Welcome to MEABF.org
We take care of the people who take care of Chicago.

MEABF is a defined benefit, single employer benefit plan that was established in 1921 by an act of the Illinois General Assembly to provide disability and retirement benefits to qualified employees of the City of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Education. Our sole purpose is to pay earned benefits to our members, which is funded by a combination of member contributions, taxes levied by the City of Chicago, and investment earnings from Plan reserves. MEABF is a component unit of the City of Chicago, and as such, is included in the City of Chicago's financial statements as a pension trust fund.

Recent News

April 19, 2019
2019 Annual Contribution Statements

2019 Annual Contribution Statements

Annual Contribution Statarements have been mailed to Active Members of the Fund (current contributors) to the address provided by your employer. 


If you have questions regarding your statement, please contact the Fund at 312-236-4700.

April 9, 2019
Thank You, President Cullerton

In an April 4 article in the Chicago Sun-Times, Senate President, John Cullerton is quoted as saying, "...fixing the funding of the Municipal and Laborers pension funds, as well as the city’s other financial problems, will remain a major issue."


The MEABF is looking forward to supporting solutions that will continue the path to financial stability for the City's Pension Funds.

April 8, 2019

The Board of Trustees and staff of the MEABF congratulate Mayor-Elect, Lori Lightfoot. We look forward to working together as stewards for the retirements of hard-working municipal employees.


The Board of Trustees and staff also congratulate Treasurer-Elect Melissa Conyears-Ervin on her election to City Treasurer. As an ex-officio member of the Retirement Board, we are eager to continue the positive relationship the MEABF has enjoyed with the Treasurer's Office.


March 15, 2019
Did You Receive Your 1099?

One month from today is the Tax Deadline Day.  If you did not receive your 1099-R Tax Form or misplaced it, please contact our office immediately to request a duplicate.  Call (312) 236-4700 and ask for assistance.

March 7, 2019
Instructional Videos

The MEABF wants to assist our members and make the application process as painless as possible. We are developing instructional videoes to assist members with finalizing various applications for submission. Click here to see the first video tutorial regarding the Refund Application.


We look forward to bringing more videos with other helpful information, including our Retirement Seminar and information regarding disability benefits, to our members.

December 21, 2018
City of Chicago Retirees Participating in the City Sponsored Healthcare - ALERT

Some Retirees Have Not Cashed Their Healthcare Premium Refund Checks.


Retirees or their Legal Representatives May Request The City to Reissue their Refund Checks.


Here’s How:
To search by name to determine whether a City retiree has an uncashed healthcare premium refund check for the period of 2003 to 2013, please go to the City’s website by clicking here or copying the following web address to your search bar: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dol/supp_info/uncashed-healthcare-premium-refund-checks.html 


If a City retiree finds or sees that he/she has an uncashed healthcare premium refund check, he/she should then follow the instructions provided for requesting the check to be reissued.


**Please note that the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago has no information relating to refund checks and any such inquiry should be directed to the City of Chicago consistent with the instructions on the City’s website.

October 1, 2018
Unclaimed Property - Inactive Members Over 70.5 Years Old

The MEABF is attempting to locate individuals aged 70½ years and older who have money remaining in the Fund. IRS Rules dictate that individuals who reach age 70½ must begin taking minimum distributions from retirement benefits.


A list of these individuals is located here.


If you or someone you know is on this list, call the Fund at 312-236-4700 and dial extension 7391 to speak with a Benefits Counselor.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide benefits for our members by providing excellent customer service to our members and preserving the fiscal integrity and financial stability of the Fund. 

Thinking About Retiring?

The annuity calculator allows you to enter data to calculate an unofficial projection of your estimated Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund (MEABF) retirement benefit.

Have You Returned to Work or Are You Considering Returning to Work?

Annuitants currently collecting a pension from the MEABF may not return to work for an employer who contributes to the MEABF in any capacity.Please contact the Fund's Annuitant Services team immediately if you have returned to work or if you have questions.

Life Events

All Active, Retired and Surviving Spouse Members:

As life events occur: relocations, marriages, births, deaths, divorce, etc., you should keep the Pension Fund updated of any and all changes. This is to assure you received news, updates and/or tax forms in a timely fashion.

Are You Unable to Work Due to Injury or Illness?

If you are unable to work due to injury or illness, remember that you may qualify for Ordinary or Duty Disability Benefits. Click here to download the Fund's Disability Handbook, find out which benefit you may qualify for and how to apply.