Board Information

Board Members

2021 Board Meeting Dates

  • January 21, 2021
  • February 4, 2021 (Special Meeting) CANCELLED
  • February 18, 2021
  • March 4, 2021 (Special Meeting)
  • March 18, 2021
  • April 15, 2021
  • May 20, 2021
  • June 17, 2021
  • July 15, 2021
  • August 19, 2021
  • September 23, 2021
  • October 21, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
  • December 16, 2021

2020 Board Meeting Dates

  • January 16, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • March 19, 2020CANCELLED
  • April 16, 2020
  • May 21, 2020
  • June 18, 2020
  • July 16, 2020
  • August 20, 2020
  • September 9, 2020 (Special Meeting)
  • September 17, 2020
  • October 15, 2020
  • November 19, 2020
  • December 17, 2020

2021 Board Meeting Schedule

2020 Board Meeting Schedule

2019 Board Meeting Schedule


2018 Board Meeting Schedule

2017 Board Meeting Schedule

2016 Board Meeting Schedule

2015 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 Renee Strickland 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

2020 Meeting Minutes

2019 Meeting Minutes

2018 Meeting Minutes

2017 Meeting Minutes

2016 Meeting Minutes

2015 Meeting Minutes

2014 Meeting Minutes

2013 Meeting Minutes

Board Member Bios

Lara Shayne

Lara Shayne was appointed to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in September 2016.

Ms. Shayne has been a labor and employment attorney since 1996, and has worked in all labor and employment practice areas, including negotiating and implementing collective bargaining agreements with numerous public employee unions, and handling grievance arbitrations and IELRB litigation. She began her legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Labor/Employment Division of the City of Chicago Department of Law. In 2002, she left the City to join the labor practice group of the Board of Education of the City of Chicago's Law Department. In 2012, Ms. Shayne was selected to help run the Board of Education's Labor Relations unit, where she remained until her appointment to the IELRB.

Ms. Shayne received her BA from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was a member of Moot Court.

Ms. Shayne is married with two children. She resides in Chicago

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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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