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PENSIONS
(40 ILCS 5/) Illinois Pension Code.

40 ILCS 5/13-306

    (40 ILCS 5/13-306) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-306)
    Sec. 13-306. Computation of surviving spouse's annuity.
    (a) Computation of the annuity. The surviving spouse's annuity shall be equal to 60% of the retirement annuity earned and accrued to the credit of the deceased employee, whether death occurs while in service or after withdrawal, plus 1% for each year of total service of the employee to a maximum of 85%; provided, however, that if the employee's death arises out of and in the course of the employee's service to the employer and is compensable under either the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act or Illinois Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, the surviving spouse's annuity is payable regardless of the employee's length of service and shall be not less than 50% of the employee's salary at the date of death.
    For any death in service the early retirement discount required under Section 13-302(b) shall not be applied in computing the retirement annuity upon which is based the surviving spouse's annuity.
    For any death after withdrawal and prior to application for annuity benefits, the early retirement discount required under Section 13-302(b) shall be applied in computing the retirement annuity upon which the surviving spouse's annuity is based. The maximum age discount applied to the employee's retirement annuity shall not exceed 60%.
    Further, the annuity for a surviving spouse of a withdrawn employee who was eligible for an annuity upon attainment of age 62 pursuant to Section 13-301(b) but who died prior to age 60 shall be based upon an employee annuity that has been reduced by 1/2% for each full month between the date the surviving spouse's annuity begins and the employee's attainment of age 60.
    (b) Reciprocal service. For any employee or annuitant who retires on or after July 1, 1985 and whose death occurs after January 1, 1991, having at least 15 years of service with the employer under this Article, and who was eligible at the time of death or elected at the time of retirement to have his or her retirement annuity calculated as provided in Section 20-131 of this Code, the surviving spouse benefit shall be calculated as of the date of the employee's death as indicated in subsection (a) as a percentage of the employee's total benefit as if all service had been with the employer. That benefit shall then be reduced by the amounts payable by each of the reciprocal funds as of the date of death so that the total surviving spouse benefit at that date will be equal to the benefit which would have been payable had all service been with the employer under this Article.
    (c) Discount for age differential. The annuity for a surviving spouse shall be discounted by 0.25% for each full month that the spouse is younger than the employee as of the date of withdrawal from service or death in service to a maximum discount of 60% of the surviving spouse annuity as calculated under subsections (a), (b), and (e) of this Section. The discount shall be reduced by 10% for each full year the marriage has been in continuous effect as of the date of withdrawal or death in service. There shall be no discount if the marriage has been in continuous effect for 10 full years or more at the time of withdrawal or death in service.
    (d) Annual increase. Effective August 23, 1989, on the first day of each calendar month in which there occurs an anniversary of the employee's date of retirement or date of death, whichever occurred first, the surviving spouse's annuity, other than a term annuity under Section 13-307, shall be increased by an amount equal to 3% of the amount of the annuity. Beginning January 1, 1993, all annual increases payable under this subsection (or any predecessor provision of this Article) shall be calculated at the rate of 3% of the monthly annuity payable at the time of the increase, including any increases previously granted under this Article.
    Beginning January 1, 1993, surviving spouse annuitants whose deceased spouse died, retired or withdrew from service before August 23, 1989 with at least 10 years of service under this Article shall be eligible for the annual increases provided under this subsection.
    (e) Minimum surviving spouse's annuity.
        (1) Beginning January 1, 1993, the minimum monthly
    
surviving spouse's annuity shall be $500 for any annuitant whose deceased spouse had at least 10 years of service under this Article, other than a surviving spouse who is a term annuitant or whose deceased spouse began receiving a retirement annuity under this Article before attainment of age 60. Any such surviving spouse annuitant who is receiving a monthly annuity of less than $500 shall have the annuity increased to $500 on that date.
        Beginning January 1, 1993, the minimum monthly
    
surviving spouse's annuity shall be $250 for any annuitant (other than a term or reciprocal annuitant or an annuitant survivor under subsection (d) of Section 13-301) whose deceased spouse had less than 10 years of service under this Article, and for any annuitant (other than a term annuitant) whose deceased spouse had at least 10 years of service under this Article and began receiving a retirement annuity under this Article before attainment of age 60. Any such surviving spouse annuitant who is receiving a monthly annuity of less than $250 shall have the annuity increased to $250 on that date.
        (2) Beginning August 1, 2001 (and without regard to
    
whether the deceased spouse was in service on or after that date), the minimum monthly surviving spouse's annuity for any annuitant whose deceased spouse had at least 10 years of service shall be the greater of the following:
            (A) An amount equal to $500, plus $25 for each
        
year of the deceased spouse's service in excess of 10, not to exceed $750 for an annuitant whose deceased spouse had 20 or more years of service. This subdivision (A) is not applicable if the deceased spouse received a retirement annuity that was subject to an early retirement discount.
            (B) An amount equal to (i) 50% of the retirement
        
annuity earned and accrued to the credit of the deceased spouse at the time of death, plus (ii) the amount of any annual increases applicable to the surviving spouse's annuity (including the amount of any reversionary annuity) under subsection (d) before July 12, 2001. In any case in which a refund of excess contributions for the surviving spouse annuity has been paid by the Fund and the surviving spouse annuity is increased due to the application of this subdivision (B), the amount of that refund shall be recovered by the Fund as an offset against the amount of the increase in annuity arising from the application of this subdivision (B).
            In the case of a reciprocal annuity, the minimum
        
annuity calculated under this subdivision (e)(2) shall apply only if the deceased spouse of the annuitant had at least 10 years of service under this Article, and the amount of the minimum annuity shall be reduced by the sum of all the reciprocal annuities payable to the annuitant by other participating systems under Article 20 of this Code.
            The minimum annuity calculated under this
        
subdivision (e)(2) is in addition to the amount of any reversionary annuity that may be payable.
        (3) Beginning August 1, 2001 (and without regard to
    
whether the deceased spouse was in service on or after that date), any surviving spouse who is receiving a term annuity under Section 13-307 or any predecessor provision of this Article may have that term annuity recalculated and converted to a minimum surviving spouse annuity under this subsection (e).
        (4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this
    
subsection, beginning August 1, 2001, an annuitant whose deceased spouse retired before August 23, 1989 with at least 10 years of service under this Article but before attaining age 60 (regardless of whether the retirement annuity was subject to an early retirement discount) shall be entitled to the same minimum monthly surviving spouse's annuity under this subsection as an annuitant whose deceased spouse retired with at least 10 years of service under this Article and after attaining age 60. Further notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, beginning on the first day of the month following the month in which this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly takes effect, an annuitant whose deceased spouse retired on or after August 23, 1989 with at least 10 years of service under this Article but before attaining age 60 (regardless of whether the retirement annuity was subject to an early retirement discount) shall be entitled to the same minimum monthly surviving spouse's annuity under this subsection as an annuitant whose deceased spouse retired with at least 10 years of service under this Article and after attaining age 60.
        (5) The minimum annuity provided under this
    
subsection (e) shall be subject to the age discount provided under subsection (c) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-621, eff. 8-18-05.)

40 ILCS 5/13-307

    (40 ILCS 5/13-307) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-307)
    Sec. 13-307. Term annuity. Whenever a retirement or surviving spouse annuity is less than $200 per month, it may be converted to a term annuity in the amount of $200 per month to be paid for such period as is determined in accordance with actuarial tables adopted by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-308

    (40 ILCS 5/13-308) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-308)
    Sec. 13-308. Child's annuity.
    (a) Eligibility. A child's annuity shall be provided for each unmarried child under the age of 18 years (under the age of 23 years in the case of a full-time student) whose employee parent dies while in service, or whose deceased parent is an annuitant or former employee with at least 10 years of creditable service who did not take a refund of employee contributions. Eligibility for benefits to unmarried children over the age of 18 but under the age of 23 begins no earlier than September 1, 2005.
    For purposes of this Section, "employee" includes a former employee, and "child" means the issue of an employee or a child adopted by an employee.
    Payments shall cease when a child attains the age of 18 years (age of 23 years in the case of a full-time student) or marries, whichever first occurs. The annuity shall not be payable unless the employee has been employed as an employee for at least 36 months from the date of the employee's original entry into service (at least 24 months in the case of an employee who first entered service before June 13, 1997) and at least 12 months from the date of the employee's latest re-entry into service; provided, however, that if death arises out of and in the course of service to the employer and is compensable under either the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act or Illinois Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, the annuity is payable regardless of the employee's length of service.
    (b) Amount. Beginning on the first day of the month following the month in which this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly takes effect, a child's annuity shall be $500 per month for each child, up to a maximum of $5,000 per month for all children of the employee, as provided in this Section, if a parent of the child is living. The child's annuity shall be $1,000 per month for each child, up to a maximum of $5,000 for all children of the employee, when neither parent is alive. The total amount payable to all children of the employee shall be divided equally among those children.
    (c) Payment. Until a child attains the age of 18 years, a child's annuity shall be paid to the child's parent or other person who shall be providing for the child without requiring formal letters of guardianship, unless another person shall be appointed by a court of law as guardian. Beginning on the first day of the month following the month in which this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly takes effect, benefits shall begin on the first of the month following the employee's or annuitant's date of death and are payable for the full month if the annuitant was alive on the first day of the month.
(Source: P.A. 95-279, eff. 1-1-08; 96-251, eff. 8-11-09.)

40 ILCS 5/13-309

    (40 ILCS 5/13-309) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-309)
    Sec. 13-309. Duty disability benefit.
    (a) Any employee who becomes disabled, which disability is the result of an injury or illness compensable under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act or the Illinois Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, is entitled to a duty disability benefit during the period of disability for which the employee does not receive any part of salary, or any part of a retirement annuity under this Article; except that in the case of an employee who first enters service on or after June 13, 1997 and becomes disabled before August 18, 2005 (the effective date of Public Act 94-621), a duty disability benefit is not payable for the first 3 days of disability that would otherwise be payable under this Section if the disability does not continue for at least 11 additional days. The changes made to this Section by Public Act 94-621 are prospective only and do not entitle an employee to a duty disability benefit for the first 3 days of any disability that occurred before that effective date and did not continue for at least 11 additional days. This benefit shall be 75% of salary at the date disability begins. However, if the disability in any measure resulted from any physical defect or disease which existed at the time such injury was sustained or such illness commenced, the duty disability benefit shall be 50% of salary.
    Unless the employer acknowledges that the disability is a result of injury or illness compensable under the Workers' Compensation Act or the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, the duty disability benefit shall not be payable until the issue of compensability under those Acts is finally adjudicated. The period of disability shall be as determined by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission or acknowledged by the employer.
    An employee in service before June 13, 1997 shall also receive a child's disability benefit during the period of disability of $10 per month for each unmarried natural or adopted child of the employee under 18 years of age.
    The first payment shall be made not later than one month after the benefit is granted, and subsequent payments shall be made at least monthly. The Board shall by rule prescribe for the payment of such benefits on the basis of the amount of salary lost during the period of disability.
    (b) The benefit shall be allowed only if all of the following requirements are met by the employee:
        (1) Application is made to the Board.
        (2) A medical report is submitted by at least one
    
licensed and practicing physician as part of the employee's application.
        (3) The employee is examined by at least one licensed
    
and practicing physician appointed by the Board and found to be in a disabled physical condition, and shall be re-examined at least annually thereafter during the continuance of disability. The employee need not be examined by a licensed and practicing physician appointed by the Board if the attorney for the district certifies in writing that the employee is entitled to receive compensation under the Workers' Compensation Act or the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act. The Board may require other evidence of disability.
    (c) The benefit shall terminate when:
        (1) The employee returns to work or receives a
    
retirement annuity paid wholly or in part under this Article;
        (2) The disability ceases;
        (3) The employee attains age 65, but if the employee
    
becomes disabled at age 60 or later, benefits may be extended for a period of no more than 5 years after disablement;
        (4) The employee (i) refuses to submit to reasonable
    
examinations by physicians or other health professionals appointed by the Board, (ii) fails or refuses to consent to and sign an authorization allowing the Board to receive copies of or to examine the employee's medical and hospital records, or (iii) fails or refuses to provide complete information regarding any other employment for compensation he or she has received since becoming disabled; or
        (5) The employee willfully and continuously refuses
    
to follow medical advice and treatment to enable the employee to return to work. However this provision does not apply to an employee who relies in good faith on treatment by prayer through spiritual means alone in accordance with the tenets and practice of a recognized church or religious denomination, by a duly accredited practitioner thereof.
    In the case of a duty disability recipient who returns to work, the employee must make application to the Retirement Board within 2 years from the date the employee last received duty disability benefits in order to become again entitled to duty disability benefits based on the injury for which a duty disability benefit was theretofore paid.
(Source: P.A. 95-586, eff. 8-31-07; 96-251, eff. 8-11-09.)

40 ILCS 5/13-310

    (40 ILCS 5/13-310) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-310)
    Sec. 13-310. Ordinary disability benefit.
    (a) Any employee who becomes disabled as the result of any cause other than injury or illness incurred in the performance of duty for the employer or any other employer, or while engaged in self-employment activities, shall be entitled to an ordinary disability benefit. The eligible period for this benefit shall be 25% of the employee's total actual service prior to the date of disability with a cumulative maximum period of 5 years.
    (b) The benefit shall be allowed only if the employee files an application in writing with the Board, and a medical report is submitted by at least one licensed and practicing physician as part of the employee's application.
    The benefit is not payable for any disability which begins during any period of unpaid leave of absence. No benefit shall be allowed for any period of disability prior to 30 days before application is made, unless the Board finds good cause for the delay in filing the application. The benefit shall not be paid during any period for which the employee receives or is entitled to receive any part of salary.
    The benefit is not payable for any disability which begins during any period of absence from duty other than allowable vacation time in any calendar year. An employee whose disability begins during any such ineligible period of absence from service may not receive benefits until the employee recovers from the disability and is in service for at least 15 consecutive working days after such recovery.
    In the case of an employee who first enters service on or after June 13, 1997, an ordinary disability benefit is not payable for the first 3 days of disability that would otherwise be payable under this Section if the disability does not continue for at least 11 additional days.
    Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, an employee who first entered service on or after June 13, 1997 is also eligible for ordinary disability benefits on the 31st day after the last day worked, provided all sick leave is exhausted.
    (c) The benefit shall be 50% of the employee's salary at the date of disability, and shall terminate when the earliest of the following occurs:
        (1) The employee returns to work or receives a
    
retirement annuity paid wholly or in part under this Article;
        (2) The disability ceases;
        (3) The employee willfully and continuously refuses
    
to follow medical advice and treatment to enable the employee to return to work. However this provision does not apply to an employee who relies in good faith on treatment by prayer through spiritual means alone in accordance with the tenets and practice of a recognized church or religious denomination, by a duly accredited practitioner thereof;
        (4) The employee (i) refuses to submit to a
    
reasonable physical examination within 30 days of application by a physician appointed by the Board, (ii) in the case of chronic alcoholism, the employee refuses to join a rehabilitation program licensed by the Department of Public Health of the State of Illinois and certified by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, (iii) fails or refuses to consent to and sign an authorization allowing the Board to receive copies of or to examine the employee's medical and hospital records, or (iv) fails or refuses to provide complete information regarding any other employment for compensation he or she has received since becoming disabled; or
        (5) The eligible period for this benefit has been
    
exhausted.
    The first payment of the benefit shall be made not later than one month after the same has been granted, and subsequent payments shall be made at intervals of not more than 30 days.
(Source: P.A. 94-621, eff. 8-18-05.)

40 ILCS 5/13-311

    (40 ILCS 5/13-311) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-311)
    Sec. 13-311. Credit for Workers' Compensation payments. If an employee, or an employee's spouse or children, receives compensation under any workers' compensation or occupational diseases law, the benefit payable under this Article shall be reduced by the amount of the compensation so received if the amount is less than the annuity or benefit. If the compensation exceeds the annuity or benefit, no payment of annuity or benefit shall be made until the period of time has elapsed when the annuity or benefit payable at the rates provided in this Article equals the amount of such compensation. However, the commutation of compensation to a lump sum basis as provided in the workers' compensation or occupational diseases law shall not increase the annuity or benefit provided under this Article; the annuity or benefit to be paid hereunder shall be based on the amount of compensation awarded under such laws prior to commutation of such compensation. No interest shall be considered in these calculations.
(Source: P.A. 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)