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STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATION
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Be Watchful!

(CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THE 2014 LEGISLATION AND THE CURRENT STATUS OF THAT LEGISLATION)
Even though the current legislative session is over, there is still the possibility of harmful legislation in the fall veto session.
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.

2014 LEGISLATION UPDATE
FINALLY - a little balance - click here to learn more.
Proposed RTAC Legislation for 2014
Proposed CTPF Legislation for 2014
  • Restore the Tax Levy - re-establish the Public School Teacher's Pension and Retiremen Fund Contribution tax.  (See SB3148/HB5731 below.)
  • Greater Parity between CTPF and TRS – Legislative support for full funding of CTPF (See HR816 below.)
  • Increase the State Contributions.  Require the state to contribute to CTPF AT LEAST 10% of the amount given to TRS.  (See SB3127/HB5334 below)
  • Monthly Contributions - Beginning in FY 2015, CTPF will submit monthly vouchers to the Board of Education for payment. (See SB3282 Below.)
  • Maintain Health Insurance - Oppose any reductions to the $65 million spending cap or 60% subsidy. (SB/HB to be determined.)
  • Increase retiree health care reimbursements.  The pension code allows a reimbursement of up to75% but CTPF is limited to $65 million.
  • Provide for Ad-Hoc lite increase for those who received their initial pension prior to 1980.
  • Increase the maximum total payments for the health insurance rebate to $100 million.
  • Receive an amount equal to 20% of what the State appropriates to TRS.
  • Provide for a 4th Annuitant on the Pension Fund Board.
  • Oppose any and all legislation which would adversely affect our pensions.

  • Greater Parity between CTPF and TRS – Legislative support for full funding of CTPF (See HR816 below.)
  • Restore the Tax Levy - re-establish the Public School Teacher's Pension and Retiremen Fund Contribution tax.  (See SB3148/HB5731 below.)
  • Monthly Contributions - Beginning in FY 2015, CTPF will submit monthly vouchers to the Board of Education for payment. (See SB3282 Below.)
  • Increase the State Contributions.  Require the state to contribute to CTPF AT LEAST 10% of the amount given to TRS.  (See SB3127/HB5334 below) 
  • Maintain Health Insurance - Oppose any reductions to the $65 million spending cap or 60% subsidy. (SB/HB to be determined.)

For members of the 98th (2013-2014) 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
SB3148/HB5731
SB3282/HB3899
SB3127/HB5334
HR816
SB0449
Opposed

Watching
SB1922 (enacted)
Summary of the legislation enacted durig the 98th session

HB0206>98-0017    HB2583>98-0427    HB2620>98-0433    HB2767>98-0449    SB0001>98-0599   SB0026>98-0104    SB1584>98-0043 
HB3793>98-0675    HB6096>98-0680


Legislation Which Has Been Enacted During the 98th Legislative Session (2013-2014) is here.
(See the Archives for 2009-2012 Legislation)
Bill
Sponsor
Status
Date of Last Action
Proposed Action

Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2014
HB3793
Currie
Passed Senate
40-14
(See Vote)
Passed
House
61-48
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0675
6/30/14
Provides for an appropriation of $50 million to CTPF for FY15.  This payment supplements the state contributioin of $12.1 million to CTPF (See HB6906 below)  Unfortunately this appropriation offsets $50 million due CTPF from CPS. 
HB3899
Sims
In Rules Committee

Monthly Contributions - Beginning in FY 2015, CTPF will submit monthly vouchers to the Board of Education for payment. The bill will also establish an enforcement mechanism to seek payment from the Comptroller and if necessary, the City Treasurer, if payments not made after 90 days.  (See SB3282)
HB5334#
Davis In Rules committee
3/28/14
Increase State Contributions - Beginning in FY 2015, CTPF will receive a certified amount from the state, which will be 10% of the State’s FY 2015 contribution given to the downstate/suburban Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). (See SB3127)
HB5731#   Dunkin In Rules Committee
2/14/14
Re-establish the Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund Contribution tax. The Board of Education shall levy a tax for fiscal year 2015 and each subsequent year thereafter at a rate not to exceed .26% upon the equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the City of Chicago. (See SB3148 and SB0449)
HB6096
Madigan
Passed Senate
40-17
(See Vote)
Passed
House
67-48
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0680
6/30/14
The amount of $12,145,000 is appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to CTPF beginning July 1, 2014 for FY 2015.  State funding for CTPF is statutorily set at 0.544% of the fund's teacher payroll when the funded ratio is below 90%. 
HR0816
Golar In Executive Committee
5/26/14
Resolution for Greater Parity between the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) and the Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS). This would provide for full funding of CTPF and a recommitment to fund Chicago teachers’ pensions at a rate of 20 to 30 percent of the allocation given to the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois.

Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2014
SB0449
Raoul
In Executive Committee 4/11/14

Senate Amendment #1 --- Re-establish the Chicago Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund Contribution Tax Levy.  The Board of Education shall levy a tax for fiscal year 2015 and each subsequent year thereafter  upon the equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the City of Chicago, to provide for an amount equal to the Board of Education’s actuarially required contribution to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.  (See SB3148 and HB5731)

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Chicago Board of Education To Make Monthly Contributions to CTPF 
Beginning in FY 2015, CTPF will submit monthly vouchers to the Chicago Board of Education for payment. The bill will also establish an enforcement mechanism to seek payment from the Comptroller and, if necessary, the City Treasurer, if payments are not made after 90 days.

SB3127
  Jones In Assignments Committee
3/28/14
Increase State Contributions - Beginning in FY 2015, CTPF will receive a certified amount from the state, which will be 10% of the State’s FY 2015 contribution given to the downstate/suburban Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). (See HB5334)
SB3148
Hunter In Assignments Committee 3/28/14
Re-establish the Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund Contribution tax. The Board of Education shall levy a tax for fiscal year 2015 and each subsequent year thereafter at a rate not to exceed .26% upon the equalized assessed value of all taxable property in the City of Chicago. (See HB5731 and SB0449)
SB3282
Trotter In Assignments Committee 3/28/14
Monthly Contributions - Beginning in FY 2015, CTPF will submit monthly vouchers to the Board of Education for payment. The bill will also establish an enforcement mechanism to seek payment from the Comptroller and if necessary, the City Treasurer, if payments not made after 90 days. (See HB 3899)
SB1922#
Raoul
Passed Senate
53-0
(See Vote)
Passed
House
73-41
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0641
6/9/14
Pay particular attention to House Ammendments 3 (linked here) and 4 (linked here).   At this time SB1922 Ammendments 3 and/or 4 DO NOT apply to CTPF.  However it could be used as a template for all Chicago pension funds.  SB1922 proposes to reduce the 3% compounded COLA (AAI) to the lesser of 3% or half the rate of inflation NOT compounded, eliminate any COLA in 2017, 2019 and 2025, reduce or eliminate our healthcare reimbursement and, impose a dedicated property tax earmarked specifically for the pension funds.  (FYI -- Both RTAC and CTPF have fought for the reinstatement of the dedicated property levy which was eliminated in 1995.  The current legislation proposals partially reinstate this property tax and earmarks it for Chicago's pension funds BUT requires the final implementation be by the Chicago City Council.)

Legislation which was enacted during the 2013 session
HB0206
Madigan
Passed House
69-47
(See Vote)
Passed Senate
56-1
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0017
6/5/13
Provides FY14 appropriations.  CTPF is scheduled to receive $11.9 million which is a much smaller percentage of the amount appropriated for TRS than the percentage of CTPF vs.TRS retirees statewide. State funding for CTPF is statutorily set at 0.544% of the fund's teacher payroll when the funded ratio is below 90%. 
HB2583##
Burke
Passed House 65-50
(See Vote)
Passed Senate
47-9
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0427
8/16/13
Provides stricter requirements for charter schools that are delinquent on payroll submissions to CTPF. (IN FAVOR)
HB2620#
Riley
Passed House 74-42
(See Vote)
Passed Senate
50-8
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0433
5/22/13
In the Section requiring the use of a competitive selection process for obtaining investment services, creates an additional exception for "contracts for follow-on funds with the same fund sponsor through closed-end funds".  This allows successful investment services to award contracts to other funds with he same sponsor without requiring competitive bidding.
HB2767
Evans
Passed House 111-0
(See Vote)
Passed Senate
58-0
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0449
5/31/13
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning Chicago municipal employees, officers, and officials, clarifying the composition of the various pension boards.  (IN FAVOR) (Same as SB0448) Originally HB3088.
SB0001#

Cullerton
Madigan
Passed Senate
30-24-3
(See Vote)
Passed House
62-53-1
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0599
12/5/13
Increases required employee contributions for Tier I members and participants. Limits pensionable salary for Tier I participants. Changes the required State contribution to each of the affected retirement systems so that those systems are 100% funded by 2043. Guarantees certain funding levels. In the State Universities and Downstate Teacher Articles, shifts costs to local employers.  Read the CTPF summary here.   Read the full text here.

NOTE: This ONLY applies to downstate pensions, NOT Chicago pensions (yet).

Among other things, this creates
a new funding schedule, a new method for certifying contributions, a funding guarantee, a pensionable salary cap, a new method of calculating the COLA, increases the retirement age, changes employee contributions, eliminates pensions from collective bargaining and prohibits the use of pension funds to pay costs associated with healthcare.  (
WATCH CAREFULLYSee also comments on the Constitutionality of a Union Proposal on Pension Reform here.
SB0026
Steans
Passed Senate
40-19
(See Vote)
Passed House
63-55
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0104
7/22/13
Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code to expand the State's medical assistance program.
SB1523
Cullerton
Madigan
Passed Senate
46-4
(See Vote)
Passed
House
87-26
(See Vote)
Awaiting Governor
11/7/13
Redefines the contributions and AAI (Automatic Annual Increase) for members of the Chicago Park district reducing AAI from3% compounded to half or the CPI or 3% simple.  eliminates AAI in 2015, 2017 and 2019.  Does NOT afect CTPF at this time.
SB1584##
HA 1##
Mulroe
Currie
Passed Senate
46-4
(See Vote)
Passed House
67-50
(See Vote)
Public Act
98-0043
6/28/13
With respect to payments made by the Funds to the City of Chicago to defray the cost of annuitant participation in the City's health care plans, provides that the payments continue until such time as the city no longer provides a health care plan for its annuitants or December 31, 2016, whichever comes first.
HA1 will phase out retiree healthcare for the following Chicago pension systems: Police, Fire, Municipal, and Laborers.   Chicago teachers are NOT in the bill. (OPPOSED)





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FEDERAL LEGISLATION
(5/20/2013)
Support The 2013 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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