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The State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) provides the framework for a unified message dedicated to preserving and protecting a strong public pension system, healthcare benefits, and the general well-being of its membership.

SUAA advocates on behalf of all faculty and staff of public universities and community colleges - both retired and current employees - their spouses and survivors, who are participants and beneficiaries of the State Universities Retirement System.

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State Universities Annuitants Association is sponsoring a trip to Panama September 28th through October 6th, 2017 through Collette Travel.

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SUAA has partnered with Connected Benefits - a full-service, online insurance agency - to bring new and exciting benefits to SUAA members and their families! Click the link below to explore the new benefits available to you. 

NEW for Members: Access to products and services which are not currently offered by the state programs (including individual life insurance, final expense coverage, pet insurance, telemedicine, and ID theft protection).

NEW for Members’ Families: Access to all of the same products as members, PLUS health insurance, and dental and vision plans.


Mini Briefing 12.08.2016
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December 8, 2016
99th General Assembly ActionTRACK report
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October 18, 2016
The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Board of Trustees has selected Martin Noven as the new executive director of the $18 billion state pension fund. Noven’s appointment becomes effective November 2, 2016.
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October 4, 2016
The Legal Challenges to Reforming Illinois' Pensions
A presentation by Attorney Eric Madiar, who previously served as Counsel to Senate President John Cullerton. ┬áMr Madiar’s presentation was to the State Universities Annuitants Assosiation members at the 2016 SUAA Annual Meeting, and covers the legal hurdles of trying to alter the cost of the state’s pensions, since the Illinois Constitution says that pensions may not be “diminished”
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September 28, 2016
Rise of Bots Can't be Ignored in Ecomony
Deckle McLean, WIU-SUAA member, talks about the impact of robots and software bots on the future job market.
Click Here to read the Article in the State Journal Register

September 10, 2016
Linda Brookhart, SUAA Executive Director, was attending an event at the White House on the morning of 9/11. She shares her reflections on that day as the events unfolded, and the chaos that developed as thousands flocked into the streets as the attacks developed and the government shut down.
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Mini Briefing 09.10.2016

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Mini Briefing 07.08.2016
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June 29, 2016
The Daily Show featured a segment on an Illinois Lottery winner eventually interviewing State Senator Daniel Biss and State Representative Ron Sandak on the Illinois Budget Crisis.
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Mini Briefing 06.03.2016

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May 26, 2016
Alert for SB 2156 House Amendment 3
With so many of our currently working university and community college SURS members having to take forced furlough days, SUAA made a request to Representative Kelly Burke to include in House Amendment #3 language that allows those who are on furlough to be able to make after tax contributions based on the rate of basic compensation during the periods of furlough.
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Mini Briefing 05.06.2016
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Facebook Photos of SURS 75th Anniversary & Legislative Reception
PDF Photos of SURS 75th Anniversary & Legislative Reception
May 6, 2016
State Universities Annuitants Association Begins Pro-higher Ed Campaign
SUAA's "Higher Ed Creates Jobs" campaign is getting some press. John Maguire, SUAA Executive Committee member, talks about the campaign.
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SUAA Higher Education Creates Jobs Campaign
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Mini Briefing 04.15.2016
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Illinois Supreme Court strikes down fix for Chicago pensions
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Mini Briefing 03.18.2016
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Mini Briefing 02.29.2016
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February 19, 2016
Governor Rauner Vetoes Senate Bill 2043
Today I veto Senate Bill 2043 from the 99th General Assembly, which would explode the State’s budget deficit, exacerbate the State’s cash flow crisis, and place further strain on social service providers and recipients who are already suffering from the State’s deficit spending.
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February 17, 2016
Watch the Governor's Budget Address on Blueroomstream.com
Speech starts at 40:00.
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February 15, 2016
Watch the Higher Education Coalition Press Conference on Blueroomstream.com
Senator Dick Durbin and others talk about the higher education funding stalemate.

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December 3, 2015
Illinois Pensions in a Fiscal Context:
A (Basket) Case Study by Richard F. Dye

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Mini Briefing 09.18.2015
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September 10, 2015
Illinois Will Not Appeal High Court Ruling on Pension Reform
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August 26, 2015
University Credits MAP Grants Despite Budget Crises
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Mini Briefing 7.29.2015
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Click Here to read the Application for an Extension of Time

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