Since 1926, this Association has dedicated itself to the betterment of all teachers who have retired from the Chicago Public Schools.
Legislation and Advocacy
Workshops, Events, Activities and Opportunities
Read a Poem Dedicated to Teachers
by Mort Elenbogen
Did you Take a LEAP for your pensions? See this!
Pension Reform laws are
UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Read it
Court: State CANNOT cut subsidies for retirees' health care. Read it HERE!
Defined Benefits vs. Defined Contributions
Currently we have a defined benefit retirement plan where we are guaranteed our benefits for life. If some legislators get their way, new employees will work under a defined contributions retirement plan where the benefits are based entirely on how much was contributed.
Read an analysis of Public Pensions by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability -- here.
If you would like to see how much you would have needed to contribute to a retirement fund to enjoy your current pension, click here and enter some data. Be aware that the projected total you have in your account when you retire must last for life - i.e. if your retirement account has $1,000,000 in it when you retire and you expect to live another 20 years, you can only withdraw $50,000 per year and the balance will continue to decrease until your account is completely depleted and you have nothing left to live on.
Looking for something to
Check out our EVENTS page.
The EVENTS page lists events of interest to all CPS teachers, active as well as retired.
The Events page contains direct links to over 100 area entertainment venues!
You might also like to check our VOLUNTEER, JOBS and OTHER OPPORTUNITIES pages.
HELP RTAC HELP YOU!!!
PLEASE join our RTAC-ALERT Network. Members get the FASTEST UPDATES on pending legislation, often on the same day that events occur. Just click on RTAC-ALERT Network and give your name, e-mail address and zip code (this is to verify your RTAC membership). THE ONLY OBLIGATION IS YOUR PROMISE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH LEGISLATORS, if requested, on behalf of retired Chicago Public School teachers. The Alert Network's fast and massive responses have already earned the respect of legislators throughout the state, and constitute our first line of defense. Join NOW! Your help is urgently needed!
Remember too that EVERY contribution to RTAC COPE will help gain our objectives! Like it or not, MONEY TALKS – and, unfortunately, so does the absence of it!
information and updates from the Chicago
Teacher's Pension Fund, click
For general information and an overall view of the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago click here.
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Site Map and Links
update:July 15, 2016
Last Advocacy page update: October 12, 2015
Last Archives page update; September 11, 2015
Last CTPF information page update: January 15, 2016
Last Events & Activities page update: May 21, 2016
Last Forms page update: April 7, 2016
Last Home page update::July 15, 2016
Last Jobs page update: July 15, 2016
Last Just for fun page update: December 10, 2013
Last Legislation Update page update: July 15, 2016
Last Orientation page update: February 14, 2014
Last Other Opportunities page update: May 21, 2016
Last Pending Bills page update: July 15, 2016
Last Resources page update:June 22, 2016
Last Reunions page update: November 20, 2015
Last Samples page update: June 12, 2015
Last Satellite Activities page update: January 13, 2016
Last Volunteer page update:May 21, 2016
Last Workshop & Seminar page update: July 15, 2016
See our FUN page for more.
Archives & Forms
Activities and Opportunities
News Bulletins Go Green
The latest News Bulletin is available through this link as are many of the past News Bulletins.
& Pending Bills
RTAC supported legislation
Find your legislators HERE
(Enter your 9 digit zip, 'Find Address' then 'Confirm Address')
The 2016 legislative calendar is here.
Scheduled Board and Committee Meetings
(All meetings are open to the public but space is limited.)
Events & Activities
|Opinions and Editorials
supporting RTAC's position on Pension matters are here.
a 'Pension Fund Ambassador' (here)
print letters to your legislators about the economic impact of your
|The Archives of past
legislation, stories and posts are here.
For more information about the Alert Network, click here or join the E-mail Alert Network
Illinois Legislators here
all of your legislators, including National, here.
Illinois Senate by district
Illinois Senate by name
Illinois House by district
Illinois House by name
Photos of visits to legislators
Part time and full time jobs for retired teachers and opportunities to volunteer.
Elementary school tutors and mentors needed
Become a Lincoln Park Zoo Guest Ambasador
Anixter Center needs male and female mentors
|Fraud Alert/Identity Theft
|How to Write Your Legislator
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(and the addresses of media outlets)
of businesses and services that provide Senior discounts.
Legal Defense Donations
Nomination for the Armstrong Award
See Photos of RTAC members meeting with their legislators and at other activities.
Read a summary of the presentations at the AARP:NRTA conference in Washington D.C.