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June 4, 2012
|As you likely are aware, over the last several
months there has been legislation either passed or proposed by the
State Legislature that adversely affects the pension benefits of
state retirees. Two of these include SB1313 and SB1673. Another one
of interest is HB1447.
Senate Bill 1313 (SB1313) eliminates for retirees the 5% reduction
in the health insurance premium for each year of service. It also
authorizes the Illinois Department of Central Management Services to
determine each year the amount of premiums that retirees and others
will be required to pay.
SB1313 was approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate
on May 10. They have up to 30 days (latest date June 9) from their
approval to send it to the Governor for his approval. The Governor
has 60 days from receipt to act (approve or veto) on it.
Senate Bill 1673 (SB1673) requires current retirees to choose
between two options:
a) keep the current 3% compounded annual cost-of-living adjustment
and become ineligible to participate in the state’s health insurance
b) receive an annual cost-of-living adjustment that is ½ the
consumer price index or 3%, whichever is less and be allowed to
participate in the state’s health insurance program.
The provisions of this bill do not apply to the Judicial Retirement
SB1673 is currently being held in the rules committee of the House
of Representatives. The Senate has formulated and discussed its own
bills that contain these same provisions.
House Bill 1447 (HB1447) applies only to retirees from the State
Employees Retirement System and the General Assembly Retirement
System. It contains essentially the same provisions that are
contained in SB1673.
At this time, the Governor and Legislative Leaders are in
discussions regarding pension benefits legislation. A special
legislative session on pensions will likely be called by the
Governor in the near future. The RSEA’s legislative leadership and
Cook-Witter, Inc. are actively watching and meeting on these issues.
Have you wondered how your Legislators have voted recently on
legislation that has a significant affect on the pension benefits of
To see how legislators have voted on a
particular bill, go to the
Illinois General Assembly website
www.ilga.gov. On the left hand
side of the General Assembly Home page, enter the bill number, such
as SB1313, and click GO. At the top of the Bill Status page, click
the link titled ‘Votes’. Then, click on the Voting History entry
To determine who your Legislators are, go to the Illinois State
Board of Elections website
www.elections.illinois.gov. On the left
hand side of the State Board of Elections Home page, click on the
menu item titled District/Official Search – By Address. Then, enter
your home address information and click ‘Search’. A list of all the
elected officials who represent you will appear. Click on the name
of the elected official to obtain their contact information.
Contacting the Governor to express your objection to the proposed
changes contained in SB1313 would be a good thing to do. It may also
be helpful to contact your State Representative and Senator
regarding your feelings about this and other legislation being
discussed. As they continue to look at legislation that adversely
affects the pensions of retirees, it may help for them to be aware
of its affects on retirees.