National Retirement Security Month

October 1, 2020
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OAK BROOK, Ill. – This October, the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), the state’s best-funded and second-largest statewide public pension plan, is celebrating National Retirement Security Month.

Observed annually in October, this initiative was originally launched in 2006 as "National Save for Retirement Week." This period “provides an opportunity for employees to reflect on their personal retirement goals and determine if they are on target to reach those goals,” according to the International City Management Association (ICMA).

Do Something Positive Today to Secure Your Future

National Retirement Security Month A research report finds that 76 percent of Americans are concerned about their ability to achieve a secure retirement, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS). "Most working Americans will struggle to maintain their standard of living in retirement," said Brian Collins, IMRF Executive Director. "IMRF offers its members an excellent opportunity to build additional savings to supplement their pensions and live comfortably in retirement."

For IMRF members, one positive step to consider is IMRF's Voluntary Additional Contribution (VAC) option, a savings vehicle unique to IMRF that can help you build additional resources for retirement. VAC lets you save between 1% and 10% of your reported earnings in an account that currently earns 7.25% interest.

"The consistently high interest rate and compounding interest make IMRF's Voluntary Additional Contribution a powerful tool in building financial security for retirement," said Collins.

For more information on VAC, follow these links:

You can also consider using a 403(b) or 457 plan offered by your employer. Both the 403(b) and the 457 plans offer employees an opportunity to accumulate tax-deferred savings for retirement.

Use IMRF to Help You Plan

National Retirement Security Month

The IMRF website features a number of helpful online planning tools including a calculator with unlimited input options to help create customized pension estimates. To access the calculator and other helpful online planning tools, login to your Member Access account. To set up an online Member Access account, go to and follow the prompts.

IMRF also offers Pre-Retirement Workshop webinars to help those approaching retirement age with their planning. If you’ve already attended a webinar and want some additional assistance, we offer Personal Benefits Reviews. You may sign up in Member Access by selecting "Phone Personal Benefits Review."

For more information on VAC, the pension calculator, setting up an online Member Access account, registering for a webinar or any of our other services, visit or call 1-800-ASK-IMRF to speak to a Member Services Representative. For 403(b) or 457 plan information, speak with your employer’s Authorized Agent. Find more National Retirement Security Month resources by following this link.