TRS Retiree Return to Work Program:

Gov. Pritzker signed Public Act 102-0440 extending the program that allows a TRS retiree to return to work without post-retirement limitations. The regional Superintendent must designate the employment to be in a subject shortage area in order for a retiree to be able to return to work without limitation. The program will expire on June 30, 2024.

Retired members may teach for 120 days or 600 hours during a school year without negatively affecting their retirement benefits. Retired members who teach beyond the legal limit lose their pension benefits. State officials recognized the contribution retired TRS members have made to easing the classroom teacher shortage in Illinois. For the last two years, many retired TRS members have helped fill the chronic teacher shortage by returning to the classroom for part of the school year. The current work limitation ceiling had been set to automatically “sunset” on June 30, 2023. The limit would have reverted back to the original ceiling of 100 days or 500 hours.

The Return to Teaching in Subject Shortage Area requires certification from the Regional Superintendent.