UPIUniversity Professionals of Illinois

Local 4100, IFT, AFT, AFL-CIO

University Professionals of Illinois — Retiree Chapter, Mission Statement

The UPI Retirees Chapter continues UPI’s strong advocacy for faculty and academic professionals from Illinois public universities. We work hard to protect pensions and other earned benefits, stressing our past contributions and the contractual promises made to us. We also advocate for current employees and students, and we support the larger labor movement in America. With your help we can continue our record of outstanding success. 

Membership is open to retirees from academic positions at Illinois public universities served by UPI. Dues are very modest ($2 or less a month, depending on your pension). To join, call the state UPI office at 312-614-4377.


UPI Retirees Chapter Board, 2020 

Name Position Email
Audrey Edwards Chapter President atedwards36@gmail.com
Marsha Katz Vice President marshakatz@ameritech.net
John Kilgore SecTreas jdkilgorey@gmail.com
Laurie Walter CSU Rep Cadavergal@gmail.com
Gary Aylesworth EIU Rep aylesworthgary33@gmail.com
Elizabeth Essex GSU Rep eae500@sbcglobal.net
Jo Ann Karr NEIU Rep jkarr1@sbcglobal.net
Michael Illovsky WIU Rep illovmi@gmail.com
Patti Jones WIU Rep Pattij@jamesonglobal.com
Audrey Manley Legislative Liaison amanley8@sbcglobal.net

Retiring Wisely: Information for SURS Participants


Note: Our abridged version of IFT’s Retiring Wisely focuses primarily on the needs of faculty and academic support professionals who qualify for SURS retirement benefits. If you are not an academic employee or have also worked for other Illinois agencies, please consult the longer version at https://www.ift-aft.org/your-work/retirees/retiring-wisely.

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