Who To Call
Board and Committees
Contact Information for Elected Officials
On November 7, the General Assembly completed the fall veto session.
No action was taken regarding pension change proposals for the five
state retirement systems. The plan has been for the Conference
Committee on Senate Bill 1, made up of Senators and Representatives,
to make a proposal to the full Senate and House of Representatives.
Because there may be proposals that would reduce and/or freeze the
annual annuity adjustment, referred to as a COLA, it is important
for retirees, their family members, and their supportive friends, to
contact the offices of their Senator, Representative, and the
Governor to tell them how you feel about this. This can be done by
regular mail, telephone, or email.
Refer to the October issue of “The Reporter” to review additional
information regarding Pension Legislation and where to find helpful
information about the issues concerning state retirees and problems
with the state’s funding of the pension funds. Refer also to the
Legislative page on the RSEA website at
Retirees did not cause the “unfunded pension liability” budget
problem. They provided the service they were asked to provide in
return for salaries and retirement benefits they were told they
would receive. They contributed financially and timely to their
respective retirement systems as required by the laws passed by the
Legislators and the Governors of the State.
It is recognized by all reliable sources that the budget problems of
the State of Illinois’ pension systems were largely the result of
the State’s elected officials’ failure to consistently and properly
fund the retirement systems as required over a period of decades. If
that hadn’t happened, it is estimated the retirement systems’ funds
would be 70-80% funded today.
Sources For Contact Information of State Senators,
Representatives, and Governor
County Clerk office
County Election Board office
These offices can be found in your local telephone directory.
www.ilga.gov contains contact information for the offices of
State Senators and Representatives. Go to the website; then click on
‘Members’ under the column for Senate or House.
www.illinois.gov/gov contains contact information for the office
of the Governor. Go to the website; then click on ‘Contact Us’.