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
The April 1st RTAC Board of Directors meeting has been cancelled.
All Spring 2020 RTAC Workshops and Seminars have been POSTPONED to this fall.
Information from CTPF
• Member Payments. CTPF has procedures in place to ensure the regular payment of member benefits, even if normal business is interrupted. CTPF pensions are secure and are not based on market conditions.
• CTPF Office is Closed. Our Office is closed to visitors and Board of Trustees Meetings are cancelled for the rest of the month. See our Calendar at www.ctpf.org/news-calendar for updates on Future meetings.
• Phone Counseling is Available. If a member needs information or has a question, they should call the Member Services line at 312.641.4464 and leave a message. Our counselors will retrieve messages and return calls as soon as possible. They can also email email@example.com with questions.
• Switch to Direct Deposit. Given the uncertainties with the COVID-19 outbreak, CTPF is advising all members who receive benefit checks to sign up for direct deposit. Complete and return CTPF Form 425 and submit forms by April 15, 2020, or sooner for May benefit payments.
• Submitting Documents. The best way to submit any form to CTPF is by Fax 312.641.7185 or email a .pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org, as mail processing could be delayed
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!
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: March 17, 2020
Last Advocacy page update: October 12, 2015
Last Archives page update: January 11, 2020
Last Committee Meetings page update: January 11, 2020
Last CTPF information page update: October 31, 2018
Last Events & Activities page update: March 17, 2020
Last Forms page update: February 9, 2019
Last Home page update: March 17, 2020
Last Jobs page update: January 23, 2020
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: February 23, 2020
Last Pending Bills page update:October 1, 2019
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: February 23, 2020
Last Workshop & Seminar page update: March 17, 2020
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
Spring 2020 workshops & seminars have been CANCELLED.
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).
The Archdiocese of Chicago's School system has various employment opportunities.
NAEP is Seeking Field Study Staff to Administer a Study
website is here,
recent CTPF actions and information is here and
the CTU website is
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
The Howard Area community Center needs adult tutors
Madonna Mission needs tutors
Teaching Excellent STEAM needs volunteers
|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