Proposed State Bill Lowers Retirement Age for All DHS Employees

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) security employees could be able to retire once they turn sixty years of age. If Senate Bill 2467 is passed it would add security employees to the Tier 2 alternative retirement annuity formula, which is currently underneath the state’s current retirement system. This category of employees is for people, who are employed at facilities, such as the Chester Mental Health Center. The standard Tier 2 retirement age is currently 67, but the alternative formula would make it legal to officially retire at 60. The current formula concerns individuals, who work with high-risk, high-stress jobs, like corrections officers and policemen. If the bill passes current DHS security employees would have the option of purchasing up to eight years of service to switch them to the new program.

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