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I agree with you that the website could be organized much better but, as an about to be retired (June '13 YEA) teacher I found the historical information about the past struggles, speeches and articles very interesting and informative. I was also concerned about the lack of information on certain bills even though NONE of them apply to Chicago teachers. I recently talked to my state rep and her opinion is that they would never be applied to Chicago because the state would then be obligated to provide full funding for CTPF. A bit under 25% of the retired teacher in IL are from Chicago and yet the state only pays less than 5% of pension money to CTPF. Last year over $2 Billion was provided to TRS and less than $100 Million to CTPF. That is less than 5%. If any of these bills are amended to include Chicago then it is believed that Chicago must receive its fair share of $500+ million. This would be a big increase in pension costs for the state.

Added: April 26, 2013
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JUST WATCHED THE ILLINOIS PENSION FORUM SPONSORED BY THE DAILY HERALD AND REBOOT. REP. NEKRITZ AND REP. MORRISON WERE PARTCIPANTS AND EACH HAS A PENSION BILL PENDING IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. REP. MORRISON'S HB3303 IS NOT LISTED ON RTAC'S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR ILLINOIS. PLEASE RECTIFY THIS OMMISSION. WE NEED INFORMATION!

Added: April 24, 2013
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CAN SOMEONE WITH RTAC PLEASE GO THROUGH THE RTAC HOME PAGE AND DELETE ALL OR MOST OF THE STORIES THAT ARE MORE THAN 4 MONTHS OLD. SUCH AS: THE DALEY - QUINN LETTER FROM 2009; THE CULLERTON REMARKS FROM 2011; THE AMENDMENT THAT WAS VOTED DOWN AND IS NO LONGER RELEVANT; AND THE RTAC FRONT PAGE STORY FROM THE NY TIMES FEATURING DAN HYNES WHICH WAS WRITTEN IN 2010. ALSO SOME OF THE BILLS OF IMPORTANCE SUCH AS SB 1544 & SB 2404 AND HB 1166 & 1154 ARE NOT LISTED ON THE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE. WE MUST HAVE UP TO DATE INFO IF WE ARE TO THWART THE SERIOUS THREATS ON OUR HARD EARNED PENSIONS.

Added: April 17, 2013
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Why would we be asked to support SB2252? Yes, it does eliminate the $65M cap for our health insurance but it also lowers our support subsidy from 60% (listed in the bill incorrectly as 75%) to 50%.

Eliminating the $65M cap is a great idea and mandating a certain percentage is also a great idea but why are we aiming so low? Why not try to maintain our 60%? Many other IL districts currently receive much higher subsidies.


Added: March 3, 2013
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I think I did make specific suggestions about the website. It needs to be cleaned up and organized. Items from 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 need to be removed. For example, here is no need for kudos to Mr. Cullerton for his speech from 2011 based on his most recent actions. I believe that is Bob's point. Trying to wade through all the old stuff makes finding the more current, relevant information harder.

Maintaining a website does take a lot of time. I am in no way criticizing Mr. Coleman. I think he is dong an excellent job as webmaster but he may need some extra help in streamlining the website.


Added: March 2, 2013
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PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED ON THE HOME PAGE IS "FINALLY A LITTLE BALLANCE". AT THAT SITE ARE LISTED TWO RECENT ARTICLES AND THE TWO RECENT ARTICLES ARE BOTH DATED 5-2-11. WHAT? 5-2-11 RECENT? TODAY IS 2-27-13

Added: February 27, 2013
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TWO BILLS DEALING WITH OUR PENSION WERE FILED LAST WEEK. ONE BY STATE REP. LOU LANG. THEY ARE NOT ON RTAC WEBSITE. PLEASE UPDATE. THANKS.

Added: February 27, 2013
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RTAC should change their letterhead to reflect their new address. I received an invitation to join and sent a check to the address on the invitation. It was returned as "undeliverable."

Added: February 27, 2013
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How do I join?

Added: February 15, 2013
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The e-mail alert that I got and the note on the web site both said the office was moving and would be closed from 2/1 until 2/7 and that the new number would not be available until 2/7. Sometime earlier this week the home page was changed and had the new number and address.

Have either of you sent SPECIFIC suggestions to the webmaster as to what changes you would like to see? A couple of months ago I sent the idea for an archive page to simplify finding the most current information and it was implemented. I don't know what the current arrangements with Mr. Coleman are but the previous webmaster (VK Brown) did the web stuff pro bono (i.e. no compensation). Normally maintaining an active site is very time consuming (and costly).


Added: February 13, 2013
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