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Late pension checks - Illinois reps say they mailed them on time, but for some reason, retired teachers across the state have reported missing checks.

Even one missing payment can lead to big problems for retirees.

Retired Rock Island Milan teacher Marilyn Fields looks forward to the beginning of each month. It's a pension pay day for her.

"We rely on my check for the first part of the month, and (my husband's) retirement payments the second half of the month," says Fields.

This month though, has presented a problem. The check usually comes around the first. Friday is the seventh.

"It didn't come as of yesterday, I checked with the state and found out that several teachers in the state, they weren't giving out numbers, but many people haven't gotten their check by mail," says Fields.

The State Comptroller's office says hundreds of these checks have been cashed Friday so they're definitely in the mail, but if people haven't gotten they by Tuesday, the state says call the retirement system.

"Our understanding from the post office is that many checks are still making their way through the Postal Service, at any point the checks that are still out there should be arriving," says Illinois Comptroller Spokesman Brad Hahn.

He says 5,900 retired teachers still get their checks through the mail. Fields says this delay has been frustrating and a little irritating.

"When I was younger I thought it was ridiculous when people said I didn't buy my medicine this month because my check didn't come, well, I understand it now."

Fields says she'll sign up for direct deposit now. She'll miss the checks.

"There is this part of me that likes to be able to open the envelope, sign the check, and take it to the bank," says Fields.

She won't miss the anxiety.

The State sends the checks by regular postage.

It does not use registered mail.

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