SURS Board Voting Question

On Tuesday, April 14th, SUAA sent out information prompting you vote in the SURS Board of Trustees Election which is currently in progress.

After sending this information we found that many of you did not receive a ballot. Therefore, please follow the instructions below about how to obtain a ballot.

Call VRES directly at custserv.

You cannot vote without a ballot because it contains the pin number you need to vote either by email, phone or mail.

Linda L. Brookhart
Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


Kanerva Lawsuit Ends!

To All University Retirees and Friends!

Judge Nardulli issued his decision for contingency fees to be paid to the Kanerva attorneys. SUAA’s and the Union’s Attorney are not part of the contingency fee payment. We have included the Judge’s decision in order for you to know firsthand how the fees where determined.

I want to thank again SUAA members Larry Alferink, Curtis White, Barbara Hayer and Nancy Creeson for their testimonies. Your participation was very much appreciated!

Click Here to read the Mini Briefing 04.14.2015

Click Here to read the Judges Order on Kanerva Attorney Fees

Linda L. Brookhart
Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Courts


SURS Board Election

To all SUAA Retirees! There is currently a SURS Board of Trustees election in progress to elect a person to fill an expired term to represent the retirees. The two candidates are Fred Giertz and Mitch Vogel. Both gentlemen are members of SUAA. It has been requested that SUAA send out additional information. Information on each candidate is attached.

The election began on April 1 and will end on May 1. SUAA is encouraging all retirees to participate in this election. There are several options for voting – email, call-in and a mail-in ballot. Please visit the SURS website for additional information.

Currently Mitch Vogel and John Engstrom hold seats on the SURS Board of Trustees representing the retirees/annuitants. As you will read or have read, Fred Giertz has SURS BOT experience as he spent several years on the Board while he was employed. Mitch’s term is expiring.

This is not an endorsement of either candidate. It is an attempt to make sure everyone is participating in the election.

There are also two candidates for the expired term for current employees or contributing members.

Mr. Aaron Ammons, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Mr. Antonio Vasquez, City Colleges of Chicago and a member of SUAA. Tony is currently serving on the SURS Board of Trustees.

To see all bio’s on SURS website Click Here.

Thank you for voting!

Linda L. Brookhart
Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Membership, Retirees, SURS


Rauner Reform?

Did you notice the story on Gov Rauner’s approval of corporate tax credits and cuts to social service and parks grants? Is that what he calls reform? And he thinks that the state’s courts have been corrupted by campaign contributions?!

You can read the story in Crain’s at



GSU SUAA Meeting Notes – March 19, 2015

Use the link below to view/download/print the GSU SUAA notes from the March 19, 2015 meeting.


Note: File is in PDF format.

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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in GSU SUAA, Meetings


Next Meeting of GSU SUAA on April 16

The GSU Chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) will be meeting at noon in the GSU cafeteria on Thursday, April 16.

Everyone is welcome.

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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Uncategorized


SURS Election

Ballots for the SURS Election have been sent to SURS annuitants. One candidate you might consider voting for is Mitch Vogel, longtime UPI President. Mitch has served on the SURS Board for several years including as Chair. He has done an excellent job protecting our interests as SURS members.


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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


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