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Attorneys’ fees
Why the difference in retirement subsidies?
Greetings, retirees and soon-to-be retirees.
I recently received a question that warrants an explanation in reference to the Underwood court litigation: Why do some retirees receive a $55 subsidy while others only receive a $21 sub-
Subsidy eligibility after 12/31/2019
Under current law, in order to be eligible for the subsidy beginning Jan. 1, 2020, you
will have to satisfy Requirement 3.a., meaning you have
to participate in a group health insurance plan for which the Fund offers to deduct premiums from your annuity, in accor- dance with the 1983 and 1985 amendments to the Illinois Pen- sion Code statutes.
call 312-744-3891. The Circuit Court also directed us to notify you that you may contact counsel for the named plaintiffs in the Underwood litigation, Krislov Law, at
or 312-606-0500.
Note that this is a court decision. The Fund is mandat-
ed to comply with the court’s order. (Keep in mind that at one time, all annuitants received a $55 subsidy until counsel for the Underwood plaintiffs rallied for an in- crease, which was adjusted [reduced] by the courts).
Lastly, please log into the Fund’s website at www.chi- and take note that the site has been redesigned and is more user-friendly. If your personal information has changed, such as marriage, divorce, birth certificate of a new- born or a death benefit directive, it’s up to you to take the time to complete and return the new or corrected information to the
Mike Lappe retired from CPD on a service pension after more than 37 years of experience. He served as an elected retirement board trustee for officers below the rank of sergeant. He is an ac- tive participant in educational programs for the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and currently serves as the vice president of The Retirement Board Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund, City of Chicago.
 Please note that plaintiffs’ counsel Krislov Law has asked the Circuit Court to award attorneys’ fees from 2017-2019 subsi- dies, so the actual amounts paid to eligible annuitants may be reduced by attorneys’ fees, if approved by the Circuit Court.
If you have any questions about the contents of this article, please contact the Fund’s office at or
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