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.
The process for mailing the annual Signature Verification Forms has changed in 2019. In order to more efficiently serve our annuitant members, the following mailing schedule will occur:
If your last name begins with A–G, your form will be mailed in April 2019 and you must return completed forms by June 1, 2019.
If your last name begins with H–O, your form will be mailed in June 2019 and you must return completed forms by August 1, 2019.
If your last name begins with P–Z, your form will be mailed in August 2019 and you must return your form by October 1, 2019
Although the MEABF began the Signature Verification process for our retired members voluntarily, the Illinois General Assembly codified this requirement for all Illinois Government Pension Funds in 2016.
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.
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.
Some Retirees Have Not Cashed Their Healthcare Premium Refund Checks.
Retirees or their Legal Representatives may request that the City reissue their refund Checks.
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.
If you cannot access the website through the link provided, copy and paste the following web address to your search bar:
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 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.
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.