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May-10-19 Professional Services: External Legal Counsel - All Areas

The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is soliciting proposals for external legal counsel to provide legal services and advice relative to the following areas: Investments, application of the Illinois Pension Code and administrative procedures, state and federal tax issues pertaining to 401(a) and 457(b) plans, board governance, labor and employment matters and fiduciary liability.

Apr-26-19 Benefit Choice Period for Health Insurance is May 1 - 31, 2019

The FY 2020 Benefit Choice Period to make health insurance changes is May 1 through May 31, 2019. This affects SURS active members as well as annuitants and survivors not enrolled in the Medicare Advantage 'TRAIL' Program. This is the only time of the year, other than when members experience a "qualifying change in status," that they may change their insurance coverage.

Members can view and make changes to their coverage through the MyBenefit’s website at www.MyBenefits.illinois.gov. Paper enrollment forms are no longer provided.

Apr-16-19 Governor Appoints Three Trustees to SURS Board

Gov. Pritzker has appointed Richard Figueroa, Jamie-Clare Flaherty and John Lyons to the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) Board of Trustees.

Figueroa, of Chicago, is the chief investment officer of Barrett-Lo Visionary Development. Before joining Barrett-Lo, he was the chief operating officer of Janko Group, the director of capital markets for the Opus Group and served as the director of acquisitions for Mansur & Company. Figueroa has a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master’s degree in public policy and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Apr-01-19 Alternative Risk Premia

The State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) requests proposals from qualified firms to provide alternative risk premia investment management services. SURS is issuing the RFP for due diligence purposes, to ensure its receipt of quality services in a cost-effective manner.

Apr-01-19 Systematic Trend Following Search

The State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) requests proposals from qualified firms to provide systematic trend following investment management services. SURS is issuing the RFP for due diligence purposes, to ensure its receipt of quality services in a cost-effective manner.

Mar-21-19 Important Message Concerning Automatic Dues Deductions - IPI Letter

SURS has learned that many of our members recently received a letter from the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) urging them to end their automatic deductions for union dues and/or dues to retirement organizations.

This letter was sent without SURS knowledge or consent. SURS does not support this effort by the IPI or approve of any actions meant to dissuade our annuitants from joining or backing organizations of their choice.

Feb-27-19 Office Furniture

The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is soliciting proposals from qualified firms to provide office furniture and related design, delivery and installation services for a newly-renovated work space. Specifically, we are looking for a firm to collaborate with SURS to finalize the layout and configuration of cubicles and/or case goods for three (3) different departments using a tentative layout provided by SURS. The vendor will also provide furniture for private offices, a break room, and other multi-purpose meeting areas.

Feb-12-19 SURS February Newsletter

The February Advocate is now available online, featuring articles on the two new buyout options, the FY 2018 annual report, 2019 educational webinars and seminars, investments, legislation, SURS employee of the year, 1099-R forms and much more. www.surs.org/advocate

Feb-06-19 Real Assets Investment Searches

Callan, on behalf of the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), is requesting information from qualified firms interested in providing real asset investment services, which are limited to private real estate and infrastructure. All information and required documents are available on Callan’s website (www.callan.com) and on the SURS website (www.surs.org).

Feb-05-19 Spam Alert

SURS has been made aware of a spam messaging campaign that looks to have originated from one of our accounts – security@surs.org. Please be aware that these messages are not authentic. Our information security team has taken the necessary steps to remedy the situation.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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