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STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATION
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The 2016 Illinois Legislative Calendar can be found here.
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Be aware of the past and remember the George Santayana quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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2015 LEGISLATION UPDATE
FINALLY - a little balance - click here to learn more.
Proposed RTAC Legislation for 2016
Proposed CTPF Legislation for 2016
  • Support legislation to restore the Chicago pension tax levy to support the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund and ensure a stable revenue source for pensioners.
  • Secure equitable State of Illinois funding for Chicago teacher's pensions.
  • Oppose any 'pension holidays' for the Chicago Public Schools.
  • Support legislation to increase the limit on the amount of funds to subsidize CTPF pensioners health care.
  • Increase retiree representation on the Chicago Teacher's Pension Fund from three to four.
  • Reject any consideration of a merger with the Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS).
  • Oppose any legislation adverse or detrimental to our pensions. 
  • Support legislation to reestablish the Chicago pension tax levy to support the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.
  • Increase the State of Illinois' contributions to CTPF to at least 10% of the State's contribution to TRS.
  • Support legislation to increase the limit on the amount of funds to subsidize CTPF pensioners health care.
  •   Strengthen Charter School Reporting Mechanisms.
  • Oppose any legislation adverse or detrimental to our pensions.

For members of the 99th (2015-2016) Illinois Legislative Session use the following links:
Illinois Senators by district or Illinois Senators by name
Illinois Representatives by district or Illinois Representatives by name
Bills of particular interest:
In Favor
HB0829## HB4579##
  HB4398#  HB4635#
   HB5681   HB3695 
HB4591  HB6030

SB0231## SB2381# SB2418     SB2437  SB2822## SB3337
Opposed
HB6088

SB2275
Monitoring
HB1334   HB5745   SB2584
Summary of the legislation enacted during the 99th session rrelative to pension.

SB318##-(099-0521)

## bills of utmost importance     # bills that have high interest
Legislation Which Has Been Proposed During the 99th Legislative Session (2015-2016).
(Click here for 2015)
(See the Archives for 2009-2014 Legislation)
Bill
Sponsor
Status
Date of Last Action Proposed Action
Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2016
HB0557
Madigan
Passed House
110-4
(See Vote)
In Senate Assignments Committee awaiting Senate action
3/4/16
Provides for the election of the Chicago Board of Education at the general primary election in 2018 only as a nonpartisan election on a separate ballot. Provides that a member of the Chicago Board of Education shall be elected at each consolidated election thereafter.
HB0829##
Currie
In Rules Committee 6/30/16
This extended bill includes the following:
1)   Provides that the State of Illinois will pay CTPF $205,404,986.00;
2)   Requires CPS to pay the unfunded pension liability which has accrued since 1995 and
3)   Maintains the availability of retirees' health insurance options.   
        
This is a companion bill to SB231  (In favor)
HB1334
Franks
Passed House
105-2
(See Vote)
In Senate Assignments Committee awaiting Senate action
5/13/16
Provides that a member or participant of a retirement system or pension fund established under the Code who is receiving a retirement annuity or retirement pension and becomes employed in a similar position with in the same agency on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act in a position in which he or she is eligible to accrue service credit or creditable service under any Article of the Code shall, in the month immediately after commencing that employment, have the amount of his or her monthly retirement annuity or retirement pension offset by the amount of his or her compensation, earnings, or salary (whichever is applicable) in the immediately preceding month as certified to the applicable retirement system or pension fund by his or her employer, unless the payment of that retirement annuity or retirement pension is already suspended or terminated during that period. Provides that these provisions do not apply to the first $2,000 per month of retirement annuity payments.
HB4398# Nekritz
In Rules Committee 4/8/16
Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Cook County, State Employees, State Universities, Downstate Teachers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. For participants who first become participants on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, prohibits (i) payments for unused sick or vacation time from being used to calculate pensionable earnings and salary and (ii) unused sick or vacation time from being used to establish service credit.  (In favor)
HB4427
Batinick
In Rules Committee 4/8/16
Provides that beginning January 1, 2017, a person under one of those Articles who (i) has terminated service,(ii) is eligible to receive a retirement annuity, (iii) has not received a retirement annuity under that Article, and (iv) meets certain other eligibility requirements may elect to receive, in lieu of a retirement annuity, a lump sum accelerated pension benefit payment equal to 75% of the present value of the retirement annuity or may elect to receive a lump sum partial accelerated pension benefit payment in exchange for a specified reduction in his or her retirement annuity and all other benefits under the Article. Provides that a person may not elect a percentage reduction of retirement annuity that would result in a partial accelerated benefit payment of less than $50,000. Provides that if a person elects to receive a lump sum accelerated pension benefit payment in lieu of a retirement annuity, his or her credits and creditable service under that Article shall be terminated upon receipt of the accelerated pension benefit payment; except that the terminated service credit shall be used for the purposes of determining participation, benefits, or premiums under the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971. Contains provisions concerning return to service, rulemaking, qualified plan status, and new benefit increases.
HB4532
Nekritz Passed House
115-0
(See Vote)
In Senate Placed on Calendar for third reading
5/31/16
Requires the System to provide advance notice to a participant in the self-managed plan of the participant's obligation to direct the investment of employee and employer contributions into one or more investment funds selected by the System at the time he or she makes his or her initial retirement plan selection. Provides that if a participant in the self-managed plan fails to direct the investment of employee and employer contributions into the various investment options offered to the participant when making his or her initial retirement election choice, the System shall invest the employee and employer contributions in a default investment fund on behalf of the participant, and the investment shall be deemed to have been made at the participant's investment direction. Provides that the participant has the right to transfer account balances out of the default investment fund during time periods designated by the System.
HB4579##
Evans
Passed House
98-14
(See Vote)
In Senate Assignments Committee awaiting Senate action
3/4/16
Provides for the restoration of the pension levy diverted from CTPF by the 1995 Amendatory Act of the 89th Legislative Session to the CPS Operating Fund. The levy of .26%  is to be transferred directly to CTPF following payment of City of Chicago property taxes. It makes a corresponding reduction in the rate limitation for the tax for general educational purposes.  (See HB3695 in the Senate)  (In favor)
HB4591
Burke
In Rules Committee 4/8/16
Provides that, in addition to certain listed items, reported payroll data must include any and all other data necessary for CTPF to calculate pension benefits. Provides that any necessary amendments or corrections to certified data provided by the employer must be made within one year after the certified data is received by the Fund.  (See SB2437) (In favor)
HB4635# Davis
In Rules Committee 2/5/16
Provides that beginning with the FY2017, the State of Illinois is to contribute $374,270,000 and that for each year thereafter, the Board of Trustees of the Fund shall certify to the Governor by January 15th the amount of State contribution to CTPF for the coming fiscal year. It requires that the certified contribution be equal to 10% of the contribution certified by the board of trustees of the downstate teachers retirement system (TRS) for the coming fiscal year.  (See SB2381 in the Senate) (In favor)
HB4798
Durkin
In Rules Committee 4/8/16
In addition to numerous other provisions this bill prohibits payments for unused sick or vacation time in calculating pensionable earnings and salary.
HB5681
Nekritz
Passed House
78-25
(See Vote)
In Senate Assignments Committee
5/27/16
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Creates the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund Health Insurance Task Force to study and consider the program of health insurance coverage for pensioners that is currently administered by the Fund. Includes specific subjects of inquiry, relating to the future administration of the insurance program. Specifies Task Force membership and excludes payment for service. Provides for clerical support from the Fund. Requires a report of its findings and recommendations and provides for its abolishment upon conclusion of its business. Effective immediately.   (See SB2418) (In favor)
HB5745
Riley
In Rules Committee 4/8/16
Provides that a person who becomes a member after the effective date, the service retirement pension shall not commence more than one year prior to the date of CTPF's receipt of an application for the pension benefit.  (SB2584 passed and was sent to Governor)
HB6030
Conroy
Passed House
112-0
(See Vote)
Passed Senate 54-0
Awaiting Governor's Action
6/27/16
Requires every pension fund or retirement system under the Code to develop and implement by no later than June 30, 2017, a process to identify annuitants who are deceased. The process shall require the pension fund or retirement system to check for any deceased annuitants at least once per month and shall include the use of commonly accepted methods to identify persons who are deceased, which include, but are not limited to, the use of data provided by the Social Security Administration, the use of data provided by the Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Records, or the use of any other method that is commonly used by other states to identify deceased persons.  (In favor)
HB6088
Sosnowski
In Rules Committee 4/8/16
Provides that if a person who first becomes a member or participant of a retirement system or pension fund under the Code on or after January 1, 2017 (i) is receiving a retirement annuity or retirement pension under that system or fund and (ii) becomes a member or participant under any other system or fund created by the Code based on full-time employment, then that retirement annuity or retirement pension shall be suspended during that employment. Upon termination of that employment, the person’s retirement annuity or retirement pension payments shall resume and may be recalculated if recalculation is provided for under the applicable Article of the Code.   (Oppose)
HB6097
Morrison
In Rules Committee 2/11/16
Authorizes units of local government to provide alternative retirement plans in lieu of or in addition to the existing plan under the applicable Article. Provides that the alternative retirement plan may include a defined-benefit component, a defined contribution component, or both, and may include disability or survivor benefits that are permitted under federal law. Provides that the alternative retirement plan is not required to provide any minimum level of benefits and need not provide any benefits at all, other than mandatory Social Security coverage if applicable. Provides that service credit received under an alternative retirement plan may not be transferred to any other fund and may not be used under the Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act (Article 20 of the Code). Amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act. Provides that employers shall not be required to bargain over the changes made by the Amendatory Act.





Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2016
SB0231## Cullerton(S)
Mitchell(H)
Passed Senate
31-21
(See vote)
In House Rules Committee awaiting House Action
6/30/16
This extended bill includes the following:
1)   Provides that the State of Illinois will pay CTPF $205,404,986.00;
2)   Requires CPS to pay the unfunded pension liability which has accrued since 1995 and
3)   Maintains the availability of retirees' health insurance options.   
This is a companion bill to HB829  (In favor)
SB2275
Radogno In Assignments Committee
4/8/16
Provides that the State Superintendent of Education may remove members of the school board of any school district (currently, only districts with a population of not more than 500,000), and sets criteria for districts with a population of more than 500,000. Provides for the transition to an elected board for districts with a population of more than 500,000. Provides that the removal of appointed board members and the transition to elected board members for districts with a population of more than 500,000 shall not be construed as creating any liability on the part of the State for the debts and obligations of that school district   (Oppose)
SB2381# Jones
In Assignments Committee 5/13/16 Provides that beginning with the FY2017, the State of Illinois is to contribute $374,270,000 and that for each year thereafter, the Board of Trustees of the Fund shall certify to the Governor by January 15th the amount of State contribution to CTPF for the coming fiscal year. It requires that the certified contribution be equal to 10% of the contribution certified by the board of trustees of the downstate teachers retirement system (TRS) for the coming fiscal year.  (See HB4635)  (In favor)
SB2385
Harris
In Assignments Committee 2/3/16
Provides for the election rather than the appointment of members of the Chicago Board of Education. Provides that successor Inspectors General shall be appointed by the Board instead of the Mayor.
SB2390
Hunter
In Assignments Committee 2/3/16
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the Chicago Board of Education shall levy a property tax annually at a rate that will produce an amount equal to the amount of member contributions to the Fund during the fiscal year 2 years prior to the year for which the tax is levied, subject to a maximum rate of .78%. Provides that the Board of Education shall use the proceeds of the tax for the purpose of making employer contributions to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund
SB2418
Trotter
In Assignments Committee 4/8/16
Creates the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund Health Insurance Task Force to study and consider the program of health insurance coverage for pensioners that is currently administered by the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund. Includes specific subjects of inquiry, relating to the future administration of the insurance program. Specifies Task Force membership ( 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans from the ILGA House and comparable representation from the ILGA Senate plus one each from CTPF, CPS, CTU, and RTAC) and excludes payment for service. Provides for clerical support from CTPF. Requires a report of its findings and recommendations and provides for its abolishment upon conclusion of its business.  (See HB5681)  (In favor)
SB2437
Sandoval
Passed Senate
57-0
(See vote)
In House Rules Committee awaiting House Action
6/3016 Provides that, in addition to certain listed items, reported payroll data must include any and all other data necessary for CTPF to calculate pension benefits. Provides that any necessary amendments or corrections to certified data provided by the employer must be made within one year after the certified data is received by the Fund.  (See HB4591)  (In favor)
SB2584
Hutchinson
Passed Senate
58-0
(See vote)
Passed House
113-0
Awaiting Governor's Action
6/23/16
Provides that a person who becomes a member after the effective date, the service retirement pension shall not commence more than one year prior to the date of CTPF's receipt of an application for the pension benefit.  (See HB5745)
SB2822##
Cullerton(S)
Currie(H)
Passed Senate
33-20
(See Vote)
Passed House
73-37
(See Vote)
Motion to Reconsider Vote
6/30/2016
Amends the Chicago Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Authorizes the board of trustees of the Fund to have any records kept by the board photographed, microfilmed, or digitally or electronically reproduced in accordance with the Local Records Act. Provides that the photographs, microfilm, and digital and electronic reproductions shall be deemed original records and documents for all purposes, including introduction in evidence before all courts and administrative agencies. Effective immediately.
House Amendment 3
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the State to contribute the amount of $215,200,000 to the Fund for fiscal year 2017. Amends the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act. Provides for a continuing appropriation from the Common School Fund to the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago during State fiscal year 2017.
SB3089
Steans In Assignments Committee 5/13/16
Authorizes the Board to issue subpoenas in an administrative hearing to compel testimony and the production of records. Authorizes the payment of fees to witnesses and the administration of oaths.
SB3337
Harmon
Passed Senate
53-0
(See vote)
In House Rules  Commmittee
6/30/16
Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for taxable year 2016 and thereafter, the amount of the senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption shall be the greater of (i) the amount of the exemption otherwise calculated under that Section of the Code or (ii) $2,000. Effective immediately.  (In favor)
SB3420
Hunter In Assignments Committee 4/12/16
Appropriates $12,186,000 from the General Revenue Fund to the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago for the State's contribution for retirement contributions under a specified provision of the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016.
HB3695## Evans Reintroduced and
in Assignments Committee
10/10/2015
Amends the School Code. Provides that a separate tax shall be levied by the Chicago Board of Education for the purpose of making an employer contribution to the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago, at the rate of 0.26%; requires the proceeds from this separate tax to be paid directly to the Pension Fund. Makes a corresponding reduction in the rate limitation for the tax for general educational purposes. Effective immediately.  (See HB4579)  (In Favor)  Read and download a handout to be taken or sent to your legislators here.






Legislation which was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2015
HB1334
Franks
Reintroduced and in Senate Assignments Committee 5/13/16
Provides that a retiree who is receiving a pension and becomes employed in a similar position within the same agency in a position in which he or she is eligible to accrue service credit or creditable service under any Article of the Code shall, in the month immediately after commencing that employment, have the amount of his or her monthly retirement annuity or retirement pension offset by the amount of his or her compensation, earnings, or salary (whichever is applicable).
HB1406#
Sims

3/27/2015
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a Section on payment by the pension fund of certain health insurance costs, increases the annual payment limit from $65,000,000 to $80,000,000. Effective immediately. HOWEVER Amendment 1 guts the implementation language and sets up a task force to examine the issue. (In Favor)  See SB1235
HB1454## Evans

3/27/2015
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the Chicago Board of Education shall levy a property tax annually at a rate that will produce an amount equal to the amount of member contributions to the Fund during the fiscal year 2 years prior to the year for which the tax is levied, subject to a maximum rate of .26%. Provides that the Board of Education shall use the proceeds of the tax for the purpose of making employer contributions to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund. (In Favor)  See HB3695 below.  Read our letter of support here.
HB2472#
Davis

3/27/2015
The State shall make annual contributions to the Chicago Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. Provides that for State fiscal year 2016, the contribution shall be $374,270,000 and that for each year thereafter, the Board of Trustees of the Fund shall certify to the Governor by January 15th the amount of the required State contribution to the Fund for the coming fiscal year. Requires the certified contribution to be equal to 10% of the contribution certified by the board of trustees of the downstate teachers retirement system for the coming fiscal year. Effective immediately.  (In Favor) (See SB1302)
HB3695##
Evans
Madigan
Currie
Passed House
102-9
(See Vote)
In Senate Assignments Committee
10/10/2015
Amends the School Code. Provides that a separate tax shall be levied by the Chicago Board of Education for the purpose of making an employer contribution to the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago, at the rate of 0.26%; requires the proceeds from this separate tax to be paid directly to the Pension Fund. Makes a corresponding reduction in the rate limitation for the tax for general educational purposes. Effective immediately. (In Favor)  Read and download a handout to be taken or sent to your legislators here. See SB318 below.
Legislation which was introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2015
SB0069
Cullerton
In Senate Assignments Committee 10/10/2015
Clarifies the '100 day' rule about return-to-work retirees.  With regard to the compensation limitations in the case of a service retirement pensioner who is re-employed as a teacher, provides that (1) the 100-day limit shall not include days that a teacher teaches only driver education courses after regular school hours and does not teach any other subject area and (2) the $30,000 limit shall not include compensation earned for teaching driver education courses after regular school hours.
SB0316##
(Amendment)
Cullerton Lost in Senate
32-0-22
(See Vote)
7/1/2015
The bill itself seems to redefine some parts of the open meetings act and it is a short bill in and of itself.   HOWEVER  Senate Amendment 1 is over 60 pages with lots of legalize, some of which will redefine how the state of Illinois funds CTPF for the next 2 years but says nothing about funding after 2018.   It is a LONG amendment with lots of things hidden.   Please read the amendment.  (Neutral) (See SB318)
SB318## Cullerton

Currie
Passed Senate
37-1-18
(See Vote)
Passed House
82-29
(See Vote)
Public Act 99-0521
6/30/16 Combines SB3695 and SB316 into a bill that should provide about 80% of the required funding to CTPF. (In Favor) (A guarantee of 80% is better than the possibility of no or greatly reduced funding.)
SB0783#
Hastings

4/24/2015
Provides that the Board of the Fund shall have the option of administering the health insurance program, in whole or in part, if deemed to be the most efficient method of providing retiree health insurance. (In Favor) Read our letter of support here.
SB0812
Sandoval

4/24/2015
Provides that any earned sick pay which is payable by an employer shall be considered pensionable earnings as provided by Section 17-134 and the charter school shall certify the number of sick days being paid. Also provides that any sum paid by a charter school employer before or after the school year shall be considered pensionable earnings if the payment is conditioned in any way on service being performed by the contributor.
SB1235#
Trotter
In Senate Assignments Committee 10/10/2015
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a Section on payment by the pension fund of certain health insurance costs, increases the annual payment limit from $65,000,000 to $80,000,000. Effective immediately. HOWEVER Amendment 1 guts the implementation language and sets up a task force to examine the issue.  (In Favor)  See HB1406
SB1302#
Jones
In Senate Assignments Committee 10/10/2015
The State shall make annual contributions to the Chicago Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. Provides that for State fiscal year 2016, the contribution shall be $374,270,000 and that for each year thereafter, the Board of Trustees of the Fund shall certify to the Governor by January 15th the amount of the required State contribution to the Fund for the coming fiscal year. Requires the certified contribution to be equal to 10% of the contribution certified by the board of trustees of the downstate teachers retirement system for the coming fiscal year. Effective immediately.  (In Favor) (See HB2472)
****See these Archives for legislative actions prior to the 99th Legislative Session.****
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FEDERAL LEGISLATION
(10/12/2015)
Support The Social Security Fairness initiative. 
Encourage your federal legislators to eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) that penalize us for receiving a public pension even though we have paid into Social security.
Details here.
For a summary of the materials presented at a AARP:NRTA conference in Washington D.C. see this page.
See also http://www.ssfairness.com/
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