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

February 12, 2019
Holiday Appointments Available

MEABF Offices are opened on the following holidays in order to better serve our membership:


Monday, March 4 (Casimir Pulaski Day)

Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day)


If you're looking for an appointment on a day you may have off, give the office a call at 312-236-4700.

February 11, 2019

1099-R forms have been mailed from Northern Trust.  If you have not received your tax document, please contact our office to have a duplicate mailed out and to make sure we have your most current mailing address.

February 1, 2019
The MEABF Is Hiring!

The MEABF is hiring a Benefits Counselor! Please review the position's qualifications here.

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.