ARTICLE I – NAME
This organization shall be known as Region 43 of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association (IEA-NEA) and shall be referred to in the Bylaws as the Region.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Region shall be: to advance Public Education in Illinois and to promote the welfare of students, educational institutions, and non-management school personnel.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
The Region shall be composed of all chartered local associations within the Region. Each unified chartered local association in the Region shall elect representatives to the Regional Council prior to its first regularly scheduled meeting in September.
Section 1 – Composition
A. Each chartered local education association shall elect one representative to the Regional Council by open nominations and secret ballot, except that any chartered local education association exceeding 100 members shall elect an additional representative for each additional 100 active members or major fraction thereof.
B. The Region will ensure that there will be Ethnic Minority-At-Large representation on the Regional Council at least in proportion to the Ethnic Minority membership within the Region, but in no case less than one (1).
C. The Region Chair shall appoint, with Council approval, an IEA-R member from each local to serve as representative on the Regional Council without voting rights.
Section 2 – Terms and Elections
A. In the Region, Council Representatives shall be elected for two (2) year terms.
B. In the Region, Ethnic Minority Member(s)-At-Large shall be elected to three (3) year terms.
C. In the Region, IEA-R members shall be appointed for an one year term.
Section 3 – Powers and Duties
A. Comprise the governing structure on a Regional basis.
B. Initiate, promote and coordinate the communication, services, projects and programs within the Region in cooperation with professional staff.
C. Receive requests from individual members.
D. Receive recommendations and requests of the chartered local education associations.
E. Make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
F. Make recommendations to the UniServ Director.
G. Supervise, direct, evaluate, and be involved in the employment, dismissal, and transfer of Regional professional staff.
H. Initiate recall of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Ethnic Minority Members-At-Large.
Section 4 – Vacancy
A. A vacancy shall be deemed to exist in case of death, resignation, inability to serve, or failure to maintain the qualifications for the office.
B. In the event of a vacancy on the Regional Council, the membership of the affected local shall fill the vacancy in the manner of the original election.
C. In the event of a vacancy in the Ethnic Minority-At-Large position, it shall be temporarily filled by a majority vote of the Regional Council for a period of time not to exceed one year. If the period of time is more than one year, the membership of the Region shall fill the vacancy in the manner of the original election.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS
Section 1 – Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson
The membership of the Region shall elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson by a majority vote of the members voting providing there are open nominations and voting is by secret ballot. Neither the Chairperson nor the Vice-Chairperson need be a member of the Regional Council provided he/she is a member of a chartered local education association within the Region served by the Regional Council. If he/she is from the Regional Council, his/her council position shall be filled by his/her chartered local education association.
The Regional Council Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall serve three (3) year terms with a limit of two (2) consecutive full terms. Such terms shall commence on July 15 following their election.
1. The Chairperson:
a. presides at all meeting of the Regional Council;
b. implements the recommendations of the Regional Council;
c. serves as spokesman of the Region;
d. serves as ex-officio member of all Regional committees;
e. serves on the IEA-NEA Board of Directors;
f. is a delegate to the IEA-NEA Representative Assembly; and
g. is a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly.
2. The Vice-Chairperson:
a. carries out the duties of the Chairperson in his/her absence;
b. shall attend regional council meetings;
c. is a delegate to the IEA-NEA Representative Assembly; and
d. is an alternate delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly.
1. A vacancy in the office of Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson shall be deemed to exist in case of death, resignation, inability to serve, or failure to maintain the qualifications for office.
2. In the event of a vacancy in the office of Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall serve the remainder of the term.
3. A vacancy in the office of Vice-Chairperson shall be temporarily filled by a majority vote of the Regional Council for a period of time not to exceed one year. If the period of time is more than one year, the membership of the Region shall fill the vacancy in the manner of the original election.
E. Recall of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Ethnic Minority Members-At-Large
1. The recall of a Regional Council Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, or Ethnic Minority Members-At-Large may be initiated by one of the following methods:
a. by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Regional Council.
b. by petition filed with the IEA President and signed by at least thirty (30) percent of the active members of the Region.
2. A recall election by the members of the Region shall be conducted within sixty (60) days to be called by the IEA President or his/her designee. A majority of those voting shall determine whether the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, or Ethnic Minority Member-At-Large is recalled. If that person is recalled, the membership shall proceed immediately to fill the vacancy in the manner of the original election.
Section 2 – Treasurer
He/she needs to be a current member of the Regional Council.
The Treasurer shall be elected at the regular September meeting of the Regional Council by a majority vote.
The Treasurer shall be elected for a two (2) year term. He/she should take office immediately following his/her election.
The Treasurer shall:
1. hold the funds of the Region and disburse them upon authorization by the Chairperson and/or Region;
2. keep accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements;
3. attend all Regional Council meetings;
4. present to the Regional Council a monthly financial report and prepare an annual financial statement for publication to officers and representatives;
5. keep the officers and representatives informed of the financial condition of the Region;
6. chair the Budget Committee in the initial draft of the annual budget; and
7. initiate the proceedings for an audit to occur within 30 days of September 1st of each year.
A vacancy in the office of Treasurer may be temporarily filled by a majority vote of the Regional Council for a period of time not to exceed one year. If the period of time is more than one year, the Regional Council shall fill the vacancy in the manner of the original election.
Section 3 – Secretary
He/she needs to be a current member of the Regional Council.
The Secretary shall be elected at the regular September meeting of the Regional Council by a majority vote.
The Secretary shall be elected for a two (2) year term. He/she should take office immediately following his/her election.
The Secretary shall:
1. attend Regional Council meetings;
2. keep a record of all meetings of the Council;
3. perform such other duties as may pertain to duties of Secretary as the Chairperson may direct;
4. conduct the correspondence of the Council;
5. be responsible for the official written minutes of the Council.
A vacancy in the office of Secretary may be temporarily filled by a majority vote of the Regional Council for a period of time not to exceed one year. If the period of time is more than one year, the Regional Council shall fill the vacancy in the manner of the original election.
ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
Section 1 – Schedule of Meetings
The Council shall adopt a schedule of meetings.
Section 2 – Quorum
A majority of the members of the Council, including the officers, shall constitute a quorum for all meetings of the Council.
Section 3 – Attendance
All Regional Council members or their alternates must be present to vote at all Regional Council meetings.
Section 4 – Executive Session
All Regional Council meetings shall be open to the membership of the Region except that the Council may go into executive session by a majority of the vote of the Council. No action may be taken in executive session.
Section 5 – IEA Bylaws
IEA Bylaws shall be the authority where applicable.
Section 6 – Special Meetings
Special meetings of the Council may be called by the Chair or at least one-third (1/3) of the members of the Council but not less than five (5) upon two day’s notice. Section 2 – Quorum shall apply.
ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES
Section 1 – Advisory Committees
The Regional Council may establish advisory committees. The life of these committees shall not exceed one year unless otherwise specified by the Council.
Section 2 – Duties
The committees shall have those duties and powers which are assigned to them by the Regional Council. These committees shall seek to coordinate their activities with the appropriate other region, state and national committees.
Section 3 – Chairperson
The Chairperson of a committee shall be named by the Regional Chair. The committee chairperson shall be approved by a majority of the Regional Council. He/she must be a member of Regional Council. Chairs of committees shall report to the Regional Council at any Council meeting upon Council’s request.
Section 4 – Committee Membership
Members of the committees shall be appointed by the Regional Chair subject to the approval of the Regional Council.
ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS
Section 1 – Submission
A proposal to amend the Bylaws may be submitted at a regularly scheduled Region Council meeting by any Council member or by any chartered local association.
Section 2 – Ratification
At the next regularly scheduled Council meeting a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting shall be required to adopt the amendment.
Section 3 – IEA Bylaw Conformity
If the Representative Assembly of the IEA approves an amendment and it is ratified by the general membership, that section of the Regional Bylaws that is in conflict with the IEA Bylaws will automatically be changed and rewritten annually to agree with the IEA Bylaws.
ARTICLE VIII – PROCEDURES
Section 1 – Rule of Order
Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall be the authority governing all matters not otherwise provided for in IEA-NEA Bylaws and the Regional Bylaws.
ARTICLE IX – RATIFICATION
These Bylaws shall become effective when ratified by two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Regional Council.