SUAA’s Summer Quick Clip!

To All SUAA Members and Followers!

We hope that you have been following the postings on our website from the SUAA Annual Meeting held in Springfield on June 16th & 17th! Press HERE for the SUAA Website!

You will find the Keynote Luncheon Speaker SURS new Executive Director Bryon Lewis’s Presentation along with:

Illinois Budget presented by Ralph Martire, Executive Director of The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

Pension and Kanerva Lawsuit Wrap Ups presented by Aaron Maduff, Attorney, Maduff & Maduff

Illinois Illustrated (A visual Guide to Taxes & the Economy), Keynote Dinner Speaker Carol Portman, President, Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois

This publication is available. Please contact Linda at linda for a copy.

The SUAA Board of Directors approved the new Bylaws. Please find the newly updated document by clicking HERE!

Changes to the members of the Executive Committee can be found HERE!.

Amtrak and Higher Education has become a real issue for our campuses with Governor Rauner threatening a 40% cut to Amtrak funding. You can find a Letter to the Editor from SUAA’s Executive Director Linda Brookhart. We are hopeful that many of our chapters and members will advocate the necessity of Amtrak. There will be more information available on this topical issue.

At this time, SURS will be receiving its full funding.

We are still watching the College Insurance Program (CIP) to make sure it receives its funding.

Enjoy the weekend!

Linda L Brookhart
Executive Director

State Universities Annuitants Association

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Posted by on July 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


GSU SUAA Meeting Notes: 6-25-15

Click on the link below to view/download/print the notes from GSU SUAA’s 6/25/15 meeting:

GSU SUAA meeting notes – June 25, 2015

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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in GSU SUAA, Meetings


GSU SUAA Meeting Notes – May 21, 2015

At the link below you’ll find notes from GSU SUAA’s meeting of May 21, 2015. This includes a proposed slate of GSU SUAA officers and board members for next year.

GSU SUAA Meeting Notes for 5-21-15 (pdf)

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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in GSU SUAA, Meetings


Community Forum on IL Budget at GSU – Friday 6/26/15

NOTE: Register for the following event by email to or call 708.235.7362

Community Forum on the Illinois Budget
hosted by Governors State University and the Consortium for Civic Engagement

Friday, June 26, 2015
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(Late registration 8:30-9am)

Where: Engbretson Hall at GSU

The forum will include a panel discussion featuring:

 Yvonne Orr-El , CPO of the South-Southwest Suburban United Way
 David Lloyd, Director of the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children
 Dr. Edward Piatt, recently retired Senior Account Manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
 Michael Jasso, Cook County Director of Planning and Development from

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle’s office will also be participating.

Panelists will be speaking on two sub-themes:
1. The Impact the Budget will have on the Chicago Southland
2. Challenges of the State Budget

The forum will also include breakout sessions, in which attendees will be encouraged to creatively think and engage in discussions of the pertinent issues involved. Following the breakout sessions, Dr. Larry Levinson will moderate as the groups share their proposals and as to how the region can address the challenges of the state budget.

The forum is open to the public and Southland residents, business and community leaders, and students, and all interested parties are encouraged to attend. Lunch and light refreshments will be served.

NOTE: Register by email to or call 708.235.7362

Community Forum Flyer 5.pdf

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in GSU SUAA, Ideas, IL Budget, Meetings


Social Security Windfall Elimination

If you receive social security, you are aware that your award is reduced if you also receive a state pension. In some cases, this causes serious financial problems for the recipient. Use the link below for an opportunity to ask your representative to support a law that addresses some of the inequity. This legislation will benefit many SURS retirees.

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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


Woodward Letter to Daily Southtown

Click on the link below to read Addison Woodward’s May 21 letter to the Daily Southtown.

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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized


Memorial for Helen Hughes

It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of GSU SUAA member Helen Hughes. Attached is an announcement for a local memorial to be held on June 20. We are sharing her obituary below.

Obituary for Helen Elizabeth Hughes, Ph.D.

Helen was born April 23rd, 1922 in Damariscotta, ME at the parsonage, the last of ten children, to Rev. Thomas Bennett Hughes (1865-1957) and the Rev. sarach Barbara Mayhew Hughes (1876-1972). She died in Belfast, ME May 26th, 2015. She was 93.

Helen was married to Richard Victor Anderson (1930-), and to Richard Garland Purinton (1918-2004), with whom she had three sons, two of whom predeceased her: Richard Jordan Purinton (1943-1975) and David Hughes Purinton (1948-1949). She is survived by her sister, Victoria Lena Reiss (1918-),Shady, NY, her son, Jonathan Mayhew Purinton (1946-), Warren, ME; four grandchildren: Justin Johnson Osterberg (1973-), Joshua Jordan (1974-), Jonah MacIntosh Purinton (1980-) and Helen Garland Forsyth (1983-); and four great grandchildren: Noah Soren Osterberg (2005-), Benjamin Micah Osterberg (2007-), Gwendolyn Soleil Forsyth (2008-), and Elodie Marigold Forsyth (2014-).

Helen was educated by the public schools in Maine, Connecticut and Florida; secondary education at Northfield School, MA; she attended Butler University (1940-1942), received her B.a. land M.S. from ?California State Universities; Ph.D. at the University of Chicago (1970).

She was a school teacher, a school psychologist, a university professor at Governor State University, and founding editor of the periodical “The Creative Woman” (1977-1992). The university made all twelve volumes of the Creative Woman available on line at She was active in university affairs including the faculty union where she served as president for three years. She maintained an independent practice in neuropsychology using the Halstead Battery of neuropsyological tests, and served as an expert witness in court cases.

Dr. Hughes was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Churches for sixty years, serving in leadership positions such as the chairman of the board of trustees, and chair of the Women and Religion Committee of the Central Mid-west district of the U.U.A. She helped to form a church-affiliated group on women’s spirituality that met every full moon from 1961 to the present time. She gave many public lectures including sermons at various UU Churches.

She was active in social justice movements including the Civil Rights, the Peace Movement, Women’s Equality, and the Environment. She loved music, art, out-door activities such as sailing, biking, hiking and camping. She explored a wide range of social, political and economic issues.

Helen is survived by one sister: Victoria Lena Reiss, Shady, NY, and son Jonathan M. Purinton, Warren, ME., four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

The Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 23rd at 1:30, and will be officiated by the Reverend Deane Perkins, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, ME. Donations in her memory may be made to The Maine Peoples Alliance at or the Belfast Transition Town Initiative

Helen Hughes Memorial Flier.pdf

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Posted by on June 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


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