Weird. Is it because the pensions in Illinois are so much better for teachers? I can see if you dont pay into SS you would not get any but I thought we all had to pay into SS up until a few years ago. I retire in 8 weeks after 40 years of teaching if Fla. I will receive a pension from FRS. almost 70% of my best 4 years averaged and decent SS. I will make more from those than my salary pays now.