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News and Notes

New! 9/10/20

  • Next meeting on Monday 10/5/20, 2 to 4 pm. Zoom link will be emailed to HCAA Board members.
  • The Governor has been promoting the Graduated (Fair) Tax Amendment that will be voted on in November and hopes to change the Illinois constitution which currently has a flat income tax. This amendment is controversial with the following considerations:

PROS

  • Most Illinois residents will not pay more, only if you make $250,000+/per year;
  • Those making $1 million or more, will be taxed at 7.99%;
  • Projected additional revenue from this change: $3.4 billion;
  • Our pensions are not taxed (source for above: Governors State University SUAA newsletter).

CONS

  • Neighboring states (Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri) have lower taxes, while Illinois is headed in an opposite direction;
  • Corporate income tax will be 10.45% (3rd highest in country); while pass-through income tax at a top rate of 9.45% (4th highest nationwide). So, there is a risk that companies will leave Illinois, although that is not likely (source for above: IllinoisPolicy.Org);
  • Corporate tax comparisons by state: NY (6.5%); CA (8.84%); IA (12%); MN (9.8%); WI (7.9%) and PA (9.99%).  (Source: TaxFoundation.org).

For more information select one or both of the links below:

https://ballotpedia.org/Illinois_Allow_for_Graduated_Income_Tax_Amendment_(2020)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbcOyUK2gIk&t=2961s


A Warm Welcome to New 2020 Retirees!

NameTitle
Dept/Division
Retirement
Date
Ron AllyExecutive Vice President Finance/Administrative Services06/30/2020
Juanita BasslerAdmissions Specialist
Admissions Outreach
04/30/2020
Brett BonnstetterController
Finances and Administrative Services
06/30/2020
Barbara BowkerProfessor
Liberal Arts
07/31/2020
Karen ChandraProfessor
Health Careers
05/31/2020
John ClarkeAssociate Professor
Business/Social Science
07/31/2020
Julie D’AgostinoDirector of Nursing
Health Careers
09/30/2020
Barbara EllisProfessor
Liberal Arts
05/31/2020
Patricia HamlenProfessor
Business/Social Science
05/31/2020
Mark HealyProfessor
Business/Social Science
07/31/2020
Pascuala HerreraLearning Specialist
Student Development
05/31/2020
Larry LaskoAssociate Professor
Student Development
07/31/2020
Robert McAnnalleySupport Specialist
Client Systems
05/31/2020
Mark MrozinskiAsst. VP of Workforce Development
Workforce Solutions
08/31/2020
Norma NerstromManager, Continuing Professional Education
Career & Technical Programs
01/31/2020
Sheryl OttoAssociate Provost
Student Affairs
05/31/2020
Helmut PublProfessor
Business/Social Science
07/31/2020
Joanne RothblumProfessor
Health Careers
05/31/2020

Our Purpose, Your Benefit…

To promote the individual and collective interests and welfare of Harper College annuitants (retirees) and their survivors, and employees through:

  • Early notification and perceived effects on HCAA members of proposed changes to State law
  • Relevant updates to HCAA members on healthcare/Medicare coverage
  • Dicussions with and service to Harper College
  • Improved communications between Harper and its retirees
  • Scheduled social events for members
  • Discussion/participation with other IL annuitant and state organizations
  • Active communication with legislators on relevant concerns
  • Workshops/ presentations on relevant topics
  • Harper parking stickers
  • Reduced admission to select Harper events