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|Incorporated in 1976 as a not-for-profit
organization, Retired State Employees Association (RSEA) is an independent, all-volunteer association
comprised of retired and current Illinois state employees working
together for the benefit of state retirees. RSEA is the only association
that functions in the interest of retired Illinois state employees, as
well as their spouses and survivors!
In 2009, RSEA was successful in the Illinois General Assembly, with the
passage of Public Act 095-1043 eliminating the Social Security offset
applied to the State Employees Retirement System widow or survivor benefit. In the present, as well
as future legislative sessions, RSEA will continue to work with our
lobbyist, Cook-Witter, to address other issues that pertain to retired
Illinois state employees, spouses and survivors.
Starting in 2013, RSEA was faced with the challenge of how to help its members maintain their
current level of pension benefits when the State of Illinois began deducting a portion of the
medical insurance costs from the retiree’s check. When a group of retirees filed suit to halt this practice,
RSEA supported their efforts. After hearing the case, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that withholding
the premiums was indeed a diminishment of our pensions and the premiums being held in escrow were returned
to the retirees in 2015. Later, when the pension rights of state retirees were being infringed upon,
RSEA, in conjunction with other retiree associations, stepped forward and took legal action on behalf of its members.
Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled that our position was correct.
RSEA continues to work hard to research proposed changes to the
retirement programs for state retirees and to point out to
legislators and others the problems and shortcomings of these
proposals. We monitor and study the proposals as well as collaborate
with other state retiree organizations to protect your interests.
The RSEA needs your assistance! Your
membership means increased influence in the legislature. This will
permit us to continue to protect and improve your pension and medical
As a member, you will be advised of our activities
through our monthly newsletter, The Reporter. And, you
will be invited to attend our regular meetings held in
Springfield and Chicago. In December, the RSEA board members
host our annual Christmas luncheon in Springfield.
In 2007, RSEA was excited to introduce the Chicago Metro Chapter
under the direction of Sylvia Schluter. RSEA is proud of this
chapter as it continues to grow. Their meeting dates and location are
posted in The Reporter and on this website.
Your paid membership helps the RSEA Board to help you. If you are
not a member, I encourage you to join. If you are a member, you are
supporting our efforts to protect your rights and benefits as a
Helen Conlee, President, RSEA
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