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Latest update: February 21, 2015
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STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATION
(SEE BELOW - CLICK HERE - FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION)


Be Watchful!
(CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THE 2015 LEGISLATION AND THE CURRENT STATUS OF THAT LEGISLATION)

PLEASE visit your legislators and express your opinion(s) on possible legislation.
For the latest status
on a particular bill, click on the bill number in the table below.

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR BREAKING NEWS ON ANY BILL(S) THAT PROPOSE PENSION CHANGES!


Be aware of the past and remember the George Santayana quote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

For some history of our struggle to maintain and protect our pension, see our 'archives' page here.

2015 LEGISLATION UPDATE
FINALLY - a little balance - click here to learn more.
Proposed RTAC Legislation for 2015
Proposed CTPF Legislation for 2015
  • Support legislation to increase the limit on the amount of funds to subsidize CTPF pensioners health care.
  • Support legislation to reestablish the Chicago pension tax levy to support the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.
  • Oppose any legislation adverse or detrimental to our pensions.
     
  • Strengthen Charter School Reporting Mechanisms.
  • 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.
  • 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
HB1454, SB0783, SB1235
Opposed

Watching

Summary of the legislation enacted during the 99th session

None yet


Legislation Which Has Been Proposed During the 99th Legislative Session (2015-2016).
(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 2015
HB1334
Franks
In Rules Committee
2/4/2015
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).
HB1454
Evans
In Rules Committee 2/6/2015
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)  Read our letter of support here.
HB2472
Davis
In Rules Committee 2/18/2015
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.  (See SB1302)
Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2015
SB0069
Cullerton
In Assignments Committee
1/15/2015
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.
SB0783
Hastings
In Insurance Committee
2/11/2015
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
In Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee
2/17/2015
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 Assignments Committee
2/11/2015
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. (In Favor) Read our letter of support here.
SB1302
Jones
In Assignments Committee 2/18/2015
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. (See HB2472)
****See these Archives for legislative actions prior to the 99th Legislative Session.****
    ## bills of utmost importance     # bills that have high interest

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FEDERAL LEGISLATION
(5/20/2013)
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.

See also http://www.ssfairness.com/
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