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SUAAction!

Election season is beginning and there will be some contested races in Illinois. SUAA can express our needs to legislators through lobbying, but SUAA cannot donate money to candidates for office.

There is a related organization, SUAAction, that is a political action committee. SUAA and SUAAction are nonpartisan organizations. SUAAction donates to both Republicans and Democrats. It looks for candidates that will support the issues so important to us as members of SUAA.

If you are interested in attending a fundraiser for an Illinois House or Senate candidate from your district,SUAAction may pay the required donation on your behalf provided you have made a contribution to SUAAction. It’s helpful to have GSU SUAA members meeting our legislators. Let us know about any fundraiser you are interested in attending, and we will contact SUAAction, on your behalf, to request the required donation.
You need a government in Illinois that is committed to fulfilling the retirement promises made when you were hired. Through SUAAction, you can help make this happen. Remember, you can also volunteer your time to the candidate of your choice.

Please consider making a donation to SUAAction. Donations can be made at http://www.suaa.org/suaaction

Contribute to SUAAction. SUAA’s political action committee provides members and chapters a multitude of ways to get involved in the political process.

Thank you for your continued membership in SUAA.

GSU SUAA Board

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GSU SUAA Fall Forum 10/26/17

What is the predicted stability of SURS in 20-25 years?
What is the impact of the economy and State payments on the SURS fund?

Attend the Fall Forum, sponsored by the GSU SUAA Board, to get the answers!  

Thursday, October 26
12:00 p.m.
E Lounge

Featured Speaker:
Martin Noven, Executive Director,
State Universities Retirement System (SURS)
RSVP to crock@govst.edu 
There will be a short question & answer period, following Mr. Noven’s presentation.
Since the forum is at noon, feel free to bring a sack lunch.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in GSU SUAA, Meetings, Membership

 

Register Now for the 2017 SUAA Fall Meeting

The 2017 SUAA Fall Meeting Registration is now open!

Click Here to Register

When
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

**Early Bird Registration Ends Tuesday, October 17th**

Where
Illinois State University Alumni Center
1101 North Main Street
Normal, IL

Time
Foundation Meeting 9 a.m.
General Session 10 a.m. (more information coming soon)

Registration Fees
Member (Includes Lunch) – $60.00
Member & Guest (Includes Lunch) – $120.00

Free Parking on site.

Linda L Brookhart
Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

New Details on Illinois’ “Tier 3” Pension Plan by CTBA

To all members:

The information on Tier III below is from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
The article and link to CTBA’s Issue Brief may be of interest to you.

Linda Brookhart
Executive Director
SUAA

New Details on Illinois’ “Tier 3” Pension Plan

September 27, 2017

Illinois’ fiscal year 2018 budget introduced major changes to the state’s public pension systems in an attempt to grapple with Illinois’ roughly $130 billion in unfunded liabilities. One of the most important aspects of these changes was a new package of benefits. This new package, called “Tier 3,” introduced a hybrid defined benefit-defined contribution plan in addition to the defined benefit plans of Tier 1 and Tier 2.

This month, the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) released the first long-term actuarial analysis of the effects of Tier 3 and other changes contained in the FY2018 budget.

CTBA has identified three major takeaways from SURS’ analysis:

  • The “normal cost” of Tier 3’s defined benefit plan-that is, the cost of funding the benefits earned by current employees in a given year-will be higher than many observers expected. As a result, public employers-in this case, public universities and colleges-will be required to make larger payments on behalf of their Tier 3 employees.
  • The larger normal cost also means that Tier 3 employees will pay the maximum 6.2 percent of their income towards the defined benefit portion of their retirement benefits. When added to the 4 percent of income they will pay towards the defined contribution portion of their retirement benefits, that means Tier 3 employees will pay 10.2 percent of their income in pension contributions-significantly more than the 8 percent current SURS workers pay.
  • Contrary to some reports, which concluded that because Tier 3 will not be implemented in FY2018 it will not be able to produce any savings in this fiscal year, SURS still projects $61 million FY2018 savings from Tier 3. Over the long run, however, the pension changes made in the FY2018 budget do not meaningfully reduce the state’s projected pension payments.

You can download CTBA’s Issue Brief here.

For more information, contact CTBA’s Executive Director, Ralph Martire, at (312) 332-1049 or by email at rmartire@ctbaonline.org, or Research Director Daniel Hertz, at (312) 332-1481, or dhertz@ctbaonline.org.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

GSU SUAA Board Meeting Agenda 9-21-17

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ALL ARE WELCOME!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in GSU SUAA, Meetings

 

Registration is Open for the 2017 SUAA Fall Meeting

To all members:

The 2017 SUAA Fall Meeting Registration is now open!

Click Here to Register

When
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

**Early Bird Registration Ends Tuesday, October 17th**

Where
Illinois State University Alumni Center
1101 North Main Street
Normal, IL

Time
Foundation Meeting 9 a.m.
General Session 10 a.m. (more information coming soon)

Registration Fees
Member (Includes Lunch) – $60.00
Member & Guest (Includes Lunch) – $120.00

Free Parking on site.

Linda L Brookhart
Executive Director
State Universities Annuitants Association

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

GSU SUAA Aug 17, 2017 meeting notes

Click here to download, review, print the GSU SUAA chapter meeting notes from 8-17-17 (pdf)

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in GSU SUAA, Meetings