Mission Statement & History

The mission of the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (“PABF”) is to provide retirement, survivors, and disability benefits to sworn members of the Chicago Police Department, their spouses, and children.

PABF’s authority, duty, and responsibility is governed by state statute and administered by the Retirement Board of Trustees (“The Board") in compliance with Act 5 of the Illinois Pension Code. The Fund was first created in 1887 through an act of the Illinois legislature. In 1922, the laws governing police pensions were significantly restructured and re-codified forming the statutory basis under which the Fund is currently administered.

The PABF is a single employer, defined benefit pension plan. A defined benefit pension plan guarantees a specific retirement benefit amount for each participant predetermined by a formula based on the employee’s earnings history, tenure of service, and age. The Fund is a qualified 401(a) plan under the Internal Revenue Code.

The Board

The Board is composed of 8 trustees: 4  of whom are elected and 4 of whom are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chicago. The elected trustees include one active police officer from each rank of patrolmen, sergeant, lieutenant or above, and one annuitant. The Board elects one trustee as President, one as Vice President, and one as Recording Secretary.

8 Trustees

1 Police Officer

1 Sergeant

1 Lieutenant

1 Retired Member

4 Appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chicago

The Board of Trustees administers benefits, manages the Fund’s assets, and employs staff members. All members of the Board of Trustees are fiduciaries with respect to the Fund and are statutorily mandated to discharge their duties as such solely in the interest of the Fund’s participants and beneficiaries. The Board is required by law to hold regular meetings each month and submit a detailed report of the affairs of the Fund to the State and to the City Council of Chicago each year.

The Board, among its many other duties, is required by law to:
  • Consider and approve all applications for annuity and benefits
  • Invest the assets of the Fund pursuant to statutory regulations
  • Develop rules and regulations for the proper conduct of the affairs of the Fund
  • Conduct an annual audit of the accounts of the Fund by a certified public accountant
  • Employ an enrolled actuary to provide an annual actuarial statement

The Board appoints an Executive Director to oversee all administrative functions and supervise office staff. The Executive Director ensures all Board decisions and policies are implemented and properly executed.

The Fund supports diversity and equal opportunity in all aspects of Fund operations. The Board is committed to having staff, service providers and an investment portfolio that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The Board believes that the more inclusive the Fund is, the better it is for its members and for the community.

Board Hearing Rules

The Board’s hearing rules and procedures can be found here: PABF Hearing Rules and Procedures.pdf.

Election Rules

The Board’s current election rules and procedures can be found here: 2021 Board Member Elections

Board of Trustees

Brock Merck

Elected Patrolman Representative

bmerck@chipabf.org Biography

Michael K. Lappe

Elected Retiree Representative

michael.lappe@chipabf.org Biography

Michael J. Stiscak

Elected Lieutenant Representative // President and Recording Secretary

mstiscak@chipabf.org Biography

John Lally

Elected Sergeant Representative

jlally@chipabf.org Biography

Melissa Conyears-Ervin

Appointed Trustee // Treasurer of the City of Chicago

Melissa.conyears-ervin@chipabf.org Biography

Annette Guzman

Appointed Trustee // Budget Director of the City of Chicago

annette.guzman@chipabf.org Biography

Jill Jaworski

Appointed Trustee // Chief Financial Officer of the City of Chicago

jill.jaworski@chipabf.org Biography

Jeffrey Levine

Appointed Trustee // Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago

jeffrey.levine@chipabf.org Biography

professional advisors




Posted: January 3, 2022 | Current Status: RFP closed. Proposals are being evaluated.

The Board is seeking proposals from qualified occupational medicine providers to serve as the Fund’s independent medical advisor. This medical advisor will furnish occupational health services, including but not limited to, medical evaluations in disability related matters in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Pension Code. The RFP can be found by clicking this link.

Electronic responses are due by:
4:00 CST on March 4, 2022. Responses submitted after this time and date will not be considered.

Questions concerning the RFP must be submitted in writing via e-mail to Fund Counsel Justin Kugler at jkugler@chipabf.org by 4:00pm CST on February 4, 2022. Responses to properly submitted questions will be consolidated in a single Q&A document and posted on Fund’s website by 4:00pm CST on February 11, 2022. No phone calls please.


The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA") is intended to ensure that members of the public have access to information about their government and its decision-making process. It requires all public bodies, including the PABF, to make its public records available for inspection and copying. Under FOIA, all records of a public body are presumed to be open for inspection and copying. However, FOIA also permits certain records to be withheld from inspection. For more information regarding FOIA and current exemptions, see the Illinois Freedom of Information Act at 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.

Please review the following information and instructions on how to file a FOIA request with the PABF:

1. Submit your FOIA request in writing. The PABF does not require the completion of a standard form for this purpose. You may submit your written request by mail, fax or e-mail directed to:

221 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1626
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: 312-726-3216
Email: FOIA@chipabf.org

2. Be as specific as possible when describing the records you are seeking. Remember, FOIA is designed to allow you to inspect or receive copies of records. It is not designed to require a public body to answer questions.

3. Indicate whether you would like copies of the requested records, or whether you wish to examine the records in person. You have the right to either option.

4. Expect to receive the first 50 pages of standard paper copies free of charge. For pages beyond 50, you will be charged 15¢ per page.

5. If you are seeking a fee waiver, please include the following statement (or a similar statement) in your written FOIA request: “I request a waiver of all fees associated with this request." In addition, you must include a specific explanation as to why your request for information is in the public interest – not simply your personal interest – and merits a fee waiver.

6. Please include your name, preferred telephone number(s), mailing address, and, if you wish, your e-mail address.

For additional questions about requests for information, please call the PABF office at 312-744-3891.

For additional general information about FOIA in Illinois, you can access the website of the Illinois Attorney General.


The purpose of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) is to ensure that the actions of public bodies are taken openly and that their deliberations are conducted openly. For more information regarding the OMA, see the Illinois Open Meetings Act at 5 ILCS 120/1 et seq.

The PABF acknowledges it is a “public body" as defined in the Act, 5 ILCS 120/1.02, and adopts the following policy in accordance with the Act regarding the methods of attendance by Board Members at meetings, the procedure to record open meetings, and the procedure to address the Board at meetings.

For additional general information about OMA in Illinois, you can access the website of the Illinois Attorney General.

Pabf Organizational Chart