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The in box. Meeting with TRS.

April 12, 2012

From: Fred Klonsky
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:57 AM
To: Urbanek, David
Subject: Meet?

Dave,

 On May 2nd a bus load of 50 teachers from the Park Ridge Education Association and retired teachers from Chicago’s north suburbs will be traveling to Springfield to meet with our state legislators on pension issues.

We would like to also stop by the TRS office in Springfield and meet with someone to express our concerns over recent statements that have come from the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees.

 Can someone be available to meet with us around 12:30 or 1PM?

Thank you,

Fred Klonsky

Fred:

Someone will be available to listen to the concerns of our members. If not Dick Ingram, then a member of TRS senior staff will be available.

Actually, it is our policy to engage our members. It might interest you to know that we have completed the first leg of Dick’s current series of Town Hall meetings throughout Illinois. Five meetings (Elizabeth, Freeport, Alton, Marion and Centralia) with a total attendance of 915 people. We are in the process of scheduling several meetings in the Chicago area for late April and May. The next legs of the Town Hall tour will occur after the governor’s pension working group is expected to release its recommendations, so we’ll have a lot to talk about.

Thanks,

 Dave

6 Comments leave one →
  1. mattmezgersr permalink
    April 12, 2012 11:18 am

    That’s a very strange place to put a full colon, in the salutation, don’t you think, Fred?

  2. Fred Klonsky permalink*
    April 12, 2012 11:25 am

    Dear Matt,
    It is not what I would have done. But after making inquiries I discovered that using a colon after a salutation in a business letter is appropriate.
    Sincerely,
    Fred

  3. mattmezgersr permalink
    April 12, 2012 11:45 am

    I see. Well, he must mean business then: as opposed to, let’s say; those rather more pressing scatological matters.

  4. April 12, 2012 1:58 pm

    Urbanek’s response exudes an aura of a Sergei Eisenstein movie of the peasants attempting to bring their concerns to the Czar while being halted at the entry of the palace and then dismissed by a bureaucratic flunky.
    The Shock Doctrine being acted out in Russian on the Steppes of Central Springfield.

  5. Jerry permalink
    April 12, 2012 2:41 pm

    And NOT the experience I had with him when I called down there last week. Giving away Ingram’s contact info (which I never got) seemed like revealing the secret nuclear launch codes.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    April 12, 2012 3:35 pm

    A Town Hall Meeting
    With
    Dick Ingram

    Executive Director

    Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois

    Wednesday, May 9th

    4:30 pm

    Schaumburg High School

    1100 West Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg

    Pensions for teachers and other public employees will be a central topic of discussion for legislators when they return to the State Capitol for the spring session.

    Dick Ingram will talk about the realities of public pensions in Illinois and addresses the myths, misinformation, and rhetoric TRS members and other public employees continually hear, see, and read. Dick will take questions and provide facts designed to help teachers understand a debate that is vital to their futures.

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