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General Info


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.


One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, Illinois 62702
217-782-9331 (Fax)
1-800-526-0844 (TDD Relay)


160 North LaSalle Street
Suite N-400
Chicago, IL 60601-3103
312-793-3369 (Fax)
1-800-526-0844 (TDD Relay)

The appropriate forms may be obtained by calling one of the Board's offices, or they may be downloaded from the link provided on this website. You may file your charge, petition or objection in person at either of the Board's offices, by mail or by telefax. Please refer to the Board's Rules for further information about filing and service of documents.

Charges, petitions and other documents may be filed in either office by email, mail, in-person or telefax (see Rules, Section 1100.20). Please note that visitors to the IELRB's Chicago office are required to sign in and show identification in the building lobby.

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Executive Staff

Springfield Staff

Meredith Dean

Chicago Staff

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

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 Counsel 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.