EARTA Luncheon and General Meeting
The next EARTA general meeting and luncheon will be held at Villa Olivia, located at 1401 W. Lake St. in Bartlett, on Friday, February 23, 2024, beginning at 11:30am.
Ann Duffy, John Duffy, Irene Wedemeyer, David Wedemeyer, and Karen Patterson at the 2023 IRTA convention in Springfield IL.
From IRTA 9/27/23
Election season is underway and we will have a better idea of who is running after the filing
period ends on December 4.
Veto session will be held October 24 - 26 and November 7 - 9 in addition to considering the
legislation vetoed by the Governor, lawmakers will be considering whether to renew the invest
in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program, set to expire at the end of the year. According to a
press release issued by a coalition supporting the credit, over 41,000 scholarships have been
offered since the inception of the invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship Program and if the
General Assembly does not act, 9,500 current recipients will lose their scholarships.
EARTA Legislative Chair
For the most up to date information on your pension,
contact the Illinois Teacher Retirement System at: http://trs.illinois.gov
For current information on the activities of the
Illinois Retired Teachers Association
contact them at: http://irtaonline.org
Contact EARTA President, Lucy Niemeier, at:
UPCOMING GENERAL MEETINGS WITH LUNCHEONS
The next EARTA general meeting and luncheon will be held at Villa Olivia on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:30am.
TENTATIVE 2024 DATES AND LOCATIONS
Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:30, Villa Olivia 1401 W. Lake St., Bartlett, IL 60103
Friday, April 19, 2024 at 11:30, Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Rd., Elgin IL 60124
Friday, June 21, 2024 at 11:30, Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Rd. Elgin IL 60124
Friday, September 20, 2024 at 11:30, Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld. Rd., Elgin IL 60124
Friday, November 15, 2024 at 11:30, Elgin Country Club, 2575 Weld Rd., Elgin IL 60124
IRTAPAC is a statewide, nonpartisan Political Action Committee (PAC) organized by members of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association to benefit the entire retired educator community through political contributions to state candidates.
$1.00 a month can easily be donated to the fund. Click here to read more and access the online deduction form.
Pension News : Stay current with what is being discussed regarding our pension and other public pensions. Stay in contact through
TRS and IRTA and EARTA online.
We need the help of all members!
Our retired teachers’ organization needs to grow!
Below are some points you can use when encouraging prospective
members to join.
1. Your TRS defined benefit pension is your economic lifeline, the main
purpose of IRTA is to protect it. Only 13 million workers of the 157
million now employed have a pension with a lifetime guaranteed annuity.
2. Teachers, public employees, and retirees have often been blamed in an
effort to push the current fiscal crisis away from Illinois politicians.
3. The Corona virus pandemic has caused extreme strain upon the state’s
fiscal stability. Retired teachers can expect increased attacks on our
4. IRTA/EARTA provides its members with vital information, guidance and
direction about our pension. The dues are small when you consider the
help that IRTA/EARTA provides to retirees.
Things will not get better if retired teachers sit back and put their trust in
Illinois politicians for a solution.
More information about other benefits can be found at the Illinois Retired
Teachers Association web page www.irtaonline.org
TRS Insurance information
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services has posted dedicated phone numbers for the Medicare Advantage Plan Administrators. If you have questions about the plan being offered, please contact the appropriate carrier below.
Central Management Services (CMS)
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