FIGHTING BACK

State Universities Annuitants Association
Annual Meeting
June 21st & 22nd

President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
217.544.8800

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

10:30               SUAA 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
                                        other leaders.
             11:15 – Noon   Strengthening Your Legislative Initiative – open to chapter
                                        presidents, legislative and other leaders.

12:15 p.m.      Lunch – Salons C & D

12:45 p.m.      Dr. John Peters – Keynote Luncheon Speaker.  Dr. Peters is the 11th President of
            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 – Pension Reform
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

5:00                 Reception 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


June 23rd

Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

No meetings – enjoy getting to know each other!

8:30                 Annual Business Meeting

                        Approval of Minutes – October Board Meeting                   
                        President’s Report – Leo Welch
                          
                        Election of Officers and Directors
                        Janet Cook Nominating Committee Chair

                        Committee Reports
                                    Foundation
                                           Legislative
                                      Membership and Development

                        Treasurer’s Report
                              Presentation of the Audit
  
                           Legal Fund
                           Change to the Constitution

           

10:30  Other Business

            Executive Director’s Report

            Action on Committee Recommendations

            Appointments from Election

11:30   Adjournment

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!