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Latest update: March 9, 2017
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STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATION
(SEE BELOW - CLICK HERE - FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION)


Even though RTAC has two excellent legislative advocates, Social Engineering and Vision M.A.I. Consulting.

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
  • 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.
  • Ensure 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 
Opposed
HJRCA0018##  HB3140#
Monitoring
SB0011  SB0016
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
(Click for Committee Members)
Date of Last Action Proposed Action
HJRCA0018##
Sosnowski
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
HB3071#
Martwick In Personnel & Pensions Commmittee
2/22/17
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 Revenue & Finance Committee 2/22/17
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.  (OPPOSED)
Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2017
SB0005##
Cullerton
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 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.  (Monitoring)
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.  (Monitoring)
SB0651
Connelly In Executive Committee
2/8/17
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 Executive Committee 2/8/17
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 In Licensed Activities and Pension Committee 2/8/17
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
In Licensed Activities and Pension Committee
2/15/17
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)

****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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