Since 1926, this Association has dedicated itself to the betterment of all teachers who have retired from the Chicago Public Schools.
John A. Butterfield,
Legislation and Advocacy
Workshops, Calendar of Meetings, Events, Activities and Opportunities
We are constantly monitoring the Illinois legislature for any proposed legislation which may impact your pension or benefits.
Should any such legislation be proposed we can send you an Alert e-mail with our suggested action.
If you are not already a member of our Alert system, please send a request to be added to the Alert System along with your name, 9-digit zip code and e-mail to email@example.com.
Remember too that EVERY contribution to RTAC COPE will help gain our objectives! Like it or not, MONEY TALKS Ė and, unfortunately, so does the absence of it!
Defined Benefits vs. Defined
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 do?
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.
update: May 27, 2021
Last Advocacy page update: October 12, 2015
Last Archives page update: January 1, 2021
Last Committee Meetings page update: February 6, 2021
Last CTPF information page update: December 18, 2020
Last Employment page update:May 27, 2021
Last Events & Activities page update: April 25, 2020
Last Forms page update: February 6, 2021
Last Home page update: May 27, 2021
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: April 25, 2021
Last Pending Bills page update: January 1, 2021
Last Resources page update: October 25, 2019
Last Reunions page update: November 26, 2019
Last Samples page update: June 12, 2015
Last Volunteer page update:April 10, 2021
Last Workshop & Seminar page update: April 15, 2021
See our FUN page for more.
Opinions, Resources, Archives
Events, Activities and Opportunities
|News Bulletins Go Green
The latest News Bulletin is available through this link as are many of the past News Bulletins.
The Archives of past legislation, stories and posts are here.
RTAC supported legislation
Find your legislators HERE
(Enter your 9 digit zip, 'Find Address' then 'Confirm Address')
The 2019 legislative calendars are available for both the House and Senate.
|Workshops & Seminars
Scheduled Board & Committee Meetings
(Most are open to the public but space is limited.)
Events & Activities
A schedule of Fall 2020 workshops & seminars is here.
Editorials supporting RTAC's position on
Pension matters are here.
'Pension Fund Ambassador' (here)
and print letters to your legislators about the economic
impact of your pension (here).
Governor French Academy is seeking teachers
CHILDCARE CAREERS is Hiring
CTPF website is here,
recent CTPF actions and information is here
and the CTU website
For more information about the Alert Network, click here or join the E-mail Alert Network
|Find Your State and
Federal Legislators here
Illinois Senators by district
Illinois Senators by name
Illinois Representatives by district
Illinois Representatives by name
Photos of visits to legislators
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Meal Helper Needed at Ronald McDonald House
CPS Academic Decathlon needs volunteers
The Howard Area community Center needs adult tutors
|Fraud Alert/Identity Theft
|How to Write Your
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(and the addresses of media outlets)
|A list of businesses and services
that provide Senior discounts.
Legal Defense Donations
Nomination for the Armstrong Award
Bylaws and Conflict of Interest Form
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.
Morgan Park Reunion Picnic Saturday, August 15, 2020