General Information


The IELRB has offices in Chicago and Springfield, which are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The IELRB is closed on Saturday and Sunday, as well as all state holidays.


160 North LaSalle Street
Suite N400
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: 312-793-3170
Facsimile: 312-793-3369


One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Telephone: 217-782-9068
Facsimile: 217-782-9331

Charges, petitions and other documents may be filed in either office by mail, in-person or telefax (see Rules, Section 1100.20). The IELRB does not accept filings by email. Please note that visitors to the IELRB's Chicago office are required to sign in and show identification in the building lobby.

Executive Staff

Chicago Staff

  • Eileen Brennan
  • John Brosnan
  • Joseph "Nick" Gutierrez
  • Dawn Harden
  • Renee Strickland

Springfield Staff

  • Meredith Dean

Executive Staff Bios

Victor E. Blackwell

Victor E. Blackwell was appointed Executive Director of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in February, 1996. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Blackwell served as Chief of Prosecutions at the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations for five years. He was also Chicago Personnel Manager for the Illinois Secretary of State from 1987 to 1991. He was Personnel Analyst for the Illinois Secretary of State, an Adjudicator for the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services, and a Securities Legal Intern and Reference Library Intern for the Illinois Secretary of State. Mr. Blackwell received his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University's School of Law where he graduated with honors, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in Political Science with triple minors in Economics, Sociology and Spanish.

Ellen M. Strizak

Ellen Maureen Strizak is the General Council of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. She began working for the Illinois Educational Labor Relations as a Board Writer in 2002. Ms. Strizak was Staff Counsel for the Illinois Labor Relations Board from 2006 until 2010. She returned to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in 2010 as Associate General Counsel and became General Counsel in 2019. Ms. Strizak received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from the John Marshall Law School. Prior to law school, Ms. Strizak organized tenants as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Austin, Texas.