Transition communications

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that beginning July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois Deferred Compensation Plan recordkeeping services will be transferred to Empower.

For plan details, including investment information, visit the State of Illinois Deferred Compensation Plan website.

The transfer to Empower will happen automatically. Your contributions, investments, distributions, and loans are not changing. You don’t need to do anything right now unless you want to make changes to your account at T. Rowe Price.

This change is designed to give you more ways to access and manage your retirement account, improve your overall retirement planning experience, and empower you to make the journey to retirement as rewarding as every day after.

As part of the move, you'll enjoy these great features:

  • The Empower mobile app provides the freedom to enroll, access and view your account anywhere – anytime right from your iOS® or Android™ devices.
  • An updated account website with interactive, multimedia learning experiences, a Learning Center, financial wellness tools to help you improve your financial health, and financial modeling tools and calculators with available solutions to help you prepare for retirement.
  • My Financial Path: Whether you're new to the workforce, in the middle of your career or getting close to retirement, My Financial Path provides personalized, actionable steps you can take to reduce financial stress and get closer to achieving your goals.
  • Easy-to-understand investment performance and education materials.

iOS is a registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.

Android is a trademark of Google LLC.

About Empower

We've been serving retirement plans for 40 years. Through acquisition and growth, we've become the second-largest provider in the country. Retirement isn't just what we do. It's all we do. Our primary focus is delivering the highest level of service possible to help millions of people just like you work towards a successful future.

Fun Facts

You can look forward to using Empower’s leading website experience to help you plan and manage your retirement savings.

1 Pension & Investments Defined Contribution Survey Ranking as of April 2020.

2 As of January 4, 2021.

Key dates

These dates and times are subject to change. Please see your plan representative for more information.

To make changes to your account before the blackout period, contact T. Rowe Price at

June 27, 2022

Prior to 3 p.m. (Central time)

  • This is your last day to contact T. Rowe Price to request account transactions, including but not limited to contribution changes, investment election changes, loans (if applicable) or withdrawals.

Blackout period begins at 3 p.m. (Central time)

  • Fund transfers, investment elections and deferral changes will be unavailable for the duration of the blackout period.
  • Payroll contributions will continue to be deducted from your paycheck during the transition period and will be deposited into your account after the blackout period is over.
Week of July 10, 2022

Blackout period ends

  • Enjoy full access to your retirement account online and by phone.
  • Return to this website to register your account and log in.

For full details, please see the transition guide on the Transition communications tab.

Dates and times are subject to change.

Empower Retirement, LLC and its affiliates are not affiliated with T. Rowe Price.

Investment information

To see your investment line-up click here.

View your Plans Fund Information


Call Empower at 833-969-ILDC

Retirement representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central time and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central time.

Stay tuned!

Keep an eye on your mailbox as additional information will be sent to your home address in late May.