June 21st & 22nd
President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Message to the Membership
Wouldn’t it be easier if public employees/retirees could just put on a pair of boxing gloves and duke it out with – actually, who or what would it be? Sound absurd? Of course it does!
There is an alternative – attend the SUAA Annual Meeting!
With a 2% increase in the State’s Income Tax there is
still a large deficit to overcome. There
is no agreement to borrow more money; no agreement to tax more; and there is no
agreement to make more budget cuts. While
State pension reform and changes to health insurance benefits seem to be at the
forefront, is there a way to derail the oncoming legislation? You are invited to come listen to and ask
questions of the experts . . .
AGENDA for Tuesday, June 21st
10:00 a.m. Registration
Foundation Meeting – Governor Cabinet (open meeting)
SUAAction Meeting – Governor Altgeld (contributing members)
Workshops Salons A & B (conducted by Bonnie Henry)
10:30 – 11:15 Building Effective Chapters – open to all chapter presidents and
11:15 – Noon Strengthening Your Legislative Initiative – open to chapter
presidents, legislative and other leaders.
12:15 p.m. Lunch – Salons C & D
p.m. Dr. John Peters – Keynote Luncheon Speaker. Dr. Peters is the 11th President
of Northern Illinois University. He assumed the presidency in June of 2000. He
has been instrumental in keeping faculty and staff informed about the legislative
issues that are now intruding on their benefits and the welfare of NIU.
1:15 In-depth Panel Discussion about the 97th General Assembly Session
2:10 Dick Lockhart, Social Engineering;
Randy Witter, Cook-Witter, Inc.; Bill Ward,
Home Builders Association; Michael McCreery, Independent Contract Lobbyist;
and possible 4th member. All panel members are former Speakers of the Third
House. They will be talking about what’s at stake for Illinois; redistricting; the long
election cycle; current General Assembly; and, the 97th Legislative Session.
2:15 Is Welching On Public Pension Promises An Option For Illinois?
2:45 Eric M. Madiar – Chief Legal Counsel & Senate Parliamentarian
Office of the Senate President, Senator John J. Cullerton
2:50 Senate Bill 512 Amendment #1 –
3:20 Steve Zahn, Government Consulting Solutions, Inc.
3:25 SURS presentation
3:50 Bill Mabe, Executive Director
3:55 SUAA Legislative Session – Taking a Look at the Issues
4:45 End of Program
at SUAA State Office – Entertainment - Refreshments
217 E. Monroe, Suite 100 (Street Parking Available)
6:45 Cash Bar
7:10 Dinner at Hotel – Salons C & D – Cash Bar (begins at 6:45 p.m.)
7:50 Why the Attack? What Can Be Done? When Will It Be Over?
Moderator: John Carr, Contract Lobbyist/Lawyer for SUAA
David Yepsen Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Amanda Vinicky, WUIS, Statehouse Reporter; Terry Martin,
Executive Director, Illinois Channel
Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
No meetings – enjoy getting to know each other!
8:30 Annual Business Meeting
of Minutes – October Board Meeting
President’s Report – Leo Welch
Election of Officers and Directors
Janet Cook Nominating Committee Chair
Membership and Development
Presentation of the Audit
Change to the Constitution
10:30 Other Business
Executive Director’s Report
Action on Committee Recommendations
Appointments from Election
We look forward to seeing everyone! The SUAA Staff is quite excited about your visit to the State Office on Tuesday evening.
If you have not made plans to attend – please do so. It is not too late. We encourage everyone’s participation. Each Chapter needs to have someone in attendance! State Office will pay $.30 per mile for one car from each chapter. Load up – come to Springfield. You will drive away with a tremendous amount of knowledge! Remember knowledge is power!