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TRS Engages Consultant to Assist in Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in Investments

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teachers’ Retirement System has engaged Lenox Park Solutions, of Austin, Texas, to help develop a standardized metric scoring tool for diversity, equity and inclusion when analyzing potential investment opportunities and monitoring existing relationships.

Founded in 2010, Lenox Park provides diversity consulting services for numerous institutional investors, businesses and money managers.

TRS Boosts Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Increases Successful Emerging Manager Program to $1 Billion

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees confirmed its long-standing commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion within its investment program by enlarging the size of the System’s Emerging Manager Program (EMP) from $750 million to $1 billion.

The increase in the size of the EMP is just one part of a multi-pronged “reimagining" of the 15-year-old program and the System’s efforts to increase diversity. Currently the EMP is composed of 17 relationships with a total TRS commitment of $724 million.

TRS Sets Preliminary FY22 State Contribution at $5.7 Billion, Net FY20 Investment Return was 0.6%

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees has given preliminary approval to a $5.69 billion state contribution to the System for fiscal year 2022, a 10.7 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s government contribution of $5.14 billion.

The Board also announced that due to the economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the final TRS investment return for FY 2020 was +0.55 percent, net of fees, on June 30. By comparison, on December 31, 2019, the half-way mark in FY 2020, the TRS rate of return was +13.41 percent.

TRS Issues RFP Seeking Assistance with Executive Director Search

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teachers’ Retirement System has issued a “request for proposals” seeking an executive search firm to assist the TRS Board of Trustees with the recruitment and hiring of a new executive director for the System.

All proposals responding to the executive search firm RFP must be submitted in writing to TRS by 2 PM C.S.T. on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

The complete the RFP, including detailed instructions for submitting a proposal, is posted on the System’s website, www.trsil.org.

TRS Investments Rebound

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In the wake of the economy-crippling COVID-19 pandemic, Teachers’ Retirement System assets experienced a $4.9 billion rebound between March and July, climbing to a total of $53.4 billion.            

The worldwide effect of the coronavirus impacted TRS investments between January and the end of fiscal year 2020 (FY2020) on June 30. The preliminary TRS investment return for FY2020 hovered close to the break-even mark at +0.52 percent, net of fees, on June 30. By comparison, on December 31, 2019, the half-way mark in FY2020, the TRS rate of return was +13.41 percent.

A Statement from the ITRS Board of Trustees

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Contact: Dave Urbanek, Public Information Officer                                                                                          
Office: 217-814-2177
Cell: 217-891-0140
durbanek@trsil.org

On July 31, the ITRS Board unanimously voted to place Executive Director Richard Ingram on administrative leave due to performance issues covered by his employment contract.