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What you can do today to protect your pension

We urge you to consider taking a stance on HJRCA0049, the bill to place a constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax on the fall ballot. The bill is sponsored by Christian Mitchell and has about 36 co-sponsors.

To view the co-sponsors, visit
http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=0049&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=HJRCA&LegID=81949&SessionID=85

"Synopsis As Introduced
Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Removes a provision that provides that a tax on income shall be measured at a non-graduated rate. Provides that there may be one tax on the income of individuals and corporations, that this may be a fair tax where lower rates apply to lower income levels and higher rates apply to higher income levels, and that no government other than the State may impose a tax on or measured by income. Effective upon being declared adopted."

A coalition of groups named A Better Illinois is supporting this proposal. Senator Harmon has filed a bill SB350 proposing three levels of income for taxation purposes. There is a calculator available at http://calculator.abetterillinois.org/ that shows exactly what a family’s savings would be under his bill.

Our pensions depend on stable funding for the state. Our support for these bills is in our best interest. It is also in the best interest of Governors State University. There is not much time because it must be passed in early May. Call your representative’s office today.

Thanks,
GSU SUAA Board

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

SURS Newsletter – How Pension Reform Affects Tier I Members

This special-edition Advocate newsletter explains in detail how the new pension reform law affects members enrolled in the Tier I Defined Benefit retirement plan.

If you are receiving this email, you are a Tier I member.

Please read the newsletter carefully – click here.

SURS is currently experiencing an exceptionally high volume of calls. If you have further questions on pension reform, please go to SURS website – http://surs.org/news-article/040414/learn-facts-about-pension-reform – to review additional educational tools.

Annuitants, Tier II and SMP members will also be receiving a special newsletter outlining how pension reform will affect them.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

UIC Annuitants Association Spring Membership Meeting

The UIC Chapter of SUAA presents its Spring Membership Meeting with

Prof. Ann Lousin
The John Marshall Law School
Chicago

Topic: “What Is Going On With Illinois Pensions Today?”
Thursday, April 24, 2014
UIC Student Center West (SCW)
828 S. Wolcott – Michelle M. Thompson Rooms

Prof. Lousin served as a research assistant at the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention, where she worked on the drafting of the 1970 Illinois constitution. From 1971 to 1975, she was on the staff of the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, including two years as Parliamentarian of the House. She lectures and consults on the Illinois Constitution, general public law issues, and commercial law in the US and abroad.

The event is free and all are welcome.
Lunch needs $15 reservation.

9:30am: Coffee and Rolls
10:00am: Business Meeting, including election of officers
11:00am: Prof. Ann Lousin
12:00pm: Buffet Luncheon ($15 – reservation required, see below)

Parking: in the Wood Street Parking Structure (WSPS), 1100 S. Wood.

The program will be webcast, live and by archived video, on www.Ustream.tv, search term: “uic-united” (no quotes)

To RSVP for Lunch or obtain more information contact:
Karen Scherman (karen.scherman, 630-257-1491)
Debbie Matthews (debmatt18, 815-254-3731 ).

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Ideas, Legislation, Meetings, Resources, SUAA

 

SUAA Regional Meeting Information & Registration – College of DuPage

An SUAA Regional Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 2014, hosted by the SUAA College of DuPage Annuitants Association.

Meeting highlights to include:

· A representative from SURS will speak about the Retirees’ portion of Senate Bill 1.

· A representative from SUAA will talk about the SUAA lawsuit filed against Senate Bill 1.

· A presentation on the new proposed SUAA constitution.

You do not have to be a member of SUAA to attend.

There is no cost to attend this meeting. Water will be available.

Registration Required

Click Here to register.

SUAA Regional Meeting – College of DuPage

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2:00 p.m.

Hosted by the SUAA College of DuPage Annuitants Association

Meeting Location:

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

SRC 2000 (Student Resource Center – Room 2000)

Also referred to as the “Jack H. Turner Conference Center”

Park in Lot C, D or B. Parking is free. Lot C is the closest to the building.

Click Here for Campus Map

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Meetings, SUAA

 

The Knowledge Exchange

Attached below is a pdf copy of the brochure for the upcoming spring session of The Knowledge Exchange, which offers great thought-provoking courses at a very reasonable cost. Please take a moment to look it over — one of these diverse courses may give you an opportunity to follow a subject you already had an interest in or open up a brand new world to you.

To learn more about The Knowledge Exchange, follow this link to its page on the GSU web site: http://www.govst.edu/oce/TKE/.

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Patterson, Continuing Education Community Coordinator, at spatterson3 or at 708.534.4393.

Knowledge_Exch_S14_Broch_0214 Final sm.pdf

 
 

Proposed Bylaws

Linked below is a Powerpoint presentation that Addison Woodward has developed to highlight the problems with the new Bylaws proposed for SUAA. Also a later version of his analysis of the Bylaws and their meaning for the future of our organization is attached.

AW Proposed Constitution 5.doc

New SUAA By-laws AW 03 20 2014.ppt

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in GSU SUAA, Membership, SUAA

 

Proposed Constitution for SUAA

A new constitution for SUAA will be presented for a vote at the annual meeting in Springfield. We linked below a document prepared by Addison Woodward on the problems with the proposal. At the March GSU SUAA meeting, it was decided that GSU’s two Directors will vote against the adoption of the new constitution.

A copy of the proposal is also linked below.

Here is the copy of an email announcing a meeting at College of DuPage in case you did not receive it.

An SUAA Regional Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 2014, hosted by the SUAA College of DuPage Annuitants Association.

Meeting highlights to include:

· A representative from SURS will speak about the Retirees’ portion of Senate Bill 1.

· A representative from SUAA will talk about the SUAA lawsuit filed against Senate Bill 1.

· A presentation on the new proposed SUAA constitution.

You do not have to be a member of SUAA to attend.
There is no cost to attend this meeting. Water will be available.

Registration Required
Click Here to register.<http://suaa.org/CODRegistrationForm.php>

SUAA Regional Meeting
Thursday, April 3, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Hosted by the SUAA College of DuPage Annuitants Association
College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, IL

SRC 2000 (Student Resource Center – Room 2000)
Also referred to as the “Jack H. Turner Conference Center”

AW Proposed Constitution.doc

Corrected Corrected Final Rewrite of Constitution Revised Old and New.2.pdf

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in GSU SUAA, Membership, SUAA

 
 
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