September 19, 2016 presentation to the Illinois House of Representatives Personnel & Pensions Committee regarding House Bill 705 Amendment #1.
The Fund presentation materials are as follows:
You can view the live presentation here:
The Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (“Fund”) has informed the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the bargaining units that represent the majority of the employees covered by the Fund that the Fund faces the risk of insolvency unless it receives proper funding. Public Act 98-0641, which in part included a schedule to move the Fund to actuarially based funding, was ruled unconstitutional by the Circuit Court of Cook County because certain provisions of Public Act 98-0641 were held to improperly diminish or impair existing pension benefits. As a result of the court’s ruling, the Fund returns to a funding formula based on a multiplier of employee contributions, which is insufficient to adequately fund the Fund. The Circuit Court’s ruling currently is on appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court but the Fund has no idea when a decision will be released or what the decision will be.
The below letter was recently sent to the elected officials of the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and the bargaining units. As you will note, the letter also includes a report showing the current funding situation of the Fund as well as the Laborers’ Fund, including comparisons to other pension funds within the State of Illinois.