(40 ILCS 5/17-125) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 17-125)
    Sec. 17-125. Refund of contributions. Upon certification by the Employer of his resignation or cancellation of his teaching certificate prior to completion of the minimum term of service required to establish eligibility for a pension and on written application therefor, a teacher shall be paid a refund of all the amounts he has contributed to the Fund, less any former refund that has not been repaid.
    Upon certification by the Employer of his resignation or cancellation of his teaching certificate after completion of the minimum term of service required to establish eligibility for a pension and on written application therefor, a teacher shall be paid a refund of all the amounts he has contributed, less (1) any former refund that has not been repaid, and (2) pension payments received, provided he has executed and delivered to the Board his written receipt and release in that behalf. Thereupon, he shall have no further interest in or claim against the Fund.
    A request for refund under either of the preceding paragraphs shall be considered valid if withdrawal from service occurred at least 2 months prior to the filing of such request.
    Upon retirement of a teacher either on immediate or deferred pension, if the teacher is not then married, or if his spouse or children do not meet the qualifying conditions for survivor's or children's pensions, the total amount contributed by him or otherwise paid by deductions from salary for survivor's pension, shall be refunded to him, without interest. No survivor's or children's pension rights shall be effective thereafter in such a case.
    During a teacher's term of service, no refund is payable except contributions made in error.
(Source: P.A. 90-566, eff. 1-2-98.)