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Our Mission

TRS will continually deliver the retirement security promised to our members by maintaining the highest and most efficient level of service and by living our values:

  • Put the best interests of others first
  • Diversity
  • Teamwork
  • Continuous improvement

Who We Are

Created by the Illinois General Assembly in 1939, TRS has grown to be one of the largest teachers’ retirement systems in the United States. TRS provides retirement benefits for teachers who are employed by all Illinois public common and charter school districts located outside the city of Chicago. The Illinois Pension Code contains the laws relating to our creation, benefits and administration.

Working at TRS

Our staff of 200 employees are professionals in the following divisions: benefit service, finance, investments, executive and information technology. We consist of a highly-skilled and diverse workforce that offers the opportunity to build an impactful career through:

  • growth opportunities,
  • training and development, and
  • education assistance.

We attract and retain employees with:

TRS is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.