Vote for Doug Strand - IRTA Endorsed TRS Trustee Candidate
The Teachers Retirement System, commonly referred to as TRS, administers the pension accounts for retired teachers and administers. It collects, invests, and disperses the money. TRS is governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees. Trustees include the state superintendent of education, six trustees appointed by the governor, four trustees elected by contributing TRS members, and two trustees elected by TRS annuitants.
TRS trustees are instrumental in setting policy for the agency to carry out. They approve the investment strategies and provide oversight. The two elected TRS annuitant trustee positions have always served as the voice of IRTA members on the board. From April 1 – May 1, 2019, an online election will occur to elect a new TRS annuitant trustee.
After an exhaustive search and interview process, the IRTA board of directors unanimously recommended that IRTA member & East Moline resident Doug Strand of the Blackhawk unit be their endorsed candidate.
Strand’s considerable qualifications include:
• Working for a time with an accounting firm in Chicago;
• Teaching business and consumer economics at United Township High School;
• Serving on the East Moline police pension board;
• Serving on the Black Hawk College board of trustees.
IRTA was informed that TRS will email a notice to all eligible voting annuitants with an email-on-file when voting begins online, which is planned as April 1. If an email is undeliverable, they will send the member a mailed ballot to the address on file with TRS. All members without an email-on-file will receive a mailed ballot at the end of March. The election ends at 10 a.m. on May 1.
“It is critical that IRTA members vote for Doug Strand so that IRTA’s most important presence continues on the TRS board,” IRTA President Roger Hampton said. “We cannot and must not leave our pension investments to chance. I urge all members to vote for Doug Strand in April.”
Members are advised to call TRS at 877-927-5877 if they do not receive a ballot via email or by mail by April 10, 2019. Voting annuitants will need to use their TRS login to vote in the secure area of the TRS website. If you have any questions, call TRS.