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TRUSTS AND FIDUCIARIES
(760 ILCS 45/) Common Trust Fund Act.

760 ILCS 45/1

    (760 ILCS 45/1) (from Ch. 17, par. 2101)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the "Common Trust Fund Act".
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 230.)

760 ILCS 45/2

    (760 ILCS 45/2) (from Ch. 17, par. 2102)
    Sec. 2. Definitions.) As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    (a) "Bank or trust company" means any state bank, any national bank, any trust company or any other corporation, qualified to act as a fiduciary in this State.
    (b) "Affiliate" means any state bank, any national bank, any trust company or any other corporation, which is qualified to act as a fiduciary in this or any other State, and which is a member of the same affiliated group (within the meaning of Section 1504 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended) of which the bank or trust company maintaining the particular common trust fund is a member.
    (c) "Fiduciary" means a bank or trust company or an affiliate acting in any of the following capacities, namely: testamentary trustee, trustee appointed by any court, trustee or agent under any written agreement, declaration or instrument of trust, executor, administrator, guardian, or custodian under a uniform transfers to minors act.
    (d) "Common trust fund" means a fund maintained by a bank or trust company exclusively for the collective investment and reinvestment of moneys contributed thereto by the bank or trust company or any affiliate thereof, in the capacity of a fiduciary or co-fiduciary.
    (e) "Custodian under a uniform transfers to minors act", means an account which the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States has determined is established pursuant to a State law which is substantially similar to the "Illinois Uniform Transfers to Minors Act" and with respect to which account the bank or trust company serving as custodian has established to the satisfaction of the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States that it has duties and responsibilities similar to duties and responsibilities of a trustee or guardian.
(Source: P.A. 84-915.)

760 ILCS 45/3

    (760 ILCS 45/3) (from Ch. 17, par. 2103)
    Sec. 3. Establishment of common trust fund. Any bank or trust company may, at and during such time as it is qualified to act as a fiduciary in this State, establish, maintain, and administer one or more common trust funds for the purpose of furnishing investments to itself as a fiduciary, or to itself and another or others as co-fiduciaries. An investment in a common trust fund does not constitute an investment in the various securities composing the common trust fund, but is an investment in the fund as an entity. A bank or trust company, in its capacity as a fiduciary or co-fiduciary, whether that fiduciary capacity arose before or is created after this Act takes effect, may invest funds that it holds for investment in that capacity in interests in one or more common trust funds, subject to the following limitations:
        (1) In the case of a fiduciary other than an
    
administrator, the investment may be made in a common trust fund if such an investment is not expressly prohibited by the instrument, judgment, or order creating the fiduciary relationship, or by an amendment thereof, and if, under the instrument, judgment, or order creating the fiduciary relationship, or an amendment thereof, the funds so held for investment might properly be invested in an investment with the overall investment characteristics of the common trust fund, considered as an entity, and if, in the case of co-fiduciaries, the bank or trust company procures the consent of its co-fiduciary or co-fiduciaries to the investment in those interests. If the instrument creating the fiduciary relationship gives to the bank or trust company the exclusive right to select investments, the consent of the co-fiduciary shall not be required. Any person acting as co-fiduciary with any such bank or trust company is hereby authorized to consent to the investment in those interests.
        (2) In the case of an administrator, the investment
    
may be made upon approval by the court.
        (3) A bank or trust company in establishing,
    
maintaining and administering one or more common trust funds for the purpose of furnishing investments to itself as fiduciary shall have a duty to invest and manage such common trust fund assets as follows:
            (A) The bank or trust company has a duty to
        
invest and manage common trust fund assets as a prudent investor would considering the purposes, terms, distribution requirements, and other circumstances of the common trust fund. This standard requires the exercise of reasonable care, skill, and caution and is to be applied to investments not in isolation, but in the context of the common trust fund portfolio as a whole and as a part of an overall investment strategy that should incorporate risk and return objectives reasonably suitable to the common trust fund.
            (B) No specific investment or course of action
        
is, taken alone, prudent or imprudent. The bank or trust company may invest in every kind of property and type of investment, subject to this Section. The bank or trust company's investment decisions and actions are to be judged in terms of the bank or trust company's reasonable business judgment regarding the anticipated effect on the common trust fund portfolio as a whole under the facts and circumstances prevailing at the time of the decision or action. The standard set forth in this paragraph (3) is a test of conduct and not of resulting performance.
            (C) The circumstances that the bank or trust
        
company may consider in making investment decisions include, without limitation, the general economic conditions, the possible effect of inflation, the role each investment or course of action plays within the overall portfolio, and the expected total return.
            (D) The bank or trust company may invest and
        
reinvest common trust fund assets in interests in any open-end or closed-end management type investment company or investment trust (hereafter referred to as a "mutual fund") registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or may retain, sell, or exchange those interests, provided that the portfolio of the mutual fund, as an entity, is appropriate under the provisions of this Act. The bank or trust company is not prohibited from investing, reinvesting, retaining, or exchanging as common fund assets any interests in any mutual fund for which the bank or trust company or an affiliate acts as advisor or manager solely on the basis that the bank or trust company (or its affiliate) provides services to the mutual fund and receives reasonable remuneration for those services. A bank or trust company or its affiliate is not required to reduce or waive its compensation for services provided in connection with the administration, investment, and management of the common trust fund or a participant in the common trust fund because the bank or trust company invests, reinvests, or retains common trust fund assets in a mutual fund, if the total compensation paid by a participant to the bank or trust company and its affiliates, directly or indirectly, including any common trust fund fees, mutual fund fees, advisory fees, and management fees, is reasonable. However, a bank or trust company may receive fees equal to the amount of those fees that would be paid to any other party under Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 12b-1.
        (4) A bank or trust company may not delegate the
    
investment functions of a common trust fund established or operating under Section 584 of the Internal Revenue Code pursuant to Section 5.1 of the Trusts and Trustees Act except as authorized by the Bureau of the Comptroller of the Currency of the U. S. Department of the Treasury. A bank or trust company may hire one or more agents to give the trustee advice with respect to investments of a common trust fund and pay reasonable and appropriate compensation to the agent provided that the final investment decisions and the exclusive management of the common trust fund remain with the bank or trust company.
        (5) On or after the effective date of this amendatory
    
Act of 1991, this Section applies to all existing and future common trust funds, but only as to actions or inactions occurring after that effective date.
(Source: P.A. 89-344, eff. 8-17-95.)

760 ILCS 45/3.1

    (760 ILCS 45/3.1) (from Ch. 17, par. 2104)
    Sec. 3.1. Participation by affiliates.) Any bank or trust company may include for the purpose of collective investment in any common trust fund or funds established, maintained and administered by it, funds held by an affiliate in its capacity as fiduciary or co-fiduciary, provided that the funds so held would be eligible for investment in the common trust fund or funds, had such common trust fund or funds been established, maintained and administered by the affiliate. Such participation by an affiliate may be pursuant to agreement providing for payment of reasonable compensation by the affiliate to the bank or trust company maintaining the fund or funds.
(Source: P.A. 80-772.)

760 ILCS 45/4

    (760 ILCS 45/4) (from Ch. 17, par. 2105)
    Sec. 4. Written plan.) Each common trust fund shall be established, administered and maintained in accordance with a written declaration of trust, herein referred to as the "plan", prepared by the bank or trust company and approved by resolution of its board of directors. The plan shall make provision, not inconsistent with this Act, as to the following matters: (1) the manner in which the fund is to be operated, (2) the investment powers of the bank or trust company with respect to the fund, including the character and kind of investments which may be purchased for the fund, (3) the allocation and apportionment of income, profits and losses, (4) the terms and conditions governing the admission or withdrawal of investments or participations in the fund, (5) the auditing and settlement of accounts of the bank or trust company with respect to the fund, (6) the basis and method of valuing assets in the fund, (7) the basis upon which the fund may be terminated, and (8) such other matters as may be necessary or proper to define clearly the rights of participants in the common trust fund. The plan may provide that if a bond or other obligation for the payment of money is acquired as an investment for any common trust fund at a cost in excess of the par or maturity value thereof, such excess cost need not be amortized out of income within the common trust fund itself; if the plan, however, should provide for the amortization of such excess cost out of the income of such obligation, then such amortization shall be made during but not beyond the period that such obligation is held as an investment in such fund by deducting from each receipt of income and adding to principal an amount equal to the sum obtained by dividing such excess cost by the number of periodic payments of income to accrue on such obligation from the date of such acquisition until its maturity date. The plan may provide that Series G United States Savings Bonds, or any other United States Bonds of any kind or series which are purchasable at a price equivalent to the maturity value thereof and which provide for a decline in redemption value at any time or times between purchase and maturity, (a) may be purchased at any time for the common trust fund, (b) may be transferred from a participating trust to the common trust fund at par or maturity value in lieu of a contribution of money, and (c) shall at all times and for all purposes of the common trust fund be valued at par or maturity value. The provisions of the plan shall control all participations in the fund and the rights and benefits of all persons interested in such participations, as beneficiaries or otherwise. The plan may be amended from time to time pursuant to resolution of the board of directors of the bank or trust company. A copy of the plan shall be available at the principal office of the bank or trust company and any affiliate thereof during all regular business hours, for inspection by any person having an interest in a trust, any funds of which are invested in a participation in the common trust fund, and upon reasonable request a copy of the plan shall be furnished to such person.
(Source: P.A. 80-772.)

760 ILCS 45/5

    (760 ILCS 45/5) (from Ch. 17, par. 2106)
    Sec. 5. Management of the common trust funds. Title to all assets of the common trust fund shall, at all times, be vested in the bank or trust company, as trustee of the common trust fund, and such assets shall be deemed to be held by the bank or trust company, as such trustee. The bank or trust company may, however, hold any of the assets of a common trust fund in the name of a nominee, provided the records of such common trust fund clearly show the ownership of the asset to be in the bank or trust company, as trustee of the common trust fund, and the facts regarding its holding. The bank or trust company shall have the exclusive management and control of each common trust fund administered by it, and the sole right at any time to sell, convert, reinvest, exchange, transfer or otherwise change or dispose of the assets comprising the fund. The bank or trust company shall, at least once each year, cause an audit of each common trust fund administered by it to be made by a certified public accountant or a public accountant registered in the State of Illinois. A copy of each such audit shall be available at the principal office of the bank or trust company and any affiliate thereof during all regular business hours, for inspection by any person having an interest in a trust, any funds of which are invested in a participation in such common trust fund, and upon reasonable request a copy of any such audit shall be furnished to such person. The reasonable expense of any such audit made by an independent certified public accountant or by an independent public accountant registered in the State of Illinois may be charged to the principal or income of the common trust fund, or partly to each, as the bank or trust company may determine. The bank or trust company may charge a fee for the management of any common trust fund administered by it, and such fee may be charged in whole or in part against the common trust fund, provided that the fractional part of such fee proportionate to the interest of each participant shall not, when added to any other compensations charged by the bank or trust company or any affiliate thereof to the participant, exceed the total amount of compensations which would have been charged to said participant if no assets of said participant had been invested in participations in the fund. If, however, the common trust is invested in a mutual fund for which the bank or trust company or an affiliate provides services and receives compensation, then the total compensation paid by a participant to the bank or trust company and its affiliates, directly or indirectly, including any common trust fund fees, mutual fees, advisory fees, and management fees, must be reasonable. The bank or trust company may reimburse itself out of the common trust fund for such reasonable expense incurred by it in the administration of such fund as would have been chargeable to the respective participating fiduciary accounts, if incurred in the separate administration of those accounts.
(Source: P.A. 89-344, eff. 8-17-95.)

760 ILCS 45/6

    (760 ILCS 45/6) (from Ch. 17, par. 2107)
    Sec. 6. Participation in common trust fund.) The bank or trust company shall designate clearly upon its records the names of the fiduciary accounts on behalf of which the bank or trust company, or any affiliate thereof, as fiduciary or co-fiduciary, owns a participation in the common trust fund, and the extent of the interest of such fiduciary accounts therein. No interest in a common trust fund shall be negotiable or assignable. No fiduciary account holding a participation in a common trust fund shall have, or be deemed to have, any ownership or interest in any particular asset or investment in the common trust fund, but shall have only its proportionate beneficial interest in the fund as a whole.
(Source: P.A. 80-772.)

760 ILCS 45/7

    (760 ILCS 45/7) (from Ch. 17, par. 2108)
    Sec. 7. Severability. If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions or applications of the Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are declared to be severable.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 230.)

760 ILCS 45/8

    (760 ILCS 45/8)
    Sec. 8. Reliance on Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate. No fiduciary or other person shall be liable under this Act for any act done or omitted in good faith in conformity with any rule, interpretation, or opinion issued by the Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate, notwithstanding that after the act or omission has occurred, the rule, opinion, or interpretation upon which reliance is placed is amended, rescinded, or determined by judicial or other authority to be invalid for any reason.
(Source: P.A. 90-161, eff. 7-23-97.)