During the spring legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly unanimously passed two measures designed to help address the shortage of Chicago Public School (CPS) substitute teachers/administrators, and another which allows the purchase of prior teaching service in private schools for a limited time.
Return to Work Legislation
SB 4000 now Public Act 102-1090 applies to retirees working during the period July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024. The bill amends the return-to-work statute for retired CTPF teachers and administrators. The legislation increases the number of days on which a retiree can return to work on a temporary and non-annual or hourly basis without having their benefits cancelled from 120 to 140 until June 30, 2024. Additionally, the compensation limits previously in effect have been removed.
SB 3465 now Public Act 102-1013 applies to retirees working until June 30, 2024. It becomes effective when it is signed by the governor. It allows a retiree to return to work without limitation or cancellation of their pension under certain circumstances. Retirees returning to work under this provision must be employed in a subject shortage area for an employer that has demonstrated that they cannot otherwise fill the position(s).
Private School Service Credit
SB2989 now Public Act 102-0822 allows a member to establish credit for up to two years of service as a teacher or administrator employed by a private school recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The member must meet eligibility requirements to complete the credit purchase, including:
1. Having served as a contributing teacher for a CTPF employer for at least 10 years.
2. Having been certified under the law certifying teachers when the service was performed.
3. Applying in writing for the credit no later than two years after the law takes effect. The member must provide satisfactory evidence of the service for which the credit is being requested.
4. Paying the employee and employer required contributions plus interest, for the period being requested. The first-year annual salary rate during covered employment will be used to calculate the amount of the contributions to be paid by the member.
5. Demonstrating that service credit for this period has not been received under any other provision of the Pension Code.
This bill has been signed by the governor. CTPF is in the process of updating policy and procedures to align with the new legislation and will share additional information with members shortly.