13 September 2014
AFSCME Sub-chapter 161
We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il. On Wednesday, September 17th.The meeting starts at 11 AM.
Our guest speaker will be Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund field Representative, Ms. Bonnie Shadid. Whether an IMRF member or a non-member, you will find her presentation interesting and timely. IMRF isn’t setup like other public pensions. Currently, it is 96% funded. In spite of its fiscal strength, Representative Deborah Conroy attempted to pass a law that would have eliminated the 13th check. This is only one of many attempts to alter a perfectly sound retirement Fund. Which leads me to conclude that we must stay vigilant while building our ability to protect our pensions.
This weekend, I will be attending the state-wide PEOPLE conference in Peoria, IL. There was a last minute request from Council 31 limiting retiree attendance to Sub-Chapter Presidents. There was an upsurge in the number of Local officers attending this conference. It’s a healthy sign of interest among the working members. There is a lot of work to be done before, during, and after this critical election by workers and retirees.
I will have a conference report for the meeting and a post at our website for those who can’t attend the meeting. There will be additional reports for you to read. The CTBA has 2 reports. One analyzing the budget passed by the Illinois legislature. The second analyzing Rauner’s plan for Illinois.
See you at the meeting.
Charles Hogan, President
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