About Us

The State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) is a 501c(4) organization created to advocate for the current employees, the retirees, their spouses and survivors who will or are receiving benefits from the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). SUAA membership is through its chapters on Illinois public university and community college campuses.

SUAA-UIUC is the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter of SUAA. Through our programs, newsletters and this web site we bring our members information and programs relevant to their current and future pension annuities and benefits, and retirement in general.

A Brief History: In 1941 the Illinois University Retirement System act provided "for the creation, maintenance, and administration of a Retirement System for the benefit of the staff members and employees of the University of Illinois and certain other state educational and scientific agencies." The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) name was adopted in 1963. In 1970, this Chapter was established due to the efforts by active and retired employees in 1969 which lead to legislation mandating an annual annuity increase per year and who helped secure in the 1970 revision of the Illinois Constitution guaranteed pension and retirement rights for all State employees (Art. XIII, Sect. 5). SUAA was created in 1971 to advocate for a strong and secure public employee pension and health benefit system for SURS participants and annuitants. Currently, the State of Illinois faces unprecedented budget issues, resulting in recent changes to both retirement annuities for future employees and benefits to all SURS participants.

Our predecessors fought for our current retirement benefits and our informed participation in the political process is necessary to assure future benefits.

Our advocacy is only as strong as our membership

So please join now if you are not currently a member.

Last Updated on April 30, 2019
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