Mary Sharon Reilly


In my 23 years as an elected trustee (11 years as an active teacher, as president 9 years, and 12 years as a retiree), I have acted in the best interest of all members. As a member of a 12 member board, I must study the issues as presented by experts we have hired in all areas- investments, pension benefits, health insurance, and legislation. As a trustee my decisions must be for the members and not reflect my individual interests.

In these years I have made decisions that have protected the health insurance subsidy and made thoughtful, educated investment decisions that will help to grow the fund, a goal we cannot realize without consistent funding from CPS and the State of Illinois. My role of trustee involves many aspects of CTPF. I have chaired the personnel committee for a number of years, which has included hiring the executive director, engage in pay band study for employees of the fund, reviewing employee benefits with staff,  and other personnel issues as they occur.

 As a member of a 12 member board I try to act collaboratively with the other 11 members to make decisions to benefit our 60,000+ members. A CTPF trustee cannot act as a single interest but a person elected by the members or appointed by the employer to protect the future retirement benefits of all members.

If elected, I will continue to act with integrity, to grow in knowledge, and to always have the best interest of members as my goal.

Employment History

  Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund

  • President 1997-2002

 Chicago Public Schools

  • Elementary School Counselor 1973-1997
  • Elementary Classroom Teacher 1964-1973


  • Loyola University ,M.Ed., Guidance/Counseling
  • Various Institutions  for Eligibility for Type 75 Certificate
  • Mundelein College, B.A., English

Other Experiences and Memberships


Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF)

     Pensioner Trustee (12 years)

  • Vice-President, Board of Trustees
  • Chairperson, Personnel Committee
  • Return to Work Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Disability Committee
  • Attendance at 70 Meetings (2018)

National Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS)

  • National Committee (2014-2016)

Retired Teachers Association of Chicago  (RTAC)

  • Director

 Chicago Teachers Union

  • Retiree Functional Vice-President     
  • Retiree Delegate

 Mundelein College Alumnae Association

  • Board Member and Immediate Past President

 State of Illinois

  • Licensed Real Estate Managing Broker

 Mary Seat of Wisdom Parish

  •  Lector
  •  Eucharistic Minister
  •  Minister of Care
  •  Sacristan

Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund

  • Teacher Trustee 11 Years
    • President 1993-2002        

Chicago Teachers Union

  • Vice-President and Chairperson, Retiree Chapter
  • Chairperson, Pension and Insurance Committee
  • School Delegate
  • Delegate to various state and national conventions