Announcements July 10, 2014

From President Charlie Hogan:

7 July 2014

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie,Il. on Wednesday, July 16th. The meeting starts at 11 AM.

Our speaker will be Ms. Lori Clark of the Jane Addams Senior Caucus. The Caucus is a grass roots organization lead by concerned seniors in the Chicago metropolitan area. In past rallies, town hall meetings and retiree focused events, I would meet members of the Caucus who where running or attending the event. Their priorities are affordable senior housing, improving in-home healthcare and insuring on-site social workers in senior buildings. Because of mutual concerns regarding healthcare, I’ve asked Ms. Clark to brief us on past and present JASC activities. She is also coming to meet us and learn about our work.

This past week’s political news has presented opportunities and threats that I want to cover in remarks before the floor is opened for discussion. I want to hear your ideas on informing our friends and families about the serious financial situation in Springfield. Illinois’ mainstream media is busy cranking out blame-the-pensionors/public unions stories.

Our job will be to counter the media negativity through one-on-one education and to work with our members and other allies to create the pressure, the will for real reform in Springfield.

Council 31 political staff will be organizing a GOTV effort. They have asked me to educate all our members about how to vote early and by absentee ballot. So consider how we find and deliver votes like a precinct captain. Then how to build and maintain pressure for reform. The state Supreme Court decision gave us an opportunity to re-focus the Legislature on the real problem of solving the structural deficit with a Fair Tax. The November vote is critical.

Charles Hogan, President


Recent comments by members Walt Esler and Charlie Hogan can now be viewed on the Members Forum page.


From: “Illinois State Retirement System” <>

Sent: Monday, July 7, 2014 2:31:56 PM

Subject: New SRS Member Website

The Illinois State Retirement Systems (SRS) is pleased to announce a new interactive Member Website ( ) for our retirees and survivors.   The announcement of the new SRS Member Website will be mailed to all retirees and survivors the week of July 14th .

Use this secure website to access real-time account details and quickly manage your account, including:

  • View and print your Monthly Annuity Pay Stub (The June ’14 pay stub is available today and July ’14 pay stub will be available on July 18th.)
  • Review your SRS membership record
  • View and update your email address and phone number
  • View and print SERS forms
  • Review your 2014 Annual Benefit Statement
  • View insurance enrollment and deduction information

Additional features and enhancements to our Member Website will be implemented over the next year.   Attached are detailed instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to assist you with logging into our member website.  In addition, we have included a link below to view an instructional video.   Please send your comments/questions to:  We appreciate your feedback and assistance in testing our new Member Website.   Thank you!!

Instructional Video

Support Contact Info

Below are the contact phone numbers and email addresses for the SRS Member Services website:

Technical Support   SRS Help Desk             (217) 782-4202

SERS Support           Member Contact        (217) 524-0389


To view a message about the AFSCME 41st International Convention, click here.

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