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

Marcella Morrison,

Arlene Crandall,
  Executive Director
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Want to read a collection of articles and other material explaining a bit of the history of our pension struggles? 
Click Here.

For information and updates from the Chicago Teacher's Pension Fund, including Kevin Huber's speech at the RTAC luncheon and the recent reform webinar, click here. (Updated 12/22/2013)
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 lobbying
Events and help wanted
News Bulletins Go Green
The latest News Bulletin is now available through this link as are many of the past  News Bulletins.
Updated 3/17/13
Legislation Update & Pending Bills
RTAC supported legislation
Updated 4/7/14
Help Wanted
Part time and full time jobs for retired teachers and opportunities to volunteer.

Updated 4/17/14
Opinions and Editorials supporting RTAC's position on Pension matters are here.
Read what the New York Times had to say about Illinois' financial condition here and Chicago's Pension Crisis here. 9/10/13
A list of businesses that provide Senior discounts can be found here.
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
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Updated 2/8/14
Events & Activities
Reserve Friday, May 16, 2014 for our annual
Spring Luncheon, (details here)
Updated 12/22/13

Workshops & Seminars
Updated 3/18/2014
Fraud Alert/Identity Theft
Updated 12/4/10

Updated 2/14/14
How to Write Your Legislator
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Sample Letters
(and the addresses of media outlets)
Updated 1/5/2013
Other Opportunities
CPS Science Fair Needs Judges and Workers
Chicago Public Library Homework Help
Volunteers at Intl. Mus. of Surgical Sciences
Updated 2/18/14
RTAC forms
Nomination Form for the Armstrong Award
Updated 2/6/13
Updated 1/22/13
Alumni Reunions
Bogan H.S. class of '73
Updated 9/12/13
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Legislation That Needs Your Support if You Receive Social Security
Federal GPO-WEP 2013 Social Security Fairness legislation - Remove the Social Security Offset!  Details here.

Know a Fellow Retiree in Financial Difficulties?
Check the Aid Fund website found here (CRTAF.ORG).

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: April 17, 2014
Last Archives page update;  November 3, 2013
Last CTPF information page update: December 22, 2013
Last Events & Activities page update: December 22, 2013
Last Forms page update: September 4, 2013
Last Home page update: April 17, 2014
Last Jobs page update: April 17, 2014
Last Just for fun page update: December 10, 2013
Last Legislation Update page update July 24, 2012
Last Lobbying page update: January 22, 2013
Last Orientation page update: February 14, 2014
Last Other Opportunities page update:  February 18, 2014
Last Pending Bills page update:  April 7, 2014
Last Resources page update: February 14, 2014
Last Reunions page update: September 13, 2013
Last Samples page update: January 5, 2013
Last Volunteer page update: March 11, 2014
Last Workshop & Seminar page update: March 18, 2014
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