Since 1926, this Association has dedicated itself to the betterment of all teachers who have retired from the Chicago Public Schools.

of Chicago
111 N. Wabash Ave. Suite 2010
Chicago IL 60602-2949
Phone: 312-750-1522  Fax: 312-750-1502

David Peterson,

Arlene Crandall,
  Executive Director
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Read the presentation
RTAC President Peterson made before the CTPF Board of Directors on July 16, 2015 here.
RTAC Actions
Court: The Pension Reform law is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Read it HERE!
Court: State CANNOT cut subsides for retirees' health care.  Read it HERE!
Read about and contribute to our 'Legal Defense Fund' here.
For information and updates from the Chicago Teacher's Pension Fund, click here. (Updated 7/9/2015)
For general information and an overall view of the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago click here.
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News, Opinion, Archives & Forms
Legislation and advocacy
Events, Activities & Opportunities

News Bulletins Go Green

The latest News Bulletin is available through this link as are many of the past News Bulletins.
Updated 9/17/15
Legislation Update & Pending Bills
RTAC supported legislation
Find your legislators HERE
(Enter your 9 digit zip, 'Find Address' then 'Confirm Address')
The 2016 legislative calendar is here.
Updated 11/20/15
Workshops & Seminars
Updated 11/17/15
Scheduled Board and Committee Meetings
(All meetings are open to the public but space is limited.)
Updated 11/20/15

Events & Activities
Save May 20, 2016 for our GALA 90th Annual Spring Luncheon.
Updated 10/29/15
Opinions and Editorials supporting RTAC's position on Pension matters are here.
Become a 'Pension Fund Ambassador' (here) and print letters to your legislators about the economic impact of your pension (here).
RTAC Satellite Activities
Updated 4/13/15
The Archives of past legislation, stories and posts are here.

Alert Network
For more information about the Alert Network, click here or join the E-mail Alert Network
Find your Illinois Legislators here or all of your legislators, including National, here.
Illinois Senate by district
Illinois Senate by name
Illinois House by district
Illinois House by name

Updated 6/12/15
Photos of visits to legislators
Updated 6/5/14
Help Wanted
Part time and full time jobs for retired teachers and opportunities to volunteer.

Updated 11/6/15

Other Opportunities
Anixter Center needs male and female mentors
Northwest Suburban Bar Assn. Needs Volunteers
Chicago HOPES for Kids Needs Assessment Help
Updated 11/20/15
Fraud Alert/Identity Theft
Updated 5/13/14

Updated 8/21/15
How to Write Your Legislator
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Sample Letters
(and the addresses of media outlets)
Updated 6/12/15
A list of businesses and services that provide Senior discounts.
Updated 6/1/15
RTAC forms
Legal Defense Donations
Nomination for the Armstrong Award
Updated 4/1/15
See Photos of RTAC members meeting with their legislators and at other activities.
Read a summary of the presentations at the AARP: NRTA conference in Washington D.C.
Updated 11/6/15

Alumni Reunions
Updated 11/20/15
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RTAC Actions
See a history of RTAC's actions and involvement for the benefit of ALL retirees here.

Legislation That Needs Your Support if You Receive Social Security
Federal GPO-WEP 2015 Social Security Fairness legislation - Remove the Social Security Offset!  Details here.

Read an analysis of the affordable care act (alias 'Obama Care') and how it affects your healthcare insurance cost here.
by RTAC Director Patricia B. Kubistal

Know a Fellow Retiree in Financial Difficulties?
Check the Aid Fund website -

The obviousFun things are here.
(If a frog double parked, would it be toad?)
Humorous (but true??) Cartoons are here.
Check your birth year for interesting information here.
(Enter your birth year, click the question mark and then sit back and watch.)

Useful household products are here.
(Are there other uses for Preparation H?)

Defined Benefits vs. Defined Contributions
Currently we have a defined benefit retirement plan where we are guaranteed our benefits for life.  If some legislators get their way, new employees will work under a defined contributions retirement plan where the benefits are based entirely on how much was contributed.
If you would like to see how much you would have needed to contribute to a retirement fund to enjoy your current pension, click here and enter some data.  Be aware that the projected total you have in your account when you retire must last for life - i.e. if your retirement account has $1,000,000 in it when you retire and you expect to live another 20 years, you can only withdraw $50,000 per year and the balance will continue to decrease until your account is completely depleted and you have nothing left to live on.  

Looking for something to do?
Check out our EVENTS page.
The EVENTS page lists events of interest to all CPS teachers, active as well as retired.

The Events page contains direct links to over 100 area entertainment venues!
You might also like to check our VOLUNTEER, JOBS and OTHER OPPORTUNITIES pages.

PLEASE join our RTAC-ALERT Network.  Members get the FASTEST UPDATES on pending legislation, often on the same day that events occur.  Just click on RTAC-ALERT Network and give your name, e-mail address and zip code (this is to verify your RTAC membership). THE ONLY OBLIGATION IS YOUR PROMISE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH LEGISLATORS, if requested, on behalf of retired Chicago Public School teachers. The Alert Network's fast and massive responses have already earned the respect of legislators throughout the state, and constitute our first line of defense. Join NOW! Your help is urgently needed!
Remember too that EVERY contribution to RTAC COPE will help gain our objectives! Like it or not, MONEY TALKS – and, unfortunately, so does the absence of it!

Site Map and Links

Latest SITE update: November 20, 2015
Last Advocacy page update: October 12, 2015
Last Archives page update;  September 11, 2015
Last CTPF information page update: July 9, 2015
Last Events & Activities page update: September 11, 2015
Last Forms page update: April 1, 2015
Last Home page update: November 20, 2015
Last Jobs page update: September 21, 2015
Last Just for fun page update: December 10, 2013
Last Legislation Update page update: January 2, 2015
Last Orientation page update: February 14, 2014
Last Other Opportunities page update:  November 20, 2015
Last Pending Bills page update:  November 20, 2015
Last Resources page update: August 26, 2015
Last Reunions page update: November 20, 2015
Last Samples page update: June 12, 2015
Last Satellite Activities page update: April 13, 2015
Last Volunteer page update: September 15, 2015
Last Workshop & Seminar page update: November 17, 2015
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