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Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis: Pensions and Education Forum -
The UIC Chapter of SUAA presents its 2014 Fall Forum: Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis: Impact on Pensions and Education Forum with panelists Daniel Biss (Illinois Senator), Amanda Kass (Budget Director and Pensions Specialist from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability) and Moderator Merrill Gassman, PhD (past president of UIC SUAA).
This forum will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014 at the Michele M. Thompson Rooms, Student Center West (SCW) at UIC located at 828 S. Wolcott, Chicago from 11:00am – 1:00pm.
The program will be cosponsored by UIC APAC and webcast, live and by archived video. Parking is available at the Wood Street Parking Structure at 1100 S. Wood Street.
To RSVP, or for further information, contact Debbie Matthews (debmatt18@gmail.com or call 815.254.3731) or Karen Scherman (kscherman@att.net or call 630.257.1491).

SURS Update Slides –
On July 21, 2014, 105 annuitants attended the HCAA seminar by William Mabe, Executive Director of SURS.  In the words of one annuitant, it was a “great, informative, and uplifting presentation.”  View slides from his talk here.

Become a “Degree Scholar Coach” Opportunity -
HCAA President Pat Wenthold shared information about the One Million Degrees initiative at this year’s General Membership Meeting. Pat noted how simple yet clever this initiative is. She says, “Who would know the ins and outs of higher ed and Harper in particular than those who spent their careers in the environment? Also, most of us have had other jobs and life experiences which add a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and skills to offer as resources to those starting out.  I do believe that there will be significant interest among our retirees (I for one) who would relish the opportunity to become a “degree scholar coach.”” To learn more about this initiative, please visit the One Million Degrees website here.
Interested individuals should reach out to Kristine Hoffhines, the OMD Project Director at Harper, at 847.925.6522 or khoffhin@harpercollege.edu for direction to the coaching form and/or answers to questions.


Your Media Pickssubmitted by HCAA members for HCAA members
Looking for a good book, a thought-provoking movie, an article chock full of information, or a media-rich website? See what your colleagues are recommending, or share your own “find” by submitting this online form.

Current Pick:

  • Title:  The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII (Denise Kiernan, 2014)
  • Media: print or Kindle book (see information here)
  • Recommended by: anonymous
  • Teaser: Read this compelling true story about how young women were unknowingly brought to the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to help build the atomic bomb. On the New York Times best seller list, this book is available in both print and Kindle formats.

This site has been created to help you:

  • locate understandable assessments of what is happening in Springfield with regard to your pensions
  • get to know HCAA members
  • keep track of HCAA social and business events via an online calendar
  • learn “hot off the press” information that will keep you up to date on information that may affect your retirement

We hope you enjoy your visits here and find the information useful.