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Welcome to the Cook County Pension Fund

The Cook County Pension Fund provides retirement, survivor, retiree health, and disability benefits to employees and retirees of Cook County and its Forest Preserve District.  We are committed to exceptional member service alongside effective management of the Fund’s assets to support member benefits. 

Considering Retirement?  Contact the Fund to Evaluate Your Options

If you are thinking about retirement, the Fund is your reliable source for comprehensive information about your pension benefits.  Determining your benefits can be a complex process.  Our knowledgeable and experienced staff will provide estimates based on your individual profile to assist you in evaluating your retirement options.  Contact us through this website or call our office at (312) 603-1200 for more information.  

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Recent News

2014 Actuarial Valuation Results

For 2014, the Cook County Fund’s assets were valued at $8.8 billion on an actuarial basis with liabilities of $15.3 billion, resulting in an unfunded liability of $6.5 billion (or 57.51%). The Forest Preserve District Fund’s assets were valued at $189.9 million on an actuarial basis with liabilities of $315.2 million, resulting in an unfunded liability of $125.3 million (or 60.25%).

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Cook County Pension Fund Wins Small Public Plan of the Year for 2014 Hedge Fund Investments

The Cook County Pension Fund received the Small Public Plan of the Year award (less than $15 billion in assets) at the 13th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards on June 26, 2015. Consideration for the Hedge Fund Investment Category is given to investors’ long-term performance and overall ability to construct and manage a hedge fund portfolio.

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County Administration's Pension Reform Proposal Reintroduced as SB843

On May 15, 2015, the Cook County administration reintroduced the pension legislation (formally HB1154) that was previously introduced in the 2014 legislative session (98th General Assembly).

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May 08, 2015

Pension Reform - Illinois Supreme Court Decision (5/8/2015)

The Illinois Supreme Court today unanimously ruled unconstitutional the pension reform law from 2013, Public Act 98-599. The law did not apply to current Cook County Pension Fund members - active or inactive - or to Cook County Pension Fund retirees, only to members of the state-funded systems.

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Spring 2015 Newsletter

The spring 2015 edition of Pension Notes, the member newsletter of the Cook County Pension Fund, is now available. Click below to view the newsletter online.

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Pension Reform Watch

Visit our legislation page for up-to-date information about pension reform efforts in Illinois. 

Retirement Board

Alexis Herrera - President
Brent Lewandowski - Vice-President
Patrick J. McFadden - Secretary
John E. Fitzgerald
Diahann Goode
Patrick Nester
Samuel Richardson, Jr.
Lawrence L. Wilson, CPA

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

2015 Holiday Schedule



Know Your Benefits

Applying for Retirement

Sick and Vacation Time

Military Service Time

Member Handbooks

Tier 1 Annuity and Refund Handbook

for employees hired before 01/01/11

Tier 2 Annuity and Refund Handbook
for employees hired on or after 01/01/11

Disability Benefits Handbook

Health Benefits Handbook

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