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Jun-07-13 New SURS Chairperson Appointed

Champaign, IL – On June 4, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn announced the appointment of Lindsay Anderson to head the Illinois Board of Higher Education.  According to the Illinois Pension Code, Anderson will also serve as chairperson of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Board of Trustees.

Jun-07-13 Legislative Session Update

The General Assembly adjourned Spring Session on May 31. Learn where key pension reform legislation stands.

Jun-07-13 SURS FY 2014 Funding Approved

HB 206, which appropriates $1.5 billion to SURS for the coming fiscal year, was passed by the General Assembly.

May-23-13 New Retiree Health Plan Rates

The State of Illinois has released Retiree Health Plan Contribution Rates for Fiscal Year 2014.

SURS’s annuitants with less than 20 years of creditable service credit are required to share in the cost of their State of Illinois Insurance. All affected SURS annuitants will receive a letter and a chart outlining the contribution rates for FY 2014 (effective July 1, 2013).* The rates are based upon the number of years of creditable service credit each member has with SURS, as well as their Medicare status.

May-23-13 Pending Pension Reform Legislation

On May 2, 2013, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 1, their version of comprehensive pension reform legislation. The bill is sponsored by Speaker of the House Michael Madigan. On May 9, 2013, the Senate passed SB 2404, a less aggressive pension reform bill sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton. Both bills would affect SURS’s members and annuitants. To read details click on the corresponding button.

May-02-13 Annuitant Health Insurance Cost

Beginning July 1, 2013, per Public Act 97-0695, all SURS retirees, annuitants and survivors covered under the State of Illinois Group Health Insurance Program, will be charged a percentage of their combined annuities from all five state retirement systems to cover the cost of health insurance benefits.  CMS will be mailing a letter dated May 1, 2013 that will provide details of how this amount is calculated.  In addition, the letter contains helpful illustrations of contributio

May-01-13 Benefit Choice Period is May 1-31

The Fiscal Year 2014 Benefit Choice Period is May 1 through May 31, 2013, for all SURS members. This is the only time of the year, other than when you experience a "qualifying change in status," that you may change your coverage.

If you would like to make changes to your benefit plan, you must complete the Benefit Choice Form (see below) and return it to SURS by May 31, 2013. Elections will be effective July 1, 2013. If you do not want to make changes to your insurance benefits, you do NOT need to complete the form.

Apr-02-13 SURS Board Approves Fixed-Income Asset Class Structure Analysis

The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Board of Trustees on March 13, 2013, voted to approve recommendations from the recently completed Fixed Income Asset Structure Analysis. The modifications approved are designed to create a tiered, equal-weight strategy of investment manager allocations, and increase utilization of Minority-, Female-, and Persons with a Disability-Owned (MFDB) investment firms. The process will complete the Asset Structure Analysis of the Fixed Income asset class. Previously, in 2011, a structure analysis was conducted for the U.S. Equity, Non-U.S.

Mar-29-13 April Newsletter Now Available

The Legislative Advocate is now available. Learn more about recent pension legislation.

Mar-12-13 SURS Board Selects Real Estate Managers

The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Board of Trustees approved the selection of core real estate managers J.P. Morgan and Heitman at their February 14, 2013, meeting in Chicago.

The System awarded $150 million each to J.P. Morgan’s JPMCB Strategic Property Fund and the Heitman America Real Estate Trust (HART). The search process began in September 2012.

Separately, the Board voted to terminate both a U.S. REIT and Global REIT relationship with RREEF, transferring approximately $200 million into the BlackRock Global Real Estate Securities Index Fund.

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