In 1987, the IELRB created an advisory committee comprised of employee and employer representatives to offer feedback to the Board, as well as suggestions for improvements in agency procedures and rules updates and/or changes. Meetings of the Advisory Committee are usually held twice a year. If you wish further information on the Advisory Committee or would like to be considered for membership on the committee, please contact Executive Director Victor Blackwell.

          Meeting Minutes

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          2012 Meeting Minutes

          2011 Meeting Minutes

          Board Member Bios

          Lynne O. Sered, Chairman

          Lynne O. Sered was appointed Chairman of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in June 2004. Prior to assuming the board chair’s responsibilities, she served as a board member since her initial appointment to the Board in October 2000.

          Chairman Sered’s legal background includes serving as Counsel to the Honorable Wilford W. Johansen, Member of the National Labor Relations (“NLRB”) in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, she prepared analyses for and made recommendations to Board Member Johansen and drafted decisions and orders for publication in the areas of collective bargaining, discriminatory hiring and termination practices, union organizing activities and elections, and other unfair labor practice and representation issues under the National Labor Relations Act. During her tenure at the NLRB, Ms. Sered also represented the NLRB in cases before the Second and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

          As an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Scariano, Kula, Ellch & Himes, Chtd., Chicago and Chicago Heights, Illinois, she counseled school districts, private employers and labor clients regarding litigation, legal strategies and policy issues pertaining to labor law and collective bargaining issues.

          Ms. Sered also practiced with the law firm of Katz and Buhai in South Barrington, Illinois, where she represented clients in labor and employment discrimination matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also served as staff counsel for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, where her duties included the review, analysis and investigation of professional misconduct within the legal profession in Illinois.

          In addition, Ms. Sered served as Legal Director of the American Jewish Congress, Midwest Region, in Chicago, where she managed the organization’s not-for-profit legal program, focusing on civil liberties and civil rights and oversaw its pro bono clinic providing legal services to the indigent. Her professional experience is also highlighted by her roles as a domestic policy specialist with the Jewish Community Relations Council and as Midwest regional director of the Jewish Labor Committee.

          Ms. Sered received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. She is admitted to practice law in Illinois and the District of Columbia and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association. She has served on the Board of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and the Government Affairs Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

          Chairman Sered lives with her husband and their two children in Evanston, Illinois.

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          Ronald F. Ettinger

          Ronald F. Ettinger was appointed to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board by Governor Rod Blagojevich in 2004. Prior to his appointment he had retired from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) as Emeritus Professor. During his 30 years of service at UIS (formerly Sangamon State University), Professor Ettinger served as Chair of the Faculty Senate and President of the Faculty Union. He also served as Executive Vice-President of the University Professionals of Illinois (Local 4100, IFT/AFT AFL-CIO) where his primary duties involved lobbying on behalf of public university faculty in Illinois. He was elected Vice-President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and Delegate to the Illinois AFL-CIO.

          Member Ettinger received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Purdue University and has taught at Purdue, York University (Toronto), Albion College and UIS. In addition to teaching and publishing articles related to education and labor relations, he has served as a member of the board of the Montessori Children’s House in Springfield and has lobbied on behalf of public school teachers as a government affairs specialist with the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

          Member Ettinger is married to Bonnie J. Ettinger and they have two daughters.

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          Gilbert F. O’Brien, Jr.

          Gilbert F. O’Brien was appointed to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in 2011 by Governor Pat Quinn. Mr. O’Brien comes to the Board with thirty years of experience in government and labor law. In 1991 he was appointed by Secretary of State George Ryan to serve on his transition team as labor policy liaison, thereafter he was hired as Chief Labor Liaison for the Office. Mr. O’Brien served in this capacity for eight years negotiating contracts and collective bargaining agreements with Union representatives working for the Illinois Secretary of State. Mr. O’Brien acted as a Governmental Affairs Consultant for the Teamsters Local 705, advising their Secretary-Treasurer on governmental operations that potentially affected their interest.

          In January of 2000, Jesse White appointed Mr. O’Brien as Executive Labor Liaison to negotiate collective bargaining agreements and advise the Secretary on labor policy issues. He participated in labor negotiations between various unions and the State of Illinois. He is a resident of Glen Ellyn.

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          Michael H. Prueter

          Michael H. Prueter was appointed to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in October 2000. Mr. Prueter served as Government Liaison for a number of corporations and trade associations were he negotiated labor contracts with local and national food service vendors. He has received numerous local, state and national awards for his work in youth and family services, humanitarianism, and in legislation. He also received the Illinois General Assembly Award of Recognition for his work.

          He also served on a national legislative policy board in Washington, D.C. for several years.

          Mr. Prueter has served for many years as pro bono Director of Government Affairs for the Illinois State Crime Commission and as a mentor and tutor in an alternative education program through the Regional Office of Education in DuPage County.

          As a mortgage banker, Mr. Prueter has several years of business experience in the banking and financial services industry. Mr. Prueter has previously worked as a staff member in the Illinois House and Illinois Senate. He was elected in his township as Township trustee and served the public in this capacity for 10 years. Mr. Prueter received his Masters in Business Administration from Columbia State University.

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          Michael K. Smith

          Michael K. Smith was appointed to the Board by Governor Pat Quinn in June 2011. Prior to his appointment he served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives for sixteen years. Before being elected to the legislature he was a Citizens Advocate in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

          As a member of the Illinois General Assembly, Member Smith served his entire tenure on the Elementary & Secondary Education Committee including four years as the chairman. He also served as a member of the Appropriations Committee for Elementary & Secondary Education including four years as chairman. His service also included as a member during various terms on the Higher Education Committee and the Personnel & Pensions Committee. He was appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Pension Laws Commission.

          Member Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University. He is married and resides with his wife in Canton.

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