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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

Patricia B. Kubistal,

Arlene Crandall,
Executive Director
News, Opinions, Resources, Archives & Forms
Legislation and Advocacy
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Remember, RTAC is YOUR independent voice for pension protection and enhancement.  We are NOT part of the Chicago Public Schools nor the Chicago Teachers Union.   We work with but are NOT a part of the Chicago Teacher's Pension Fund.
Read about and contribute to our 'Legal Defense Fund' here.
Please go to our Guestbook and leave your comments and suggestions.
Reserve FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 for our annual Spring Luncheon and Business meeting - details here.
To contact the Webmaster: Click here.

RTAC Actions
See a history of RTAC's actions and involvement for the benefit of ALL retirees here.

Are you paying for your Medicare?
If you are writing a monthly or yearly check to Medicare you should take advantage of the Medicare 'Easy Pay Electronic Payment Option'.  Details here.
Just enter the information in the spaces provided, SAVE the filled out form, print and sign it then take it to your bank for their signature.  Finally mail it to medicare.  Future payments will then be automatically deducted from your bank account.  No need to write monthly checks.
Legislation That Needs Your Support if You Receive Social Security
Federal GPO-WEP Social Security Fairness legislation - Remove the Social Security Offset!  Details here.
Last update 12/28/17

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

If you have an IRA, there are new rules you should be aware of.
Read this
Last Update 8/17/17

Know a Fellow Retiree in Financial Difficulties?
Check the Aid Fund website - 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.
Read an analysis of Public Pensions by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability -- here.
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!

For information and updates from the Chicago Teacher's Pension Fund, click here. (Updated 1/15/2016)
For general information and an overall view of the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago click here.

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Site Map and Links

Latest SITE update: February 16, 2018
Last Advocacy page update: October 12, 2015
Last Archives page update: December 29, 2017
Last Committee Meetings page update: February 16, 2018
Last CTPF information page update: December 2, 2016
Last Events & Activities page update: December 29, 2017
Last Forms page update: August 7, 2107
Last Home page update: February 16, 2018
Last Jobs page update: November 8, 2017
Last Just for fun page update: December 10, 2013
Last Legislation Update page update: July 15, 2016
Last Orientation page update: February 14, 2014
Last Other Opportunities page update: February 15, 2018
Last Pending Bills page update: February 9, 2018
Last Resources page update: February 15, 2018
Last Reunions page update: March 5, 2017
Last Samples page update: June 12, 2015
Last Volunteer page update:February 16, 2018
Last Workshop & Seminar page update: February 15, 2018
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News, Opinions, Resources, Archives & Forms
Legislation and Advocacy
Workshops, Events, Activities and Opportunities
News Bulletins Go Green
The latest News Bulletin is available through this link as are many of the past News Bulletins.
Updated 12/13/17

The Archives of past legislation, stories and posts are here.
Legislation Update & Pending Bills
RTAC supported legislation

Find your legislators HERE
(Enter your 9 digit zip, 'Find Address' then 'Confirm Address')
The 2018 legislative calendar is here.
Updated 2/10/18
Workshops & Seminars
Updated 2/15/18
Scheduled Board & Committee Meetings
(Most are open to the public but space is limited.)
Updated 2/19/18

Events & Activities
Reserve FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 for our annual Spring Luncheon and Business meeting - details here.
See photos of our October 20, 2017 Luncheon and Business meeting here.
Updated 12/16/17
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).
Help Wanted
Test Prep Tutors needed
Updated 9/27/17
The CTPF website is here, recent CTPF actions and information is here and the CTU website is here.

Alert Network
For more information about the Alert Network, click here or join the E-mail Alert Network
Find Your State and Federal Legislators here
Illinois Senate by district
Illinois Senate by name
Illinois House by district
Illinois House by name

Updated 1/6/17
Photos of visits to legislators
Updated 3/4/17
Volunteer Opportunities
Updated 2/16/18

Other Opportunities
Albany Park Comm. Ctr. Needs Tutors
Girls in the Game Needs a Volunteer Coach
Purple Aspaeagus Volunteers
Updated 2/15/18
Fraud Alert/Identity Theft
Updated 5/13/14

Updated 2/15/18
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 3.24/17
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 3/4/17

Alumni Reunions
J. Sterling Morton West High School - Class of 1967 - 50th Reunion
October 13-15, 2017
Updated 3/5/17
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