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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

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.

Defensive Strategy Cushions Financial Effects of COVID-19 Downturn

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teachers’ Retirement System continues to protect member assets as much as possible and has slowly started to recapture funds lost to the economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic.

The System’s strategic focus is on a prudent, long-term allocation of assets that is mindful of investment risk, protects assets during any economic downturn and is nimbly poised to take advantage of economic growth.

$586 Million in TRS Benefits Paid On Time Despite Coronavirus Restrictions

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – All TRS member benefits for April were paid in full and on schedule today, despite coronavirus restrictions.

Working from home, TRS staff processed and certified payments for 124,853 retired members and beneficiaries and sent the payment requests to the Illinois Comptroller’s office. The Comptroller’s office then transferred the funds on time to the bank accounts of all eligible members.

The benefits paid for April totaled $586 million.

TRS Commits $3 Billion to Investment Opportunities

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teachers’ Retirement System in recent weeks has committed $3 billion to various investment opportunities in order to continue building the fund’s assets for its members’ retirements.

Reports to the TRS Board of Trustees indicated that the System ended calendar year 2019 with a positive 13.4 percent investment return, net of fees.

TRS Hires Voya Financial to Administer New Voluntary Defined Contribution Plan

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees has selected Voya Financial to administer the new TRS Supplemental Savings Plan, a defined contribution retirement vehicle that TRS members can elect to supplement their TRS pensions.

Voya Financial of Windsor, Connecticut, will administer the SSP as a voluntary 457(b)-style plan that allows participating members to contribute a portion of each paycheck to a savings account that is then invested on their behalf.

TRS Sets Preliminary FY21 State Contribution at $5.1 Billion; FY19 Net Investment Return was 5.1%

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees has given preliminary approval to a $5.14 billion state contribution to the System for fiscal year 2021, a 6.9 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s government contribution of $4.81 billion.

The Board also announced that the TRS investment portfolio generated a positive 5.15 percent return, net of fees, during fiscal year 2019.

TRS Invests $1.15 Billion on Behalf of Illinois Educators

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teachers’ Retirement System reported $1.15 billion in strategic allocations to various investment opportunities designed to enhance the retirement trust fund for the System’s 417,000 members.

During the Board of Trustees’ regularly scheduled August meeting, the TRS investment staff reported the following actions:

Jose Gonzalez To Lead TRS Diversity and Emerging Manager Program

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Veteran TRS investment staff member Jose Gonzalez has been named by Teachers’ Retirement System to be the investment officer leading the System’s $750 million Emerging Manager Program, which continually identifies and nurtures growing money managers.

The Emerging Manager Program is an integral element of the long-standing TRS commitment to expanding opportunity and diversity within its investment portfolio.