Dear U.S. Congressional Candidate,
The Illinois Retired Teachers Political Action Committee (IRTPAC) is inviting you to answer a couple short question’s regarding the repeal of the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset (WEP/GPO). The purpose of this questionnaire is for informative purposes only and your answers will be published in our quarterly newsletter which is sent to over 38,000 of our members across the state of Illinois. By answering and returning the attached questionnaire, it will help to give your constituents a better understanding of your views on this very important issue.
The WEP reduces the Social Security benefits of teachers who worked in Social Security-covered employment and who also receive a government annuity from their work as a teacher. The GPO functionally eliminates the survivor benefit from Social Security for teachers whose spouse predeceases them. Teachers in 15 states as well as police, firefighters & some state and local governmental workers are penalized by GPO/WEP.
Please fill out the enclosed questionnaire and return no later than June 15th. Completed questionnaires may be faxed to the IRTA Office at 217-253-8493, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to IRTA, 828 S. 2nd Street, 4th Floor, Springfield, IL 62704.
Your prompt response to the questions below on this very important matter is greatly appreciated.
We look forward to hearing from you.