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STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATION
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All of Us Must Be Watchful!
(CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THE 2017 LEGISLATION AND THE CURRENT STATUS OF THAT LEGISLATION)

PLEASE visit your legislators and express your opinion(s) on possible legislation.

The 2017 Illinois Legislative Calendar can be found here.
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.

2017 LEGISLATION UPDATE
FINALLY - a little balance - click here to learn more.
Proposed RTAC Legislation for 2017
Proposed CTPF Legislation for 2016
  • Maintenance and enhancement or pension benefits.
  • Ensure the implementation of the Chicago pension tax levy to support the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) to provide a stable revenue source for pensioners.
  • Secure equitable State of Illinois funding for Chicago teacher's pensions.
  • Stabilize a viable health insurance program for CTPF annuitants.
  • Maintain the independence and fiscal integrity of CTPF
  • Oppose any 'pension holidays' for the Chicago Public Schools.
  • Increase retiree representation on the CTPF Board.
  • Support educational funding that meets the needs of all Illinois children.
  • 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 100th (2017-2018) 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
SB0005##
HB3071# & SB1354#
SB0729  SB0779  HB4001  HB2948  SB2169
Opposed
HJRCA0018##  HB3140# HB2902  HB2903  HB3055# SB0011  SB0016  SB1570  SB2173  SB2173
Monitoring
  SB0016  HB2750  HB3069
Summary of the legislation enacted during the100th session relative to pension.

None yet

## bills of utmost importance     # bills that have high interest
Legislation Which Has Been Proposed During the 100th Legislative Session (2017-2018).
(Click here for 2017)
(See the Archives for 2009-2016 Legislation)
Bill
Sponsor
Status
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Date of Last Action Proposed Action
HJRCA0018##
Sosnowski
+ 8 others
In House Rules Committee
1/27/17
Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Repeals a provision that specifies that membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired. Effective upon being declared adopted.  (OPPOSED)
Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2017
HB0287
Olsen
+ 7 others
In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each property tax bill shall contain a separate statement for each of the taxing districts setting forth the dollar amount of tax due that will be used by the taxing district to pick up or otherwise pay its employees' contributions to a public pension fund. Provides that each taxing district that picks up or otherwise pays its employees' contributions to a public pension fund must certify this information to the county clerk on or before the last Tuesday in December.
HB2750 Evans In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
Amends the School Code. In a provision (added by Public Act 99-521) authorizing a separate tax to 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, requires the tax to be levied annually at the full 0.383% rate beginning in tax year 2017. Changes a provision relating to certification of the tax rate to apply to tax year 2017 rather than 2016. (Monitor)
HB2902
Fortner In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
Creates the Pension Buyout Act. Authorizes the Department of Central Management Services to enter into contracts with approved vendors to provide pension buyout payments to eligible retirees in the State Universities and Downstate Teachers Articles. Requires the Illinois Finance Authority to issue bonds if the amount appropriated to implement the pension buyout option is less than the amount necessary for the Department to pay the approved vendor the amount required under a contract between the Department and the approved vendor for any fiscal year. Amends the State Universities and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that an eligible retiree may relinquish his or her right to receive any benefits from the System in exchange for a lump sum payment made by an approved vendor that is equal to the present value of the retirement annuity.  (OPPOSED)
HB2903
Fortner In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
Creates the Pension Buyout Act. Authorizes the Department of Central Management Services to enter into contracts with approved vendors to provide pension buyout payments to eligible persons in the State Universities and Downstate Teachers Articles. Requires the Illinois Finance Authority to issue bonds if the amount appropriated to implement the pension buyout option is less than the amount necessary for the Department to pay the approved vendor the amount required under a contract between the Department and the approved vendor for any fiscal year. Amends the State Universities and Downstate Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that an eligible person may relinquish his or her right to receive any benefits from the System in exchange for a lump sum payment made by an approved vendor that is equal to the present value of the retirement annuity.  (OPPOSED)
HB2948
Davis In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that beginning in State fiscal year 2018, the State shall make annual contributions to the Chicago Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. Provides that for State fiscal year 2018, the contribution shall be $456,500,000 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)
HB3055#
Harris In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. In the case of individuals, trusts, and estates, provides that a deduction for certain retirement income is limited to (i) $75,000 if the taxpayer or beneficiary is younger than 65 years of age during the taxable year or (ii) $100,000 if the taxpayer or beneficiary is 65 years of age or older during the taxable year (including the taxable year in which the beneficiary turns 65 years of age).  
HB3069
Morrison In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. 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 and any other 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.  (Monitor)
HB3071#
Martwick
+ 2 others
Second Reading
4/26/17
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Adds a pensioner member to the Board of Trustees and makes corresponding changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.   See SB1354  (IN FAVOR) 
HB3140#
Harris In House Rules Committee 3/31/17
In the case of individuals, trusts, and estates, provides that a deduction for certain retirement income is not allowed if (i) in the case of a taxpayer who is younger than 65 years of age during the taxable year, the taxpayer's adjusted gross income is $80,000 or more and (ii) in the case of a taxpayer who is 65 years of age or older during the taxable year (including a taxpayer who turns 65 years of age during the taxable year), the taxpayer's adjusted gross income is $100,000 or more.  
HB4001
Davis In House Rules Committee 3/7/17
Appropriates $11,692,000 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, 2017. Effective July 1, 2017.  (IN FAVOR)
Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2017
SB0005##
Cullerton
+ 1 other
Third Reading-
Passed
(See Vote)
2/28/17
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires the State to contribute to the Fund $215,200,000 for fiscal year 2017 and $221,300,000 for fiscal year 2018; includes provisions for certifications and monthly payments by voucher. Provides that beginning in fiscal year 2019, the State shall contribute an amount equal to the employer normal cost for that fiscal year. Amends the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act. Provides for a continuing appropriation to the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago, on a continuing monthly basis, of the amount, if any, by which the total available amount of all other State appropriations to that Retirement Fund for the payment of certain State contributions is less than the total amount of the vouchers for required State contributions lawfully submitted by the Fund for that month under applicable provisions of the Illinois Pension Code. Effective immediately, but this Act does not take effect at all unless Senate Bills 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 of the 100th General Assembly become law.  (IN FAVOR)
SB0011 Cullerton
+1 other
Third reading - lost
(See vote)
2/8/17
Amends the General Assembly, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Chicago Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires active Tier 1 employees to elect either to (i) have automatic annual increases in retirement annuity delayed and reduced or (ii) maintain the current benefit package with additional limitations on pensionable salary. Provides that a Tier 1 employee who elects item (i) is entitled to have future increases in income treated as pensionable income, have contributions reduced to a specified rate, and receive a consideration payment of 10% of contributions made prior to the election. Provides that a Tier 1 employee who elects item (ii) is not eligible to have future increases in income treated as pensionable income. Effective immediately, but this Act does not take effect at all unless Senate Bills 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 of the 100th General Assembly become law.  (OPPOSED)
SB0016
Cullerton Consideration Postponed March 1, 2017
2/28/17
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Chicago Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires active Tier 1 employees to elect either to (i) have automatic annual increases in retirement and survivor's annuities delayed and reduced or (ii) maintain the current benefit package with additional limitations on pensionable salary. Provides that a Tier 1 employee who elects item (i) is entitled to have future increases in income treated as pensionable income, have contributions reduced to a specified rate, and receive a consideration payment of 10% of contributions made prior to the election. Provides that a Tier 1 employee who elects item (ii) is not eligible to have future increases in income treated as pensionable income.  Requires each affected retirement system to establish a defined contribution plan for certain members or participants. In the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Chicago Municipal, Cook County, Cook County Forest Preserve, Chicago Laborers, Chicago Park District, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and Chicago Teachers Articles, establishes similar benefits if the governing body of the unit of local government adopts those benefits by resolution or ordinance. Effective immediately, but this Act does not take effect at all unless Senate Bills 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 of the 100th General Assembly become law.  (OPPOSED)
SB0651
Connelly In Assignments Committee 3/17/17
Amends the Illinois State Auditing Act. Requires the Auditor General to conduct a financial audit, a compliance audit, or other attestation engagement, as is appropriate to the agency's operations under generally accepted government auditing standards, of the Chicago school district at least once during every biennium. Amends the School Code. Requires the board of education of the Chicago school district to cooperate fully with the Auditor General and to be subject to any compliance requirements as required of any other State agency during the biennial audit.
SB0729
Lightford In Subcommittee on Governmental Operations 3/1/17
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that beginning in State fiscal year 2018, the State shall make annual contributions to the Chicago Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. Provides that for State fiscal year 2018, the contribution shall be $456,500,000 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.   (IN FAVOR)
SB0779
Biss
+ 1 other
3rd Reading 4/26/17
Amends the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Pension Code in relation to investment transparency. Defines terms. Provides that within 90 days after entering into a new agreement to invest in an alternative investment fund, a public retirement system must disclose certain specified provisions of the agreement. Provides that a public retirement system shall require its alternative investment fund external managers and general partners to make certain annual disclosures concerning certain fees and expenses, in regard to each alternative investment fund. Provides that supplying a public retirement system with a completed reporting template developed by the Institutional Limited Partners Association constitutes compliance with certain reporting requirements. Declares the disclosures to be public records and requires their publication on the public retirement system's website. Amends the Freedom of Information Act to make a conforming change.   (IN FAVOR)
SB1354#
Hastings
+3 others
2nd Reading
3/1/17
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Adds a pensioner member to the Board of Trustees and makes corresponding changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.   See HB3071 (IN FAVOR)
SB1570
Martinez
+ 2 others
3rd Reading 4/26/17
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a provision that requires Employers to submit payroll records and pension contributions within 30 calendar days after each predesignated payday and establishes penalties for delinquent submissions, requires the Fund to provide a written notice of delinquency to an Employer within 10 business days of the Fund's discovery of any payroll record that is not timely certified or submitted or any incomplete pension contribution. Prohibits the Fund from administering certain penalties if the Fund fails to provide the written notice of delinquency. Provides that an Employer that provides necessary corrections to a payroll record or makes the required contribution within 12 months after receipt of the notice of delinquency shall not be subject to certain penalties. Makes changes to an exception to the mandatory penalty for delinquent payments. Provides that any penalties that are outstanding on the effective date of the amendatory Act shall be waived if the Employer makes the necessary corrections or amendments to the required payroll records or submits the required contribution.  (OPPOSED)
SB2169
Steans In Assignments
Committee
3/1/17
Appropriates $11,692,000 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, 2017. Effective July 1, 2017.  (IN FAVOR)
SB2172
Connelly
+ 5 more
In Assignments
Committee
4/7/17
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Restricts participation in the General Assembly Retirement System to persons who became participants before the effective date. Provides separate benefits for persons who, on or after 6 months after the effective date, first become participants or members under the State Universities or Downstate Teachers Article or a noncovered participant under the State Employees Article. Requires those retirement systems to establish a defined contribution plan for certain members. In the IMRF, Chicago Municipal, Cook County, Cook County Forest Preserve, Chicago Laborers, Chicago Park District, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and Chicago Teachers Articles, establishes similar benefits if the governing body of the unit of local government adopts those benefits by resolution or ordinance. In the State Employee, State Universities, and Downstate Teachers Articles, requires those Systems to offer certain inactive members the opportunity to elect to receive an accelerated pension benefit payment equal to 70% of the net present value of their pension benefits in lieu of receiving any pension benefit. In the 5 State-funded retirement systems and the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, makes funding changes. In the State Universities and Downstate Teachers Articles, shifts certain costs to the local employer. In the Chicago Teachers Article, requires the State to contribute $215,200,000 for fiscal year 2017 and provides a continuing appropriation from the Common School Fund for that contribution. Amends the Budget Stabilization Act. Provides for the transfer of certain amounts from the General Revenue Fund to the Pension Stabilization Fund. Makes other changes.  (OPPOSED)
SB2173
Connelly
+ 4 more
In Assignments
Committee
4/7/17
Amends the General Assembly, State Employee, State Universities, Downstate Teacher, and Chicago Teacher Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Requires active Tier 1 employees to elect either to (i) have automatic annual increases in retirement and survivor's annuities delayed and reduced or (ii) maintain their current benefit package with additional limitations on pensionable salary. Provides that a Tier 1 employee who elects item (i) is entitled to have future increases in income treated as pensionable income, have contributions reduced to a specified rate, and receive a consideration payment of 10% of contributions made prior to the election. Provides that a Tier 1 employee who elects item (ii) is not eligible to have future increases in income treated as pensionable income. Makes funding changes. Amends the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act to provide a continuing appropriation for the amounts of the consideration payments. Amends various Acts to make conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to prohibit bargaining and interest arbitration regarding certain changes made by the amendatory Act and to provide that no action of the employer taken to implement that prohibition shall give rise to an unfair labor practice under those Acts; exempts certain existing agreements. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Makes other changes.   (OPPOSED)

****See these Archives for legislative actions prior to the 100th Legislative Session.****
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FEDERAL LEGISLATION
(1/9/2017)
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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