Illinois Retired Teachers Association

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Congratulations on your retirement! Now is the time to make sure you have the support you need to succeed in your retirement years.

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Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) can play a crucial role. Illinois Retired Teachers Association is a non-partisan association of Illinois retired educators. All TRS annuitants (teachers, administrators, nurses, counselors, coaches, etc.) should join the association. The dues are low, but the advantages are great. Illinois Retired Teachers Association works hard to provide:

  • Pension protection
  • Access to benefits
  • Opportunities to socialize
  • Discounts on products and services
  • And so much more 

Illinois Retired Teachers Association lobbies and fights on your behalf. But we cannot do this without support from members like you. Illinois Retired Teachers Association is most effective when all annuitants are actively involved in the association. Strength in numbers is key to keeping your retirement safe and secure.

So join Illinois Retired Teachers Association now, while it's on your mind. Your membership can help provide you with a reliable pension, quality insurance like you had when working, a professional and fun social network, and greater enjoyment of retirement.

Questions? Please call (800)728-4782, Mon‑Fri 8am‑5pm CST.

Still not convinced? Here are 8 reasons why joining Illinois Retired Teachers Association is a no-brainer:

Through the Illinois Retired Teachers Association's lobbyists, legislative team, legislative committee, volunteers, political action committee, political action committee volunteers, and others, your pension and health insurance benefits will be defended throughout your entire life. In 2015, Illinois Retired Teachers Association spent several hundred thousand dollars to protect TRS annuitant’s 3% compounded COLA. In February, when you receive a 3% higher check every year, you can thank Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

Illinois Retired Teachers Association provides access to insurance like you had when working. So even in retirement, you'll be able to enroll in Dental, Vision and other insurance like Long Term Care, Home Healthcare, Medical Transportation Services, Cancer Insurance and more. Plus you'll enjoy discounts on dining, travel, computers, and other products and services.  This is all thanks to our partnership with Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA). The state may not offer you coverage like this, so join Illinois Retired Teachers Association now to take advantage of these benefits. 

Illinois Retired Teachers Association will keep you informed real time on news that effects your retirement. Especially when threats to your benefits occur. Illinois Retired Teachers Association utilizes a state-of-the-art alert system to notify you of possible diminished benefits. Illinois Retired Teachers Association provides call-to-action notifications for you to contact your state representative and state senator immediately to challenge and fight back any potential diminishments.

Enjoy savings on the products you use everyday. From staples to endulgences. Retirement is an adventure—why not save money along the way? As a member of the association, you can enjoy exclusive discounts on:

  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Household Items
  • Entertainment
  • Dining
  • Travel
  • Hotels
  • Rental Cars
  • Flowers
  • And more

You can use your Illinois Retired Teachers Association membership to share your knowledge with both students and adults still yearning to learn. You will promote a stronger sense of community cooperation through the Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to current teachers, financial support for teacher retirees living in need, and scholarships to Illinois students majoring in education.

Illinois Retired Teachers Association provides you with opportunities to strengthen relationships and make new friends. For example, yearly Illinois Retired Teachers Association will offer group activities like a Caribbean cruise, land trips to Europe, retiree day at the ballpark, or a day out at the State Fair. Currently, we also offer virtual social opportunities such as online events. Nothing says welcome to retirement better than spending time with old and new friends!

Click on any of these former educator videos and hear from people just like you about why Illinois Retired Teachers Association is vitally worthwhile:
1. President John Flaherty
2. Lobbyist Andrew Bodewes
3. 2017 Convention Attendees
4. Members' Only Benefits
5. David Davison (speaking after Illinois Retired Teachers Association defeated attempts to zero automatic continued funding for TRS annuitant health insurance)
6. Winnebago County RTA
7. Ed Wollet, IRTAPAC Chairman
8. David Davison, Former Illinois Retired Teachers Association President
9. Mike Schmidt, Illinois Retired Teachers Association Membership Chair
10. Pat Hampton, Dunlap, Ill.

You read that right! Your membership is FREE during for 2021 when you sign up for Dues Deduct (cancel anytime). Simply fill out the form below and become a part of the great retirement adventure that is Illinois Retired Teachers Association!

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