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CTPF has several documents which members can use to educate themselves and their legislators about pensions and their importance to Chicago's teachers, principals, and administrators.

Education Documents

These documents are designed to educate CTPF members about the fund's current financial situation and legislative priorities.

  1. CTPF Member Education - This document offers basic facts and information about CTPF along with an overview of CTPF legislative priorities.

Advocacy Documents

These documents are designed to be shared with legislators and policy makers. They were developed with the cooperation of the Chicago Teachers' Union, the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago, and the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association.

  1. CTPF "LEAVE BEHIND" document for legislators and policy makers. This document offers a summary of facts about CTPF along with legislative priorities. It's designed to be used in a meeting with legislators or policy makers and has space to write in your contact information.
  2. Fair Funding Flyer - This publication illustrates the need for fair funding for CTPF pensions. It illustrates the fact that the State of Illinois gives CTPF less than a penny for every dollar it pays in downstate teachers' pensions. This flyer is designed to be shared with a legislator or policy maker and includes a space to write in your name and contact information.

Each year the Finance Staff of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund prepares a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The CAFR is prepared by fund staff, reviewed by the fund's independent auditor, and includes detailed investment, actuarial and statistical information about the Fund for the fiscal year. View CAFRs here.

The Fund prepares a summary of the Comprehensive Annual Financial report or Popular Annual Financial Report which offers a consolidated view of our financial position. View PAFRs here.

CTPF offers health insurance benefits to retirees, dependents, and survivors if the retiree's final teaching service was with the Chicago Public or Charter Schools. Detailed information about health insurance plans and options can be found in CTPF's Health Insurance Handbook and Open Enrollment Guide. View health insurance information here.

Newsletters are published quarterly and distributed to fund members and other interested parties. Copies of recent additions can be found below.

Recent Newsletters

Fall 2017 - Actives open in new window
Fall 2017 - Retirees open in new window
Spring 2017 - Actives open in new window
Spring 2017 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2017 - Actives open in new window
Winter 2017 - Retirees open in new window
Spring 2016 - Actives open in new window
Spring 2016 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2016 - Actives open in new window
Winter 2016 - Retirees open in new window
Fall 2015 - Actives open in new window
Fall 2015 - Retirees open in new window
Spring 2015 - Actives open in new window
Spring 2015 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2015 - Actives open in new window
Winter 2015 - Retirees open in new window
Fall 2014 - Actives open in new window
Fall 2014 - Retirees open in new window
Spring 2014 - Actives open in new window
Spring 2014 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2013 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2013 - Actives open in new window
Fall 2013 - Retirees open in new window
Fall 2013 - Actives open in new window
Spring 2013 - Retirees open in new window
Spring 2013 - Actives open in new window
Winter 2012 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2012 - Actives open in new window
Fall 2012 - Retirees open in new window
Fall 2012 - Actives open in new window
Spring 2012 - Retirees open in new window
Spring 2012 - Actives open in new window
Winter 2011 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2011 - Actives open in new window
Fall 2011 - Actives open in new window
Fall 2011 - Retirees open in new window
Spring/Summer 2011 - Actives open in new window
Spring/Summer 2011 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2010 - Actives open in new window
Winter 2010 - Retirees open in new window
Winter 2010 Talking Points open in new window

E-Lerts are sent out on an as-needed basis when member action is called for, while E-News is sent on a monthly basis as a general update. You can sign up to receive E-Lerts here. Archives of our E-Lerts are listed below.

CTPF has recently reorganized, refreshed and reissued its entire set of member information. The fund has developed a set of printable sheets with information for members new to the fund, retirement, disability, death benefits, and leaving employment. PDF copies of each information sheet may be found below. If you would like to view the file with your full screen capacity, click on the "new window" link.
Retirement new window

The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) is a defined-benefit retirement plan which provides a lifetime retirement pension to vested members who meet minimum age and service requirements. This sheet explains basic information about pension benefits and eligibility requirements.

Click the image to the right for a copy of the retirement information sheet.

Maximizing Your Pension new window

Your pension is based on years of service and a pension percentage, multiplied by your final average salary. There are ways to increase these factors to enhance your pension or meet eligibility requirements.

Click the image to the right for a copy of the maximizing your pension information sheet.

Disability Benefits new window

The Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) can help secure your future if you suffer from a permanent disability and are no longer able to work. This sheet provides information about the two types of disability benefits offered by CTPF.

Click the image to the right for a copy of the disability pension information sheet.

Leaving Employment new window

When you leave employment, you must decide how to manage the pension assets you have accumulated in CTPF. This sheet explains your options to help you make an informed decision.

Click the image to the right for a copy of the leaving employment information sheet.

Survivor and Death Benefits new window

The survivor and death benefits provided by the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) are an important part of a family's financial future. This sheet explains survivor and death benefits available to families of CTPF members.

Click the image to the right for a copy of the survivor and death benefits information sheet.

Information for New CTPF Members new window

If you're at the beginning of your career, it may be hard to picture yourself retired. Yet, planning for retirement should begin the first day of employment. Your pension, administered by the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF) is one of your most important assets. This sheet provides an overview of your retirement benefits.

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Last Modified 11 27 2006