For the purposes of this Section, the Governor may make a nomination and the Senate may confirm the nominee in advance of the commencement of the nominee's term of office.
(e) The 6 elected trustees shall be elected within 90 days after April 3, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-6) for a term beginning on the 90th day after that effective date. Trustees shall be elected thereafter as terms expire for a 6-year term beginning July 15 next following their election, and such election shall be held on May 1, or on May 2 when May 1 falls on a Sunday. The board may establish rules for the election of trustees to implement the provisions of Public Act 96-6 and for future elections. Candidates for the participating trustee shall be nominated by petitions in writing, signed by not less than 400 participants with their addresses shown opposite their names. Candidates for the annuitant trustee shall be nominated by petitions in writing, signed by not less than 100 annuitants with their addresses shown opposite their names. If there is more than one qualified nominee for each elected trustee, then the board shall conduct a secret ballot election by mail for that trustee, in accordance with rules as established by the board. If there is only one qualified person nominated by petition for each elected trustee, then the election as required by this Section shall not be conducted for that trustee and the board shall declare such nominee duly elected. A vacancy occurring in the elective membership of the board shall be filled for the unexpired term by the elected trustees serving on the board for the remainder of the term. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude the adoption of rules providing for internet or phone balloting in addition, or as an alternative, to election by mail.
(f) A vacancy in the appointed membership on the board of trustees caused by resignation,
death, expiration of term of office, or other reason shall be filled by a
qualified person appointed by the Governor for the remainder of the unexpired
(g) Trustees (other than the trustees incumbent on June 30, 1995 or as provided in subsection (c) of this Section)
shall continue in office until their respective successors are appointed
and have qualified, except that a trustee appointed to one of the
participant positions shall be disqualified immediately upon the termination of
his or her status as a participant and a trustee appointed to one of the
annuitant positions shall be disqualified immediately upon the termination of
his or her status as an annuitant receiving a retirement annuity.
(h) Each trustee must take an oath of office
before a notary public of this State and shall qualify as a trustee upon the
presentation to the board of a certified copy of the oath. The oath must state
that the person will diligently and honestly administer the affairs of the
retirement system, and will not knowingly violate or willfully permit to be
violated any provisions of this Article.
Each trustee shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for
expenses necessarily incurred in attending board meetings and carrying out his
or her duties as a trustee or officer of the system.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)