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Oct-30-20 Online Petitions Available for Trustee Election

The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) will hold a board election April 1 – May 3, 2021, to fill four expiring trustee positions: two annuitant seats and two active-participant seats. An impartial election services company, YesElections, will conduct the election. Candidate packets and petition forms are available from SURS. Candidates should contact Kelly Carson at for information. Applications are due Dec. 31, 2020. Completed petitions will be due to SURS on Jan. 31, 2021.

Oct-16-20 SURS Seeking Chief Diversity Officer

The State Universities Retirement System of Illinois is searching for its first Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to help shape and foster the system’s internal diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as strengthen investment manager and contractor programs.

Oct-14-20 Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment

The State of Illinois TRAIL Medicare Advantage open enrollment period for participating annuitants and survivors is October 15 - November 16, 2020. The 2021 plan year will begin January 1, 2021, and will run through December 31, 2021.

Aug-04-20 SURS Summer Newsletter - Read It Now!

Be up to date on all the latest SURS news including enhancements coming to the Self-Managed Plan on Sept. 1, a new supplemental savings plan, 2021 trustee election and more.

Jun-25-20 Enhancements Coming to the Self-Managed Plan Sept. 1

SURS has redesigned and renamed the Self-Managed Plan. We are excited to launch the new, enhanced Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) starting Sept. 1! The transition includes a new plan recordkeeper, new investment options and other benefits. Visit for more information.

Jun-25-20 Notice a change in your July benefit payment?

If you notice a change in your July benefit payment, please note that it is likely due to an increase in insurance premiums for members and dependents.

The insurance information was distributed by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) during the recent Benefit Choice Period that ended June 1. The new premiums begin July 1.

May-29-20 Disability Reevaluation Orders Resume

SURS will resume sending medical recheck requests to disability benefit (DB) and disability retirement annuity (DRA) recipients beginning this week. The requests had been temporarily discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic making it difficult to schedule required reevaluation appointments.



Mailing schedule:

April reevaluation orders will be mailed the week of May 25, 2020.
May reevaluation orders will be mailed the week of June 1, 2020.
June reevaluation orders will be mailed the week of June 8, 2020.

Apr-28-20 SURS Portfolio Designed to Weather Downturn, State Committed to Funding

Since the coronavirus outbreak, markets have been experiencing a period of heightened uncertainty. As a pension member, we understand that can be worrying. However, it is important to know that your pension is a long-term investment. SURS has a diverse investment portfolio specifically designed to protect against market risk and produce steady returns over a long-term period. Member retirement benefits continue to be secure.

Apr-27-20 Benefit Choice Period for Health Insurance is May 1 - June 1, 2020

The FY 2021 Benefit Choice Period to make health insurance changes is May 1 through June 1, 2020. 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 you experience a "qualifying change in status," that you may change your insurance coverage.

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

Apr-24-20 SURS Urges Members to Carefully Read Emails Offering Retirement Counseling

Many SURS members have recently received unsolicited, potentially misleading emails from companies not affiliated with SURS offering retirement counseling. These emails may appear to come from SURS or appear to represent SURS. They do not.

SURS encourages members to be cautious of email solicitations and skeptical of any attempts by outside firms to request personal or financial information.

Please read your emails carefully and respond accordingly.


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