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Retiring Wisely, the IFT retirement planning guide was first published several years ago. Revised this spring, the booklet supplements the retirement planning seminars held annually for members nearing retirement. The guide can be viewed or downloaded and saved or printed by clicking on the headline above,


Come Join the West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571, Next Generation Committee’s (age 35 and under) Trivia Night.


The West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571, has a job opening for the position of editor of the Union Messenger.

Excellent writing skills as well as communications skills are essential. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Publisher or similar desktop publishing program is preferred.

The editor works along with the WSTU Local 571 President and staff, and attends regular local meetings and events.

A Local 571 member will be given preference in hiring.

Compensation is in the form of a yearly stipend of $4000. 

For further information, contact Local 571 President, Kyle Stern at


Your duties: maintaining the local's website, updating social media, and creating positive messaging around the West Suburban Teachers Union. Apply by May 30th.


Take your choice of two dates this summer to learn directly from a  Social Security Administration representative. It's free to members! Identical presentations will happen on Thursday, June 6th from 10 am-noon, and Thursday, July 13 from 1-3 pm.

Both sessions will be held virtually, so you can stay in the comfort of your home. To RSVP for the June 6th session, let Patty Clancy know by June 3rd at 630-468-4083 or; if you want to attend July 13th, let her know by July 15th at 630-468-4083 or


If you're thinking about retirement, be sure to attend this virtual meeting with a representative of the Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS) on April 24 from 5-6:30 pm.