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  • Deadline Approaching: Benefit Choice Ends May 31!

    The last day to make Benefit Choice changes will be here soon! Remember, you only have until May 31 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year.

  • Benefit Choice: Submit Your Documentation

    If you made a Benefit Choice change that requires supporting documentation. Please remember to provide your documents by the deadline!

  • Benefit Choice: Make Your Choices by May 31

    We’re halfway through Benefit Choice at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov! Remember, you have until May 31 to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year. Elections will be effective July 1, 2024. For help registering and logging in to MyBenefits, see the MyBenefits FAQs

  • MyBenefits Plus Webinar

    Are you interested in learning more about MyBenefits Plus, a voluntary benefit program? 

  • MyBenefits Plus Voluntary Benefit Programs

    Did you know that as a full-time State benefits-eligible employee you have access to MyBenefits Plus, a voluntary benefit program?

  • FY 2025 Benefit Choice Announcement

    The State Department of Central Management Services (CMS) has announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Benefit Choice enrollment period will begin May 1 and end May 31, 2024

  • Benefit Choice: Save on Taxes with a Flexible Spending Account!

    Have you considered participating in the State of Illinois Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Plan? 

  • Designate or Review Your Beneficiaries: State Life Insurance

    Ensure your life insurance benefits are distributed according to your wishes by designating or reviewing your beneficiary designations for your State of Illinois Life Insurance coverage.

  • SURS Updates: Spring Stakeholders Meeting

    SURS participants are invited to attend the SURS Virtual Spring Townhall and Stakeholders Meeting on April 25th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST. This semi-annual webinar, offered each Spring and Fall, is an opportunity to hear updates from SURS about SURS benefits, investments, legislation, and funding. 

  • MyBenefits: Review/Add Your Email Address

    Receive State-benefits notices from MyBenefits faster by providing your email address!

  • Urbana: Faculty/Staff Emergency Fund Drive Spring 2024

    The Emergency Fund needs your help!

  • Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers

    You are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from your health plan. No matter which plan you are enrolled in, receiving health care from an out-of-network provider will significantly increase your out-of-pocket medical costs.

  • Live Retirement and Investment Webinars Available

    Are you saving for your future?

    To help you learn more about your retirement planning and investment options using the University 403(b) Plan, Fidelity Investments and TIAA are offering live retirement education webinars this spring. 

  • Schedule of Approved Holidays for FY25

    The schedule of approved holidays for fiscal year 2025 is below.

  • Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System?

    You may be eligible to defer unused vacation leave into the University 403(b) or State or SURS 457 retirement plans.

  • Know Your Approved Retirement Plan Representatives

    This is an important reminder about retirement plan companies and who may appropriately contact you.

    You should be aware that your name and workplace contact information are often available through online directories and department websites. As such, you are encouraged to be skeptical of any attempts by individuals requesting personal or financial information. You should exercise the same care and caution as you would when receiving sales calls or advertising emails at home.

  • Keep Your Emergency Contacts Updated

    Do you have emergency contacts on file with the University of Illinois System? Are they current?  

    It is important to keep up-to-date emergency contact information on file, so U of I System representatives know who to call on your behalf in the unfortunate event of an emergency or accident. 

  • 2024 System Office DELTA Program - Nominations are now being accepted!

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Distinguished Employee Leadership and Team Award (DELTA).

  • Announcing the 2024 Professional Staff Leadership Academy Cohort

    We are delighted to announce the selected participants for the 2024 Professional Staff Leadership Academy (PSLA). PSLA is designed to foster a culture of dynamic and transformational leadership for academic professional and professional civil service staff throughout the University of Illinois System.

  • 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2024 Universal Availability Notice

    403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan - 2024 Universal Availability Notice

  • Be Cautious: Retirement and Pension Meetings Email

    We are aware that University of Illinois System employees may have received an email yesterday asking employees to schedule a “retirement planning session". That email was NOT sent by the university nor SURS, and is NOT from one of our approved retirement plan providers. Please exercise caution whenever you receive email from unknown sources.

  • Paid Leave for All Workers

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, a new law in Illinois requires that employers provide up to 40 hours of paid time off annually for all employees. The Paid Leave for All Workers Act provides up to 40 hours of paid leave per year to employees who do not currently receive vacation leave.

  • Update Your Mailing Address and Consent for Online Tax Forms

    Have you moved this year? If you receive your tax forms (e.g., W-2, 1042-S, 1095-C) via Postal Mail, it’s important to update your Mailing Address before December 31, 2023.  Foreign National employees will also have to update their address with the Foreign National Service Center by submitting a ticket at UPB Service Portal.

  • Annual Update to Long Term Disability (LTD) Premiums

    As a participant in the University LTD Plan, you may notice a change to your payroll deduction amount. The deduction is calculated annually and is effective for the period of December 1, 2023 - November 30, 2024. 

  • Offer for U of I System Employees: AAA on Us

    For a limited time, AAA is offering a one-year free membership to University of Illinois System employees who sign up for a new membership. To take advantage of this offer: 

  • Review your TIAA Beneficiary Designation

    Control where your University of Illinois TIAA 403(b) inheritance goes! Life changes, and so do your wants and needs. If something happens to you, make sure your beneficiary information reflects your current wishes.

  • 403(b) and 457 Plan Contribution Limits Increasing

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the supplemental retirement plan contribution limits will increase for 2024. As a 403(b) or 457 plan participant, the following information and reminders may be helpful to you. 

  • Review your Fidelity Beneficiary Designation

    Control where your University of Illinois Fidelity 403(b) inheritance goes! Life changes, and so do your wants and needs. If something happens to you, make sure your beneficiary information reflects your current wishes.

  • Keep Your Personal Information Updated

    Have you reviewed your personal information on file with the University of Illinois System, such as your address and phone number?  

  • Live Retirement and Investment Webinars Available

    Are you saving for your future?

    To help you learn more about your retirement planning and investment options using the University 403(b) Plan, Fidelity Investments and TIAA are offering live retirement education webinars this fall. 

  • Are You Retiring or Separating from the University of Illinois System?

    You may be eligible to defer unused vacation leave into the University 403(b) or State or SURS 457 retirement plans.

  • 2024 SURS Board of Trustees Election

    SURS announced that they will be holding an election to fill four vacant seats on the SURS board of trustees. The voting period will be April 1 – May 1, 2024. All SURS participants are encouraged to consider running for a board position.


  • Professional Staff Leadership Academy Applications Open for 2024 Cohort

    The Professional Staff Leadership Academy is a system-wide leadership program for academic professional and professional civil service employees meant to foster and sustain a culture of exceptional, dynamic, and transformational leadership at all levels throughout the University of Illinois System. The program includes a robust group of dynamic speakers, engaging and interactive leadership activities, facility tours, state legislative education, relevant literature reviews, system-wide networking, and a mentor program.

  • Free Flu Shots for State Health Plan Participants

    Seasonal flu shots are available at no charge to faculty, staff, and retirees that are state health plan participants.

  • Health Plan Reminder: Out-of-Network Providers

    You are encouraged to use in-network providers to receive the best value from your health plan. No matter which plan you are enrolled in, receiving health care from an out-of-network provider will significantly increase your out-of-pocket medical costs.

  • Get Started with the U of I 403(b)

    Even small contributions to the University of Illinois 403(b) Retirement Plan could make a big difference for your future. Did you know that if you take advantage of your 403(b) Plan, you can enhance your overall retirement savings? That’s why the University offers this supplemental Plan as part of your benefits.

  • University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct

    The University of Illinois System Statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct is available on the System HR website. Please take a few minutes to review this important information.

  • Deadline September 30: Submit FSA Claims for FY2023

    Only a couple weeks remain to submit your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claims for the FY2023 plan year! You are receiving this email because our records indicate that you participated in an FSA during FY2023. Any remaining claims for services from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, must be submitted by September 30 for reimbursement.

  • Designate or Review Your Beneficiaries: State Life Insurance

    Ensure your life insurance benefits are distributed according to your wishes by designating or reviewing your beneficiary designations for your State of Illinois Life Insurance coverage.

  • Review/Update Your Mailing Address

    Please make sure your Mailing Address is current and correct so that you receive important information for employment and tax purposes.

  • Returning from Leave - State Benefits Coverage

    During an unpaid leave, Central Management Services (CMS) mails bills directly to State benefit participants, and bills are to be paid in full to CMS. Failing to pay premium bills can result in your coverage being terminated.

  • Your Flexible Spending Account: Verify Deductions and Reminder

    At the beginning of a new benefit year, it’s a good idea to review your payroll deductions to ensure the appropriate amounts are being withheld. You should view the benefit deductions on your Earnings Statement to ensure your FSA deductions and other benefit deductions are correct.

  • 2023 Salary Program

    It’s our pleasure to share the news with you that a 4% merit-based salary program across the University of Illinois System will take effect Aug. 16 for faculty members and academic professionals, and Aug. 20 for civil service staff. This represents an increase from last year and continues to be an important priority in our budgeting process.  

  • Verify Your State Benefit Elections

    The new plan year for State benefits (health/vision, dental, and life insurance, and flexible spending and health savings accounts) starts on July 1, 2023. If you made any changes during Benefit Choice, you should have received or will soon receive a mailing from CMS at your home address confirming your Benefit Choice elections. Any changes you made will be in effect July 1, 2023. 

  • Illinois Family Bereavement Leave Act

    Earlier this year, we communicated the leave provision changes due to the  Illinois Family Bereavement Act. The University of Illinois System Human Resources website has been updated to reflect these changes and may be viewed on the Family Bereavement Leave webpage.

  • Saving For Your Future? Supplemental Retirement Plans Can Help!

    Are you contributing to a supplemental retirement and investment plan? If not, now may be a good time to start!

    The University 403(b) Plan is one of three supplemental retirement plans available to help you start or increase your retirement savings. Enrollment is voluntary and available at any time.

  • System Access Removal after Employee Separation

    Removing system access in a timely manner for applications such as Banner, HRFE, iBuy, Chrome River, and the EPIC system at the University Hospital is critical to help ensure our data and resources are secure. Removing access to critical systems when an employee separates is necessary to maintain good internal controls over appropriate access to our university systems.

  • Last Chance: Benefit Choice Ends Wednesday, May 31!

    Benefit Choice ends Wednesday, May 31! This is your final reminder to make your State benefit elections or changes for the upcoming plan year on https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. Elections will be effective July 1, 2023.

  • Flexible Spending Re-Enrollment and Reminders

    The end of Benefit Choice is May 31. If you haven’t re-enrolled in the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Program for the plan year beginning on July 1, 2023, you have until May 31 to do so at https://MyBenefits.illinois.gov. No action is required if you are not re-enrolling in an FSA or making any other Benefit Choice changes!

  • Be Cautious: Retirement and Pension Meetings Email

    We are aware that University of Illinois System employees may have received an email yesterday asking employees to schedule a “retirement and pension meeting.” That email was NOT sent by the university nor SURS, and is NOT from one of our approved retirement plan providers. Please exercise caution whenever you receive email from unknown sources.