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Latest update: June 24, 2019
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STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGISLATION
(SEE BELOW - CLICK HERE - FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATION)


Even though RTAC has an excellent legislative advocate,

All of Us Must Be Watchful!
(CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF THE 2019 LEGISLATION AND THE CURRENT STATUS OF THAT LEGISLATION)

PLEASE visit your legislators and express your opinion(s) on possible legislation.

The 2019 Illinois Legislative Calendar for the Illinois House of Representatives is here.
The 2019 Illinois Legislative Calendar for the Illinois Senate is 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 2019
Proposed CTPF Legislation for 2018
  • 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.
  • Oppose legislation that adversely affests the AAI for RTAC members.
  • Continue to educate legislartors on issues of concern to RTAC members.
  • Support efforts to increase to 120 days (instead of 100 days) the amount of days of service a retirement pensioner who is remployed as a teacher may work without having his or her pension cancelled for school years beginning on or after July 1, 2019. 
  • 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 101st (2019) 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

Current legislation of particular interest:
Support
  HB2240, HB2968, HB3208, SB1264, SB1266, SB1584, SB1734, SB1734
Opposed
HB3524
 Monitoring

Summary of the legislation enacted during the 100th session (2018) relative to pension.

HB-4146 - Piblic Act 100-1052, HB-4412 - Public Act 100-0902, HB-4742 - Public Act 100-0813, HB-5137 - Public Act 100-0769,
HB-5812 - Public Act 100-0582, SB-2439 - Public Act 100-0872, SB-2844 - Public Act 100-0982

## bills of utmost importance     # bills that have high interest
Legislation of Interest to RTAC Which Has Been Introduced During the 101st Legislative Session (2019).
Bill
Sponsor
Status
Date of Last Action Proposed Action
Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2019
HB2240
Martwick
In House Rules Committee
3/29/19
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Beginning in 2020, requires (rather than allows) the Board of Trustees to pay to each recipient of a service retirement, disability retirement, or survivor's pension an amount to be determined by the Board, which shall represent partial or complete reimbursement (rather than partial) for the cost of the recipient's health insurance coverage. Provides that beginning in 2020, the total amount of payments for each year shall equal $65,000,000 plus any amount that was authorized or required to be paid in the preceding year but was not actually paid by the Board, including any interest earned thereon. Makes conforming changes.  (SUPPORT)
HB2968
Davis
In House Rules Committee 4/12/19
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. For school years beginning on or after July 1, 2019, increases to 120 days (instead of 100 days) the amount of days a service retirement pensioner who is re-employed as a teacher may work without having his or her pension cancelled. Makes conforming changes.  (Support)
HB3208
Ortiz
In House Rules Committee 3/29/19
Beginning on or after July 1, 2019 and ending before June 30, 2022, the service retirement pension shall not be cancelled in the case of a service retirement pensioner who is re-employed as a teacher on a temporary and non-annual basis or on an hourly basis, so long as the person (1) does not work as a teacher for compensation on more than 120 days (instead of 100 days) in a school year or (2) does not accept gross compensation for the re-employment in a school year in excess of (i) $36,000 (instead of $30,000) or (ii) in the case of a person who retires with at least 5 years of service as a principal, an amount that is equal to the daily rate normally paid to retired principals multiplied by 120 (instead of 100). Makes conforming changes.  (Support)
HB3524
Durkin
In House Rules Committee 3/29/19
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 their 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. Makes funding changes. Amends the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act to provide a continuing appropriation for the amounts of the consideration payments. Amends various Acts to make conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act and the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act to prohibit bargaining and interest arbitration regarding certain changes made by the amendatory Act and to provide that no action of the employer taken to implement that prohibition shall give rise to an unfair labor practice under those Acts; exempts certain existing agreements. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Makes other changes.  (Oppose)
Legislation which has been introduced in the Illinois Senate in 2019
SB1264
Aquino
Passed Senate
056-000-000
Passed House
106-0-0
Sent to Governor
5/31/19
Amends the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act. Provides that the Act does not apply to any annuity, pension, or benefit funds held in a fiduciary capacity by a retirement system. Provides that property assumed abandoned in an annuity, pension, or benefit fund held in a fiduciary capacity by a retirement system shall be reported by the retirement system to the administrator. Provides that no retirement system shall pay or deliver any annuity, pension, or benefit funds held in a fiduciary capacity to the administrator. Provides, with exceptions, that the provisions are retroactive to January 1, 2018.  (Support)
SB1266
Aquino
In Asignments Committee
2/6/19
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Beginning in 2020, requires (rather than allows) the Board of Trustees to pay to each recipient of a service retirement, disability retirement, or survivor's pension an amount to be determined by the Board, which shall represent partial or complete reimbursement (rather than partial) for the cost of the recipient's health insurance coverage. Provides that beginning in 2020, the total amount of payments for each year shall equal $65,000,000 plus any amount that was authorized or required to be paid in the preceding year but was not actually paid by the Board, including any interest earned thereon. Makes conforming changes. (SUPPORT)
SB1584
Aquino
Passed Senate
50-0-0
Passed House
98-16-0
Sent to Governor
5/23/19
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. For school years beginning on or after July 1, 2019, increases to 120 days (instead of 100 days) the amount of days a service retirement pensioner who is re-employed as a teacher may work without having his or her pension cancelled. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.  (Support)
SB1734
Aquino
In Asignments Committee 3/22/19
Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that for school years beginning on or after July 1, 2019 and ending before June 30, 2022, the service retirement pension shall not be cancelled in the case of a service retirement pensioner who is re-employed as a teacher on a temporary and non-annual basis or on an hourly basis, so long as the person (1) does not work as a teacher for compensation on more than 120 days (instead of 100 days) in a school year or (2) does not accept gross compensation for the re-employment in a school year in excess of (i) $36,000 (instead of $30,000) or (ii) in the case of a person who retires with at least 5 years of service as a principal, an amount that is equal to the daily rate normally paid to retired principals multiplied by 120 (instead of 100). Makes conforming changes.  (Support)

****See these Archives for legislative actions prior to the 101st Legislative Session.****
    ## bills of utmost importance     # bills that have high interest

Voice your opinion!!  Personal visits to the office, letters, e-mails are much more effective than phone calls.



FEDERAL LEGISLATION
(5/27/2019)
Support The Social Security Fairness initiative.
Details here. 
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.
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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