• Reminders

    HCAFA Executive Committee monthly meetings continue to be held online via Zoom.  All HCAFA members are invited to join the sessions.

    All meeting times are from 9:30 am until ~11 am.  Meeting dates for the remainder of the year – subject to change – are as follows:

    • October 9
    • November 13
    • December 11

    For information, contact HCAFA President Robert Allare at hcafapresident@gmail.com

    Unfortunately, our local Illinois Education Association office in Palatine is closed due to the pandemic, but messages (847.359.0300) are forwarded to us. For an emergency situation, you may contact the HCAFA President via email (hcafapresident@gmail.com) or IEA’s central office in Springfield at https://ieanea.org/ieaconnect/ for telephone and live chat during their limited weekday hours as well as the email option. 

JUDGE ISSUES STAY ON PENSION REFORM LAW: If You Were Planning to Retire Because of the Pension Reform Law, It May Not be Necessary

Colleagues:
Illinois’ new pension law will NOT go into effect starting June 1 after a judge today granted the members of the We Are One Illinois coalition, of which the Illinois Education Association is a member, a stay in the case.

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz heard from all sides on the issue today and granted a temporary restraining order, meaning none of the law is to be implemented until he rules on the entire case.

The law, known as SB1, was passed in December and slashes cost-of-living adjustments, reducing the value of pension benefits by one-third or more after 20 years in retirement. It also hikes the retirement age and makes other, unconstitutional cuts to the pensions of working and retired members of the Teachers’ Retirement System, State Employees’ Retirement System and State Universities Retirement System.

“For our members who are part of TRS and SURS, we had a victory today in being granted this stay,” said IEA President Cinda Klickna. “Now we’ll wait to see what the court says about the entire case.”

No date has been set for that lawsuit.

SB1 was to go into effect on June 1. However, WAOI filed a motion Monday asking that the law not be implemented. Teachers and other public service workers around the state were being asked to make life-altering decisions based on a law that is still subject to a lawsuit, the coalition noted. Belz granted the WAOI request.

Cinda klickna

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