Each qualified organization shall submit to the State Comptroller between
January 1 and March 1 of each year, a statement that the organization is in
compliance with all of the requirements set forth in paragraphs (2) through
(10). The State Comptroller shall exclude any organization that fails to
submit the statement from the next solicitation period.
In order to be designated as a qualified organization, the organization shall
have existed at least 2 years prior to submitting the written or electronic designation forms
required in paragraph (1) and shall certify to the State Comptroller that such
organization has been providing services described in paragraph (5) in
Illinois. If the organization seeking designation represents more than one
benefiting agency, it need not have existed for 2 years but shall certify to
the State Comptroller that each of its benefiting agencies has existed for at
least 2 years prior to submitting the written or electronic designation forms required in
paragraph (1) and that each has been providing services described in paragraph
(5) in Illinois.
Organizations which have met the requirements of this Act shall be
permitted to participate in the State and Universities Combined Appeal as
of January 1st of the year immediately following their approval by the
Where the certifications described in paragraphs (2), (3), (4),
(5), (6), (7), (8), (9), and (10) above are made by an organization
representing more than
one benefiting agency they shall be based upon the knowledge and belief of
such qualified organization. Any qualified organization shall immediately
notify the State Comptroller in writing if the qualified organization
receives information or otherwise believes that a benefiting agency is no
longer in compliance with the certification of the qualified organization.
A qualified organization representing more than one benefiting agency shall
thereafter withhold and refrain from distributing to such benefiting agency
those funds received pursuant to this Act until the benefiting agency is
again in compliance with the qualified organization's certification. The
qualified organization shall immediately notify the State Comptroller of
the benefiting agency's resumed compliance with the certification, based
upon the qualified organization's knowledge and belief, and shall pay over
to the benefiting agency those funds previously withheld.
In order to qualify, a qualified organization must receive 250 deduction pledges from the immediately preceding solicitation period as set forth in Section 6. The Comptroller shall, by February 1st of each year, so notify any
qualified organization that failed to receive the minimum deduction requirement. The notification shall give such qualified
organization until March 1st to provide the Comptroller with documentation
that the minimum deduction requirement has been met. On the basis of all the
documentation, the Comptroller shall, by March 15th of each year, submit to
the Governor or his or her designee, or such other agency as may be
determined by the Governor, a list of all organizations which have met the minimum
payroll deduction requirement. Only those organizations which have met such
requirements, as well as the other requirements of this Section, shall be
permitted to solicit State employees or State annuitants for voluntary
contributions, and the Comptroller shall discontinue withholding for any
such organization which fails to meet these requirements, except qualified organizations that received deduction pledges during the 2004 solicitation period are deemed to be qualified for the 2005 solicitation period.
(c) "United Fund" means the organization conducting the single, annual,
consolidated effort to secure funds for distribution to agencies engaged
in charitable and public health, welfare and services purposes, which is
commonly known as the United Fund, or the organization which serves in place
of the United Fund organization in communities where an organization known
as the United Fund is not organized.
In order for a United Fund to participate in the State and Universities
Employees Combined Appeal, it shall comply with the provisions of paragraph (9)
of subsection (b).
(d) "State and Universities Employees Combined Appeal",
otherwise known as "SECA", means the State-directed joint effort of all of the
qualified organizations, together with the United Funds, for the solicitation
of voluntary contributions from State and University employees and State
(e) "Retirement system" means any or all of the following: the General
Assembly Retirement System, the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois,
the State Universities Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of
the State of Illinois, and the Judges Retirement System.
(f) "State annuitant" means a person receiving an annuity or disability
benefit under Article 2, 14, 15, 16, or 18 of the Illinois Pension Code.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15