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ICNS Increase in Dues - effective July 1, 2018

At the April meeting of the ICNS Board of Directors, a decision was made to increase membership dues effective July 1, 2018 to $125 for ​a one year membership and $200 for a 2 year membership​. The last increase in dues occurred in 2010 and since then, ICNS has operated as your voice for nonpublic education, with the revenue solely from dues.


The increase will allow for the organization to continue to engage the services of a part-time lobbyist in Springfield and to support our efforts to promote and advocate nonpublic education with the Illinois State Board of Education. If the upcoming school year will be the second year of dues, no additional payment will be requested for 2018-19. For all other schools, the membership dues of $125 for one year and $200 for two years will be reflected in payments due for the upcoming school year. The ICNS Board of Directors values and appreciates your continued support as we work together on your behalf for the benefit of nonpublic education in Illinois.


Please contact Judy at icnsillinois@gmail.com if you are unsure of your ICNS membership status. Thank you.​



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