Illinois Teachers Retirement System, Springfield, is accepting bids for a passive U.S. equity manager to run $3.7 billion. Existing manager State Street Global Advisors can rebid, according to a statement from the $21 billion system. Callan Associates is handling the search.
Separately, the system terminated AllianceBernstein Institutional, which ran $636 million in active domestic large-cap value equities, due to concerns over pending Enron litigation, according to a statement from the system. Hired as partial replacements for AllianceBernstein were Bear Stearns and Boston Partners, which will run $145 million each in the same asset class.
"Were surprised by the development, given the excellent performance over the course of the relationship (since April 1998). Enron was not a stock ever owned in this portfolio, said Marc Mayer, AllianceBernstein Institutional executive vice president of marketing and sales.
Trustees also reduced the systems fixed-income allocation to 26% from 35%. As part of the downsizing, the board terminated Chicago Capital Management, which ran $675 million in active domestic fixed income, and Julius Baer, which managed $612 million in active international fixed income.