McClure Teacher Retirement Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

By Benjamin Cox on August 3, 2021 at 8:32am

A law sponsored by a local State Senator is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Senate Bill 1646 was passed by both houses of the General Assembly back on May 30th. It was part of an effort by 50th District State Senator Steve McClure to help address the state’s teacher shortage by allowing private or parochial school teachers to pay up to 2 years of service into the Illinois Teacher’s Retirement System making benefit transfers easier from private to public school. The transfers would be active until June 30th, 2023.

It also exempts the 6% Final Average Salary cap for school districts in which summer school is rendered between May 1st and September 2022 in an effort to address COVID-19 learning loss.

Governor J.B. Pritzker has made no indication when he will sign the bipartisan bill into law. It was placed on his desk on June 28th. This comes after a flurry of signings of various bills since this past Friday.