(40 ILCS 5/3-112)
(from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 3-112)
Pension to survivors.
(a) Upon the death of a police officer entitled to a pension under Section
3-111, the surviving spouse shall be entitled to the pension to which the
police officer was then entitled. Upon the death of the surviving spouse,
or upon the remarriage of the surviving spouse if that remarriage
terminates the surviving spouse's eligibility under Section 3-121, the police
officer's unmarried children who are under age 18 or who are dependent because
of physical or mental disability shall be entitled to equal shares of such
pension. If there is no eligible surviving spouse and no eligible child, the
dependent parent or parents of the officer shall be entitled to receive or
share such pension until their death or marriage or remarriage after the death
of the police officer.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, for a person who first becomes a police officer under this Article on or after January 1, 2011, the pension to which the surviving spouse, children, or parents are entitled under this subsection (a) shall be in the amount of 66 2/3% of the police officer's earned pension at the date of death. Nothing in this subsection (a) shall act to diminish the survivor's
benefits described in subsection (e) of this Section.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the monthly pension
of a survivor of a person who first becomes a police officer under this Article on or after January 1, 2011 shall be increased on the January 1 after attainment of age 60 by the recipient of the survivor's pension and
each January 1 thereafter by 3% or one-half the annual unadjusted percentage increase (but not less than zero) in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the September preceding each November 1, whichever is less, of the originally granted survivor's pension. If the annual unadjusted percentage change in
the consumer price index-u for a 12-month period ending in September is zero or, when compared with the preceding period, decreases, then the survivor's pension shall not
For the purposes of this subsection (a), "consumer price index-u" means the index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor that measures the average change in prices of goods and services purchased by all urban consumers, United States city average, all items, 1982-84 = 100. The new amount resulting from each annual adjustment shall be determined by the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance and made available to the boards of the pension funds.
(b) Upon the death of a police officer while in service, having at least
20 years of creditable service, or upon the death of a police officer who
retired from service with at least 20 years of creditable service, whether
death occurs before or after attainment of age 50, the pension earned by
the police officer as of the date of death as provided in Section 3-111
shall be paid to the survivors in the sequence provided in subsection (a)
of this Section.
(c) Upon the death of a police officer while in service, having at least
10 but less than 20 years of service, a pension of 1/2 of the salary attached
to the rank or ranks held by the officer for one year immediately
prior to death shall be payable to the survivors in the sequence provided
in subsection (a) of this Section. If death occurs as a result of the
performance of duty, the 10 year requirement shall not apply and the
pension to survivors shall be payable after any period of service.
(d) Beginning July 1, 1987, a minimum pension of $400 per month shall
be paid to all surviving spouses, without regard to the fact that the death
of the police officer occurred prior to that date.
If the minimum pension established in Section 3-113.1 is greater than the
minimum provided in this subsection, the Section 3-113.1 minimum controls.
(e) The pension of the surviving spouse of a police officer who dies (i)
on or after January 1, 2001, (ii) without having begun to receive either a
retirement pension payable under Section 3-111 or a disability pension payable
under Section 3-114.1, 3-114.2, 3-114.3, or 3-114.6, and (iii) as a result of
sickness, accident, or injury incurred in or resulting from the performance of
an act of duty shall not be less than 100% of the salary attached to the rank
held by the deceased police officer on the last day of service, notwithstanding
any provision in this Article to the contrary.
(Source: P.A. 96-1495, eff. 1-1-11.)