CHICAGO – Retired teachers will be able to temporarily return to the classroom without losing their pension benefits after a bill sponsored by State Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) was signed into law last week.

Senate Bill 1584 extends the time that a retired teacher may be re-hired from 100 days to 120 days. The measure also prohibits the cancellation of pension payments to the retiree.

“This change will address our state’s teacher shortage,” said Aquino. “Along with the other measures introduced by my colleagues, I am certain that Illinois will fill our classrooms with qualified individuals and navigate our way out of this crisis.”

The House and Senate also passed legislation that would streamline the teacher licensing process, raise teacher minimum salaries and made historic investments in education in the budget.

Senate Bill 1584 takes effect immediately.