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FOIA/Public Record Requests

TRS responds to all public record requests in compliance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140.

Note to TRS Members

Members do not need to submit a FOIA request to receive benefit information. Please contact the Member Services Department, members@trsil.orgto allow us to efficiently respond to your needs.

Submit a Public Record Request

You may request TRS records through the TRS Public Records Center below. If any records will be used for a commercial purpose, the Illinois FOIA law requires that you disclose that fact.  5 ILCS 140/3.1(c). "Commercial purpose" means the use of any part of a public record or records, or information derived from public records, in any form for sale, resale, or solicitation or advertisement for sales or services.” 5 ILCS 140/2(c-10). Please submit your Commercial or Non-Commercial Request in the TRS Record Center.

 

 

This portal provides convenient 24-hour access to request and receive public records from TRS. You will receive an email letting you know when the response to your record request is ready in the Public Records Center.

TRS responds within five business days to non-commercial requests and within 21 days to commercial purpose requests. A request is received on the next business day if submitted during non-business hours. TRS business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. TRS observes all state holidays.

There is no charge for electronic records. For paper copies, the first 50 pages are free and pages in excess of 50 are 15 cents per page. TRS reserves the right to charge for shipping. Charges may be reduced or waived for requests in the public interest. For commercial purpose requests, TRS reserves the right to charge for staff time gathering responsive records as allowed by law. For in-person record inspection, please contact the FOIA Officer to make arrangements.

FOIA Officer

Cynthia Fain 
Senior Legal Counsel 
Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois
2815 West Washington
PO Box 19253
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9253
Email: FOIAOfficer@trsil.org 

Brief Description of TRS

The following information is provided in compliance with the Illinois FOIA law 5 ILCS 140/4.

Purpose

TRS is the retirement system for educators employed in public schools outside the city of Chicago in positions requiring licensure under the Illinois School Code. TRS administers retirement annuities, disability and survivor benefits as provided in Illinois Pension Code 40 ILCS 5/16 for over 423,500 members, annuitants, and beneficiaries. TRS is a governmental tax-qualified plan under Internal Revenue Code Sections 414(d) and 401(a) and had assets of $53.3 billion as of June 30, 2019.

Information Publicly and Immediately Available from TRS

Detailed information about TRS is available on the TRS website. The TRS website provides information that includes staff and board contact information, purpose, membership, key statutory provisions, benefits, funding, administrative structure and budget, comprehensive annual financial reports, member brochures and publications on a variety of topics of interest to TRS members, employer services, legislative matters, investments, board meeting notices, agendas and minutes, administrative review decisions, administrative rules, an online newsroom, and vendor information. For questions not answered on our website, please contact Dave Urbanek, Director of Communications, rather than submitting a FOIA request.

Operating Budget

The total TRS operating budget for fiscal year 2020 is $37,971,576, which represents less than 0.07 percent of the $53.3 billion market value of the total TRS fund on June 30, 2019.

Offices

TRS has two office locations. The main offices are at 2815 West Washington, Springfield, Illinois. A regional office is at 4200 Commerce Court, Ste. 101, Lisle, Illinois. The mailing address for both locations is P.O. Box 19253, Springfield, IL 62794-9253.

Employees

At June 30, 2019, TRS had 187 full-time employees. Following is a block diagram showing functional subdivisions of TRS administration.

Organization chart

 

 

Governing Board

The System’s 15-member Board of Trustees includes the state superintendent of education, seven trustees appointed by the governor, five trustees elected by contributing members and two trustees elected by annuitants. The board is responsible for the general administration of the System. An executive director appointed by the board is responsible for daily operations at TRS.