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
to live by:
*The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see!!!*
*When you talk, you're only repeating something you already know...but when you LISTEN, you may learn something new!!!*
*If you think you are the smartest person in a room, you are in the wrong room.*(Anon)
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 24, 2019
Last Advocacy page update: October 12, 2015
Last Archives page update: January 28, 2019
Last Committee Meetings page update: April 7, 2019
Last CTPF information page update: July 12, 2018
Last Events & Activities page update: January 20, 2019
Last Forms page update: February 9, 2019
Last Home page update: May 24, 2019
Last Jobs page update: April 8, 2018
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: March 23, 2019
Last Pending Bills page update:January 10, 2019
Last Resources page update: February 15, 2018
Last Reunions page update: March 26, 2018
Last Samples page update: June 12, 2015
Last Volunteer page update: March 23, 2019
Last Workshop & Seminar page update: May 24, 2019
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
Reserve your place at our 93rd Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 30, 2019 here.
SW Florida Retired Teacher's Luncheon Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 12:15pm
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).
U of C needs substitute & retired teachers
Bennett Elementary is looking to fill 2 positions
website is here,
recent CTPF actions and information is here and
the CTU website is here.
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
Teach typing to the visually impaired
The Chinese Mutual Aid Association Needs tutors
Volunteer ESL tutors needed at Erie House
|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.
Faculty and Staff of Jenner Elementary School Saturday, September 8, 2018