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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
(15 ILCS 405/) State Comptroller Act.

15 ILCS 405/1

    (15 ILCS 405/1) (from Ch. 15, par. 201)
    Sec. 1. Short title.
    This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "State Comptroller Act".
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/2

    (15 ILCS 405/2) (from Ch. 15, par. 202)
    Sec. 2. Chief fiscal officer.
    The comptroller shall serve as the chief fiscal control officer of the State of Illinois, shall maintain the State's central fiscal accounts, shall order all payments into and out of the funds held by the State Treasurer and, in addition to the powers and duties otherwise provided by law, shall have the powers and duties provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/3

    (15 ILCS 405/3) (from Ch. 15, par. 203)
    Sec. 3. Oath and Bond. Before entering upon the duties of his or her office, the Comptroller shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation prescribed by Article XIII, Section 3 of the constitution and shall give bond payable to the People of the State of Illinois in the sum of $1,000,000 by inclusion in the blanket bond or bonds or self insurance program provided for in Sections 14.1 and 14.2 of the Official Bond Act. The bond shall be conditioned (i) on the faithful discharge of the Comptroller's duties, (ii) on the delivery of all papers, books, records, and other property appertaining to his or her office, whole, safe, and undefaced, to the successor in office, and (iii) on the Comptroller giving such additional bonds as may be legally required.
    The oath or affirmation required by this Section shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98.)

15 ILCS 405/4

    (15 ILCS 405/4) (from Ch. 15, par. 204)
    Sec. 4. Failure to take oath or give bond. If any person elected to the office of comptroller, or appointed to fill a vacancy in that office, fails to give bond or to take the oath or affirmation required under Section 3 on or before the date fixed for commencement of his term, the office becomes vacant. If the comptroller, when required to give additional bond under Section 3, fails to do so within 20 days after notice of such requirement, the Governor may declare that office vacant and appoint a successor in the manner provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 80-1100.)

15 ILCS 405/5

    (15 ILCS 405/5) (from Ch. 15, par. 205)
    Sec. 5. Suit on Bond.
    Whenever the condition of any bond of the comptroller is broken, the Governor shall order suit to be instituted on the bond. Suit on the bond may be instituted and prosecuted to final judgment against the comptroller or his sureties, or one or more of them, jointly or severally, without first establishing the liability of the comptroller by obtaining judgment against him alone.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/6

    (15 ILCS 405/6) (from Ch. 15, par. 206)
    Sec. 6. Official seal.
    The comptroller shall keep an official seal, which shall be used to authenticate all writings, papers, documents and accounts required by law to be certified from his office. Copies of all records, writings, papers and documents legally in his keeping, when certified by the comptroller and authenticated by his official seal, shall be received in evidence in the same manner and with like effect as the originals. All books of account with collectors and other officers and persons with whom the comptroller is under the duty to keep accounts, and certified copies thereof and statements therefrom, authenticated by the comptroller under his official seal, shall be prima facie evidence that these accounts and statements and the amounts thereon shown as due to the State are correct.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/6.01

    (15 ILCS 405/6.01) (from Ch. 15, par. 206.01)
    Sec. 6.01. Specification and establishment of accounting standards and principles. The Comptroller shall specify and establish the financial accounting and reporting standards and principles to be used by all State government and State agencies. The standards and principles shall be effective upon filing by the Comptroller with the Auditor General. The Comptroller shall maintain and publish the standards and principles as a public document. These standards and principles shall be known as the Generally Accepted Accounting Standards and Principles for Illinois State Government, and shall, whenever possible, be compatible with any similar nationally existing generally accepted accounting standards and principles for government.
    In establishing the Generally Accepted Accounting Standards and Principles for Illinois State Government, the Comptroller shall consult with the Governor and the other members of the Executive Branch, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the leadership of the General Assembly and shall provide to these officials draft copies of any proposed standards at least 90 days prior to their adoption and shall consider any responses or suggestions that these officials may present.
(Source: P.A. 86-1415.)

15 ILCS 405/7

    (15 ILCS 405/7) (from Ch. 15, par. 207)
    Sec. 7. State accounting system - State agencies defined - accounts notice of change. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles applicable to government the comptroller shall develop and prescribe for the use of all State agencies a uniform accounting system, applying the encumbrance method of accounting and so designed as to insure compliance with all legal and constitutional requirements including those respecting the receipt and expenditure of and the accountability for public funds.
    For purposes of this Act, "State agencies" or "agencies" means all departments, officers, authorities, public corporations and quasi-public corporations, commissions, boards, institutions, State colleges and universities and all other public agencies created by the State, other than units of local government and school districts. The comptroller shall keep accounts with respect to each State agency which shall accurately reflect the receiving, expending or contracting for the receipt or expenditure of money or other assets on behalf of the State and shall keep accounts of all amounts which may be paid into or out of the State treasury or held or paid out by the State Treasurer.
    In developing rules and regulations to implement the uniform accounting system, and in formulating all subsequent changes to the uniform system, the comptroller shall consult with the director, chairman, or other appropriate head of each State agency. The comptroller shall publish and distribute to each State agency a draft of rules and regulations constituting a proposal for the uniform accounting system a reasonable time before any rules and regulations are adopted to prescribe the uniform accounting system. The comptroller shall receive and consider comments by State agencies and by interested citizens on the published proposal before prescribing the uniform accounting system.
    No change in the uniform accounting system developed and prescribed under this Section may take effect until 30 days have elapsed from the date the comptroller has given written notice of such change to the Governor, Director of Central Management Services, State Treasurer and Auditor General.
(Source: P.A. 82-789.)

15 ILCS 405/8

    (15 ILCS 405/8) (from Ch. 15, par. 208)
    Sec. 8. Uniform system of code numbers--required use.
    In order to simplify methods for accounting and the issuance of warrants, the comptroller may establish a uniform system of code numbers for each appropriation and standard object and purpose therein made by the General Assembly, for each fund in the State treasury, for each fund held by the State Treasurer outside of the State treasury, and without limiting the foregoing, for each budgetary and proprietary account. The prescribed code numbers may identify the agency, division or institution, the purpose of the appropriation, the program, character of expenditure, appropriation act or other expenditure authorization, and the object of expenditure as defined in "An Act in relation to state finance", approved June 10, 1919, as now or hereafter amended. "Character of expenditure" as used in this Section means classification as capital, operating expenses, grants, loans, refunds, debt services, or other similar classification. The Comptroller may also include as part of the uniform system of code numbers, code numbers in such further detail as the comptroller finds necessary or desirable in the exercise of his powers and duties. A list showing the code numbers established pursuant to this Section shall be filed with the Secretary of State as a public record. Such list may be revised from time to time as necessary by filing a new list with the Secretary of State.
    After such a list has been so filed, the code numbers set out therein shall be used on all vouchers submitted to the comptroller and on such other documents and forms as the comptroller may prescribe.
    Copies of any such list filed with the Secretary of State shall be prepared by the comptroller for distribution to each State agency.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/9

    (15 ILCS 405/9) (from Ch. 15, par. 209)
    Sec. 9. Warrants; vouchers; preaudit.
    (a) No payment may be made from public funds held by the State Treasurer in or outside of the State treasury, except by warrant drawn by the Comptroller and presented by him to the treasurer to be countersigned except for payments made pursuant to Section 9.03 or 9.05 of this Act.
    (b) No warrant for the payment of money by the State Treasurer may be drawn by the Comptroller without the presentation of itemized vouchers indicating that the obligation or expenditure is pursuant to law and authorized, and authorizing the Comptroller to order payment.
    (b-1) An itemized voucher for under $5 that is presented to the Comptroller for payment shall not be paid except through electronic funds transfer. This subsection (b-1) does not apply to (i) vouchers presented by the legislative branch of State government, (ii) vouchers presented by the State Treasurer's Office for the payment of unclaimed property claims authorized under the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act, or (iii) vouchers presented by the Department of Revenue for the payment of refunds of taxes administered by the Department.
    (c) The Comptroller shall examine each voucher required by law to be filed with him and determine whether unencumbered appropriations or unencumbered obligational or expenditure authority other than by appropriation are legally available to incur the obligation or to make the expenditure of public funds. If he determines that unencumbered appropriations or other obligational or expenditure authority are not available from which to incur the obligation or make the expenditure, the Comptroller shall refuse to draw a warrant.
    (d) The Comptroller shall examine each voucher and all other documentation required to accompany the voucher, and shall ascertain whether the voucher and documentation meet all requirements established by or pursuant to law. If the Comptroller determines that the voucher and documentation do not meet applicable requirements established by or pursuant to law, he shall refuse to draw a warrant. As used in this Section, "requirements established by or pursuant to law" includes statutory enactments and requirements established by rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this Act.
    (e) Prior to drawing a warrant, the Comptroller may review the voucher, any documentation accompanying the voucher, and any other documentation related to the transaction on file with him, and determine if the transaction is in accordance with the law. If based on his review the Comptroller has reason to believe that such transaction is not in accordance with the law, he shall refuse to draw a warrant.
    (f) Where the Comptroller refuses to draw a warrant pursuant to this Section, he shall maintain separate records of such transactions.
    (g) State agencies shall have the principal responsibility for the preaudit of their encumbrances, expenditures, and other transactions as otherwise required by law.
(Source: P.A. 97-969, eff. 8-16-12; 97-1142, eff. 12-28-12; 98-421, eff. 8-16-13.)

15 ILCS 405/9.01

    (15 ILCS 405/9.01) (from Ch. 15, par. 209.01)
    Sec. 9.01. The Comptroller, with the approval of the State Treasurer, may provide by rule and regulation for the transfer of moneys held by the State Treasurer, whether in or outside the public treasury. Such transfer may be within the same fund or between funds and may be made without the use of the voucher-warrant system. However, documentation of approval of the transfer by the Comptroller, and the Treasurer shall be retained by the Comptroller. The Comptroller, under this Section, shall make a transfer only where the transaction is otherwise pursuant to law and authorized. As used in this Section, a "transfer" is limited to a transaction involving only a State agency or between State agencies exclusively.
(Source: P.A. 81-737.)

15 ILCS 405/9.02

    (15 ILCS 405/9.02) (from Ch. 15, par. 209.02)
    Sec. 9.02. No warrant for the expenditure, disbursement, contract, administration, transfer or use of federal funds by any recipient State agency subject to the reporting requirement of Section 5.1 of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget Act shall be drawn by the Comptroller until the Comptroller receives certification from the recipient agency that such federal funds have been reported to the Bureau as required by that Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

15 ILCS 405/9.03

    (15 ILCS 405/9.03) (from Ch. 15, par. 209.03)
    Sec. 9.03. Direct deposit of State payments.
    (a) The Comptroller, with the approval of the State Treasurer, may provide by rule or regulation for the direct deposit of any payment lawfully payable from the State Treasury and in accordance with federal banking regulations including but not limited to payments to (i) persons paid from personal services, (ii) persons receiving benefit payments from the Comptroller under the State pension systems, (iii) individuals who receive assistance under Articles III, IV, and VI of the Illinois Public Aid Code, (iv) providers of services under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act, (v) providers of community-based mental health services, and (vi) providers of services under programs administered by the State Board of Education, in the accounts of those persons or entities maintained at a bank, savings and loan association, or credit union, where authorized by the payee. The Comptroller also may deposit public aid payments for individuals who receive assistance under Articles III, IV, VI, and X of the Illinois Public Aid Code directly into an electronic benefits transfer account in a financial institution approved by the State Treasurer as prescribed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and in accordance with the rules and regulations of that Department and the rules and regulations adopted by the Comptroller and the State Treasurer. The Comptroller, with the approval of the State Treasurer, may provide by rule for the electronic direct deposit of payments to public agencies and any other payee of the State. The electronic direct deposits may be made to the designated account in those financial institutions specified in this Section for the direct deposit of payments. Within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1994, the Comptroller shall establish a pilot program for the electronic direct deposit of payments to local school districts, municipalities, and units of local government. The payments may be made without the use of the voucher-warrant system, provided that documentation of approval by the Treasurer of each group of payments made by direct deposit shall be retained by the Comptroller. The form and method of the Treasurer's approval shall be established by the rules or regulations adopted by the Comptroller under this Section.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (b-5), all State payments for an employee's payroll or an employee's expense reimbursement must be made through direct deposit. It is the responsibility of the paying State agency to ensure compliance with this mandate. If a State agency pays an employee's payroll or an employee's expense reimbursement without using direct deposit, the Comptroller may charge that employee a processing fee of $2.50 per paper warrant. The processing fee may be withheld from the employee's payment or reimbursement. The amount collected from the fee shall be deposited into the Comptroller's Administrative Fund.
    (b-5) If an employee wants his or her payments deposited into a secure check account, the employee must submit a direct deposit form to the paying State agency for his or her payroll or to the Comptroller for his or her expense reimbursements. Upon acceptance of the direct deposit form, the Comptroller shall disburse those funds to the secure check account. For the purposes of this Section, "secure check account" means an account established with a financial institution for the employee that allows the dispensing of the funds in the account through a third party who dispenses to the employee a paper check.
    (c) All State payments to a vendor that exceed the allowable limit of paper warrants in a fiscal year, by the same agency, must be made through direct deposit. It is the responsibility of the paying State agency to ensure compliance with this mandate. If a State agency pays a vendor more times than the allowable limit in a single fiscal year without using direct deposit, the Comptroller may charge the vendor a processing fee of $2.50 per paper warrant. The processing fee may be withheld from the vendor's payment. The amount collected from the processing fee shall be deposited into the Comptroller's Administrative Fund. The Office of the Comptroller shall define "allowable limit" in the Comptroller's Statewide Accounting Management System (SAMS) manual, except that the allowable limit shall not be less than 30 paper warrants. The Office of the Comptroller shall also provide reasonable notice to all State agencies of the allowable limit of paper warrants.
    (d) State employees covered by provisions in collective bargaining agreements that do not require direct deposit of paychecks are exempt from this mandate. No later than 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, all State agencies must provide to the Office of the Comptroller a list of employees that are exempt under this subsection (d) from the direct deposit mandate. In addition, a State employee or vendor may file a hardship petition with the Office of the Comptroller requesting an exemption from the direct deposit mandate under this Section. A hardship petition shall be made available for download on the Comptroller's official Internet website.
    (e) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the direct deposit of State payments under this Section for an employee's payroll, an employee's expense reimbursement, or a State vendor's payment does not authorize the State to automatically withdraw funds from those accounts.
    (f) For the purposes of this Section, "vendor" means a non-governmental entity with a taxpayer identification number issued by the Social Security Administration or Internal Revenue Service that receives payments through the Comptroller's commercial system. The term does not include State agencies.
    (g) The requirements of this Section do not apply to the legislative or judicial branches of State government.
(Source: P.A. 97-348, eff. 8-12-11; 97-993, eff. 9-16-12; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)

15 ILCS 405/9.03a

    (15 ILCS 405/9.03a)
    Sec. 9.03a. Direct deposit earnings statements.
    (a) For the purposes of this Section:
    "Retirement system" means a retirement system that (i) is established under Article 2, 14, 16, or 18 of the Illinois Pension Code and (ii) processes retirement annuities through the Illinois Comptroller's Office.
    "State agency" means any executive branch State agency, board, or commission that (i) has 50 or more employees and (ii) processes payrolls through the Illinois Comptroller's Office.
    (b) Beginning with State fiscal year 2015 payrolls, each State agency must implement a secure website for its employees to access an electronic version of their earnings statements issued for service on or after July 1, 2014. Before implementing a secure website, each State agency must notify its employees of the website and instruct them on how to access the website. In addition, each State agency must provide its employees with an option to continue receiving a paper version of their earnings statements. If a State agency is unable to establish a secure website before July 1, 2014, it must submit documentation to the Illinois Comptroller's Office stating the reasons it is unable to comply with that requirement by that date, together with a schedule for implementing a secure website. The Comptroller may extend the time for complying with the requirements of this subsection (a) by up to 12 months. Beginning with State fiscal year 2015 payrolls, the Illinois Comptroller's Office shall discontinue printing paper versions of earnings statements for employees who use direct deposit. If an employee notifies his or her employing State agency that he or she wants to continue receiving a paper version of earnings statements or if the State agency is granted an extension under this subsection (b), then, beginning with State fiscal year 2015 payrolls, the State agency shall still be responsible for producing and distributing a paper version of earning statements for its employees. Upon request, the Illinois Comptroller's Office shall continue to print a paper version of earning statements for executive branch State agencies, boards, and commissions with less than 50 employees.
    (c) Beginning with retirement annuity payments for State fiscal year 2015, each retirement system must implement a secure website for its annuitants to access an electronic version of their earnings statements issued for annuity payments payable for State fiscal year 2015 or thereafter. Before implementing a secure website, each retirement system must notify its annuitants of the website and instruct them on how to access the website. In addition, each retirement system must provide its annuitants with an option to continue receiving a paper version of their earnings statements. If a retirement system is unable to establish a secure website before July 1, 2014, it must submit documentation to the Illinois Comptroller's Office stating the reasons it is unable to comply with that requirement by that date, together with a schedule for implementing a secure website. The Comptroller may extend the time for complying with the requirements of this Section by up to 12 months. Beginning with State fiscal year 2015, the Illinois Comptroller's Office shall discontinue printing paper versions of earnings statements for annuitants using direct deposit. If an annuitant notifies his or her retirement system that he or she want to continue receiving a paper version of earnings statements or if the retirement system is granted an extension under this subsection (c), then, beginning with retirement annuity payments for State fiscal year 2015, the retirement system shall still be responsible for producing and distributing a paper version of earning statements for its annuitants.
(Source: P.A. 98-235, eff. 8-9-13.)

15 ILCS 405/9.04

    (15 ILCS 405/9.04) (from Ch. 15, par. 209.04)
    Sec. 9.04. Benefits recoverable under Workers' Compensation Act and Workers' Occupational Diseases Act. Whenever the Comptroller has been notified by the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois of a claim for recovery of excess benefits paid which are recoverable from benefits payable under the Workers' Compensation Act or the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, the Comptroller shall review all vouchers presented for payment of Workers' Compensation or Occupational Disease benefits to the injured party, and shall reject and notify the submitting agency of any such voucher which is subject to the recovery claim of the State Employees' Retirement System.
    Upon receiving notification of the rejection of a voucher under this Section, the State agency shall reprocess the voucher to provide for (1) payment to the State Employees' Retirement System to satisfy its recovery claim, and (2) payment of any excess to the original payee. The State agency shall then promptly resubmit the reprocessed voucher to the Comptroller.
(Source: P.A. 90-37, eff. 6-27-97.)

15 ILCS 405/9.05

    (15 ILCS 405/9.05)
    Sec. 9.05. Electronic benefits transfer.
    (a) For the purpose of this Section, "Department" means the Department of Human Services, "EBT" means the method of electronically distributing financial aid or benefits known as electronic benefits transfer, and "EBT contractor" means an electronic benefits transfer contractor that has been engaged by the Department to provide electronic benefits transfer services.
    (b) There is hereby created a fund outside the State Treasury to be known as the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund. The State Treasurer shall be ex-officio custodian of the Fund.
    (c) The Department shall inform the EBT contractor of the financial assistance cases and benefit amounts authorized by the Department to be made available for each case on the basis of the Department's established benefit distribution schedule under Section 11-3.1 of the Illinois Public Aid Code. At the direction of the Department, the EBT contractor shall process individual transactions for recipients of financial assistance or benefits as authorized by the Department. Concurrently, the Department shall inform the Comptroller of the summary information relating to the individual transactions and shall issue a voucher for the total amount so authorized and present the voucher to the State Comptroller. The Comptroller shall then draw a warrant for that amount to be paid into the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund. Upon receipt of the warrant, the State Treasurer shall pay the indicated amount into the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund.
    (d) Whenever the Department directs the State Treasurer to reimburse an electronic benefits transfer contractor under Section 11-3.1 of the Illinois Public Aid Code after the warrant for that transaction has been drawn by the State Comptroller, the State Treasurer shall transfer the amount of funds directed by the Department to the electronic benefits transfer contractor from the Electronic Benefits Transfer Fund solely for the purpose of reimbursing the contractor for financial assistance distributed to eligible individuals.
    (e) The Department, the State Comptroller, and the State Treasurer shall jointly make any rules necessary to effectively administer this Section.
(Source: P.A. 88-412; 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

15 ILCS 405/9.06

    (15 ILCS 405/9.06)
    Sec. 9.06. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The Department of Labor, the Department of Employment Security, the Department of Revenue, the Office of the State Comptroller, and the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission shall cooperate under the Employee Classification Act by sharing information concerning any suspected misclassification by an employer or entity, as defined in the Employee Classification Act, or one or more employees as independent contractors.
(Source: P.A. 95-26, eff. 1-1-08.)

15 ILCS 405/10

    (15 ILCS 405/10) (from Ch. 15, par. 210)
    Sec. 10. Warrants; procedure. The powers and duties of the Comptroller as respects warrants are set out in the Sections following this Section and preceding Section 11.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

15 ILCS 405/10.01

    (15 ILCS 405/10.01) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.01)
    Sec. 10.01.
    On ascertaining the amount due any person from the treasury or from other funds held by the treasurer, the comptroller shall draw his warrant on the treasury or on such other funds as may be appropriate for the sum due. Warrants shall be directed to the State Treasurer as an order to him to pay the sum due.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/10.02

    (15 ILCS 405/10.02) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.02)
    Sec. 10.02.
    The comptroller shall keep an accurate record of and number all warrants by him drawn.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/10.03

    (15 ILCS 405/10.03) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.03)
    Sec. 10.03.
    The comptroller shall sign, or cause to be signed with a facsimile signature, all warrants for money on the treasury of the State or on other funds held by the treasurer, and shall sign all other papers necessary and proper for the comptroller to sign.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/10.04

    (15 ILCS 405/10.04) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.04)
    Sec. 10.04.
    In all cases where warrants for money are drawn by the comptroller upon the State treasury or on other funds held by the State treasurer, the said warrants, before they are delivered to the person for whose benefit the same are drawn, shall be presented by the comptroller to the State Treasurer, to be countersigned by the treasurer.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/10.05

    (15 ILCS 405/10.05) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.05)
    Sec. 10.05. Deductions from warrants; statement of reason for deduction. Whenever any person shall be entitled to a warrant or other payment from the treasury or other funds held by the State Treasurer, on any account, against whom there shall be any then due and payable account or claim in favor of the State, the United States upon certification by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, or his or her delegate, pursuant to a reciprocal offset agreement under subsection (i-1) of Section 10 of the Illinois State Collection Act of 1986, or a unit of local government, a school district, a public institution of higher education, as defined in Section 1 of the Board of Higher Education Act, or the clerk of a circuit court, upon certification by that entity, the Comptroller, upon notification thereof, shall ascertain the amount due and payable to the State, the United States, the unit of local government, the school district, the public institution of higher education, or the clerk of the circuit court, as aforesaid, and draw a warrant on the treasury or on other funds held by the State Treasurer, stating the amount for which the party was entitled to a warrant or other payment, the amount deducted therefrom, and on what account, and directing the payment of the balance; which warrant or payment as so drawn shall be entered on the books of the Treasurer, and such balance only shall be paid. The Comptroller may deduct any one or more of the following: (i) the entire amount due and payable to the State or a portion of the amount due and payable to the State in accordance with the request of the notifying agency; (ii) the entire amount due and payable to the United States or a portion of the amount due and payable to the United States in accordance with a reciprocal offset agreement under subsection (i-1) of Section 10 of the Illinois State Collection Act of 1986; or (iii) the entire amount due and payable to the unit of local government, school district, public institution of higher education, or clerk of the circuit court, or a portion of the amount due and payable to that entity, in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement authorized under this Section and Section 10.05d. No request from a notifying agency, the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, a unit of local government, a school district, a public institution of higher education, or the clerk of a circuit court for an amount to be deducted under this Section from a wage or salary payment, or from a contractual payment to an individual for personal services, shall exceed 25% of the net amount of such payment. "Net amount" means that part of the earnings of an individual remaining after deduction of any amounts required by law to be withheld. For purposes of this provision, wage, salary or other payments for personal services shall not include final compensation payments for the value of accrued vacation, overtime or sick leave. Whenever the Comptroller draws a warrant or makes a payment involving a deduction ordered under this Section, the Comptroller shall notify the payee and the State agency that submitted the voucher of the reason for the deduction and he or she shall retain a record of such statement in his or her records. As used in this Section, an "account or claim in favor of the State" includes all amounts owing to "State agencies" as defined in Section 7 of this Act. However, the Comptroller shall not be required to accept accounts or claims owing to funds not held by the State Treasurer, where such accounts or claims do not exceed $50, nor shall the Comptroller deduct from funds held by the State Treasurer under the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Property Tax Relief Act or for payments to institutions from the Illinois Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund (unless the Trust Fund moneys are used for child support). The Comptroller shall not deduct from payments to be disbursed from the Child Support Enforcement Trust Fund as provided for under Section 12-10.2 of the Illinois Public Aid Code, except for payments representing interest on child support obligations under Section 10-16.5 of that Code. The Comptroller and the Department of Revenue shall enter into an interagency agreement to establish responsibilities, duties, and procedures relating to deductions from lottery prizes awarded under Section 20.1 of the Illinois Lottery Law. The Comptroller may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Department of Revenue and the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, or his or her delegate, to establish responsibilities, duties, and procedures relating to reciprocal offset of delinquent State and federal obligations pursuant to subsection (i-1) of Section 10 of the Illinois State Collection Act of 1986. The Comptroller may enter into intergovernmental agreements with any unit of local government, school district, public institution of higher education, or clerk of a circuit court to establish responsibilities, duties, and procedures to provide for the offset, by the Comptroller, of obligations owed to those entities.
    For the purposes of this Section, "clerk of a circuit court" means the clerk of a circuit court in any county in the State.
(Source: P.A. 97-269, eff. 12-16-11 (see Section 15 of P.A. 97-632 for the effective date of changes made by P.A. 97-269); 97-632, eff. 12-16-11; 97-689, eff. 6-14-12; 97-884, eff. 8-2-12; 97-970, eff. 8-16-12; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)

15 ILCS 405/10.05a

    (15 ILCS 405/10.05a) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.05a)
    Sec. 10.05a. Deductions from Warrants and Payments for Satisfaction of Past Due Child Support. At the direction of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Comptroller shall deduct from a warrant or other payment described in Section 10.05 of this Act, in accordance with the procedures provided therein, and pay over to the Department or the State Disbursement Unit established under Section 10-26 of the Illinois Public Aid Code, at the direction of the Department, that amount certified as necessary to satisfy, in whole or in part, past due support owed by a person on account of support action being taken by the Department under Article X of the Illinois Public Aid Code, whether or not such support is owed to the State. Such deduction shall have priority over any garnishment except that for payment of state or federal taxes. In the case of joint payees, the Comptroller shall deduct and pay over to the Department or the State Disbursement Unit, as directed by the Department, the entire amount certified. The Comptroller shall provide the Department with the address to which the warrant or other payment was to be mailed and the social security number of each person from whom a deduction is made pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

15 ILCS 405/10.05b

    (15 ILCS 405/10.05b) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.05b)
    Sec. 10.05b. Deduction from Warrants and Payments for Satisfaction of Delinquent Student Loan and Financial Aid Obligations. At the direction of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the Comptroller shall deduct from a warrant or other payment described in Section 10.05 of this Act, in accordance with the procedures provided therein, and pay over to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission that amount certified as necessary to satisfy, in whole or in part: (a) delinquent or defaulted amounts due and owing from a borrower, whether or not due and owing to the State, on any loan guaranteed by that Commission under the Higher Education Student Assistance Act or on any "eligible loan" as that term is defined under the Education Loan Purchase Program Law; and (b) any amounts recoverable under Section 120 of the Higher Education Student Assistance Act, whether or not any amounts so recoverable are due and owing to the State, in a civil action from a person who received a scholarship, grant, monetary award, or guaranteed loan. The Comptroller shall provide the Commission with the address to which the warrant or other payment was to be mailed and the social security number of each person from whom a deduction is made pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-997.)

15 ILCS 405/10.05c

    (15 ILCS 405/10.05c)
    Sec. 10.05c. Deduction from warrants and payments for satisfaction of delinquent federal obligations. Pursuant to the procedures established under a reciprocal offset agreement entered into under Section 10.05 and subsection (i-1) of Section 10 of the Illinois State Collection Act of 1986, the Comptroller shall deduct from a warrant or other payment described in Section 10.05, in accordance with the procedures provided therein, and pay over to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, or his or her delegate, that amount certified as necessary to satisfy, in whole or in part a delinquent federal obligation. The Comptroller shall provide the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, or his or her delegate, with the address to which the warrant or other payment was to be mailed and the social security number of each person from whom a deduction is made pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 97-269, eff. 12-16-11 (see Section 15 of P.A. 97-632 for the effective date of changes made by P.A. 97-269).)

15 ILCS 405/10.05d

    (15 ILCS 405/10.05d)
    Sec. 10.05d. Deductions for delinquent obligations owed to units of local government, school districts, public institutions of higher education, and clerks of the circuit courts. Pursuant to Section 10.05 and this Section, the Comptroller may enter into intergovernmental agreements with a unit of local government, a school district, a public institution of higher education, or the clerk of a circuit court, in order to provide for (i) the use of the Comptroller's offset system to collect delinquent obligations owed to that entity and (ii) the payment to the Comptroller of a processing charge of up to $15 per transaction for offsets processed without the assistance of a third-party vendor and a processing charge of up to $20 per transaction for offsets processed with the assistance of a third-party vendor. A third-party vendor may be selected by the Comptroller, pursuant to lawful procurement practices, in order to provide enhanced identification services to the State. The Comptroller shall deduct, from a warrant or other payment described in Section 10.05, in accordance with the procedures provided therein, its processing charge and the amount certified as necessary to satisfy, in whole or in part, the delinquent obligation owed to the unit of local government, school district, public institution of higher education, or clerk of the circuit court, as applicable. The Comptroller shall provide the unit of local government, school district, public institution of higher education, or clerk of the circuit court, as applicable, with the address to which the warrant or other payment was to be mailed and any other information pertaining to each person from whom a deduction is made pursuant to this Section. All deductions ordered under this Section and processing charges imposed under this Section shall be deposited into the Comptroller Debt Recovery Trust Fund, a special fund that the Comptroller shall use for the collection of deductions and processing charges, as provided by law, and the payment of deductions and administrative expenses, as provided by law.
    Upon processing a deduction, the Comptroller shall give written notice to the person subject to the offset. The notice shall inform the person that he or she may make a written protest to the Comptroller within 60 days after the Comptroller has given notice. The protest shall include the reason for contesting the deduction and any other information that will enable the Comptroller to determine the amount due and payable. The intergovernmental agreement entered into under Section 10.05 and this Section shall establish procedures through which the Comptroller shall determine the validity of the protest and shall make a final disposition concerning the deduction. If the person subject to the offset has not made a written protest within 60 days after the Comptroller has given notice or if a final disposition is made concerning the deduction, the Comptroller shall pay the deduction to the unit of local government, school district, public institution of higher education, or clerk of the circuit court, as applicable, from the Comptroller Debt Recovery Trust Fund.
    For the purposes of this Section, "clerk of a circuit court" means a clerk of the circuit court in any county in the State.
    For purposes of this Section, "third-party vendor" means the vendor selected by the Comptroller to provide enhanced identification services to the State.
(Source: P.A. 97-632, eff. 12-16-11; 97-970, eff. 8-16-12; 98-272, eff. 8-9-13.)

15 ILCS 405/10.06

    (15 ILCS 405/10.06) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.06)
    Sec. 10.06.
    No sale, transfer or assignment of any claim or demand against the state, or right to a warrant on the treasurer, shall prevent or affect the right of the comptroller to make the deduction and off-set provided in the foregoing section.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/10.07

    (15 ILCS 405/10.07) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.07)
    Sec. 10.07. Warrants not presented to the State Treasurer within 12 months of the date of issuance shall be void, and the State Treasurer shall not pay any warrant presented to him or her after 12 months. Each warrant shall clearly bear a warning that it is void after 12 months from the date of issuance. Warrants outstanding after 12 months after issuance by the comptroller shall be cancelled by the comptroller and the State Treasurer. Each warrant shall show on its face the date of its issuance.
(Source: P.A. 89-285, eff. 1-1-96.)

15 ILCS 405/10.08

    (15 ILCS 405/10.08) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.08)
    Sec. 10.08. Warrants undeliverable to the payee. If any warrant is undeliverable to the payee, it shall be returned to the comptroller, who shall if he determines that the warrant is undeliverable mark the face of the warrant "Cancelled for Redeposit", cancel the warrant and transmit notice to the vouchering agency of such cancellation.
    Upon receiving a warrant returned for redeposit, the comptroller may redeposit it with the State Treasurer. Warrants mailed by the comptroller to the payee (or the payee's designated addressee) may be considered undeliverable if returned by the United States Postal Service after attempted delivery or may be remailed once by the comptroller within 30 days of the date of return to a corrected address supplied by the issuing agency except that warrants paying grants to individuals under The Illinois Public Aid Code shall not be remailed. Warrants returned uncashed to the comptroller by any State agency, or by any person other than the payee, may, after inquiry as to its deliverability if the warrant is not void, be treated as an undeliverable warrant under this Section. Warrants returned to the comptroller which he determines to be deliverable or redeliverable shall be mailed by him to the payee or other designated addressee if a reasonable time remains before the warrant shall become void.
(Source: P.A. 90-37, eff. 6-27-97.)

15 ILCS 405/10.09

    (15 ILCS 405/10.09) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.09)
    Sec. 10.09. Any warrant which comes into the possession of a State agency after delivery to the payee or after an attempt to deliver the warrant to the payee shall be promptly returned by the agency to the comptroller, and shall not be redelivered to the payee by any such agency. Upon the receipt of each returned warrant, the comptroller shall treat such warrant as provided in Section 10.08.
(Source: P.A. 80-1100.)

15 ILCS 405/10.10

    (15 ILCS 405/10.10) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.10)
    Sec. 10.10. (a) If any Comptroller's warrant is lost, mislaid or destroyed, or becomes void after issuance, so that it cannot be presented for payment by the person entitled thereto, the Comptroller, at any time before that warrant is paid by the State Treasurer, but within 5 years of the date of issuance, may issue a replacement warrant to the person entitled thereto. If the original warrant was not cancelled or did not become void, the Comptroller, before issuing the replacement warrant, shall issue a stop payment order on the State Treasurer and receive a confirmation of the stop payment order on the original warrant from the State Treasurer.
    (b) Only the person entitled to the original warrant, or his heirs or legal representatives, or a third party to whom it was properly negotiated or the heirs or legal representatives of such party, may request a replacement warrant. In the case of a warrant issued to a payee who dies before the warrant is paid by the State Treasurer and whose estate has been probated pursuant to law, the Comptroller, upon receipt of a certified copy of a judicial order establishing the person or entity entitled to payment, may issue a replacement warrant to such person or entity.
    (c) Within 12 months from the date of issuance of the original warrant, if the original warrant has not been canceled for redeposit, the Comptroller may issue a replacement warrant on the original voucher drawing upon the same fund and charging the same appropriation or other expenditure authorization as the original warrant.
    (d) Within 12 months from the date of issuance of the original warrant, if the original warrant has been canceled for redeposit, and if the issuance of the replacement warrant would not over-obligate the appropriation or other expenditure authority against which it is drawn, the Comptroller may issue the replacement warrant. If the original warrant was issued against an appropriation or other expenditure authority which has lapsed, the replacement warrant shall be drawn on the Warrant Escheat Fund. If the appropriation or other obligational authority against which the replacement warrant is drawn has not lapsed, the Comptroller shall notify the originating agency of the request for a replacement warrant and shall receive a replacement voucher from that agency before drawing the replacement warrant, which shall be drawn on the same fund and charged to the same appropriation or other expenditure authority as the original warrant.
    (e) Within 12 months from the date of issuance of the original warrant, if the original warrant has been canceled for redeposit, the Comptroller may not issue a replacement warrant where such issuance would over-obligate the appropriation or other expenditure authority against which the original warrant was drawn. Whenever the Comptroller is presented with a request for a replacement warrant which may not be issued under the limitation of this subsection, if the appropriation or other expenditure authority against which the original warrant was drawn has not lapsed, the Comptroller shall immediately inform the originating agency of the request and that the request may not be honored because of the resulting over-obligation, and shall request the agency to determine whether or not that agency will take some corrective action before the applicable expenditure authorization lapses. The originating agency shall respond to the Comptroller's inquiry within 5 business days.
    (f) After 12 months from the date of issuance of the original warrant, if the original warrant has not been cancelled for redeposit, the Comptroller shall issue the replacement warrant on the Warrant Escheat Fund.
    (f-5) After 5 years from the date of issuance of the original warrant but no later than 10 years after that date, the Comptroller may issue a replacement warrant on the Warrant Escheat Fund to a person or entity entitled thereto, as those persons and entities are described in subsection (b) of this Section, if the following requirements are met:
        (1) the person or entity verifies that the person or
    
entity is entitled to the original warrant;
        (2) in the case of a warrant that is not presented by
    
the requestor, the paying agency certifies that the original payee is still entitled to the payment; and
        (3) the Comptroller's records are available and
    
confirm that the warrant was not replaced.
    (g) Except as provided in this Section, requests for replacement warrants for more than $500 shall show entitlement to such warrant by including an affidavit, in writing, sworn before a person authorized to administer oaths and affirmations, stating the loss or destruction of the warrant, or the fact that the warrant is void. However, when the written request for a replacement warrant submitted by the person to whom the original warrant was issued is accompanied by the original warrant, no affidavit is required. Requests for replacement warrants for $500 or less shall show entitlement to such warrant by submitting a written statement of the loss or destruction of the warrant, or the fact that the warrant is void on an application form prescribed by the Comptroller. If the person requesting the replacement is in possession of the original warrant, or any part thereof, the original warrant or the part thereof must accompany the request for replacement. The Comptroller shall then draw such replacement warrant, and the treasurer shall pay the replacement warrant. If at the time of a loss or destruction a warrant was negotiated to a third party, however (which fact shall be ascertained by the oath of the party making the application, or otherwise), before the replacement warrant is drawn by the Comptroller, the person requesting the replacement warrant must give the Comptroller a bond or bonds with sufficient sureties, to be approved by the Comptroller, when required by regulation of the Comptroller, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, for the refunding of the amount, together with all costs and charges, should the State afterwards be compelled to pay the original warrant.
(Source: P.A. 98-411, eff. 8-16-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

15 ILCS 405/10.11

    (15 ILCS 405/10.11) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.11)
    Sec. 10.11.
    The comptroller shall credit the treasurer's account with the amount of canceled warrants returned to him by the treasurer at appropriate intervals but at least once each month. The comptroller shall give the treasurer a receipt for such returned warrants, and shall keep a record of the date of their cancellation.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/10.12

    (15 ILCS 405/10.12) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.12)
    Sec. 10.12. Record of receipts for moneys issued by treasurer; charge of account. The comptroller shall record his or her approval of all receipts for moneys issued by the treasurer, and charge the treasurer with the amount thereof.
(Source: P.A. 90-37, eff. 6-27-97.)

15 ILCS 405/10.13

    (15 ILCS 405/10.13)
    Sec. 10.13. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-1112. Repealed by P.A. 98-411, eff. 8-16-13.)

15 ILCS 405/10.14

    (15 ILCS 405/10.14) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.14)
    Sec. 10.14. If a warrant drawn upon the State Treasury or any other fund held by the treasurer is returned uncashed or redeposited by the comptroller or if a warrant has been cashed but the amount for which it was drawn, or any portion thereof, is returned to the State treasury or to a separate fund held by the State Treasurer by reason of an erroneous payment or an overpayment, and the appropriation to which the warrant was charged has not lapsed, the amount so returned shall be credited to such appropriation and shall be available for expenditure, but if the appropriation to which the warrant was charged has lapsed or if the warrant was not charged to an appropriation, the amount so returned shall be credited to the fund on which the warrant was drawn and credited to the expenditure authorization to which the warrant was charged and shall be available for expenditure unless such credit or availability is otherwise prohibited by law.
    When a warrant becomes void and is cancelled under Section 10.07, any money which has been set aside by the comptroller and the State Treasurer for the payment of such warrant shall escheat to the State of Illinois, and shall be paid into the Warrant Escheat Fund. Upon proper proof that any or all of the monies represented by the void warrant constituted an overpayment to which the payee was not entitled, a State agency may have those monies credited to the appropriation to which the void warrant was charged and the monies shall be available for expenditure, but if that appropriation has lapsed or if the warrant was not charged to an appropriation the monies shall be credited to the fund on which the warrant was drawn and credited to the expenditure authorization to which the warrant was charged and shall be available for expenditure unless such credit or availability is otherwise prohibited by law.
(Source: P.A. 80-1100.)

15 ILCS 405/10.15

    (15 ILCS 405/10.15) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.15)
    Sec. 10.15.
    The comptroller, with the approval of the State Treasurer, shall by regulation establish a maximum funding level for the Warrant Escheat Fund which may not be less than $5,000. At least each 3 months, the State Treasurer and comptroller shall transfer to the General Revenue Fund in the State treasury any amount in the Warrant Escheat Fund in excess of the maximum funding level established pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/10.16

    (15 ILCS 405/10.16) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.16)
    Sec. 10.16. If the comptroller refuses to draw and issue a replacement warrant under Section 10.10, persons who are entitled under Section 10.10 to request a replacement warrant may file an action in the Court of Claims for the payment of the sum indicated due on the warrant. For the purpose of the limitations prescribed in Section 22 of "An Act to create the Court of Claims, to prescribe its powers and duties, and to repeal an Act herein named", filed July 17, 1945, as now or hereafter amended, the actions created in this Section shall accrue from the date of the Comptroller's refusal.
(Source: P.A. 86-458.)

15 ILCS 405/10.17

    (15 ILCS 405/10.17) (from Ch. 15, par. 210.17)
    Sec. 10.17. Refusal to draw warrant. Whenever the comptroller shall refuse to draw a warrant pursuant to any voucher, the comptroller shall notify the submitting agency of the reason for the refusal and shall retain a record of the disapproved voucher. If the agency receiving the statement is not the originating agency, it shall transmit such information within 3 days to the originating agency.
(Source: P.A. 90-37, eff. 6-27-97.)

15 ILCS 405/11

    (15 ILCS 405/11) (from Ch. 15, par. 211)
    Sec. 11. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 85-1132. Repealed by P.A. 90-572, eff. date - See Sec. 99-5.)

15 ILCS 405/12

    (15 ILCS 405/12) (from Ch. 15, par. 212)
    Sec. 12. Payroll officer-Payroll voucher forms-Payroll distribution schedule forms.
    The comptroller shall be the State payroll officer, shall maintain the official payroll for all State agencies and shall supervise the issuance of all payroll warrants. The comptroller shall design and approve payroll voucher forms and payroll distribution schedule forms, and any person presenting a payroll voucher or payroll distribution schedule to the comptroller shall use an approved form.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/13

    (15 ILCS 405/13) (from Ch. 15, par. 213)
    Sec. 13. Payment of salaries of State employees - Schedule. The comptroller shall prepare a schedule showing the dates on which all employees of the State shall be paid. All employees shall be paid at least semi-monthly, except that employees of the University of Illinois, Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University who are not subject to the State Universities Civil Service System shall be paid at least once each month. No payment shall be made before the completion of the period for which the compensation is being paid, except that employees leaving the service of the State may be paid at the termination of their period of employment.
    Such schedule shall be prepared showing such dates of payment so as to provide as far as is practical, an even flow of work for issuance of warrants in payment of personal services.
    In making payments for a fractional part of a pay period, that part of the regular compensation for the period shall be paid represented by a fraction, the numerator being the number of days worked and the denominator being the number of work days in the period. However, in making payments for a fractional part of a pay period for positions subject to the jurisdiction of the Department of Central Management Services, that part of the regular compensation shall be paid by deducting an amount determined by multiplying the number of work days without pay by the applicable daily rate as defined within the Department of Central Management Services Pay Plan.
    In employments of a teaching or professional nature in connection with the educational, charitable, penal or reformatory institutions, where the compensation of an employee is based upon an annual salary, a teaching or professional year may be substituted for a calendar year in determining the pay schedule.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)

15 ILCS 405/13.1

    (15 ILCS 405/13.1) (from Ch. 15, par. 213.1)
    Sec. 13.1. Compliance with State Employment Records Act. The Comptroller, for the purpose of facilitating an accurate compilation of the entire State work force as defined and required by the State Employment Records Act, shall report, on a fiscal year basis, the total number of payroll warrants drawn for the payment of salaries for State employees, including contractual payroll system CO-2 vouchers (or their administrative equivalent) or any other information necessary to comply with that Act. The State Employment Records (SER) report shall be maintained and kept on file as public information within the Office of the Comptroller.
    The total number of payroll warrants drawn by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities, the Board of Regents and all educational institutions governed by those boards to be paid from funds retained in their own treasuries shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State by the respective boards and educational institutions in the same manner.
    Multiple payroll warrants issued to the same person shall be noted with multiple warrants counted and reported as one payroll warrant count for the purposes of the State Employment Records Act. The total State remuneration to persons paid by multiple payroll warrants or, if applicable, contractual payroll system CO-2 vouchers, or both, shall be reported separately by agency.
(Source: P.A. 87-1211.)

15 ILCS 405/14

    (15 ILCS 405/14) (from Ch. 15, par. 214)
    Sec. 14. Forms of documents. The Comptroller may prescribe and require State agencies to use forms for all documents required by law in the performance of his duties or which he may reasonably require therefor. The Comptroller may prescribe by rule the general nature of information to be contained in contracts required to be filed with him under Sections 11 and 15 of this Act. Any such rule shall be adopted, amended or repealed as provided by the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    The Comptroller may, when he deems it advisable for the promotion of efficiency in State government, accept magnetic tape vouchers, electronically submitted vouchers, and computer output microfiche vouchers. The Comptroller shall process such vouchers as provided in Section 9. These vouchers shall be subject to conditions and requirements established by the Comptroller.
    Computer output microfiche vouchers shall be deemed original records under the Comptroller's Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

15 ILCS 405/14.01

    (15 ILCS 405/14.01)
    Sec. 14.01. Digital signatures.
    (a) In any communication between a State agency and the Comptroller in which a signature is required or used, any party to the communication may affix a signature by use of a digital signature that complies with the requirements of this Section. The use of a digital signature shall have the same force and effect as the use of a manual signature if and only if it embodies all of the following attributes:
        (1) It is unique to the person using it.
        (2) It is capable of verification.
        (3) It is under the sole control of the person using
    
it.
        (4) It is linked to data in such a manner that if the
    
data are changed, the digital signature is invalidated.
        (5) It conforms to regulations adopted by the
    
Comptroller.
    (b) The use or acceptance of a digital signature shall be at the option of the parties. Nothing in this Section shall require a State agency to use or permit the use of a digital signature.
    (c) "Digital signature" has the meaning ascribed to that term in the Electronic Commerce Security Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-37, eff. 6-27-97; 90-759, eff. 7-1-99.)

15 ILCS 405/15

    (15 ILCS 405/15) (from Ch. 15, par. 215)
    Sec. 15. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 85-1132. Repealed by P.A. 90-572, eff. date - See Sec. 99-5.)

15 ILCS 405/16

    (15 ILCS 405/16) (from Ch. 15, par. 216)
    Sec. 16. Reports from State agencies. The comptroller shall prescribe the form and require the filing of quarterly fiscal reports by each State agency. Within 30 days after the end of each quarter, or at such earlier time as the comptroller by rule requires, each State agency shall file with the comptroller the report of its receipts and collections during the preceding quarter, including receipts and collections of taxes and fees, funds and fund authorizations from sources other than appropriation by the General Assembly, gifts, grants and donations, and income from revenue producing activities or property of or under the control of the agency. The report shall specify the nature, source and fair market value of any assets received, any increase or decrease in its security holdings (other than those held by the State Treasurer), and such other related information as the comptroller, by rule, requires. The report shall, consistent with the uniform State accounting system, account for all encumbrances, transfers, and releases of encumbrances upon assets held by the State agency, except any assets held in trust for another State agency or person, and any additional accounting as may be determined by the comptroller to be necessary for his maintenance of accurate encumbrance accounts for State agencies. The report shall include a separate accounting for each revenue bond issue administered by the particular agency, and shall indicate any changes in authorized or outstanding indebtedness of the agency or of the State through the agency. This Section does not require the duplication of reports concerning security holdings and investment income of the State Treasurer which are issued by the Treasurer pursuant to law.
    In addition to the quarterly reports required by this Section, each agency shall on an annual basis file a report giving that agency's best estimate of the cost of each tax expenditure related to each of the revenue sources administered by the agency. This annual report shall include the agency's best estimate of the cost of each tax expenditure including: (a) a citation of the legal authority for the tax expenditure, the year it was enacted, the fiscal year in which it first took effect, and any subsequent amendments; (b) to the extent that it can be determined, the total cost of the tax expenditure for the preceding fiscal year together with an estimate of the projected cost for the next succeeding fiscal year along with a description of the methodology used to determine or estimate the cost of the tax expenditure; and (c) an assessment of the impact of the tax expenditure on the incidence of the tax in terms of the relative shares of revenue received under the provisions of the tax expenditure and the revenue that would have been received had the tax expenditure not been in effect. For purposes of this Act, the term "tax expenditure" means any tax incentive authorized by law that by exemption, exclusion, deduction, allowance, credit, preferential tax rate, abatement, or other device reduces the amount of tax revenues that would otherwise accrue to the State.
(Source: P.A. 87-847.)

15 ILCS 405/16.1

    (15 ILCS 405/16.1) (from Ch. 15, par. 216.1)
    Sec. 16.1. All reports filed by local governmental units with the Comptroller together with any accompanying comment or explanation immediately becomes part of his public records and shall be open to public inspection. The Comptroller shall make the information contained in such reports available to State agencies and units of local government upon request.
(Source: P.A. 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

15 ILCS 405/16.2

    (15 ILCS 405/16.2)
    Sec. 16.2. Agency fees; report to General Assembly.
    (a) A State agency that imposes fees shall file the Agency Fee Imposition Report Form established under Section 3-8.5 of the Illinois State Auditing Act with the Comptroller at the time the Comptroller specifies by rule.
    (b) The Comptroller shall submit to the General Assembly by September 1 of each year beginning in 1995 a report detailing by agency the information required under the Agency Fee Imposition Report Form.
(Source: P.A. 88-660, eff. 9-16-94.)

15 ILCS 405/17

    (15 ILCS 405/17) (from Ch. 15, par. 217)
    Sec. 17. Inventory control records. The comptroller shall maintain current inventory records of property held by or on behalf of the State or any State agency, which may be copies of the official inventory control records maintained by State agencies or summaries thereof. The Office of the Comptroller shall define reporting requirements and thresholds to be used by State agencies in the Comptroller's Statewide Accounting Management System (SAMS) manual. The Department of Central Management Services and each other State agency so holding such property shall report to the comptroller, on forms prescribed by the comptroller, all property acquired or disposed of by that agency, in such detail and at such times as the comptroller requires, by rule, to maintain accurate, current inventory records. The Department of Central Management Services shall transmit to the comptroller a certified copy of all reports it may issue concerning State property, including its annual report.
(Source: P.A. 98-904, eff. 8-15-14.)

15 ILCS 405/18

    (15 ILCS 405/18) (from Ch. 15, par. 218)
    Sec. 18. Records of bonded indebtedness.
    The comptroller shall maintain current records indicating the outstanding bonded indebtedness of the State and of all State agencies, setting out the State agency incurring the indebtedness, whether general obligation or revenue bonds, the amount of the outstanding indebtedness, maturity schedules, interest rates and such other information as may be required for professional, accurate and current accounting. The treasurer of the State of Illinois shall report to the comptroller each month changes in such outstanding general obligation bonded indebtedness. The comptroller shall maintain similar current records on the amount of authorized indebtedness on which debt has not been incurred.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/19

    (15 ILCS 405/19) (from Ch. 15, par. 219)
    Sec. 19. Financial records - monthly reports - forms.
    (a) The Comptroller shall maintain complete, accurate and current financial records relating to State funds and to other public funds and assets available to, encumbered or expended by each State agency, including trust funds or other moneys not subject to appropriation, setting out all revenues, charges against all funds, fund and appropriation balances, interfund transfers, warrants outstanding and assets and encumbrances, in a manner consistent with the uniform State accounting system prescribed by the Comptroller. Such records shall be public records open to public inspection.
    (b) The Governor, Treasurer, Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, Director of Central Management Services, Auditor General, Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and President and Minority Leader of the Senate shall have access to all records and reports received by the Comptroller from State agencies and to all data and accounts maintained by the Comptroller except as otherwise specifically provided by law. All other State executive officers and heads of State agencies shall have access to reports and accounts relating to their agency or office.
    (c) The Comptroller shall make a report giving notice within 10 days of the establishment of each fund or account consisting of funds not subject to appropriation by the General Assembly.
    Each month the Comptroller shall prepare a report summarizing by State agency and appropriation the above information in such form as will most clearly and accurately set out the current fiscal condition of the State.
    In addition, each month the Comptroller shall prepare a report by detail object account in such form as will most clearly present the status of such accounts.
    (d) The Comptroller shall prescribe forms for the periodic reporting of financial accounts, transactions and other matters by State agencies, compatible with the reports required of the Comptroller under this Section.
    (e) The reports required of the Comptroller under subsection (c) of this Section shall be posted on the website of the Office of the Comptroller.
(Source: P.A. 98-240, eff. 8-9-13.)

15 ILCS 405/19.5

    (15 ILCS 405/19.5)
    Sec. 19.5. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); procedures and reporting.
    (a) On or before October 31, 2012, and on or before each October 31 thereafter, State agencies shall report to the Comptroller all financial information deemed necessary by the Comptroller to compile and publish a comprehensive annual financial report using generally accepted accounting principles for the fiscal year ending June 30 of that year. The Comptroller may require certain State agencies to submit the required information before October 31 under a schedule established by the Comptroller. If a State agency has submitted no or insufficient financial information by October 31, the Comptroller shall serve a written notice to each respective State agency director or secretary about the delinquency or inadequacy of the financial information.
    (b) If the financial information required in subsection (a) is submitted to the Comptroller on or before October 31, the lapse period is not extended past August 31 for the given fiscal year, and the Office of the Auditor General has completed an audit of the comprehensive annual financial report, then the Comptroller shall publish a comprehensive annual financial report using generally accepted accounting principles for the fiscal year ending June 30 of that year by December 31. If the information as required by subsection (a) is not provided to the Comptroller in time to publish the report by December 31, then upon notice from the Comptroller of the delay, each respective State agency director or secretary shall report his or her State agency's delinquency and provide an action plan to bring his or her State agency into compliance to the Comptroller, the Auditor General, the Office of the Governor, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and the President and Minority Leader of the Senate. Upon receiving that report from a State agency director or secretary, the Comptroller shall post that report with the action plan on his or her official website.
    (c) If a comprehensive annual financial report using generally accepted accounting principles cannot be published by December 31 due to insufficient or inadequate reporting to the Comptroller, the lapse period is extended past August 31 for the given fiscal year, or the Office of the Auditor General has not completed an audit of the comprehensive annual financial report, then the Comptroller may issue interim reports containing financial information made available by reporting State agencies until an audit opinion is issued by the Auditor General on the comprehensive annual financial report.
(Source: P.A. 97-408, eff. 8-16-11; 98-240, eff. 8-9-13.)

15 ILCS 405/20

    (15 ILCS 405/20) (from Ch. 15, par. 220)
    Sec. 20. Annual report. The Comptroller shall annually, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year but no later than December 31, make out and present to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives a report, showing the amount of warrants drawn on the treasury, on other funds held by the State Treasurer and on any public funds held by State agencies, during the preceding fiscal year, and stating, particularly, on what account they were drawn, and if drawn on the contingent fund, to whom and for what they were issued. He or she shall, also, at the same time, report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives the amount of money received into the treasury, into other funds held by the State Treasurer and into any other funds held by State agencies during the preceding fiscal year, and stating particularly, the source from which the same may be derived, and also a general account of all the business of his office during the preceding fiscal year. The report shall also summarize for the previous fiscal year the information required under Section 19.
    Within 60 days after the expiration of each calendar year, the Comptroller shall compile, from records maintained and available in his office, a list of all persons including those employed in the Office of the Comptroller, who have been employed by the State during the past calendar year and paid from funds in the hands of the State Treasurer.
    The list shall be arranged according to counties and shall state in alphabetical order the name of each employee, the address in the county in which he votes, except as specified below, the position and the total salary paid to him or her during the past calendar year. For persons employed by the Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Juvenile Justice, Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor, and the Department of State Police, as well as their spouses, no address shall be listed. The list so compiled and arranged shall be kept on file in the office of the Comptroller and be open to inspection by the public at all times.
    No person who utilizes the names obtained from this list for solicitation shall represent that such solicitation is authorized by any officer or agency of the State of Illinois. Violation of this provision is a Business Offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $3,000.
(Source: P.A. 98-411, eff. 8-16-13.)

15 ILCS 405/21

    (15 ILCS 405/21) (from Ch. 15, par. 221)
    Sec. 21. Rules and Regulations - Imprest accounts. The Comptroller shall promulgate rules and regulations to implement the exercise of his or her powers and performance of his or her duties under this Act and to guide and assist State agencies in complying with this Act. Any rule or regulation specifically requiring the approval of the State Treasurer under this Act for adoption by the Comptroller shall require the approval of the State Treasurer for modification or repeal.
    The Comptroller may provide in his or her rules and regulations for periodic transfers, with the approval of the State Treasurer, for use in accordance with the imprest system, subject to the rules and regulations of the Comptroller as respects vouchers, controls and reports, as follows:
        (a) To the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois
    
University, Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, and State Community College of East St. Louis under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Community College Board (abolished under Section 2-12.1 of the Public Community College Act), not to exceed $200,000 for each campus.
        (b) To the Department of Agriculture and the
    
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for the operation and closing of overseas offices, not to exceed $500,000 for each Department for each overseas office.
        (c) To the Department of Agriculture for the purpose
    
of making change for activities at each State Fair, not to exceed $200,000, to be returned within 5 days of the termination of such activity.
        (d) To the Department of Agriculture to pay (i) State
    
Fair premiums and awards and State Fair entertainment contracts at each State Fair, and (ii) ticket refunds for cancelled events. The amount transferred from any fund shall not exceed the appropriation for each specific purpose. This authorization shall terminate each year within 60 days of the close of each State Fair. The Department shall be responsible for withholding State income tax, where necessary, as required by Section 709 of the Illinois Income Tax Act.
        (e) To the State Treasurer to pay for securities'
    
safekeeping charges assessed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System as a consequence of the Treasurer's use of the government securities' book-entry system. This account shall not exceed $25,000.
        (f) To the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy,
    
not to exceed $100,000.
        (g) To the Department of Natural Resources to pay out
    
cash prizes associated with competitions held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, to purchase awards associated with competitions held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, to pay State and national membership dues associated with competitions held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, and to pay State and national membership target fees associated with competitions held at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex. The amount of funds advanced to the account created by this subsection (g) must not exceed $250,000 in any fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 96-785, eff. 8-28-09; 96-1118, eff. 7-20-10; 97-72, eff. 7-1-11; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

15 ILCS 405/22

    (15 ILCS 405/22) (from Ch. 15, par. 222)
    Sec. 22. Transition-Auditor of Public Accounts to comptroller.
    (a) Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, the comptroller shall succeed to all rights, powers, duties and liabilities of the Auditor of Public Accounts in effect on January 7, 1973. Warrants outstanding on the effective date of this Act shall be governed by the law in effect on January 7, 1973, except for such provisions of this Act as may be made applicable to such warrants by regulation adopted by the comptroller with the approval of the State Treasurer. All books, records, equipment, property and personnel held by, in the custody of or employed by the Auditor of Public Accounts on that date shall be transferred to the comptroller on the effective date of this Act. This transfer of personnel from the office of Auditor of Public Accounts to the office of the comptroller shall in no way affect the status of such personnel under the "Personnel Code" or the State Employees Retirement System or as respects any employment benefits to which they were entitled on the day immediately preceding the transfer.
    (b) In order to achieve a smooth and orderly transition from the system of accounts and reports maintained or provided by or for the Auditor of Public Accounts to the new uniform accounting system and the expanded reporting and accountability for public funds required by this Act, and the warrant and payroll procedures required by this Act which may be different from those provided by the law in effect on January 7, 1973, the comptroller may, by interim regulations, provide for the gradual changeover to the new systems, forms and procedures. The complete implementation of the new uniform accounting system and of the forms and procedures for reporting and documentation by all State agencies and the handling of warrants and payroll, as provided by this Act, must be finalized and in effect no later than July 1,1974.
    (c) The Warrant Escheat Fund, a special fund of which the State Treasurer is ex-officio custodian, as heretofore established by law is retained.
(Source: P.A. 77-2807.)

15 ILCS 405/22.1

    (15 ILCS 405/22.1) (from Ch. 15, par. 222.1)
    Sec. 22.1. State Comptroller Local Government Advisory Board. The State Comptroller shall appoint a State Comptroller Local Government Advisory Board consisting of 10 local officials, 5 certified public accountants, and 15 public members. Of the 15 public members at least one shall be a representative of the Illinois Municipal League and at least one shall be a representative of the Township Officials of Illinois. Members of the Board shall serve 3 year terms, except for the initial members from each classification the following terms shall apply: 5 local officials (including representatives of municipalities, counties, and townships) will serve until the first Monday in July 1994, and 5 will serve until the first Monday in July 1995; 3 certified public accountants will serve until the first Monday in July 1994, and 2 will serve until the first Monday in July 1995; 8 public members will serve until the first Monday in July 1994, and 7 will serve until the first Monday in July 1995. Members shall serve until their respective successors are chosen and qualified. This board shall serve the Comptroller in an advisory capacity, but may at any time, by his request or at its own initiative, submit to the Comptroller any recommendations concerning the administration of local governmental finances. Members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(Source: P.A. 90-104, eff. 7-11-97.)

15 ILCS 405/22.2

    (15 ILCS 405/22.2) (from Ch. 15, par. 222.2)
    Sec. 22.2. State Government Suggestion Award Board. Upon request from the State Government Suggestion Award Board, the Comptroller and the Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget may hold in reserve the amounts equal to the savings from the appropriate appropriation line item for the State agency involved. The term "reserve" for the purposes of this Section means that such funds shall not be expended nor obligated for the fiscal year designated by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06; 95-185, eff. 1-1-08.)

15 ILCS 405/23

    (15 ILCS 405/23) (from Ch. 15, par. 223)
    Sec. 23. County treasurer training program. The Comptroller, in consultation with the State Comptroller Local Government Advisory Board, shall establish and conduct a training program for county treasurers. The Comptroller shall issue a certificate to each county treasurer who satisfactorily completes the training program. In the case of any county treasurer who fails to satisfactorily complete the training program, the Comptroller shall so notify the county board of the county in which that treasurer holds office. The Comptroller shall reimburse county treasurers for their reasonable expenses incurred in completing the training program from monies appropriated to the Comptroller for that purpose.
(Source: P.A. 86-1446.)

15 ILCS 405/23.7

    (15 ILCS 405/23.7)
    Sec. 23.7. Comptroller; local government and school district registry. The Comptroller shall establish and maintain a registry of all units of local government and school districts within the State. Information in the registry may include, but shall not be limited to, the name, address, and type of government unit, the names of current elected or appointed office holders, and such other information as the Comptroller may determine. Each county clerk shall notify the Comptroller upon learning of the creation or dissolution of any unit of local government or school district.
(Source: P.A. 98-497, eff. 8-16-13.)

15 ILCS 405/23.9

    (15 ILCS 405/23.9)
    Sec. 23.9. Minority Contractor Opportunity Initiative. The State Comptroller Minority Contractor Opportunity Initiative is created to provide greater opportunities for minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses with 20 or fewer employees in this State to participate in the State procurement process. The initiative shall be administered by the Comptroller. Under this initiative, the Comptroller is responsible for the following: (i) outreach to minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses capable of providing services to the State; (ii) education of minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses concerning State contracting and procurement; (iii) notification of minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses of State contracting opportunities; and (iv) maintenance of an online database of State contracts that identifies the contracts awarded to minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses that includes the total amount paid by State agencies to contractors and the percentage paid to minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses.
    The Comptroller shall work with the Business Enterprise Council created under Section 5 of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act to fulfill the Comptroller's responsibilities under this Section. The Comptroller may rely on the Business Enterprise Council's identification of minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, and businesses owned by persons with disabilities.
    The Comptroller shall annually prepare and submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly concerning the progress of this initiative including the following information for the preceding calendar year: (i) a statement of the total amounts paid by each executive branch agency to contractors since the previous report; (ii) the percentage of the amounts that were paid to minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses; (iii) the successes achieved and the challenges faced by the Comptroller in operating outreach programs for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and small businesses; (iv) the challenges each executive branch agency may face in hiring qualified minority, female, disabled, and small business employees and contracting with qualified minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities, and small businesses; and (iv) any other information, findings, conclusions, and recommendations for legislative or agency action, as the Comptroller deems appropriate.
    On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, any bidder or offeror awarded a contract of $1,000 or more under Section 20-10, 20-15, 20-25, or 20-30 of the Illinois Procurement Code is required to pay a fee of $15 to cover expenses related to the administration of this Section. The Comptroller shall deduct the fee from the first check issued to the vendor under the contract and deposit the fee into the Comptroller's Administrative Fund. Contracts administered for statewide orders placed by agencies (commonly referred to as "statewide master contracts") are exempt from this fee.
(Source: P.A. 97-590, eff. 8-26-11; 98-797, eff. 7-31-14.)

15 ILCS 405/24

    (15 ILCS 405/24)
    Sec. 24. State Comptroller; fees. The State Comptroller shall be paid the following fees:
    For each certification of any instrument, document, or record in the office of the Comptroller: $1.
(Source: P.A. 89-233, eff. 1-1-96.)

15 ILCS 405/25

    (15 ILCS 405/25)
    Sec. 25. Fund. All cost recoveries, fees for services, and governmental grants received by the Comptroller shall be maintained in a special fund in the State treasury, to be known as the Comptroller's Administrative Fund. Moneys in the Comptroller's Administrative Fund may be utilized by the Comptroller, subject to appropriation, in the discharge of the duties of the office.
(Source: P.A. 89-511, eff. 1-1-97.)

15 ILCS 405/26

    (15 ILCS 405/26)
    Sec. 26. Illinois Gives Initiative.
    (a) The Illinois Gives Initiative is hereby created to provide a mechanism whereby an employee or annuitant may authorize the withholding of a portion of his or her salary, wages, or annuity for payment to Illinois chapters of the American Red Cross whose territories include areas affected by a declaration of disaster issued in accordance with Section 7 of the Emergency Management Act.
    (b) The initiative shall be administered by the State Comptroller, who is authorized to:
        (1) develop an electronic mechanism whereby an
    
employee or annuitant may register with the Office of the Comptroller for the withholding to be deducted from the next available scheduled pay period;
        (2) develop policies and procedures necessary for the
    
efficient transmission of the notification of the withholding under this Section to the employee's Payroll Officer or the annuitant's Retirement Agency; and
        (3) develop policies and procedures necessary for the
    
efficient distribution of the withholdings under this Section to designated Illinois chapters of the American Red Cross.
(Source: P.A. 98-700, eff. 7-7-14.)