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PENSIONS
(40 ILCS 5/) Illinois Pension Code.

40 ILCS 5/14-141

    (40 ILCS 5/14-141) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-141)
    Sec. 14-141. Duties of Director of Central Management Services. The Director of Central Management Services in considering all payroll vouchers which are required under "An Act in relation to State finance", approved June 10, 1919, as amended, to be approved by the Department of Central Management Services before warrants are drawn by the State Comptroller, shall approve such payrolls if they are prepared in accordance with Section 14-140 of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 82-789.)

40 ILCS 5/14-142

    (40 ILCS 5/14-142) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-142)
    Sec. 14-142. Duties of Director of Central Management Services. The Director of Central Management Services in passing on payroll vouchers as required under the provisions of the "Personnel Code", approved July 18, 1955, as amended, shall approve the payroll vouchers if they are prepared in accordance with Section 14-140 of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 82-789.)

40 ILCS 5/14-143

    (40 ILCS 5/14-143) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-143)
    Sec. 14-143. Duties of State Comptroller. The State Comptroller shall draw warrants or prepare direct deposit transmittals upon the State Treasurer payable from the funds of this system for purposes provided for in this Article upon the presentation of vouchers approved by the Executive Secretary of the board in accordance with authorization of the board.
    The Comptroller, in drawing warrants for items of salary and wages on payroll vouchers certified by a department, shall deduct the employee contribution to be withheld therefrom in accordance with this Article, as certified in such payroll vouchers and shall draw a warrant made payable to the system for the total of the contributions so withheld on each such payroll voucher.
(Source: P.A. 82-391.)

40 ILCS 5/14-144

    (40 ILCS 5/14-144) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-144)
    Sec. 14-144. Authorizations. Members shall, by virtue of the payment of the contributions required to be paid to this system, receive a vested interest in their accumulated contributions in the system, and, in consideration of such vested interest, each member is deemed to have agreed to and authorized the deductions from salary of all contributions payable to this system.
    Payment of salary as prescribed by law or as contracted by a department, less the amounts of contributions provided in this Article, shall, together with such special vested rights, be a full and complete discharge of all claims of payments for service rendered by a member to the State during the period covered by any such payment.
(Source: P.A. 80-841.)

40 ILCS 5/14-145

    (40 ILCS 5/14-145) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-145)
    Sec. 14-145. Retirement systems reciprocal act. The Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act, Article 20 of this Code, as now or hereafter amended, is adopted and made a part of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 80-841.)

40 ILCS 5/14-146

    (40 ILCS 5/14-146) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-146)
    Sec. 14-146. Undivided interests. The assets of the system shall be invested as one fund, and no particular person, group of persons or entity shall have any right in any specific security or property, or in any item of cash other than an undivided interest in the whole as specified in this Article as it now exists or is subsequently amended.
(Source: P.A. 80-841.)

40 ILCS 5/14-147

    (40 ILCS 5/14-147) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-147)
    Sec. 14-147. Annuities, etc. - Exempt. Except as provided in this Article, all moneys in the fund created by this Article, and all securities and other property of the System, and all annuities and other benefits payable under this Article, and all accumulated contributions and other credits of employees in this System, and the right of any person to receive an annuity or other benefit under this Article, or a refund or return of contributions, shall not be subject to judgment, execution, garnishment, attachment, or other seizure by process, in bankruptcy or otherwise, nor to sale, pledge, mortgage or other alienation, and shall not be assignable. A person receiving an annuity or benefit, or refund or return of contributions, may authorize withholding from such annuity, benefit, refund or return of contributions in accordance with the provisions of the "State Salary and Annuity Withholding Act", approved August 21, 1961, as now or hereafter amended.
    The General Assembly finds and declares that the amendment to this Section made by this amendatory Act of 1989 is a clarification of existing law, and an indication of its previous intent in enacting and amending this Section. Notwithstanding Section 1-103.1, application of this amendment shall not be limited to persons in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989.
(Source: P.A. 86-273.)

40 ILCS 5/14-148

    (40 ILCS 5/14-148) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-148)
    Sec. 14-148. Fraud. Any person who knowingly makes any false statement, or falsifies or permits to be falsified any record of this system, in any attempt to defraud the system, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 80-841.)

40 ILCS 5/14-148.1

    (40 ILCS 5/14-148.1)
    Sec. 14-148.1. Mistake in benefit. If the System mistakenly sets any benefit at an incorrect amount, it shall recalculate the benefit as soon as may be practicable after the mistake is discovered.
    If the benefit was mistakenly set too low, the System shall make a lump sum payment to the recipient of an amount equal to the difference between the benefits that should have been paid and those actually paid.
    If the benefit was mistakenly set too high, the System may recover the amount overpaid from the recipient thereof, either directly or by deducting such amount from the remaining benefits payable to the recipient. However, if (1) the amount of the benefit was mistakenly set too high, and (2) the error was undiscovered for 3 years or longer, and (3) the error was not the result of incorrect information supplied by the affected member or beneficiary, then upon discovery of the mistake the benefit shall be adjusted to the correct level, but the recipient of the benefit need not repay to the System the excess amounts received in error.
    This Section applies to all mistakes in benefit calculations that occur before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 98-1117, eff. 8-26-14.)

40 ILCS 5/14-149

    (40 ILCS 5/14-149) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-149)
    Sec. 14-149. Felony conviction. None of the benefits herein provided for shall be paid to any person who is convicted of any felony relating to or arising out of or in connection with his service as an employee.
    This Section shall not operate to impair any contract or vested right heretofore acquired under any law or laws continued in this Article nor to preclude the right to a refund.
    All future entrants entering service subsequent to July 9, 1955 shall be deemed to have consented to the provisions of this section as a condition of coverage.
(Source: P.A. 80-841.)

40 ILCS 5/14-150

    (40 ILCS 5/14-150) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-150)
    Sec. 14-150. Administrative review. The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the retirement board provided for under this Article. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

40 ILCS 5/14-151

    (40 ILCS 5/14-151) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-151)
    Sec. 14-151. General provisions and savings clause. The provisions of Article 1 and Article 23 of this Code apply to this Article as though such provisions were fully set forth in this Article as a part thereof.
(Source: P.A. 80-841.)

40 ILCS 5/14-152

    (40 ILCS 5/14-152) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 14-152)
    Sec. 14-152. The amendments to Sections 14-123, 14-123.1 and 14-124 of this Article (relating to attainment of age 70) made by this amendatory Act of 1989 shall be retroactive to January 1, 1987.
(Source: P.A. 86-272.)

40 ILCS 5/14-152.1

    (40 ILCS 5/14-152.1)
    Sec. 14-152.1. Application and expiration of new benefit increases.
    (a) As used in this Section, "new benefit increase" means an increase in the amount of any benefit provided under this Article, or an expansion of the conditions of eligibility for any benefit under this Article, that results from an amendment to this Code that takes effect after June 1, 2005 (the effective date of Public Act 94-4). "New benefit increase", however, does not include any benefit increase resulting from the changes made to this Article by Public Act 96-37 or by this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code or any subsequent amendment to this Code, every new benefit increase is subject to this Section and shall be deemed to be granted only in conformance with and contingent upon compliance with the provisions of this Section.
    (c) The Public Act enacting a new benefit increase must identify and provide for payment to the System of additional funding at least sufficient to fund the resulting annual increase in cost to the System as it accrues.
    Every new benefit increase is contingent upon the General Assembly providing the additional funding required under this subsection. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability shall analyze whether adequate additional funding has been provided for the new benefit increase and shall report its analysis to the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance. A new benefit increase created by a Public Act that does not include the additional funding required under this subsection is null and void. If the Public Pension Division determines that the additional funding provided for a new benefit increase under this subsection is or has become inadequate, it may so certify to the Governor and the State Comptroller and, in the absence of corrective action by the General Assembly, the new benefit increase shall expire at the end of the fiscal year in which the certification is made.
    (d) Every new benefit increase shall expire 5 years after its effective date or on such earlier date as may be specified in the language enacting the new benefit increase or provided under subsection (c). This does not prevent the General Assembly from extending or re-creating a new benefit increase by law.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided in the language creating the new benefit increase, a new benefit increase that expires under this Section continues to apply to persons who applied and qualified for the affected benefit while the new benefit increase was in effect and to the affected beneficiaries and alternate payees of such persons, but does not apply to any other person, including without limitation a person who continues in service after the expiration date and did not apply and qualify for the affected benefit while the new benefit increase was in effect.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/14-152.2

    (40 ILCS 5/14-152.2)
    Sec. 14-152.2. New benefit increases. The General Assembly finds and declares that the amendment to Section 14-104 made by this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly that allows members to establish creditable service for certain participation in the University of Illinois Government Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) constitutes a new benefit increase within the meaning of Section 14-152.1. Funding for this new benefit increase will be provided by additional employee contributions under subsection (r) of Section 14-104.
(Source: P.A. 95-652, eff. 10-11-07.)

40 ILCS 5/14-153.3

    (40 ILCS 5/14-153.3)
    Sec. 14-153.3. Termination of plan. Upon plan termination, a member's interest in the pension fund will be nonforfeitable.
(Source: P.A. 98-1117, eff. 8-26-14.)

40 ILCS 5/14-155

    (40 ILCS 5/14-155)
    Sec. 14-155. Defined contribution plan.
    (a) By July 1, 2015, the System shall prepare and implement a voluntary defined contribution plan for up to 5% of eligible active Tier 1 members. The System shall determine the 5% cap by the number of active Tier 1 members on the effective date of this Section. The defined contribution plan developed under this Section shall be a plan that aggregates employer and employee contributions in individual participant accounts which, after meeting any other requirements, are used for payouts after retirement in accordance with this Section and any other applicable laws.
    As used in this Section, "defined benefit plan" means the retirement plan available under this Article to Tier 1 members who have not made the election authorized under this Section.
        (1) Under the defined contribution plan, an active
    
Tier 1 member of this System could elect to cease accruing benefits in the defined benefit plan under this Article and begin accruing benefits for future service in the defined contribution plan. Service credit under the defined contribution plan may be used for determining retirement eligibility under the defined benefit plan.
        (2) Participants in the defined contribution plan
    
shall pay employee contributions at the same rate as Tier 1 members in this System who do not participate in the defined contribution plan.
        (3) State contributions shall be paid into the
    
accounts of all participants in the defined contribution plan at a uniform rate, expressed as a percentage of compensation and determined for each year. This rate shall be no higher than the employer's normal cost for Tier 1 members in the defined benefit plan for that year, as determined by the System and expressed as a percentage of compensation, and shall be no lower than 3% of compensation. The State shall adjust this rate annually.
        (4) The defined contribution plan shall require 5
    
years of participation in the defined contribution plan before vesting in State contributions. If the participant fails to vest in them, the State contributions, and the earnings thereon, shall be forfeited.
        (5) The defined contribution plan may provide for
    
participants in the plan to be eligible for the defined disability benefits available to other participants under this Article. If it does, the System shall reduce the employee contributions credited to the member's defined contribution plan account by an amount determined by the System to cover the cost of offering such benefits.
        (6) The defined contribution plan shall provide a
    
variety of options for investments. These options shall include investments handled by the Illinois State Board of Investment as well as private sector investment options.
        (7) The defined contribution plan shall provide a
    
variety of options for payouts to retirees and their survivors.
        (8) To the extent authorized under federal law and
    
as authorized by the System, the plan shall allow former participants in the plan to transfer or roll over employee and vested State contributions, and the earnings thereon, into other qualified retirement plans.
        (9) The System shall reduce the employee
    
contributions credited to the member's defined contribution plan account by an amount determined by the System to cover the cost of offering these benefits and any applicable administrative fees.
    (b) Only persons who are active Tier 1 members of the System on the effective date of this Section are eligible to participate in the defined contribution plan. Participation in the defined contribution plan shall be limited to the first 5% of eligible persons who elect to participate. The election to participate in the defined contribution plan is voluntary and irrevocable.
    (c) An eligible Tier 1 employee may irrevocably elect to participate in the defined contribution plan by filing with the System a written application to participate that is received by the System prior to its determination that 5% of eligible persons have elected to participate in the defined contribution plan.
    When the System first determines that 5% of eligible persons have elected to participate in the defined contribution plan, the System shall provide notice to previously eligible employees that the plan is no longer available and shall cease accepting applications to participate.
    (d) The System shall make a good faith effort to contact each active Tier 1 member who is eligible to participate in the defined contribution plan. The System shall mail information describing the option to join the defined contribution plan to each of these employees to his or her last known address on file with the System. If the employee is not responsive to other means of contact, it is sufficient for the System to publish the details of the option on its website.
    Upon request for further information describing the option, the System shall provide employees with information from the System before exercising the option to join the plan, including information on the impact to their vested benefits or non-vested service. The individual consultation shall include projections of the member's defined benefits at retirement or earlier termination of service and the value of the member's account at retirement or earlier termination of service. The System shall not provide advice or counseling with respect to whether the employee should exercise the option. The System shall inform Tier 1 employees who are eligible to participate in the defined contribution plan that they may also wish to obtain information and counsel relating to their option from any other available source, including but not limited to labor organizations, private counsel, and financial advisors.
    (e) In no event shall the System, its staff, its authorized representatives, or the Board be liable for any information given to an employee under this Section. The System may coordinate with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services and other retirement systems administering a defined contribution plan in accordance with this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly to provide information concerning the impact of the option set forth in this Section.
    (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, no person shall begin participating in the defined contribution plan until it has attained qualified plan status and received all necessary approvals from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
    (g) The System shall report on its progress under this Section, including the available details of the defined contribution plan and the System's plans for informing eligible Tier 1 members about the plan, to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before January 15, 2015.
    (h) The Illinois State Board of Investments shall be the plan sponsor for the defined contribution plan established under this Section.
    (i) The intent of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly is to ensure that the State's normal cost of participation in the defined contribution plan is similar, and if possible equal, to the State's normal cost of participation in the defined benefit plan, unless a lower State's normal cost is necessary to ensure cost neutrality.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/14-156

    (40 ILCS 5/14-156)
    Sec. 14-156. Defined contribution plan; termination. If the defined contribution plan is terminated or becomes inoperative pursuant to law, then each participant in the plan shall automatically be deemed to have been a contributing Tier 1 member in the System's defined benefit plan during the time in which he or she participated in the defined contribution plan, and for that purpose the System shall be entitled to recover the amounts in the participant's defined contribution accounts.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/Art. 15

 
    (40 ILCS 5/Art. 15 heading)
ARTICLE 15. STATE UNIVERSITIES RETIREMENT SYSTEM

40 ILCS 5/15-101

    (40 ILCS 5/15-101) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-101)
    Sec. 15-101. Creation of system. A retirement system is created to provide retirement annuities and other benefits for employees, as defined in this Article, and their dependents.
    The system shall be known and may be cited as State Universities Retirement System. All the business of the system shall be transacted in that name.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-102

    (40 ILCS 5/15-102) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-102)
    Sec. 15-102. Terms defined. The terms used in this Article shall have the meanings ascribed to them in Sections 15-103 through 15-198, except when the context otherwise requires.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-103

    (40 ILCS 5/15-103) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-103)
    Sec. 15-103. System. "System": The State Universities Retirement System.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-103.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-103.1)
    Sec. 15-103.1. Traditional Benefit Package. "Traditional benefit package": The defined benefit retirement program maintained under the System which includes retirement annuities payable directly from the System as provided in Sections 15-135 through 15-140 (but disregarding Section 15-136.4), disability retirement annuities payable under Section 15-153.2, death benefits payable directly from the System as provided in Sections 15-141 through 15-144, survivors insurance benefits payable directly from the System as provided in Sections 15-145 through 15-149, and contribution refunds as provided in Section 15-154. The traditional benefit package also includes disability benefits as provided in Sections 15-150 through 15-153.3.
(Source: P.A. 90-766, eff. 8-14-98.)

40 ILCS 5/15-103.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-103.2)
    Sec. 15-103.2. Portable Benefit Package. "Portable benefit package": The defined benefit retirement program maintained under the System which includes retirement annuities payable directly from the System as provided in Sections 15-135 through 15-139 (specifically including Section 15-136.4), disability retirement annuities payable under Section 15-153.2, death benefits payable directly from the System as provided in Sections 15-141 through 15-144, and contribution refunds as provided in Section 15-154. The portable benefit package also includes disability benefits as provided in Sections 15-150 through 15-153.3. The portable benefit package does not include the survivors insurance benefits payable directly from the System as provided in Sections 15-145 through 15-149.
(Source: P.A. 90-766, eff. 8-14-98.)

40 ILCS 5/15-103.3

    (40 ILCS 5/15-103.3)
    Sec. 15-103.3. Self-Managed Plan. "Self-managed plan": The defined contribution retirement program maintained under the System as described in Section 15-158.2. The self-managed plan also includes disability benefits as provided in Sections 15-150 through 15-153.3 (but disregarding disability retirement annuities under Section 15-153.2). The self-managed plan does not include retirement annuities, death benefits, or survivors insurance benefits payable directly from the System as provided in Sections 15-135 through 15-149 and Section 15-153.2, or refunds determined under Section 15-154.
(Source: P.A. 90-766, eff. 8-14-98.)

40 ILCS 5/15-104

    (40 ILCS 5/15-104) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-104)
    Sec. 15-104. The 1941 Act. "The 1941 Act": "An Act to provide for the creation, maintenance and administration of a Retirement System for the benefit of the staff members and employees of the state universities and certain affiliated organizations, certain other state educational and scientific agencies, and the survivors, dependents and other beneficiaries of such employees", approved July 21, 1941 as amended, and repealed in 1963.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-105

    (40 ILCS 5/15-105) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-105)
    Sec. 15-105. Board.
    "Board": The Board of Trustees of the System.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-106

    (40 ILCS 5/15-106) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-106)
    Sec. 15-106. Employer. "Employer": 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, the State Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the University Civil Service Merit Board, the Board of Trustees of the State Universities Retirement System, the Illinois Community College Board, community college boards, any association of community college boards organized under Section 3-55 of the Public Community College Act, the Board of Examiners established under the Illinois Public Accounting Act, and, only during the period for which employer contributions required under Section 15-155 are paid, the following organizations: the alumni associations, the foundations and the athletic associations which are affiliated with the universities and colleges included in this Section as employers. An individual that begins employment after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly with an entity not defined as an employer in this Section shall not be deemed an employee for the purposes of this Article with respect to that employment and shall not be eligible to participate in the System with respect to that employment; provided, however, that those individuals who are both employed and already participants in the System on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall be allowed to continue as participants in the System for the duration of that employment and continue to earn service credit.
    Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, an individual who begins employment with any of the following employers on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall not be deemed an employee and shall not be eligible to participate in the System with respect to that employment: any association of community college boards organized under Section 3-55 of the Public Community College Act, the Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, or the Illinois Special Olympics; provided, however, that those individuals who are both employed and already participants in the System on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall be allowed to continue as participants in the System for the duration of that employment and continue to earn service credit.
    A department as defined in Section 14-103.04 is an employer for any person appointed by the Governor under the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois who is a participating employee as defined in Section 15-109. The Department of Central Management Services is an employer with respect to persons employed by the State Board of Higher Education in positions with the Illinois Century Network as of June 30, 2004 who remain continuously employed after that date by the Department of Central Management Services in positions with the Illinois Century Network, the Bureau of Communication and Computer Services, or, if applicable, any successor bureau.
    The cities of Champaign and Urbana shall be considered employers, but only during the period for which contributions are required to be made under subsection (b-1) of Section 15-155 and only with respect to individuals described in subsection (h) of Section 15-107.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-107

    (40 ILCS 5/15-107) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-107)
    Sec. 15-107. Employee.
    (a) "Employee" means any member of the educational, administrative, secretarial, clerical, mechanical, labor or other staff of an employer whose employment is permanent and continuous or who is employed in a position in which services are expected to be rendered on a continuous basis for at least 4 months or one academic term, whichever is less, who (A) receives payment for personal services on a warrant issued pursuant to a payroll voucher certified by an employer and drawn by the State Comptroller upon the State Treasurer or by an employer upon trust, federal or other funds, or (B) is on a leave of absence without pay. Employment which is irregular, intermittent or temporary shall not be considered continuous for purposes of this paragraph.
    However, a person is not an "employee" if he or she:
        (1) is a student enrolled in and regularly attending
    
classes in a college or university which is an employer, and is employed on a temporary basis at less than full time;
        (2) is currently receiving a retirement annuity or a
    
disability retirement annuity under Section 15-153.2 from this System;
        (3) is on a military leave of absence;
        (4) is eligible to participate in the Federal Civil
    
Service Retirement System and is currently making contributions to that system based upon earnings paid by an employer;
        (5) is on leave of absence without pay for more than
    
60 days immediately following termination of disability benefits under this Article;
        (6) is hired after June 30, 1979 as a public service
    
employment program participant under the Federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act and receives earnings in whole or in part from funds provided under that Act; or
        (7) is employed on or after July 1, 1991 to perform
    
services that are excluded by subdivision (a)(7)(f) or (a)(19) of Section 210 of the federal Social Security Act from the definition of employment given in that Section (42 U.S.C. 410).
    (b) Any employer may, by filing a written notice with the board, exclude from the definition of "employee" all persons employed pursuant to a federally funded contract entered into after July 1, 1982 with a federal military department in a program providing training in military courses to federal military personnel on a military site owned by the United States Government, if this exclusion is not prohibited by the federally funded contract or federal laws or rules governing the administration of the contract.
    (c) Any person appointed by the Governor under the Civil Administrative Code of the State is an employee, if he or she is a participant in this system on the effective date of the appointment.
    (d) A participant on lay-off status under civil service rules is considered an employee for not more than 120 days from the date of the lay-off.
    (e) A participant is considered an employee during (1) the first 60 days of disability leave, (2) the period, not to exceed one year, in which his or her eligibility for disability benefits is being considered by the board or reviewed by the courts, and (3) the period he or she receives disability benefits under the provisions of Section 15-152, workers' compensation or occupational disease benefits, or disability income under an insurance contract financed wholly or partially by the employer.
    (f) Absences without pay, other than formal leaves of absence, of less than 30 calendar days, are not considered as an interruption of a person's status as an employee. If such absences during any period of 12 months exceed 30 work days, the employee status of the person is considered as interrupted as of the 31st work day.
    (g) A staff member whose employment contract requires services during an academic term is to be considered an employee during the summer and other vacation periods, unless he or she declines an employment contract for the succeeding academic term or his or her employment status is otherwise terminated, and he or she receives no earnings during these periods.
    (h) An individual who was a participating employee employed in the fire department of the University of Illinois's Champaign-Urbana campus immediately prior to the elimination of that fire department and who immediately after the elimination of that fire department became employed by the fire department of the City of Urbana or the City of Champaign shall continue to be considered as an employee for purposes of this Article for so long as the individual remains employed as a firefighter by the City of Urbana or the City of Champaign. The individual shall cease to be considered an employee under this subsection (h) upon the first termination of the individual's employment as a firefighter by the City of Urbana or the City of Champaign.
    (i) An individual who is employed on a full-time basis as an officer or employee of a statewide teacher organization that serves System participants or an officer of a national teacher organization that serves System participants may participate in the System and shall be deemed an employee, provided that (1) the individual has previously earned creditable service under this Article, (2) the individual files with the System an irrevocable election to become a participant before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, (3) the individual does not receive credit for that employment under any other Article of this Code, and (4) the individual first became a full-time employee of the teacher organization and becomes a participant before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly. An employee under this subsection (i) is responsible for paying to the System both (A) employee contributions based on the actual compensation received for service with the teacher organization and (B) employer contributions equal to the normal costs (as defined in Section 15-155) resulting from that service; all or any part of these contributions may be paid on the employee's behalf or picked up for tax purposes (if authorized under federal law) by the teacher organization.
    A person who is an employee as defined in this subsection (i) may establish service credit for similar employment prior to becoming an employee under this subsection by paying to the System for that employment the contributions specified in this subsection, plus interest at the effective rate from the date of service to the date of payment. However, credit shall not be granted under this subsection for any such prior employment for which the applicant received credit under any other provision of this Code, or during which the applicant was on a leave of absence under Section 15-113.2.
    (j) A person employed by the State Board of Higher Education in a position with the Illinois Century Network as of June 30, 2004 shall be considered to be an employee for so long as he or she remains continuously employed after that date by the Department of Central Management Services in a position with the Illinois Century Network, the Bureau of Communication and Computer Services, or, if applicable, any successor bureau and meets the requirements of subsection (a).
    (k) In the case of doubt as to whether any person is an employee within the meaning of this Section, the decision of the Board shall be final.
(Source: P.A. 97-651, eff. 1-5-12; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-108

    (40 ILCS 5/15-108) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-108)
    Sec. 15-108. Participant. "Participant": A person participating in this system as specified in Section 15-134.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-108.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-108.1)
    Sec. 15-108.1. Tier 1 member. "Tier 1 member": A participant or an annuitant of a retirement annuity under this Article, other than a participant in the self-managed plan under Section 15-158.2, who first became a participant or member before January 1, 2011 under any reciprocal retirement system or pension fund established under this Code, other than a retirement system or pension fund established under Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 18 of this Code. "Tier 1 member" includes a person who first became a participant under this System before January 1, 2011 and who accepts a refund and is subsequently reemployed by an employer on or after January 1, 2011.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-108.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-108.2)
    Sec. 15-108.2. Tier 2 member. "Tier 2 member": A person who first becomes a participant under this Article on or after January 1, 2011, other than a person in the self-managed plan established under Section 15-158.2, unless the person is otherwise a Tier 1 member. The changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly are a correction of existing law and are intended to be retroactive to the effective date of Public Act 96-889, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1-103.1 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-596, eff. 11-19-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-109

    (40 ILCS 5/15-109) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-109)
    Sec. 15-109. Participating employee. "Participating employee": A participant who at the time is an employee.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-110

    (40 ILCS 5/15-110) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-110)
    Sec. 15-110. Basic compensation. "Basic compensation": The gross basic rate of salary or wages payable by an employer, including the value of maintenance, board, living quarters, personal laundry or other allowances furnished in lieu of salary which are considered gross income under the Federal Internal Revenue Code, the employee contributions required under Section 15-157, and the amount paid by any employer to a custodial account for investment in regulated investment company stocks for the benefit of the employee pursuant to "An Act in relation to payments to custodial accounts for the benefit of employees of public institutions of higher education", approved September 9, 1983, and the amount of the premium payable by any employer to an insurance company or companies on an annuity contract, pursuant to the employee's election to accept a reduction in earnings or forego an increase in earnings under Section 30c of "An Act in relation to State Finance," approved June 10, 1919, as amended, or a tax-sheltered annuity plan approved by any employer. Basic compensation does not include (1) salary or wages for overtime or other extra service; (2) prospective salary or wages under a summer teaching contract not yet entered upon; and (3) overseas differential allowances, quarters allowances, post allowances, educational allowances and transportation allowances paid by an employer under a contract with the federal government or its agencies for services rendered in other countries. If an employee elects to receive in lieu of cash salary or wages, fringe benefits which are not taxable under the Federal Internal Revenue Code, the amount of the cash salary or wages which is waived shall be included in determining basic compensation.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

40 ILCS 5/15-111

    (40 ILCS 5/15-111) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-111)
    Sec. 15-111. Earnings.
    (a) "Earnings": An amount paid for personal services equal to the sum of the basic compensation plus extra compensation for summer teaching, overtime or other extra service. For periods for which an employee receives service credit under subsection (c) of Section 15-113.1 or Section 15-113.2, earnings are equal to the basic compensation on which contributions are paid by the employee during such periods. Compensation for employment which is irregular, intermittent and temporary shall not be considered earnings, unless the participant is also receiving earnings from the employer as an employee under Section 15-107.
    With respect to transition pay paid by the University of Illinois to a person who was a participating employee employed in the fire department of the University of Illinois's Champaign-Urbana campus immediately prior to the elimination of that fire department:
        (1) "Earnings" includes transition pay paid to the
    
employee on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly.
        (2) "Earnings" includes transition pay paid to the
    
employee before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly only if (i) employee contributions under Section 15-157 have been withheld from that transition pay or (ii) the employee pays to the System before January 1, 2001 an amount representing employee contributions under Section 15-157 on that transition pay. Employee contributions under item (ii) may be paid in a lump sum, by withholding from additional transition pay accruing before January 1, 2001, or in any other manner approved by the System. Upon payment of the employee contributions on transition pay, the corresponding employer contributions become an obligation of the State.
    (b) For a Tier 2 member, the annual earnings shall not exceed $106,800; however, that amount shall annually thereafter be increased by the lesser of (i) 3% of that amount, including all previous adjustments, or (ii) one half the annual unadjusted percentage increase (but not less than zero) in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the September preceding each November 1, including all previous adjustments.
    For the purposes of this Section, "consumer price index u" means the index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor that measures the average change in prices of goods and services purchased by all urban consumers, United States city average, all items, 1982-84 = 100. The new amount resulting from each annual adjustment shall be determined by the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance and made available to the boards of the retirement systems and pension funds by November 1 of each year.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the annual earnings of a Tier 1 member for the purposes of this Code shall not exceed, for periods of service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, the greater of (i) the annual limitation determined from time to time under subsection (b-5) of Section 1-160 of this Code, (ii) the annualized rate of earnings of the Tier 1 member as of that effective date, or (iii) the annualized rate of earnings of the Tier 1 member immediately preceding the expiration, renewal, or amendment of an employment contract or collective bargaining agreement in effect on that effective date.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-112

    (40 ILCS 5/15-112) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-112)
    Sec. 15-112. Final rate of earnings. "Final rate of earnings":
    (a) This subsection (a) applies only to a Tier 1 member.
    For an employee who is paid on an hourly basis or who receives an annual salary in installments during 12 months of each academic year, the average annual earnings during the 48 consecutive calendar month period ending with the last day of final termination of employment or the 4 consecutive academic years of service in which the employee's earnings were the highest, whichever is greater. For any other employee, the average annual earnings during the 4 consecutive academic years of service in which his or her earnings were the highest. For an employee with less than 48 months or 4 consecutive academic years of service, the average earnings during his or her entire period of service. The earnings of an employee with more than 36 months of service prior to the date of becoming a participant are, for such period, considered equal to the average earnings during the last 36 months of such service.
    (b) This subsection (b) applies to a Tier 2 member.
    For an employee who is paid on an hourly basis or who receives an annual salary in installments during 12 months of each academic year, the average annual earnings obtained by dividing by 8 the total earnings of the employee during the 96 consecutive months in which the total earnings were the highest within the last 120 months prior to termination.
    For any other employee, the average annual earnings during the 8 consecutive academic years within the 10 years prior to termination in which the employee's earnings were the highest. For an employee with less than 96 consecutive months or 8 consecutive academic years of service, whichever is necessary, the average earnings during his or her entire period of service.
    (c) For an employee on leave of absence with pay, or on leave of absence without pay who makes contributions during such leave, earnings are assumed to be equal to the basic compensation on the date the leave began.
    (d) For an employee on disability leave, earnings are assumed to be equal to the basic compensation on the date disability occurs or the average earnings during the 24 months immediately preceding the month in which disability occurs, whichever is greater.
    (e) For a Tier 1 member who retires on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997 with at least 20 years of service as a firefighter or police officer under this Article, the final rate of earnings shall be the annual rate of earnings received by the participant on his or her last day as a firefighter or police officer under this Article, if that is greater than the final rate of earnings as calculated under the other provisions of this Section.
    (f) If a Tier 1 member is an employee for at least 6 months during the academic year in which his or her employment is terminated, the annual final rate of earnings shall be 25% of the sum of (1) the annual basic compensation for that year, and (2) the amount earned during the 36 months immediately preceding that year, if this is greater than the final rate of earnings as calculated under the other provisions of this Section.
    (g) In the determination of the final rate of earnings for an employee, that part of an employee's earnings for any academic year beginning after June 30, 1997, which exceeds the employee's earnings with that employer for the preceding year by more than 20 percent shall be excluded; in the event that an employee has more than one employer this limitation shall be calculated separately for the earnings with each employer. In making such calculation, only the basic compensation of employees shall be considered, without regard to vacation or overtime or to contracts for summer employment.
    (h) The following are not considered as earnings in determining final rate of earnings: (1) severance or separation pay, (2) retirement pay, (3) payment for unused sick leave, and (4) payments from an employer for the period used in determining final rate of earnings for any purpose other than (i) services rendered, (ii) leave of absence or vacation granted during that period, and (iii) vacation of up to 56 work days allowed upon termination of employment; except that, if the benefit has been collectively bargained between the employer and the recognized collective bargaining agent pursuant to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, payment received during a period of up to 2 academic years for unused sick leave may be considered as earnings in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement, subject to the 20% increase limitation of this Section, and if the person first becomes a participant on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, payments for unused sick or vacation time shall not be considered as earnings. Any unused sick leave considered as earnings under this Section shall not be taken into account in calculating service credit under Section 15-113.4.
    (i) Intermittent periods of service shall be considered as consecutive in determining final rate of earnings.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113)
    Sec. 15-113. Service. "Service": The periods defined in Sections 15-113.1 through 15-113.9 and Section 15-113.11.
(Source: P.A. 97-933, eff. 8-10-12; 97-968, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.1)
    Sec. 15-113.1. Service for employment with an employer defined under Section 15-106. "Service for employment with an employer defined under Section 15-106": Includes the following periods:
    (a) periods prior to September 1, 1941 during which a person was permanently and continuously employed by an employer.
    (b) periods after August 31, 1941 during which a person was an employee except (1) those during which the employee elected not to participate or was ineligible to participate, (2) those during which the employee was on leave of absence at less than 50% pay, except military and disability leave, but failed, in accordance with rules prescribed by the board, to elect to make and to pay the contributions required under Section 15-157, and (3) those during which the employee's eligibility for disability benefit was being considered by the board or reviewed by the courts, if the disability benefit was denied.
    (c) periods after August 31, 1941 during which a person was employed at least one-half time for an employer preceding the date of becoming a participant or during which a person was employed at least one-half time for an employer not subject to "The 1941 Act" which employer has since been included as an employer under "The 1941 Act", or this Article, provided the person makes the contributions required under Section 15-157 based on the rate of earnings during this period equal to the basic compensation on the date of becoming a participating employee together with compound interest from the date participation began to the date payment is received by the board at the rate of 6% per annum through August 31, 1982, and at the effective rates after that date, and provided that the contributions required under Section 15-155 are also made. However, no service credit shall be allowed for any period of employment during which an individual is excluded from the definition of an employee as provided under subsection (b) of Section 15-107.
(Source: P.A. 84-1028.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.2)
    Sec. 15-113.2. Service for leaves of absence. "Service for leaves of absence" includes those periods of leaves of absence at less than 50% pay, except military leave and periods of disability leave in excess of 60 days, for which the employee pays the contributions required under Section 15-157 in accordance with rules prescribed by the board based upon the employee's basic compensation on the date the leave begins, or in the case of leave for service with a teacher organization, based upon the actual compensation received by the employee for such service after January 26, 1988, if the employee so elects within 30 days of that date or the date the leave for service with a teacher organization begins, whichever is later; provided that the employee (1) returns to employment covered by this system at the expiration of the leave, or within 30 days after the termination of a disability which occurs during the leave and continues this employment at a percentage of time equal to or greater than the percentage of time immediately preceding the leave of absence for at least 8 consecutive months or a period equal to the period of the leave, whichever is less, or (2) is precluded from meeting the foregoing conditions because of disability or death. If service credit is denied because the employee fails to meet these conditions, the contributions covering the leave of absence shall be refunded without interest. The return to employment condition does not apply if the leave of absence is for service with a teacher organization.
    Service credit provided under this Section shall not exceed 3 years in any period of 10 years, unless the employee is on special leave granted by the employer for service with a teacher organization. Commencing with the fourth year in any period of 10 years, a participant on such special leave is also required to pay employer contributions equal to the normal cost as defined in Section 15-155, based upon the employee's basic compensation on the date the leave begins, or based upon the actual compensation received by the employee for service with a teacher organization if the employee has so elected.
(Source: P.A. 90-65, eff. 7-7-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.3

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.3) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.3)
    Sec. 15-113.3. Service for periods of military service. "Service for periods of military service": Those periods, not exceeding 5 years, during which a person served in the armed forces of the United States, of which all but 2 years must have immediately followed a period of employment with an employer under this System or the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois; provided that the person received a discharge other than dishonorable and again became an employee under this System within one year after discharge. However, for the up to 2 years of military service not immediately following employment, the applicant must make contributions to the System equal to (1) 8% of the employee's basic compensation on the last date as a participating employee prior to such military service, or on the first date as a participating employee after such military service, whichever is greater, plus (2) an amount determined by the board to be equal to the employer's normal cost of the benefits accrued for such military service, plus (3) interest on items (1) and (2) at the effective rate from the later of the date of first membership in the System or the date of conclusion of military service to the date of payment. The change in the required contribution for purchased military credit made by this amendatory Act of 1993 does not entitle any person to a refund of contributions already paid. The contributions paid under this Section are not normal contributions as defined in Section 15-114 or additional contributions as defined in Section 15-115.
    The changes to this Section made by this amendatory Act of 1991 shall apply not only to persons who on or after its effective date are in service under the System, but also to persons whose employment terminated prior to that date, whether or not the person is an annuitant on that date. In the case of an annuitant who applies for credit allowable under this Section for a period of military service that did not immediately follow employment, and who has made the required contributions for such credit, the annuity shall be recalculated to include the additional service credit, with the increase taking effect on the date the System received written notification of the annuitant's intent to purchase the credit, if payment of all the required contributions is made within 60 days of such notice, or else on the first annuity payment date following the date of payment of the required contributions. In calculating the automatic annual increase for an annuity that has been recalculated under this Section, the increase attributable to the additional service allowable under this amendatory Act of 1991 shall be included in the calculation of automatic annual increases accruing after the effective date of the recalculation.
(Source: P.A. 93-347, eff. 7-24-03.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.4

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.4) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.4)
    Sec. 15-113.4. Service for unused sick leave. "Service for unused sick leave": A person who first becomes a participant before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly and who is an employee under this System or one of the other systems subject to Article 20 of this Code within 60 days immediately preceding the date on which his or her retirement annuity begins, is entitled to credit for service for that portion of unused sick leave earned in the course of employment with an employer and credited on the date of termination of employment by an employer for which payment is not received, in accordance with the following schedule: 30 through 90 full calendar days and 20 through 59 full work days of unused sick leave, 1/4 of a year of service; 91 through 180 full calendar days and 60 through 119 full work days, 1/2 of a year of service; 181 through 270 full calendar days and 120 through 179 full work days, 3/4 of a year of service; 271 through 360 full calendar days and 180 through 240 full work days, one year of service. Only uncompensated, unused sick leave earned in accordance with an employer's sick leave accrual policy generally applicable to employees or a class of employees shall be taken into account in calculating service credit under this Section. Any uncompensated, unused sick leave granted by an employer to facilitate the hiring, retirement, termination, or other special circumstances of an employee shall not be taken into account in calculating service credit under this Section. If a participant transfers from one employer to another, the unused sick leave credited by the previous employer shall be considered in determining service to be credited under this Section, even if the participant terminated service prior to the effective date of P.A. 86-272 (August 23, 1989); if necessary, the retirement annuity shall be recalculated to reflect such sick leave credit. Each employer shall certify to the board the number of days of unused sick leave accrued to the participant's credit on the date that the participant's status as an employee terminated. This period of unused sick leave shall not be considered in determining the date the retirement annuity begins. A person who first becomes a participant on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall not receive service credit for unused sick leave.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.5

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.5) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.5)
    Sec. 15-113.5. Service for employment with other public agencies in this State. "Service for employment with other public agencies in this State" includes the following periods:
    (a) periods during which a person rendered services for the State of Illinois, prior to January 1, 1944, under employment not covered by this Article, if (1) such periods would have been considered creditable service under the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois had that system been in effect at that time, and (2) service credit for such periods has not been granted under the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois.
    (b) periods credited under the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois on the date an employee became eligible for participation in the State Universities Retirement System as a result of a transfer of a State function from a department, commission or other agency of this State to an employer, excluding periods as a "covered employee" as defined in Article 14 of this Code, provided the employee has received a refund of his or her contributions from the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois and pays to this system contributions equal to the amount of the refund together with compound interest at the rate required for repayment of a refund under Section 15-154 from the date the refund is received to the date payment is made.
    (c) periods credited in a retirement system covering a governmental unit, as defined in Section 20-107 on the date a person becomes a participant, if (1) a function of this governmental unit is transferred in whole or in part to an employer, and (2) the person transfers employment from the governmental unit to such employer within 6 months after the employer begins operation of this function, and (3) the person cannot qualify for a proportional retirement annuity from the retirement system covering this governmental unit, and (4) the participant receives a refund of his or her contributions from the retirement system covering this governmental unit and pays to this system contributions equal to the amount of the refund together with compound interest from the date the refund is made by the system to the date payment is received by the board at the rate of 6% per annum through August 31, 1982, and at the effective rates after that date.
    (d) periods during which a participant contributed to the Park Policemen's Annuity Fund as defined in Section 5-219, provided the participant and the Chicago Policemen's Annuity Fund pay to this system the required employee and employer contributions.
    (e) periods during which a person rendered services for an athletic association affiliated with the University of Illinois, provided that (1) the employee was employed by that athletic association on January 1, 1960, (2) annuity contracts covering that employment have been purchased by other retirement systems covering employees of the athletic association, and (3) the employee files with the board an election to become a participant and assigns to the board his or her right, title, and interest in those annuity contracts.
(Source: P.A. 90-65, eff. 7-7-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.6

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.6) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.6)
    Sec. 15-113.6. Service for employment in public schools. "Service for employment in public schools": Includes those periods not exceeding the lesser of 10 years or 2/3 of the service granted under other Sections of this Article dealing with service credit, during which a person who entered the system after September 1, 1974 was employed full time by a public common school, public college and public university, or by an agency or instrumentality of any of the foregoing, of any state, territory, dependency or possession of the United States of America, including the Philippine Islands, or a school operated by or under the auspices of any agency or department of any other state, if the person (1) cannot qualify for a retirement pension or other benefit based upon employer contributions from another retirement system, exclusive of federal social security, based in whole or in part upon this employment, and (2) pays the lesser of (A) an amount equal to 8% of his or her annual basic compensation on the date of becoming a participating employee subsequent to this service multiplied by the number of years of such service, together with compound interest from the date participation begins to the date payment is received by the board at the rate of 6% per annum through August 31, 1982, and at the effective rates after that date, and (B) 50% of the actuarial value of the increase in the retirement annuity provided by this service, and (3) contributes for at least 5 years subsequent to this employment to one or more of the following systems: the State Universities Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois, and the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago.
    The service granted under this Section shall not be considered in determining whether the person has the minimum of 8 years of service required to qualify for a retirement annuity at age 55 or the 5 years of service required to qualify for a retirement annuity at age 62 or the 10 years of service required to qualify for a retirement annuity at age 67, as provided in Section 15-135. The maximum allowable service of 10 years for this governmental employment shall be reduced by the service credit which is validated under paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Section 16-127 and paragraph 1 of Section 17-133.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.7

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.7) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.7)
    Sec. 15-113.7. Service for other public employment. "Service for other public employment": Includes those periods not exceeding the lesser of 10 years or 2/3 of the service granted under other Sections of this Article dealing with service credit, during which a person was employed full time by the United States government, or by the government of a state, or by a political subdivision of a state, or by an agency or instrumentality of any of the foregoing, if the person (1) cannot qualify for a retirement pension or other benefit based upon employer contributions from another retirement system, exclusive of federal social security, based in whole or in part upon this employment, and (2) pays the lesser of (A) an amount equal to 8% of his or her annual basic compensation on the date of becoming a participating employee subsequent to this service multiplied by the number of years of such service, together with compound interest from the date participation begins to the date payment is received by the board at the rate of 6% per annum through August 31, 1982, and at the effective rates after that date, and (B) 50% of the actuarial value of the increase in the retirement annuity provided by this service, and (3) contributes for at least 5 years subsequent to this employment to one or more of the following systems: the State Universities Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois, and the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago. If a function of a governmental unit as defined by Section 20-107 is transferred by law, in whole or in part to an employer, and an employee transfers employment from this governmental unit to such employer within 6 months of the transfer of the function, the payment for service authorized under this Section shall not exceed the amount which would have been payable for this service to the retirement system covering the governmental unit from which the function was transferred.
    The service granted under this Section shall not be considered in determining whether the person has the minimum of 8 years of service required to qualify for a retirement annuity at age 55 or the 5 years of service required to qualify for a retirement annuity at age 62, as provided in Section 15-135. The maximum allowable service of 10 years for this governmental employment shall be reduced by the service credit which is validated under paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Section 16-127 and paragraph one of Section 17-133.
    Except as hereinafter provided, this Section shall not apply to persons who become participants in the system after September 1, 1974.
(Source: P.A. 95-83, eff. 8-13-07.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.8

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.8) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.8)
    Sec. 15-113.8. Previous service with employer affiliated alumni and athletic associations and foundations. "Previous service with employer affiliated alumni and athletic associations and foundations": Includes the following periods:
    (a) Periods of service prior to October 1, 1959 for employer affiliated alumni associations and foundations for which service credit has been granted under the provisions relating to this service in effect on January 1, 1984.
    (b) Periods of service prior to October 1, 1966 for affiliated athletic associations for which service credit has been granted under the provisions relating to this service in effect on January 1, 1984.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.9

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.9) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.9)
    Sec. 15-113.9. Service for employment with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. A participating employee who was employed by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy prior to February 1, 1987 shall be entitled to receive service credit under this System for any period of such employment prior to February 1, 1987 for which the required contributions have been received by this System. If credit for such employment has been granted under any other retirement system governed by this Code, credit for such employment shall not be granted under this System unless (1) the employee so elects in writing prior to April 1, 1987, and (2) the credit granted for such employment in the other retirement system has been terminated, and any employee and employer contributions received therefor by the other retirement system have been transmitted by that retirement system to this System. Such other retirement system shall terminate such credit, and transfer the associated contributions, upon receiving notice of the election from the Board of this System.
(Source: P.A. 84-1472.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.10

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.10) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.10)
    Sec. 15-113.10. Transfer of creditable service to Article 8, 9 or 13 fund.
    (a) Any city officer as defined in Section 8-243.2 of this Code, any county officer elected by vote of the people who is a participant in the pension fund established under Article 9 of this Code, any chief of the County Police Department or undersheriff of the County Sheriff's Department who has elected under subparagraph (j) of Section 9-128.1 to be included within the provisions of Section 9-128.1 of Article 9 of this Code, and any elected sanitary district commissioner who is a participant in a pension fund established under Article 13 of this Code, may apply to transfer his or her credits and creditable service accumulated under this System to such Article 8, 9 or 13 fund. Such creditable service shall be transferred forthwith. Payment by this System to the Article 8, 9 or 13 Fund shall be made at the same time and shall consist of:
        (1) the amounts accumulated to the credit of the
    
applicant through employee contribution, including interest, as of the date of transfer; and
        (2) employer contributions equal in amount to the
    
accumulated employee contributions as determined in item (1) above.
Participation in this System shall terminate on the date of transfer.
    (b) Any such elected city officer, county officer, chief of the County Police Department, undersheriff of the County Sheriff's Department, or sanitary district commissioner may reinstate credits and creditable service terminated upon receipt of a refund, by payment to the System of the amount of the refund together with interest at the rate required for repayment of a refund under Section 15-154 from the date the refund was received to the date of payment.
    (c) Any such elected city officer, county officer, chief of the County Police Department, undersheriff of the County Sheriff's Department, or sanitary district commissioner who has credits and creditable service under the System may establish additional credits and creditable service for periods during which he or she could have elected to participate but did not so elect. Credits and creditable service may be established by payment to the System of an amount equal to the contributions that he or she would have made if he or she had elected to participate, plus regular interest to the date of payment.
(Source: P.A. 89-643, eff. 8-9-96.)

40 ILCS 5/15-113.11

    (40 ILCS 5/15-113.11)
    Sec. 15-113.11. Service for periods of voluntary or involuntary furlough. A participant may establish creditable service and earnings credit for periods of furlough beginning on or after July 1, 2009 and ending on or before June 30, 2011. To receive this credit, the participant must (i) apply in writing to the System before December 31, 2011; (ii) not receive compensation from an employer for any furlough period; and (iii) make employee contributions required under Section 15-157 based on the rate of basic compensation during the periods of furlough, plus an amount determined by the Board to be equal to the employer's normal cost of the benefit, plus compounded interest at the actuarially assumed rate from the date of voluntary or involuntary furlough to the date of payment. The participant shall provide, at the time of application, written certification from the employer providing the total number of furlough days a participant has been required to take.
(Source: P.A. 96-961, eff. 7-2-10.)

40 ILCS 5/15-114

    (40 ILCS 5/15-114) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-114)
    Sec. 15-114. Normal contributions. "Normal contributions": The required contributions specified under Section 15-157 as normal contributions and amounts paid by a participant for annuity contracts assigned to the board in order to obtain service credit for employment by affiliated alumni associations, foundations, and athletic associations, and amounts contributed by a participant under Section 15-113.5, Section 15-113.6 and Section 15-113.7.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-115

    (40 ILCS 5/15-115) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-115)
    Sec. 15-115. Additional contributions. "Additional contributions": The amounts paid by a participating employee which are specified under Section 15-157 as additional contributions.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-116

    (40 ILCS 5/15-116) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-116)
    Sec. 15-116. Accumulated normal contributions. "Accumulated normal contributions": The sum of all normal contributions credited to an employee's account, together with interest thereon at the effective rate for the respective years.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-117

    (40 ILCS 5/15-117) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-117)
    Sec. 15-117. Accumulated additional contributions. "Accumulated additional contributions": The sum of all additional contributions credited to an employee's account, together with interest thereon at the effective rate for the respective years.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-118

    (40 ILCS 5/15-118) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-118)
    Sec. 15-118. Annuity. "Annuity": A series of monthly payments, payable as of the first day of each calendar month during the annuity payment period, the first payment to be made as of the first day of the calendar month coincidental with or next following the first day of the annuity payment period and the last payment to be made as of the first day of the calendar month in which the annuitant dies or the annuity payment period ends. An annuitant may authorize the board to deduct from the annuity, premiums due under any group hospital-medical insurance program which is sponsored or approved by any employer.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-119

    (40 ILCS 5/15-119) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-119)
    Sec. 15-119. Annuitant. "Annuitant": A person receiving a retirement, reversionary, survivors or beneficiary annuity or disability retirement annuity from this System.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-120

    (40 ILCS 5/15-120) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-120)
    Sec. 15-120. Beneficiary; survivor annuitant under portable benefit package. "Beneficiary": The person or persons designated by the participant or annuitant in the last written designation on file with the board; or if no person so designated survives, or if no designation is on file, the estate of the participant or annuitant. Acceptance by the participant of a refund of accumulated contributions shall result in cancellation of all beneficiary designations previously filed. A spouse whose marriage was dissolved shall be disqualified as beneficiary unless the spouse was designated as beneficiary after the effective date of the dissolution of marriage.
    After a joint and survivor annuity commences under the portable benefit package, the survivor annuitant of a joint and survivor annuity is not disqualified, and may not be removed, as the survivor annuitant by a dissolution of the survivor's marriage with the participant or annuitant.
(Source: P.A. 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-121

    (40 ILCS 5/15-121) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-121)
    Sec. 15-121. Additional annuity.
    "Additional annuity": The portion of a retirement annuity derived from accumulated additional contributions.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-122

    (40 ILCS 5/15-122) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-122)
    Sec. 15-122. Reversionary annuity. "Reversionary annuity": The annuity payable to a beneficiary after the death of the annuitant as specified in Section 15-140.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-123

    (40 ILCS 5/15-123) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-123)
    Sec. 15-123. Beneficiary annuity. "Beneficiary annuity": The annuity payable to a beneficiary after the death of a participant or annuitant as specified in Section 15-144.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-124

    (40 ILCS 5/15-124) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-124)
    Sec. 15-124. Actuarial tables.
    "Actuarial tables": Such tabular listings of assumed rates of decrement such as death, disability, retirement and withdrawal from service, according to age and sex, including mathematical functions derived from the rates of probability, combined with an interest discount factor, as are adopted by the board based upon the experience of the system.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-125

    (40 ILCS 5/15-125) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-125)
    Sec. 15-125. "Prescribed rate of interest; effective rate of interest".
    (1) "Prescribed rate of interest": The rate of interest to be used in actuarial valuations and in development of actuarial tables as determined by the board on the basis of the probable average rate of interest on a long term basis, based on factors including the expected investment experience; historical and expected fluctuations in the market value of investments; the desirability of minimizing volatility in the rate of investment earnings from year to year; and the provision of reserves for anticipated losses upon sales, redemptions, or other disposition of investments and for variations in interest experience.
    (2) "Effective rate of interest": For a fiscal year concluding no later than June 30, 2014, the interest rate for all or any part of a fiscal year that is determined by the board based on factors including the system's past and expected investment experience; historical and expected fluctuations in the market value of investments; the desirability of minimizing volatility in the effective rate of interest from year to year; and the provision of reserves for anticipated losses upon sales, redemptions, or other disposition of investments and for variations in interest experience; except that for the purpose of determining the accumulated normal contributions used in calculating retirement annuities under Rule 2 of Section 15-136, the effective rate of interest shall be determined by the State Comptroller rather than the board. For a fiscal year concluding no later than June 30, 2014, the State Comptroller shall determine the effective rate of interest to be used for this purpose using the factors listed above, and shall certify to the board and the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability the rate to be used for this purpose for fiscal year 2006 as soon as possible after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, and for each fiscal year thereafter no later than the January 31 immediately preceding the start of that fiscal year.
    For a fiscal year that begins on or after July 1, 2014, the effective rate of interest for a given fiscal year shall be equal to the interest rate of 30-year United States Treasury bonds as of the beginning of that given fiscal year, plus 75 basis points. This effective rate of interest shall not be used in determining the prescribed rate of interest as defined in paragraph (1) of this Section.
    (3) The change made to this Section by Public Acts 90-65 and 90-511 is a clarification of existing law.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-126

    (40 ILCS 5/15-126) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-126)
    Sec. 15-126. Fiscal year. "Fiscal year": Until July 1, 1987, the period beginning on September 1 in any year, and ending on August 31 of the succeeding year, except that the 1987 fiscal year shall end on June 30. Beginning July 1, 1987, "fiscal year" means the period beginning on July 1 in any year, and ending on June 30 of the succeeding year.
(Source: P.A. 84-1472.)

40 ILCS 5/15-126.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-126.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-126.1)
    Sec. 15-126.1. Academic year. "Academic year": The 12-month period beginning on the first day of the fall term as determined by each employer, or if the employer does not have an academic program divided into terms, then beginning September 1. For the purposes of Section 15-139.5 and subsection (b) of Section 15-139, however, "academic year" means the 12-month period beginning September 1.
(Source: P.A. 98-596, eff. 11-19-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-127

    (40 ILCS 5/15-127) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-127)
    Sec. 15-127. Surviving spouse. "Surviving spouse": (a) The surviving wife or husband of a participant, but only if she or he (1) is the mother or father of the participant's son or daughter, (2) legally adopted the son or daughter while married to the participant and while the son or daughter was under age 18, (3) was married to the participant at the time both of them legally adopted a child under age 18, or (4) was married to the participant for not less than one year immediately prior to the day the participant died; and (b) The surviving wife or husband of an annuitant, if their marriage occurred at least one year prior to the date the annuitant died. The change in this Section made by Public Act 82-478 shall be applicable to annuitants whose employment status terminated before September 15, 1981 as well as those who terminate employment after that date but not to annuitants who pass away before that date.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-129

    (40 ILCS 5/15-129) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-129)
    Sec. 15-129. Child.
    "Child": The child of a participant or an annuitant, including a child born out of wedlock, a stepchild who has been such for not less than 1 year immediately preceding the death of the participant or annuitant, and an adopted child.
(Source: P.A. 94-229, eff. 1-1-06; 95-279, eff. 1-1-08.)

40 ILCS 5/15-130

    (40 ILCS 5/15-130) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-130)
    Sec. 15-130. Parent. "Parent": The mother or father of a participant or annuitant, a stepparent of a participant or an annuitant by a marriage contracted before the participant or annuitant attained age 16, or an adopting parent by whom the participant or annuitant was adopted before he or she reached age 16.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-131

    (40 ILCS 5/15-131) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-131)
    Sec. 15-131. Survivors insurance beneficiary. "Survivors insurance beneficiary": The spouse, dependent unmarried child under age 18 (under age 22 if a full-time student), unmarried child over age 18 who is dependent by reason of a physical or mental disability which began prior to attainment of that age, or dependent parent, who could qualify for survivors insurance payments under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 90-448, eff. 8-16-97.)

40 ILCS 5/15-132

    (40 ILCS 5/15-132) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-132)
    Sec. 15-132. Accumulated survivors insurance contributions. "Accumulated survivors insurance contributions": The sum of all survivors insurance contributions received from a participating employee, together with interest at the prescribed rate.
(Source: P.A. 81-1165.)

40 ILCS 5/15-132.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-132.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-132.1)
    Sec. 15-132.1. Police officer. "Police officer": a participant who is a peace officer empowered to make arrests to protect the property, interests, students and personnel of an employer.
(Source: P.A. 86-273; 86-1488.)

40 ILCS 5/15-132.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-132.2)
    Sec. 15-132.2. Retire and retirement. A participant "retires", and his or her "retirement" begins, when his or her annuity payment period begins.
(Source: P.A. 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-133

    (40 ILCS 5/15-133) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-133)
    Sec. 15-133. Employer participation.
    Each employer shall participate in and be subject to the provisions of this Article.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-134

    (40 ILCS 5/15-134) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-134)
    Sec. 15-134. Participant.
    (a) Each person shall, as a condition of employment, become a participant and be subject to this Article on the date that he or she becomes an employee, makes an election to participate in, or otherwise becomes a participant in one of the retirement programs offered under this Article, whichever date is later.
    An employee who becomes a participant shall continue to be a participant until he or she becomes an annuitant, dies or accepts a refund of contributions.
    (b) A person employed concurrently by 2 or more employers is eligible to participate in the system on compensation received from all employers.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-134.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-134.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-134.1)
    Sec. 15-134.1. Service calculation and adjustment.
    (a) In computing service, the following schedule shall govern: one month of service means a calendar month during which a participant (i) qualifies as an employee under Section 15-107 for at least 15 or more days, and (ii) receives any earnings as an employee; 8 or more months of service during an academic year shall constitute a year of service; 6 or more but less than 8 months of service during an academic year shall constitute 3/4 of a year of service; 3 or more but less than 6 months of service during an academic year shall constitute 1/2 of a year of service; and one or more but less than 3 months of service during an academic year shall constitute 1/4 of a year of service. No more than one year of service may be granted per academic year, regardless of the number of hours or percentage of time worked.
    (b) In calculating a retirement annuity, if a participant has been employed at 1/2 time or less for 3 or more years after September 1, 1959, service shall be granted for such employment in excess of 3 years, in the proportion that the percentage of time employed for each such year of employment bears to the average annual percentage of time employed during the period on which the final rate of earnings is based. This adjustment shall not be made, however, in determining the eligibility for a retirement annuity, disability benefits, additional death benefits, or survivors' insurance. The percentage of time employed shall be as reported by the employer.
(Source: P.A. 87-8.)

40 ILCS 5/15-134.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-134.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-134.2)
    Sec. 15-134.2. Transfer of creditable service to the General Assembly Retirement System. (a) An active member of the General Assembly Retirement System may apply to transfer his or her credits and creditable service accumulated under this system to the General Assembly Retirement System. The credits and creditable service shall be transferred forthwith. Payment by this system to the General Assembly Retirement System shall be made at the same time and shall consist of: (1) the amounts credited to the applicant, through employee contributions, including interest, as of the date of transfer; and (2) employer contributions equal in amount to the accumulated employee contributions as determined in subparagraph (1) above. Participation in this system shall terminate on the date of transfer.
    (b) An active member of the General Assembly may reinstate service credits terminated upon receipt of a refund by payment to the system of the amount of the refund together with compound interest at the rate required for repayment of a refund under Section 15-154 from the date the refund was received to the date of payment.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-134.3

    (40 ILCS 5/15-134.3) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-134.3)
    Sec. 15-134.3. (a) Persons otherwise required or eligible to participate in this System who elect to continue participation in the General Assembly System under Section 2-117.1 may not participate in this System for the duration of such continued participation under Section 2-117.1.
    (b) Upon terminating such continued participation, a person may transfer credits and creditable service accumulated under Section 2-117.1 to this System, upon payment to this System of the amount by which (1) the employer and employee contributions that would have been required if he had participated in this System during the period for which credit under Section 2-117.1 is being transferred, plus interest thereon at the effective rate from the date of such participation to the date of payment, exceeds (2) the amounts actually transferred under that Section to this System.
(Source: P.A. 86-272.)

40 ILCS 5/15-134.4

    (40 ILCS 5/15-134.4) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-134.4)
    Sec. 15-134.4. Transfer of creditable service to the Article 5 Pension Fund or Article 14 System.
    (a) An active member of the Pension Fund established under Article 5 of this Code may apply, not later than January 1, 1990, to transfer his or her credits and creditable service accumulated under this System for service with the City Colleges of Chicago teaching in the Criminal Justice Program, to the Article 5 Fund. Such credits and creditable service shall be transferred forthwith.
    Payment by this System to the Article 5 Fund shall be made at the same time and shall consist of:
        (1) the amounts credited to the applicant for such
    
service through employee contributions, including interest, as of the date of transfer; and
        (2) employer contributions equal in amount to the
    
accumulated employee contributions as determined in item (1).
Participation in this System with respect to such credits shall terminate on the date of transfer.
    (b) Any active member of the State Employees' Retirement System who is a State policeman, an investigator for the Secretary of State, or a conservation police officer may apply for transfer of some or all of his or her creditable service accumulated in this System for service as a police officer to the State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with Section 14-110. The creditable service shall be transferred only upon payment by this System to the State Employees' Retirement System of an amount equal to:
        (1) the amounts accumulated to the credit of the
    
applicant for the service to be transferred, including interest, as of the date of transfer; and
        (2) employer contributions equal in amount to the
    
accumulated employee contributions as determined in item (1); and
        (3) any interest paid by the applicant to reinstate
    
such service.
Participation in this System as to any credits transferred under this Section shall terminate on the date of transfer.
    (c) Any person applying to transfer service under subsection (b) may reinstate credits and creditable service terminated upon receipt of a refund by paying to the System the amount of the refund plus interest thereon at the rate of 6% per year from the date of the refund to the date of payment.
(Source: P.A. 95-530, eff. 8-28-07.)

40 ILCS 5/15-134.5

    (40 ILCS 5/15-134.5)
    Sec. 15-134.5. Retirement program elections.
    (a) All participating employees are participants under the traditional benefit package prior to January 1, 1998.
    Effective as of the date that an employer elects, as described in Section 15-158.2, to offer to its employees the portable benefit package and the self-managed plan as alternatives to the traditional benefit package, each of that employer's eligible employees (as defined in subsection (b)) shall be given the choice to elect which retirement program he or she wishes to participate in with respect to all periods of covered employment occurring on and after the effective date of the employee's election. The retirement program election made by an eligible employee must be made in writing, in the manner prescribed by the System, and within the time period described in subsection (d) or (d-1).
    The employee election authorized by this Section is a one-time, irrevocable election. If an employee terminates employment after making the election provided under this subsection (a), then upon his or her subsequent re-employment with an employer the original election shall automatically apply to him or her, provided that the employer is then a participating employer as described in Section 15-158.2.
    An eligible employee who fails to make this election shall, by default, participate in the traditional benefit package.
    (b) "Eligible employee" means an employee (as defined in Section 15-107) who is either a currently eligible employee or a newly eligible employee. For purposes of this Section, a "currently eligible employee" is an employee who is employed by an employer on the effective date on which the employer offers to its employees the portable benefit package and the self-managed plan as alternatives to the traditional benefit package. A "newly eligible employee" is an employee who first becomes employed by an employer after the effective date on which the employer offers its employees the portable benefit package and the self-managed plan as alternatives to the traditional benefit package. A newly eligible employee participates in the traditional benefit package until he or she makes an election to participate in the portable benefit package or the self-managed plan. If an employee does not elect to participate in the portable benefit package or the self-managed plan, he or she shall continue to participate in the traditional benefit package by default.
    (c) An eligible employee who at the time he or she is first eligible to make the election described in subsection (a) does not have sufficient age and service to qualify for a retirement annuity under Section 15-135 may elect to participate in the traditional benefit package, the portable benefit package, or the self-managed plan. An eligible employee who has sufficient age and service to qualify for a retirement annuity under Section 15-135 at the time he or she is first eligible to make the election described in subsection (a) may elect to participate in the traditional benefit package or the portable benefit package, but may not elect to participate in the self-managed plan.
    (d) A currently eligible employee must make this election within one year after the effective date of the employer's adoption of the self-managed plan.
    A newly eligible employee must make this election within 6 months after the date on which the System receives the report of status certification from the employer. If an employee elects to participate in the self-managed plan, no employer contributions shall be remitted to the self-managed plan when the employee's account balance transfer is made. Employer contributions to the self-managed plan shall commence as of the first pay period that begins after the System receives the employee's election.
    (d-1) A newly eligible employee who, prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, fails to make the election within the period provided under subsection (d) and participates by default in the traditional benefit package may make a late election to participate in the portable benefit package or the self-managed plan instead of the traditional benefit package at any time within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly.
    (e) If a currently eligible employee elects the portable benefit package, that election shall not become effective until the one-year anniversary of the date on which the election is filed with the System, provided the employee remains continuously employed by the employer throughout the one-year waiting period, and any benefits payable to or on account of the employee before such one-year waiting period has ended shall not be determined under the provisions applicable to the portable benefit package but shall instead be determined in accordance with the traditional benefit package. If a currently eligible employee who has elected the portable benefit package terminates employment covered by the System before the one-year waiting period has ended, then no benefits shall be determined under the portable benefit package provisions while he or she is inactive in the System and upon re-employment with an employer covered by the System he or she shall begin a new one-year waiting period before the provisions of the portable benefit package become effective.
    (f) An eligible employee shall be provided with written information prepared or prescribed by the System which describes the employee's retirement program choices. The eligible employee shall be offered an opportunity to receive counseling from the System prior to making his or her election. This counseling may consist of videotaped materials, group presentations, individual consultation with an employee or authorized representative of the System in person or by telephone or other electronic means, or any combination of these methods.
(Source: P.A. 90-766, eff. 8-14-98; 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-135

    (40 ILCS 5/15-135) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-135)
    Sec. 15-135. Retirement annuities - Conditions.
    (a) This subsection (a) applies only to a Tier 1 member. A participant who retires in one of the following specified years with the specified amount of service is entitled to a retirement annuity at any age under the retirement program applicable to the participant:
        35 years if retirement is in 1997 or before;
        34 years if retirement is in 1998;
        33 years if retirement is in 1999;
        32 years if retirement is in 2000;
        31 years if retirement is in 2001;
        30 years if retirement is in 2002 or later.
    A participant with 8 or more years of service after September 1, 1941, is entitled to a retirement annuity on or after attainment of age 55.
    A participant with at least 5 but less than 8 years of service after September 1, 1941, is entitled to a retirement annuity on or after attainment of age 62.
    A participant who has at least 25 years of service in this system as a police officer or firefighter is entitled to a retirement annuity on or after the attainment of age 50, if Rule 4 of Section 15-136 is applicable to the participant.
    (a-3) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this Section, for a Tier 1 member who begins receiving a retirement annuity under this Section on or after July 1, 2014, the required retirement age under subsection (a) is increased as follows, based on the Tier 1 member's age on June 1, 2014:
        (1) If he or she is at least age 46 on June 1, 2014,
    
then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) remain unchanged.
        (2) If he or she is at least age 45 but less than age
    
46 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 4 months.
        (3) If he or she is at least age 44 but less than age
    
45 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 8 months.
        (4) If he or she is at least age 43 but less than age
    
44 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 12 months.
        (5) If he or she is at least age 42 but less than age
    
43 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 16 months.
        (6) If he or she is at least age 41 but less than age
    
42 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 20 months.
        (7) If he or she is at least age 40 but less than age
    
41 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 24 months.
        (8) If he or she is at least age 39 but less than age
    
40 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 28 months.
        (9) If he or she is at least age 38 but less than age
    
39 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 32 months.
        (10) If he or she is at least age 37 but less than
    
age 38 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 36 months.
        (11) If he or she is at least age 36 but less than
    
age 37 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 40 months.
        (12) If he or she is at least age 35 but less than
    
age 36 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 44 months.
        (13) If he or she is at least age 34 but less than
    
age 35 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 48 months.
        (14) If he or she is at least age 33 but less than
    
age 34 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 52 months.
        (15) If he or she is at least age 32 but less than
    
age 33 on June 1, 2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 56 months.
        (16) If he or she is less than age 32 on June 1,
    
2014, then the required retirement ages under subsection (a) are increased by 60 months.
    Notwithstanding Section 1-103.1, this subsection (a-3) applies without regard to whether or not the Tier 1 member is in active service under this Article on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    (a-5) A Tier 2 member is entitled to a retirement annuity upon written application if he or she has attained age 67 and has at least 10 years of service credit and is otherwise eligible under the requirements of this Article. A Tier 2 member who has attained age 62 and has at least 10 years of service credit and is otherwise eligible under the requirements of this Article may elect to receive the lower retirement annuity provided in subsection (b-5) of Section 15-136 of this Article.
    (b) The annuity payment period shall begin on the date specified by the participant or the recipient of a disability retirement annuity submitting a written application, which date shall not be prior to termination of employment or more than one year before the application is received by the board; however, if the participant is not an employee of an employer participating in this System or in a participating system as defined in Article 20 of this Code on April 1 of the calendar year next following the calendar year in which the participant attains age 70 1/2, the annuity payment period shall begin on that date regardless of whether an application has been filed.
    (c) An annuity is not payable if the amount provided under Section 15-136 is less than $10 per month.
(Source: P.A. 97-933, eff. 8-10-12; 97-968, eff. 8-16-12; 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-135.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-135.1)
    Sec. 15-135.1. Election to avoid application of P.A. 90-65.
    (a) A participant who was an employee on July 7, 1997 and retires on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly may elect in writing at the time of retirement to have the retirement annuity calculated in accordance with the provisions of Sections 15-135 and 15-136 as they existed immediately prior to amendment by Public Act 90-65. This election, once made, is irrevocable.
    (b) The fact that a person has elected to participate in the optional retirement program under Section 15-158.2 or has elected the portability option under subsection (a-1) of Section 15-154 does not prevent the person from making an election under subsection (a) of this Section; the fact that such a person makes an election under subsection (a) does not allow the person to change the irrevocable election that he or she made under Section 15-158.2 or subsection (a-1) of Section 15-154.
    (c) The System shall promptly notify the Department of Central Management Services of each election made under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 91-395, eff. 7-30-99.)

40 ILCS 5/15-136

    (40 ILCS 5/15-136) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-136)
    Sec. 15-136. Retirement annuities - Amount. The provisions of this Section 15-136 apply only to those participants who are participating in the traditional benefit package or the portable benefit package and do not apply to participants who are participating in the self-managed plan.
    (a) The amount of a participant's retirement annuity, expressed in the form of a single-life annuity, shall be determined by whichever of the following rules is applicable and provides the largest annuity:
    Rule 1: The retirement annuity shall be 1.67% of final rate of earnings for each of the first 10 years of service, 1.90% for each of the next 10 years of service, 2.10% for each year of service in excess of 20 but not exceeding 30, and 2.30% for each year in excess of 30; or for persons who retire on or after January 1, 1998, 2.2% of the final rate of earnings for each year of service.
    Rule 2: The retirement annuity shall be the sum of the following, determined from amounts credited to the participant in accordance with the actuarial tables and the effective rate of interest in effect at the time the retirement annuity begins:
        (i) the normal annuity which can be provided on an
    
actuarially equivalent basis (using the effective rate of interest in effect at the time of retirement for retirements occurring on or after July 1, 2014), by the accumulated normal contributions as of the date the annuity begins;
        (ii) an annuity from employer contributions of an
    
amount equal to that which can be provided on an actuarially equivalent basis (using the effective rate of interest in effect at the time of retirement for retirements occurring on or after July 1, 2014) from the accumulated normal contributions made by the participant under Section 15-113.6 and Section 15-113.7 plus 1.4 times all other accumulated normal contributions made by the participant; and
        (iii) the annuity that can be provided on an
    
actuarially equivalent basis (using the effective rate of interest in effect at the time of retirement for retirements occurring on or after July 1, 2014) from the entire contribution made by the participant under Section 15-113.3.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Rule 2, a participant's retirement annuity calculated under this Rule 2 shall not be less than the retirement annuity that participant would have received under this Rule 2 had he or she retired during the fiscal year preceding the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    With respect to a police officer or firefighter who retires on or after August 14, 1998, the accumulated normal contributions taken into account under clauses (i) and (ii) of this Rule 2 shall include the additional normal contributions made by the police officer or firefighter under Section 15-157(a).
    The amount of a retirement annuity calculated under this Rule 2 shall be computed solely on the basis of the participant's accumulated normal contributions, as specified in this Rule and defined in Section 15-116. Neither an employee or employer contribution for early retirement under Section 15-136.2 nor any other employer contribution shall be used in the calculation of the amount of a retirement annuity under this Rule 2.
    This amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly is a clarification of existing law and applies to every participant and annuitant without regard to whether status as an employee terminates before the effective date of this amendatory Act.
    This Rule 2 does not apply to a person who first becomes an employee under this Article on or after July 1, 2005.
    Rule 3: The retirement annuity of a participant who is employed at least one-half time during the period on which his or her final rate of earnings is based, shall be equal to the participant's years of service not to exceed 30, multiplied by (1) $96 if the participant's final rate of earnings is less than $3,500, (2) $108 if the final rate of earnings is at least $3,500 but less than $4,500, (3) $120 if the final rate of earnings is at least $4,500 but less than $5,500, (4) $132 if the final rate of earnings is at least $5,500 but less than $6,500, (5) $144 if the final rate of earnings is at least $6,500 but less than $7,500, (6) $156 if the final rate of earnings is at least $7,500 but less than $8,500, (7) $168 if the final rate of earnings is at least $8,500 but less than $9,500, and (8) $180 if the final rate of earnings is $9,500 or more, except that the annuity for those persons having made an election under Section 15-154(a-1) shall be calculated and payable under the portable retirement benefit program pursuant to the provisions of Section 15-136.4.
    Rule 4: A participant who is at least age 50 and has 25 or more years of service as a police officer or firefighter, and a participant who is age 55 or over and has at least 20 but less than 25 years of service as a police officer or firefighter, shall be entitled to a retirement annuity of 2 1/4% of the final rate of earnings for each of the first 10 years of service as a police officer or firefighter, 2 1/2% for each of the next 10 years of service as a police officer or firefighter, and 2 3/4% for each year of service as a police officer or firefighter in excess of 20. The retirement annuity for all other service shall be computed under Rule 1. A Tier 2 member is eligible for a retirement annuity calculated under Rule 4 only if that Tier 2 member meets the service requirements for that benefit calculation as prescribed under this Rule 4 in addition to the applicable age requirement under subsection (a-5) of Section 15-135.
    For purposes of this Rule 4, a participant's service as a firefighter shall also include the following:
        (i) service that is performed while the person is an
    
employee under subsection (h) of Section 15-107; and
        (ii) in the case of an individual who was a
    
participating employee employed in the fire department of the University of Illinois's Champaign-Urbana campus immediately prior to the elimination of that fire department and who immediately after the elimination of that fire department transferred to another job with the University of Illinois, service performed as an employee of the University of Illinois in a position other than police officer or firefighter, from the date of that transfer until the employee's next termination of service with the University of Illinois.
    (b) For a Tier 1 member, the retirement annuity provided under Rules 1 and 3 above shall be reduced by 1/2 of 1% for each month the participant is under age 60 at the time of retirement. However, this reduction shall not apply in the following cases:
        (1) For a disabled participant whose disability
    
benefits have been discontinued because he or she has exhausted eligibility for disability benefits under clause (6) of Section 15-152;
        (2) For a participant who has at least the number of
    
years of service required to retire at any age under subsection (a) of Section 15-135; or
        (3) For that portion of a retirement annuity which
    
has been provided on account of service of the participant during periods when he or she performed the duties of a police officer or firefighter, if these duties were performed for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date the retirement annuity is to begin.
    (b-5) The retirement annuity of a Tier 2 member who is retiring after attaining age 62 with at least 10 years of service credit shall be reduced by 1/2 of 1% for each full month that the member's age is under age 67.
    (c) The maximum retirement annuity provided under Rules 1, 2, 4, and 5 shall be the lesser of (1) the annual limit of benefits as specified in Section 415 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as such Section may be amended from time to time and as such benefit limits shall be adjusted by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and (2) 80% of final rate of earnings.
    (d) This subsection (d) is subject to subsections (d-1) and (d-2). A Tier 1 member whose status as an employee terminates after August 14, 1969 shall receive automatic increases in his or her retirement annuity as follows:
    Effective January 1 immediately following the date the retirement annuity begins, the annuitant shall receive an increase in his or her monthly retirement annuity of 0.125% of the monthly retirement annuity provided under Rule 1, Rule 2, Rule 3, or Rule 4 contained in this Section, multiplied by the number of full months which elapsed from the date the retirement annuity payments began to January 1, 1972, plus 0.1667% of such annuity, multiplied by the number of full months which elapsed from January 1, 1972, or the date the retirement annuity payments began, whichever is later, to January 1, 1978, plus 0.25% of such annuity multiplied by the number of full months which elapsed from January 1, 1978, or the date the retirement annuity payments began, whichever is later, to the effective date of the increase.
    The annuitant shall receive an increase in his or her monthly retirement annuity on each January 1 thereafter during the annuitant's life of 3% of the monthly annuity provided under Rule 1, Rule 2, Rule 3, or Rule 4 contained in this Section. The change made under this subsection by P.A. 81-970 is effective January 1, 1980 and applies to each annuitant whose status as an employee terminates before or after that date.
    Beginning January 1, 1990, all automatic annual increases payable under this Section shall be calculated as a percentage of the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, including all increases previously granted under this Article.
    The change made in this subsection by P.A. 85-1008 is effective January 26, 1988, and is applicable without regard to whether status as an employee terminated before that date.
    (d-1) Notwithstanding subsection (d), but subject to the provisions of subsection (d-2), all automatic increases payable under subsection (d) on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall be calculated as 3% of the lesser of (1) the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, including previous increases granted, or (2) $1,000 multiplied by the number of years of creditable service upon which the annuity is based; however, in the case of an initial increase subject to this subsection, the amount of that increase shall be prorated if less than one year has elapsed since retirement.
    Beginning January 1, 2016, the $1,000 referred to in item (2) of this subsection (d-1) shall be increased on each January 1 by the annual unadjusted percentage increase (but not less than zero) in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the preceding September; these adjustments shall be cumulative and compounded. For the purposes of this subsection (d-1), "consumer price index-u" means the index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor that measures the average change in prices of goods and services purchased by all urban consumers, United States city average, all items, 1982-84 = 100. The new dollar amount resulting from each annual adjustment shall be determined by the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance and made available to the System by November 1 of each year.
    This subsection (d-1) is applicable without regard to whether the person is in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    (d-2) Notwithstanding subsections (d) and (d-1), for an active or inactive Tier 1 member who has not begun to receive a retirement annuity under this Article before July 1, 2014:
        (1) the automatic annual increase payable under
    
subsection (d) the second January following the date the retirement annuity begins shall be equal to 0% of the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, if he or she is at least age 50 on the effective date of this amendatory Act;
        (2) the automatic annual increase payable under
    
subsection (d) the second, fourth, and sixth January following the date the retirement annuity begins shall be equal to 0% of the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, if he or she is at least age 47 but less than age 50 on the effective date of this amendatory Act;
        (3) the automatic annual increase payable under
    
subsection (d) the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth January following the date the retirement annuity begins shall be equal to 0% of the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, if he or she is at least age 44 but less than age 47 on the effective date of this amendatory Act;
        (4) the automatic annual increase payable under
    
subsection (d) the second, fourth, sixth, eighth, and tenth January following the date the retirement annuity begins shall be equal to 0% of the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, if he or she is less than age 44 on the effective date of this amendatory Act.
    (d-5) A retirement annuity of a Tier 2 member shall receive annual increases on the January 1 occurring either on or after the attainment of age 67 or the first anniversary of the annuity start date, whichever is later. Each annual increase shall be calculated at 3% or one half the annual unadjusted percentage increase (but not less than zero) in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the September preceding each November 1, whichever is less, of the originally granted retirement annuity. If the annual unadjusted percentage change in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the September preceding each November 1 is zero or there is a decrease, then the annuity shall not be increased.
    (e) If, on January 1, 1987, or the date the retirement annuity payment period begins, whichever is later, the sum of the retirement annuity provided under Rule 1 or Rule 2 of this Section and the automatic annual increases provided under the preceding subsection or Section 15-136.1, amounts to less than the retirement annuity which would be provided by Rule 3, the retirement annuity shall be increased as of January 1, 1987, or the date the retirement annuity payment period begins, whichever is later, to the amount which would be provided by Rule 3 of this Section. Such increased amount shall be considered as the retirement annuity in determining benefits provided under other Sections of this Article. This paragraph applies without regard to whether status as an employee terminated before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987, provided that the annuitant was employed at least one-half time during the period on which the final rate of earnings was based.
    (f) A participant is entitled to such additional annuity as may be provided on an actuarially equivalent basis, by any accumulated additional contributions to his or her credit. However, the additional contributions made by the participant toward the automatic increases in annuity provided under this Section shall not be taken into account in determining the amount of such additional annuity.
    (g) If, (1) by law, a function of a governmental unit, as defined by Section 20-107 of this Code, is transferred in whole or in part to an employer, and (2) a participant transfers employment from such governmental unit to such employer within 6 months after the transfer of the function, and (3) the sum of (A) the annuity payable to the participant under Rule 1, 2, or 3 of this Section (B) all proportional annuities payable to the participant by all other retirement systems covered by Article 20, and (C) the initial primary insurance amount to which the participant is entitled under the Social Security Act, is less than the retirement annuity which would have been payable if all of the participant's pension credits validated under Section 20-109 had been validated under this system, a supplemental annuity equal to the difference in such amounts shall be payable to the participant.
    (h) On January 1, 1981, an annuitant who was receiving a retirement annuity on or before January 1, 1971 shall have his or her retirement annuity then being paid increased $1 per month for each year of creditable service. On January 1, 1982, an annuitant whose retirement annuity began on or before January 1, 1977, shall have his or her retirement annuity then being paid increased $1 per month for each year of creditable service.
    (i) On January 1, 1987, any annuitant whose retirement annuity began on or before January 1, 1977, shall have the monthly retirement annuity increased by an amount equal to 8 per year of creditable service times the number of years that have elapsed since the annuity began.
    (j) For participants to whom subsection (a-3) of Section 15-135 applies, the references to age 50, 55, and 62 in this Section are increased as provided in subsection (a-3) of Section 15-135.
(Source: P.A. 97-933, eff. 8-10-12; 97-968, eff. 8-16-12; 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-136.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-136.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-136.1)
    Sec. 15-136.1. Retirement annuities - Supplemental annuity. (a) An annuitant whose status as an employee terminated before August 15, 1969 with at least 15 years of service is entitled to a supplemental annuity as follows:
    Effective January 1, nearest the first anniversary of retirement, or January 1, nearest the annuitant's 65th birthday, whichever is later, the annuitant shall receive a supplemental annuity of 0.125% of the monthly retirement annuity which was provided under Rule 1, Rule 2, or Rule 3 of Section 15-136, multiplied by the number of full months which elapsed from the date of retirement through December 31, 1971, 0.1667% of such annuity multiplied by the number of full months which elapsed from January 1, 1972 through December 31, 1977, and 0.25% of such annuity multiplied by the number of full months which elapsed from January 1, 1978 to the effective date of the supplemental annuity.
    On each January 1 thereafter during the annuitant's lifetime, he or she shall receive an additional supplemental annuity of 3% of the monthly annuity provided under Rule 1, Rule 2 or Rule 3 of Section 15-136. The change made in this Section by P.A. 81-970 is effective January 1, 1980 and applies to each annuitant whose status as an employee terminated before August 15, 1969.
    The supplemental annuity is payable only if the annuitant files with the board, an agreement to pay to the system, an amount equal to 1% of his or her monthly final rate of earnings multiplied by the number of years of service credited on the date of retirement. The payment shall be made in a lump sum, and if it is received by the board more than 30 days after the effective date of the supplemental annuity, the supplemental annuity shall be deferred to the first day of the month following receipt of the payment.
    (b) Each annuitant, whose status as an employee terminated before August 15, 1969 with less than 15 years of service, is entitled to a monthly supplemental annuity effective January 1, 1984 or January 1 nearest the first anniversary of retirement or January 1 nearest his or her 65th birthday, whichever is later, of 3% of the monthly annuity which was provided by Rule 1, Rule 2, or Rule 3 of Section 15-136. On each January 1 thereafter during the lifetime of the annuitant, he or she shall be entitled to an additional monthly supplemental annuity of 3% of the monthly annuity which was provided by Rule 1, Rule 2, or Rule 3 of Section 15-136.
    Beginning January 1, 1990, all automatic annual increases payable under this Section shall be calculated as a percentage of the total annuity payable at the time of the increase, including all increases previously granted under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 86-273.)

40 ILCS 5/15-136.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-136.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-136.2)
    Sec. 15-136.2. Early retirement without discount. A participant whose retirement annuity begins after June 1, 1981 and on or before September 1, 2002 and within six months of the last day of employment for which retirement contributions were required, may elect at the time of application to make a one time employee contribution to the System and thereby avoid the early retirement reduction in retirement annuity specified under subsection (b) of Section 15-136. The exercise of the election shall obligate the last employer to also make a one time non-refundable contribution to the System.
    The one time employee and employer contributions shall be a percentage of the retiring participant's highest full time annual salary rate during the academic years which were considered in determining his or her final rate of earnings, or if not full time then the full time equivalent. The employee contribution rate shall be 7% multiplied by the lesser of the following 2 sums: (1) the number of years that the participant is less than age 60; or (2) the number of years that the participant's creditable service is less than 35 years. The employer contribution shall be at the rate of 20% for each year the participant is less than age 60. The employer shall pay the employer contribution from the same source of funds which is used in paying earnings to employees.
    Upon receipt of the application and election, the System shall determine the one time employee and employer contributions. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable until all the above outlined contributions have been received by the System; however, the date such contributions are received shall not be considered in determining the effective date of retirement.
    Employee and employer contributions under this Section shall be used only to eliminate the reduction for early retirement under Rules 1 and 3 of Section 15-136 and shall not be used in calculating annuities under Rules 2 or 4 set forth in Section 15-136. This amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly is a clarification of existing law and applies to every participant and annuitant without regard to whether status as an employee terminates before the effective date of this amendatory Act.
    For persons who apply to the Board after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993 and before July 1, 1993, requesting a retirement annuity to begin no earlier than July 1, 1993 and no later than June 30, 1994, the employer shall pay both the employee and employer contributions required under this Section.
    The number of employees retiring under this Section in any fiscal year may be limited at the option of the employer to no less than 15% of those eligible. The right to elect early retirement without discount shall be allocated among those applying on the basis of seniority in the service of the last employer.
(Source: P.A. 90-65, eff. 7-7-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97; 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-136.3

    (40 ILCS 5/15-136.3)
    Sec. 15-136.3. Minimum retirement annuity.
    (a) Beginning January 1, 1997, any person who is receiving a monthly retirement annuity under this Article which, after inclusion of (1) all one-time and automatic annual increases to which the person is entitled, (2) any supplemental annuity payable under Section 15-136.1, and (3) any amount deducted under Section 15-138 or 15-140 to provide a reversionary annuity, is less than the minimum monthly retirement benefit amount specified in subsection (b) of this Section, shall be entitled to a monthly supplemental payment equal to the difference.
    (b) For purposes of the calculation in subsection (a), the minimum monthly retirement benefit amount is the sum of $25 for each year of service credit, up to a maximum of 30 years of service.
    (c) This Section applies to all persons receiving a retirement annuity under this Article, without regard to whether or not employment terminated prior to the effective date of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-136.4

    (40 ILCS 5/15-136.4)
    Sec. 15-136.4. Retirement and Survivor Benefits Under Portable Benefit Package.
    (a) This Section 15-136.4 describes the form of annuity and survivor benefits available to a participant who has elected the portable benefit package and has completed the one-year waiting period required under subsection (e) of Section 15-134.5. For purposes of this Section, the term "eligible spouse" means the husband or wife of a participant to whom the participant is married on the date the participant's annuity payment period begins, provided however, that if the participant should die prior to the commencement of retirement annuity benefits, then "eligible spouse" means the husband or wife, if any, to whom the participant was married throughout the one-year period preceding the date of his or her death.
    (b) This subsection (b) describes the normal form of annuity payable to a participant subject to this Section 15-136.4. If the participant is unmarried on the date his or her annuity payment period begins, then the annuity payments shall be made in the form of a single-life annuity as described in Section 15-118. If the participant is married on the date his or her annuity payments commence, then the annuity payments shall be paid in the form of a qualified joint and survivor annuity that is the actuarial equivalent of the single-life annuity. Under the "qualified joint and survivor annuity", a reduced amount shall be paid to the participant for his or her lifetime and his or her eligible spouse, if surviving at the participant's death, shall be entitled to receive thereafter a lifetime survivorship annuity in a monthly amount equal to 50% of the reduced monthly amount that was payable to the participant. The last payment of a qualified joint and survivor annuity shall be made as of the first day of the month in which the death of the survivor occurs.
    (c) Instead of the normal form of annuity that would be paid under subsection (b), a participant may elect in writing within the 180-day period prior to the date his or her annuity payments commence to waive the normal form of annuity payment and receive an optional form of payment as described in subsection (h). If the participant is married and elects an optional form of payment under subsection (h) other than a joint and survivor annuity with the eligible spouse designated as the contingent annuitant, then such election shall require the consent of his or her eligible spouse in the manner described in subsection (d). At any time during the 180-day period preceding the date the participant's payment period begins, the participant may revoke the optional form of payment elected under this subsection (c) and reinstate coverage under the qualified joint and survivor annuity without the spouse's consent, but an election to revoke the optional form elected and elect a new optional form of payment or designate a different contingent annuitant shall not be effective without the eligible spouse's consent.
    (d) The eligible spouse's consent to any election made pursuant to this Section that requires the eligible spouse's consent shall be in writing and shall acknowledge the effect of the consent. In addition, the eligible spouse's signature on the written consent must be witnessed by a notary public. The eligible spouse's consent need not be obtained if the system is satisfied that there is no eligible spouse, that the eligible spouse cannot be located, or because of any other relevant circumstances. An eligible spouse's consent under this Section is valid only with respect to the specified optional form of payment and, if applicable, contingent annuitant designated by the participant. If the optional form of payment or the contingent annuitant is subsequently changed (other than by a revocation of the optional form of payment and reinstatement of the qualified joint and survivor annuity), a new consent by the eligible spouse is required. The eligible spouse's consent to an election made by a participant pursuant to this Section, once made, may not be revoked by the eligible spouse.
    (e) Within a reasonable period of time preceding the date a participant's annuity commences, a participant shall be supplied with a written explanation of (1) the terms and conditions of the normal form single-life annuity and qualified joint and survivor annuity, (2) the participant's right to elect a single-life annuity or an optional form of payment under subsection (h) subject to his or her eligible spouse's consent, if applicable, and (3) the participant's right to reinstate coverage under the qualified joint and survivor annuity prior to his or her annuity commencement date by revoking an election of an optional form of payment under subsection (h).
    (f) If a married participant with at least 1.5 years of service dies prior to commencing retirement annuity payments and prior to taking a refund under Section 15-154, his or her eligible spouse is entitled to receive a pre-retirement survivor annuity, if there is not then in effect a waiver of the pre-retirement survivor annuity. The pre-retirement survivor annuity payable under this subsection shall be a monthly annuity payable for the eligible spouse's life, commencing as of the beginning of the month next following the later of the date of the participant's death or the date the participant would have first met the eligibility requirements for retirement, and continuing through the beginning of the month in which the death of the eligible spouse occurs. The monthly amount payable to the spouse under the pre-retirement survivor annuity shall be equal to the monthly amount that would be payable as a survivor annuity under the qualified joint and survivor annuity described in subsection (b) if: (1) in the case of a participant who dies on or after the date on which the participant has met the eligibility requirements for retirement, the participant had retired with an immediate qualified joint and survivor annuity on the day before the participant's date of death; or (2) in the case of a participant who dies before the earliest date on which the participant would have met the eligibility requirements for retirement age, the participant had separated from service on the date of death, survived to the earliest retirement age based on service prior to his or her death, retired with an immediate qualified joint and survivor annuity at the earliest retirement age, and died on the day after the day on which the participant would have attained the earliest retirement age.
    (g) A married participant who has not retired may elect at any time to waive the pre-retirement survivor annuity described in subsection (f). Any such election shall require the consent of the participant's eligible spouse in the manner described in subsection (d). A waiver of the pre-retirement survivor annuity shall increase the lump sum death benefit payable under subsection (b) of Section 15-141. Prior to electing any waiver of the pre-retirement survivor annuity, the participant shall be provided with a written explanation of (1) the terms and conditions of the pre-retirement survivor annuity and the death benefits payable from the system both with and without the pre-retirement survivor annuity, (2) the participant's right to elect a waiver of the pre-retirement survivor annuity coverage subject to his or her spouse's consent, and (3) the participant's right to reinstate pre-retirement survivor annuity coverage at any time by revoking a prior waiver of such coverage.
    (h) By filing a timely election with the system, a participant who will be eligible to receive a retirement annuity under this Section may waive the normal form of annuity payment described in subsection (b), subject to obtaining the consent of his or her eligible spouse, if applicable, and elect to receive any one of the following optional forms of payment:
        (1) Joint and Survivor Annuity Options: The
    
participant may elect to receive a reduced annuity payable for his or her life and to have a lifetime survivorship annuity in a monthly amount equal to 50%, 75%, or 100% (as elected by the participant) of that reduced monthly amount, to be paid after the participant's death to his or her contingent annuitant, if the contingent annuitant is alive at the time of the participant's death.
        (2) Single-Life Annuity Option (optional for married
    
participants). The participant may elect to receive a single-life annuity payable for his or her life only.
        (3) Lump sum retirement benefit. The participant may
    
elect to receive a lump sum retirement benefit that is equal to the amount of a refund payable under Section 15-154(a-2).
All joint and survivor annuity forms shall be in an amount that is the actuarial equivalent of the single-life annuity.
    For the purposes of this Section, the term "contingent annuitant" means the beneficiary who is designated by a participant at the time the participant elects a joint and survivor annuity to receive the lifetime survivorship annuity in the event the beneficiary survives the participant at the participant's death.
    (i) Under no circumstances may an option be elected, changed, or revoked after the date the participant's retirement annuity commences.
    (j) An election made pursuant to subsection (h) shall become inoperative if the participant or the contingent annuitant dies before the date the participant's annuity payments commence, or if the eligible spouse's consent is required and not given.
    (k) (Blank).
    (l) The automatic annual increases described in subsection (d) of Section 15-136 shall apply to retirement benefits under the portable benefit package and the automatic annual increases described in subsection (j) of Section 15-145 shall apply to survivor benefits under the portable benefit package.
(Source: P.A. 96-586, eff. 8-18-09; 97-933, eff. 8-10-12; 97-968, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/15-137

    (40 ILCS 5/15-137) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-137)
    Sec. 15-137. Retirement annuities-Guarantees. This Article shall not operate to deprive any participant of eligibility for an annuity or to reduce the annuity to which a participant would have been entitled under the provisions of "The 1941 Act," in effect on June 30, 1955, if prior to June 30, 1955, the participant had met the minimum requirements for an annuity, or was employed by an employer on that date.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-138

    (40 ILCS 5/15-138) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-138)
    Sec. 15-138. Retirement annuities-Reduction. If a participant elects to have a reversionary annuity under this Article, the retirement annuity otherwise payable shall be reduced by the actuarial equivalent of the amount required to provide the reversionary annuity.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-139

    (40 ILCS 5/15-139) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-139)
    Sec. 15-139. Retirement annuities; cancellation; suspended during employment.
    (a) If an annuitant returns to employment for an employer within 60 days after the beginning of the retirement annuity payment period, the retirement annuity shall be cancelled, and the annuitant shall refund to the System the total amount of the retirement annuity payments which he or she received. If the retirement annuity is cancelled, the participant shall continue to participate in the System.
    (b) If an annuitant retires prior to age 60 and receives or becomes entitled to receive during any month compensation in excess of the monthly retirement annuity (including any automatic annual increases) for services performed after the date of retirement for any employer under this System, that portion of the monthly retirement annuity provided by employer contributions shall not be payable.
    If an annuitant retires at age 60 or over and receives or becomes entitled to receive during any academic year compensation in excess of the difference between his or her highest annual earnings prior to retirement and his or her annual retirement annuity computed under Rule 1, Rule 2, Rule 3, or Rule 4 of Section 15-136, or under Section 15-136.4, for services performed after the date of retirement for any employer under this System, that portion of the monthly retirement annuity provided by employer contributions shall be reduced by an amount equal to the compensation that exceeds such difference.
    However, any remuneration received for serving as a member of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board shall be excluded from "compensation" for the purposes of this subsection (b), and serving as a member of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board shall not be deemed to be a return to employment for the purposes of this Section. This provision applies without regard to whether service was terminated prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991.
    "Academic year", as used in this subsection (b), means the 12-month period beginning September 1.
    (c) If an employer certifies that an annuitant has been reemployed on a permanent and continuous basis or in a position in which the annuitant is expected to serve for at least 9 months, the annuitant shall resume his or her status as a participating employee and shall be entitled to all rights applicable to participating employees upon filing with the board an election to forgo all annuity payments during the period of reemployment. Upon subsequent retirement, the retirement annuity shall consist of the annuity which was terminated by the reemployment, plus the additional retirement annuity based upon service granted during the period of reemployment, but the combined retirement annuity shall not exceed the maximum annuity applicable on the date of the last retirement.
    The total service and earnings credited before and after the initial date of retirement shall be considered in determining eligibility of the employee or the employee's beneficiary to benefits under this Article, and in calculating final rate of earnings.
    In determining the death benefit payable to a beneficiary of an annuitant who again becomes a participating employee under this Section, accumulated normal and additional contributions shall be considered as the sum of the accumulated normal and additional contributions at the date of initial retirement and the accumulated normal and additional contributions credited after that date, less the sum of the annuity payments received by the annuitant.
    The survivors insurance benefits provided under Section 15-145 shall not be applicable to an annuitant who resumes his or her status as a participating employee, unless the annuitant, at the time of initial retirement, has a survivors insurance beneficiary who could qualify for such benefits.
    If the participant's employment is terminated because of circumstances other than death before 9 months from the date of reemployment, the provisions of this Section regarding resumption of status as a participating employee shall not apply. The normal and survivors insurance contributions which are deducted during this period shall be refunded to the annuitant without interest, and subsequent benefits under this Article shall be the same as those which were applicable prior to the date the annuitant resumed employment.
    The amendments made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly apply without regard to whether the annuitant was in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-933, eff. 8-10-12; 97-968, eff. 8-16-12; 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-596, eff. 11-19-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-139.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-139.1)
    Sec. 15-139.1. Tier 2 member retirement annuities; suspended during employment. If a Tier 2 member is receiving a retirement annuity under this System and becomes a member or participant under any other system or fund created by this Code and is employed on a full-time basis, then the person's retirement annuity shall be suspended during that employment. Upon termination of that employment, the person's retirement annuity shall resume and be recalculated if recalculation is provided for under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-139.5

    (40 ILCS 5/15-139.5)
    Sec. 15-139.5. Return to work by affected annuitant; notice and contribution by employer.
    (a) An employer who employs or re-employs a person receiving a retirement annuity from the System in an academic year beginning on or after August 1, 2013 must notify the System of that employment within 60 days after employing the annuitant. The notice must include a summary of the contract of employment or specify the rate of compensation and the anticipated length of employment of that annuitant. The notice must specify whether the annuitant will be compensated from federal, corporate, foundation, or trust funds or grants of State funds that identify the principal investigator by name. The notice must include the employer's determination of whether or not the annuitant is an "affected annuitant" as defined in subsection (b).
    The employer must also record, document, and certify to the System (i) the amount of compensation paid to the annuitant for employment during the academic year, and (ii) the amount of that compensation, if any, that comes from either federal, corporate, foundation, or trust funds or grants of State funds that identify the principal investigator by name.
    As used in this Section, "academic year" means the 12-month period beginning September 1.
    For the purposes of this Section, an annuitant whose employment by an employer extends over more than one academic year shall be deemed to be re-employed by that employer in each of those academic years.
    The System may specify the time, form, and manner of providing the determinations, notifications, certifications, and documentation required under this Section.
    (b) A person receiving a retirement annuity from the System becomes an "affected annuitant" on the first day of the academic year following the academic year in which the annuitant first meets the following condition:
        (1) (Blank).
        (2) While receiving a retirement annuity under this
    
Article, the annuitant was employed on or after August 1, 2013 by one or more employers under this Article and received or became entitled to receive during an academic year compensation for that employment in excess of 40% of his or her highest annual earnings prior to retirement; except that compensation paid from federal, corporate, foundation, or trust funds or grants of State funds that identify the principal investigator by name is excluded.
    A person who becomes an affected annuitant remains an affected annuitant, except for any period during which the person returns to active service and does not receive a retirement annuity from the System.
    (c) It is the obligation of the employer to determine whether an annuitant is an affected annuitant before employing the annuitant. For that purpose the employer may require the annuitant to disclose and document his or her relevant prior employment and earnings history. Failure of the employer to make this determination correctly and in a timely manner or to include this determination with the notification required under subsection (a) does not excuse the employer from making the contribution required under subsection (e).
    The System may assist the employer in determining whether a person is an affected annuitant. The System shall inform the employer if it discovers that the employer's determination is inconsistent with the employment and earnings information in the System's records.
    (d) Upon the request of an annuitant, the System shall certify to the annuitant or the employer the following information as reported by the employers, as that information is indicated in the records of the System: (i) the annuitant's highest annual earnings prior to retirement, (ii) the compensation paid for that employment in each academic year, and (iii) whether any of that employment or compensation has been certified to the System as being paid from federal, corporate, foundation, or trust funds or grants of State funds that identify the principal investigator by name. The System shall only be required to certify information that is received from the employers.
    (e) In addition to the requirements of subsection (a), an employer who employs an affected annuitant must pay to the System an employer contribution in the amount and manner provided in this Section, unless the annuitant is compensated by that employer solely from federal, corporate, foundation, or trust funds or grants of State funds that identify the principal investigator by name.
    The employer contribution required under this Section for employment of an affected annuitant in an academic year shall be equal to 12 times the amount of the gross monthly retirement annuity payable to the annuitant for the month in which the first paid day of that employment in that academic year occurs, after any reduction in that annuity that may be imposed under subsection (b) of Section 15-139.
    If an affected annuitant is employed by more than one employer in an academic year, the employer contribution required under this Section shall be divided among those employers in proportion to their respective portions of the total compensation paid to the affected annuitant for that employment during that academic year.
    If the System determines that an employer, without reasonable justification, has failed to make the determination of affected annuitant status correctly and in a timely manner, or has failed to notify the System or to correctly document or certify to the System any of the information required by this Section, and that failure results in a delayed determination by the System that a contribution is payable under this Section, then the amount of that employer's contribution otherwise determined under this Section shall be doubled.
    The System shall deem a failure to correctly determine the annuitant's status to be justified if the employer establishes to the System's satisfaction that the employer, after due diligence, made an erroneous determination that the annuitant was not an affected annuitant due to reasonable reliance on false or misleading information provided by the annuitant or another employer, or an error in the annuitant's official employment or earnings records.
    (f) Whenever the System determines that an employer is liable for a contribution under this Section, it shall so notify the employer and certify the amount of the contribution. The employer may pay the required contribution without interest at any time within one year after receipt of the certification. If the employer fails to pay within that year, then interest shall be charged at a rate equal to the System's prescribed rate of interest, compounded annually from the 366th day after receipt of the certification from the System. Payment must be concluded within 2 years after receipt of the certification by the employer. If the employer fails to make complete payment, including applicable interest, within 2 years, then the System may, after giving notice to the employer, certify the delinquent amount to the State Comptroller, and the Comptroller shall thereupon deduct the certified delinquent amount from State funds payable to the employer and pay them instead to the System.
    (g) If an employer is required to make a contribution to the System as a result of employing an affected annuitant and the annuitant later elects to forgo his or her annuity in that same academic year pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 15-139, then the required contribution by the employer shall be waived, and if the contribution has already been paid, it shall be refunded to the employer without interest.
    (h) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the employer contribution required under this Section shall not be included in the determination of any benefit under this Article or any other Article of this Code, regardless of whether the annuitant returns to active service, and is in addition to any other State or employer contribution required under this Article.
    (i) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section to the contrary, if an employer employs an affected annuitant in order to continue critical operations in the event of either an employee's unforeseen illness, accident, or death or a catastrophic incident or disaster, then, for one and only one academic year, the employer is not required to pay the contribution set forth in this Section for that annuitant. The employer shall, however, immediately notify the System upon employing a person subject to this subsection (i). For the purposes of this subsection (i), "critical operations" means teaching services, medical services, student welfare services, and any other services that are critical to the mission of the employer.
    (j) This Section shall be applied and coordinated with the regulatory obligations contained in the State Universities Civil Service Act. This Section shall not apply to an annuitant if the employer of that annuitant provides documentation to the System that (1) the annuitant is employed in a status appointment position, as that term is defined in 80 Ill. Adm. Code 250.80, and (2) due to obligations contained under the State Universities Civil Service Act, the employer does not have the ability to limit the earnings or duration of employment for the annuitant while employed in the status appointment position.
(Source: P.A. 97-968, eff. 8-16-12; 98-596, eff. 11-19-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-140

    (40 ILCS 5/15-140) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-140)
    Sec. 15-140. Reversionary annuities. A participant in the traditional benefit package entitled to a retirement annuity may, prior to retirement, elect to take a reduced retirement annuity and provide with the actuarial value of the reduction, a reversionary annuity to a dependent beneficiary, subject to the following conditions: (1) the participant's written notice of election to provide such annuity is received by the board at least 30 days before the retirement annuity payment period begins, and (2) the amount of the reversionary annuity is not less than $10 per month, and (3) the reversionary annuity is payable only if the participant dies after retirement.
    The participant may revoke the election by filing a written notice of revocation with the board. The beneficiary's death prior to retirement of the participant shall constitute a revocation of the election.
    The amount of the reversionary annuity shall be that specified in the participant's notice of election, but not more than the amount which when added to the survivors annuity payable to the dependent beneficiary, would equal the participant's reduced retirement annuity. The participant shall specify in the notice of election whether the full retirement annuity is to be resumed or the reduced retirement annuity is to be continued, in the event the beneficiary predeceases the annuitant.
    The reversionary annuity payment period shall begin on the day following the annuitant's death. A reversionary annuity shall not be payable if the beneficiary predeceases the annuitant.
(Source: P.A. 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-141

    (40 ILCS 5/15-141) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-141)
    Sec. 15-141. Death benefits - Death of participant.
    (a) The beneficiary of a participant under the traditional benefit package is entitled to a death benefit equal to the sum of (1) the employee's accumulated normal and additional contributions on the date of death, (2) the employee's accumulated survivors insurance contributions on the date of death, if a survivors insurance benefit is not payable, (3) an amount equal to the employee's final rate of earnings, but not more than $5,000, if (i) the beneficiary, under rules of the board, was dependent upon the participant, (ii) the participant was a participating employee immediately prior to his or her death, and (iii) a survivors insurance benefit is not payable, and (4) $2,500 if (i) the beneficiary was not dependent upon the participant, (ii) the participant was a participating employee immediately prior to his or her death, and (iii) a survivors insurance benefit is not payable.
    (b) If the participant has elected to participate in the portable benefit package and has completed the one-year waiting period required under subsection (e) of Section 15-134.5, the death benefit shall be equal to the employee's accumulated normal and additional contributions on the date of death plus, if the employee died with 1.5 or more years of service for employment as defined in Section 15-113.1, employer contributions in an amount equal to the sum of the accumulated normal and additional contributions; except that if a pre-retirement survivor annuity is payable under Section 15-136.4, the death benefit payable under this paragraph shall be reduced, but to not less than zero, by the actuarial value of the benefit payable to the surviving spouse. If the recipient of a pre-retirement survivor annuity dies before an amount equal to all accumulated normal and additional contributions as of the date of death have been paid out, the remaining difference shall be paid to the member's beneficiary. The primary beneficiary of the participant must be his or her spouse unless the spouse has consented to the designation of another beneficiary in the manner described in subsection (d) of Section 15-136.4.
    (c) If payments are made under any State or federal workers' compensation or occupational diseases law because of the death of an employee, the portion of the death benefit payable from employer contributions shall be reduced by the total amount of the payments.
(Source: P.A. 95-83, eff. 8-13-07.)

40 ILCS 5/15-142

    (40 ILCS 5/15-142) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-142)
    Sec. 15-142. Death benefits - Death of annuitant. Upon the death of an annuitant receiving a retirement annuity or disability retirement annuity, the annuitant's beneficiary shall, if a survivor's insurance benefit is not payable under Section 15-145 and an annuity is not payable under Section 15-136.4, be entitled to a death benefit equal to the greater of the following: (1) the excess, if any, of the sum of the accumulated normal, survivors insurance, and additional contributions as of the date of retirement or the date the disability retirement annuity began, whichever is earlier, over the sum of all annuity payments made prior to the date of death, or (2) $1,000.
(Source: P.A. 90-448, eff. 8-16-97; 90-766, eff. 8-14-98; 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-143

    (40 ILCS 5/15-143) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-143)
    Sec. 15-143. Death benefits - general provisions. All death benefits shall be paid as a single cash sum. A death benefit shall be paid as soon as practicable after receipt by the board of (1) a written application by the beneficiary and (2) such evidence of death and identification as the board shall require.
(Source: P.A. 90-65, eff. 7-7-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97.)

40 ILCS 5/15-144

    (40 ILCS 5/15-144) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-144)
    Sec. 15-144. Beneficiary annuities. This Section applies only to the death benefits of persons who became participants before August 22, 1997 (the effective date of Public Act 90-511).
    If a deceased participant has specified in a written notice on file with the board prior to his or her death, or if the participant has not so specified, but the beneficiary specifies in the application for the death benefit that the benefit be paid as an annuity or as a designated cash payment plus an annuity, it shall be paid in the manner thus specified, unless the annuity is less than $10 per month, in which case the death benefit shall be paid in a single cash sum. If the death benefit is paid as an annuity, the beneficiary may elect to take an amount not in excess of $500 in a single cash sum. The annuity payable to a beneficiary shall be the actuarial equivalent of the death benefit, determined as of the participant's date of death, on the basis of the age of the beneficiary at that time.
    The beneficiary annuity payment period shall begin on the day following the death of the deceased and shall terminate on the date of the beneficiary's death. If the beneficiary may receive the death benefit in a single cash sum, but elects to receive an annuity, he or she may, within one year after the death of the participant or annuitant, revoke this election and receive in a single cash sum the excess of the amount of the death benefit upon which the annuity was based over the sum of the annuity payments received.
(Source: P.A. 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-145

    (40 ILCS 5/15-145) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-145)
    Sec. 15-145. Survivors insurance benefits; conditions and amounts.
    (a) The survivors insurance benefits provided under this Section shall be payable to the eligible survivors of a Tier 1 member covered under the traditional benefit package upon the death of (1) a participating employee with at least 1 1/2 years of service, (2) a participant who terminated employment with at least 10 years of service, and (3) an annuitant in receipt of a retirement annuity or disability retirement annuity under this Article.
    Service under the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois, the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois and the Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago shall be considered in determining eligibility for survivors benefits under this Section.
    If by law, a function of a governmental unit, as defined by Section 20-107, is transferred in whole or in part to an employer, and an employee transfers employment from this governmental unit to such employer within 6 months after the transfer of this function, the service credits in the governmental unit's retirement system which have been validated under Section 20-109 shall be considered in determining eligibility for survivors benefits under this Section.
    (b) A surviving spouse of a deceased participant, or of a deceased annuitant who did not take a refund or additional annuity consisting of accumulated survivors insurance contributions, shall receive a survivors annuity of 30% of the final rate of earnings. Payments shall begin on the day following the participant's or annuitant's death or the date the surviving spouse attains age 50, whichever is later, and continue until the death of the surviving spouse. The annuity shall be payable to the surviving spouse prior to attainment of age 50 if the surviving spouse has in his or her care a deceased participant's or annuitant's dependent unmarried child under age 18 (under age 22 if a full-time student) who is eligible for a survivors annuity.
    Remarriage of a surviving spouse prior to attainment of age 55 that occurs before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly shall disqualify him or her for the receipt of a survivors annuity until July 6, 2000.
    A surviving spouse whose survivors annuity has been terminated due to remarriage may apply for reinstatement of that annuity. The reinstated annuity shall begin to accrue on July 6, 2000, except that if, on July 6, 2000, the annuity is payable to an eligible surviving child or parent, payment of the annuity to the surviving spouse shall not be reinstated until the annuity is no longer payable to any eligible surviving child or parent. The reinstated annuity shall include any one-time or annual increases received prior to the date of termination, as well as any increases that would otherwise have accrued from the date of termination to the date of reinstatement. An eligible surviving spouse whose expectation of receiving a survivors annuity was lost due to remarriage before attainment of age 50 shall also be entitled to reinstatement under this subsection, but the resulting survivors annuity shall not begin to accrue sooner than upon the surviving spouse's attainment of age 50.
    The changes made to this subsection by this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly (pertaining to remarriage prior to age 55 or 50) apply without regard to whether the deceased participant or annuitant was in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act.
    (c) Each dependent unmarried child under age 18 (under age 22 if a full-time student) of a deceased participant, or of a deceased annuitant who did not take a refund or additional annuity consisting of accumulated survivors insurance contributions, shall receive a survivors annuity equal to the sum of (1) 20% of the final rate of earnings, and (2) 10% of the final rate of earnings divided by the number of children entitled to this benefit. Payments shall begin on the day following the participant's or annuitant's death and continue until the child marries, dies, or attains age 18 (age 22 if a full-time student). If the child is in the care of a surviving spouse who is eligible for survivors insurance benefits, the child's benefit shall be paid to the surviving spouse.
    Each unmarried child over age 18 of a deceased participant or of a deceased annuitant who had a survivor's insurance beneficiary at the time of his or her retirement, and who was dependent upon the participant or annuitant by reason of a physical or mental disability which began prior to the date the child attained age 18 (age 22 if a full-time student), shall receive a survivor's annuity equal to the sum of (1) 20% of the final rate of earnings, and (2) 10% of the final rate of earnings divided by the number of children entitled to survivors benefits. Payments shall begin on the day following the participant's or annuitant's death and continue until the child marries, dies, or is no longer disabled. If the child is in the care of a surviving spouse who is eligible for survivors insurance benefits, the child's benefit may be paid to the surviving spouse. For the purposes of this Section, disability means inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least one year.
    (d) Each dependent parent of a deceased participant, or of a deceased annuitant who did not take a refund or additional annuity consisting of accumulated survivors insurance contributions, shall receive a survivors annuity equal to the sum of (1) 20% of final rate of earnings, and (2) 10% of final rate of earnings divided by the number of parents who qualify for the benefit. Payments shall begin when the parent reaches age 55 or the day following the participant's or annuitant's death, whichever is later, and continue until the parent dies. Remarriage of a parent prior to attainment of age 55 shall disqualify the parent for the receipt of a survivors annuity.
    (e) In addition to the survivors annuity provided above, each survivors insurance beneficiary shall, upon death of the participant or annuitant, receive a lump sum payment of $1,000 divided by the number of such beneficiaries.
    (f) The changes made in this Section by Public Act 81-712 pertaining to survivors annuities in cases of remarriage prior to age 55 shall apply to each survivors insurance beneficiary who remarries after June 30, 1979, regardless of the date that the participant or annuitant terminated his employment or died.
    The change made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, pertaining to remarriage prior to age 55, applies without regard to whether the deceased participant or annuitant was in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly.
    (g) On January 1, 1981, any person who was receiving a survivors annuity on or before January 1, 1971 shall have the survivors annuity then being paid increased by 1% for each full year which has elapsed from the date the annuity began. On January 1, 1982, any survivor whose annuity began after January 1, 1971, but before January 1, 1981, shall have the survivor's annuity then being paid increased by 1% for each year which has elapsed from the date the survivor's annuity began. On January 1, 1987, any survivor who began receiving a survivor's annuity on or before January 1, 1977, shall have the monthly survivor's annuity increased by $1 for each full year which has elapsed since the date the survivor's annuity began.
    (h) If the sum of the lump sum and total monthly survivor benefits payable under this Section upon the death of a participant amounts to less than the sum of the death benefits payable under items (2) and (3) of Section 15-141, the difference shall be paid in a lump sum to the beneficiary of the participant who is living on the date that this additional amount becomes payable.
    (i) If the sum of the lump sum and total monthly survivor benefits payable under this Section upon the death of an annuitant receiving a retirement annuity or disability retirement annuity amounts to less than the death benefit payable under Section 15-142, the difference shall be paid to the beneficiary of the annuitant who is living on the date that this additional amount becomes payable.
    (j) Effective on the later of (1) January 1, 1990, or (2) the January 1 on or next after the date on which the survivor annuity begins, if the deceased member died while receiving a retirement annuity, or in all other cases the January 1 nearest the first anniversary of the date the survivor annuity payments begin, every survivors insurance beneficiary shall receive an increase in his or her monthly survivors annuity of 3%. On each January 1 after the initial increase, the monthly survivors annuity shall be increased by 3% of the total survivors annuity provided under this Article, including previous increases provided by this subsection. Such increases shall apply to the survivors insurance beneficiaries of each participant and annuitant, whether or not the employment status of the participant or annuitant terminates before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1990. This subsection (j) also applies to persons receiving a survivor annuity under the portable benefit package.
    (k) If the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, requires that the survivors benefits be payable at an age earlier than that specified in this Section the benefits shall begin at the earlier age, in which event, the survivor's beneficiary shall be entitled only to that amount which is equal to the actuarial equivalent of the benefits provided by this Section.
    (l) The changes made to this Section and Section 15-131 by this amendatory Act of 1997, relating to benefits for certain unmarried children who are full-time students under age 22, apply without regard to whether the deceased member was in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997. These changes do not authorize the repayment of a refund or a re-election of benefits, and any benefit or increase in benefits resulting from these changes is not payable retroactively for any period before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-145.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-145.1)
    Sec. 15-145.1. Survivor's insurance annuities and lump sum payments for Tier 2 Members; amount. Survivor eligibility, vesting, and conditions for a survivor's insurance annuity and lump sum payment amount payable to a survivor's insurance beneficiary of a deceased Tier 2 member shall be determined under the provisions of this Article applicable to survivor's insurance beneficiaries of a deceased Tier 1 member; however, the amount of a survivor's insurance annuity, including the annual increases thereon, shall be calculated pursuant to this Section. The initial survivor's insurance annuity of a survivors insurance beneficiary of a Tier 2 annuitant shall be in the amount of 66 2/3% of the Tier 2 member's retirement annuity at the date of death. In the case of the death of a Tier 2 member who has not retired, eligibility for a survivor's insurance benefit shall be determined by the applicable Section of this Article. The initial benefit shall be 66 2/3% of the earned annuity without a reduction due to age. A survivor's insurance annuity shall be increased (1) on each January 1 occurring on or after the commencement of the annuity if the deceased Tier 2 member died while receiving a retirement annuity or (2) in other cases, on each January 1 occurring after the first anniversary of the commencement of the benefit. Each annual increase shall be calculated at 3% or one half the annual unadjusted percentage increase (but not less than zero) in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the September preceding each November 1, whichever is less, of the originally granted survivor's insurance annuity. If the annual unadjusted percentage change in the consumer price index-u for the 12 months ending with the September preceding each November 1 is zero or there is a decrease, then the survivor's insurance annuity shall not be increased. A beneficiary of a Tier 2 member who elects the Portable Benefit Package provided under this Article shall not be eligible for the survivor's insurance annuity that is provided under this Section. If 2 or more persons are eligible to receive survivor's insurance annuities as provided under this Section based on the same deceased Tier 2 member, the calculation of the survivor's insurance annuities shall be based on the total calculation of the survivor's insurance annuity and divided pro rata. The changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly are a clarification of existing law and are intended to be retroactive to the effective date of Public Act 96-889, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 1-103.1 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-596, eff. 11-19-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-146

    (40 ILCS 5/15-146) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-146)
    Sec. 15-146. Survivors insurance benefits - Minimum amounts.
    (a) The minimum total survivors annuity payable on account of the death of a participant shall be 50% of the retirement annuity which would have been provided under Rule 1, Rule 2, or Rule 3 of Section 15-136 upon the participant's attainment of the minimum age at which the penalty for early retirement would not be applicable or the date of the participant's death, whichever is later, on the basis of credits earned prior to the time of death.
    (b) The minimum total survivors annuity payable on account of the death of an annuitant shall be 50% of the retirement annuity which is payable under Section 15-136 at the time of death or 50% of the disability retirement annuity payable under Section 15-153.2. This minimum survivors annuity shall apply to each participant and annuitant who dies after September 16, 1979, whether or not his or her employee status terminates before or after that date.
    (c) If an annuitant has elected a reversionary annuity, the retirement annuity referred to in this Section is that which would have been payable had such election not been filed.
    (d) Beginning January 1, 2002, any person who is receiving a survivors annuity under this Article which, after inclusion of all one-time and automatic annual increases to which the person is entitled, is less than the sum of $17.50 for each year (up to a maximum of 30 years) of the deceased member's service credit, shall be entitled to a monthly supplemental payment equal to the difference.
    If 2 or more persons are receiving survivors annuities based on the same deceased member, the calculation of the supplemental payment under this subsection shall be based on the total of those annuities and divided pro rata. The supplemental payment is not subject to any limitation on the maximum amount of the annuity and shall not be included in the calculation of any automatic annual increase under Section 15-145.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-146.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-146.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-146.1)
    Sec. 15-146.1. Survivors insurance benefits-Maximum amounts.
    (a) The maximum total survivors annuity payable on account of any deceased participating employee shall be the lesser of: (1) 80% of the final rate of earnings; or (2) (A) $400 per month if one survivors insurance beneficiary is entitled to a survivors annuity, or (B) $600 per month if there are 2 or more such beneficiaries.
    (b) The maximum total survivors annuity payable on account of the death of any person occurring after retirement or after termination of his or her employee status shall be the lesser of: (1) 80% of the final rate of earnings; (2) (A) $400 per month if one survivors insurance beneficiary is entitled to a survivors annuity, or (B) $600 per month if there are 2 or more such beneficiaries; or (3) 80% of the retirement annuity payable to the annuitant at the date of retirement under the provisions of Rule 1, Rule 2, or Rule 3 of Section 15-136, or 80% of the retirement annuity which would have been payable to the participant upon attainment of the minimum age at which the penalty for early retirement would not be applicable or the date of death, whichever is later, based upon credits earned as of the date of death.
    (c) The maximum total survivors annuity payable on account of the death of any person whose death occurs while in receipt of a disability retirement annuity under Section 15-153.2 shall be the lesser of (1) 80% of his or her final rate of earnings, (2) (A) $400 per month if one survivors insurance beneficiary is entitled to a survivors annuity, or (B) $600 per month if 2 or more survivors insurance beneficiaries qualify for this benefit, or (3) 80% of the retirement annuity which would have been payable upon attainment of the age at which the penalty for early retirement would not be applicable or the date of death, whichever is later, based upon the participant's credits on the date of death, or 80% of the disability retirement annuity whichever is greater.
    (d) If the minimum annuity provided under Section 15-146 exceeds the maximum annuity provided under this Section, the minimum annuity shall be payable.
    (e) If an annuitant has elected a reversionary annuity, the retirement annuity referred to in this Section is that which would have been payable had such election not been filed.
    (f) If a survivors insurance beneficiary qualifies for a survivors or widows annuity because of pension credits established by the participant or annuitant in another system covered by Article 20, and the combined survivors annuities exceed the highest survivors annuity which could be provided by either system based upon the combined pension credits, the survivors annuity payable by this system shall be reduced to that amount which, when added to the survivors annuity payable by the other system, would equal this highest survivors annuity. If the other system has a similar provision for adjustment of the survivors annuity, the respective proportional survivors annuities shall be reduced proportionately according to the ratio which the amount of each proportional survivors annuity bears to the aggregate of all proportional survivors annuities. If a survivors annuity is payable by another system covered by Article 20, and the survivor elects to waive the survivors annuity and accept a lump sum payment or death benefit in lieu of the survivors annuity, this system shall, for the purpose of adjusting the survivors annuity under this subsection, assume that the survivor was entitled to a survivors annuity which, in accordance with actuarial tables of this system, is the actuarial equivalent of the amount of the lump sum payment or death benefit.
    (g) The total monthly survivors annuity payable to the beneficiaries of any annuitant who terminated employment before July 14, 1959 and whose death occurs after September 16, 1977 shall not exceed $200.
    (h) Whenever a reduction in the survivors annuity is made as authorized above, the survivors annuity to each dependent parent shall be proportionately reduced or eliminated, and if further reduction is necessary, the survivors annuity payable to every other person shall be proportionately decreased.
    (i) This Section applies to the survivors insurance benefits provided to the eligible survivors of a Tier 1 member.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-147

    (40 ILCS 5/15-147) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-147)
    Sec. 15-147. Survivors insurance benefits-Dependency conditions. A child is deemed dependent upon his or her natural or adopting father or mother if the child is living with or receiving support from such parent. If the child is not living with or receiving support from such parent, he or she is deemed dependent upon that parent if the child (1) has not been adopted by some other individual, and (2) is not living with or receiving more than 1/2 support from his or her stepparent.
    A child is deemed dependent upon his or her stepfather or stepmother if the child is living with or receiving at least 1/2 support from the stepparent.
    A parent is considered dependent if receiving at least 1/2 of his or her support from the participant or annuitant at the time of the death of the participant or annuitant.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-148

    (40 ILCS 5/15-148) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-148)
    Sec. 15-148. Survivors insurance benefits - General provisions. The survivors annuity is payable monthly. Any annuity due but unpaid upon the death of the annuitant, shall be paid to the annuitant's estate.
    A person who becomes entitled to more than one survivors insurance benefit because of the death of 2 or more persons shall receive only the largest of the benefits; except that this limitation does not apply to a survivors insurance beneficiary who is entitled to a survivor's annuity by reason of a mental or physical disability.
    A survivors insurance beneficiary or the personal representative of the estate of a deceased survivors insurance beneficiary or the personal representative of a survivors insurance beneficiary who is under a legal disability may waive the right to receive survivorship benefits, provided written notice of the waiver is given by the beneficiary or representative to the board within 6 months after the death of the participant or annuitant and before any payment is made pursuant to an application filed by such person.
(Source: P.A. 92-424, eff. 8-17-01.)

40 ILCS 5/15-149

    (40 ILCS 5/15-149) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-149)
    Sec. 15-149. Determination of family status. Subject to the definitions contained in Sections 15-127 to 15-130, inclusive, in determining whether an applicant for a benefit under this Article is the surviving spouse, child, or parent of a participant or annuitant, the board shall apply such law as would be applied by the courts of this State in determining the devolution of intestate property.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-150

    (40 ILCS 5/15-150) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-150)
    Sec. 15-150. Disability benefits - Eligibility. A participant may be granted a disability benefit if: (1) while a participating employee, he or she becomes physically or mentally incapacitated and unable to perform the duties of his or her assigned position for any period exceeding 60 days; and (2) the employee had completed 2 years of service at the time of disability, unless the disability is a result of an accident.
    An employee shall be considered disabled only during the period for which the board determines, based upon the evidence listed below, that the employee is unable to reasonably perform the duties of his or her assigned position as a result of a physical or mental disability. This determination shall be based upon:
        (i) a written certificate from one or more licensed
    
and practicing physicians appointed by or acceptable to the board, stating that the employee is disabled and unable to reasonably perform the duties of his or her assigned position;
        (ii) a written certificate from the employer stating
    
that the employee is unable to perform the duties of his or her assigned position; and
        (iii) any other medical examinations, hospital
    
records, laboratory results, or other information necessary for determining the employment capacity and condition of the employee.
    The board shall prescribe rules governing the filing, investigation, control, and supervision of disability claims. Costs incurred by a claimant in connection with completing a claim for disability benefits shall be paid (A) by the claimant, in the case of the one required medical examination, medical certificate, and employer's certificate and any other requirements generally imposed by the board on all disability benefit claimants; and (B) by the System, in the case of any additional medical examination or other additional requirement imposed on a particular claimant that is not imposed generally on all disability benefit claimants.
    Pregnancy and childbirth shall be considered a disability.
(Source: P.A. 90-766, eff. 8-14-98.)

40 ILCS 5/15-151

    (40 ILCS 5/15-151) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-151)
    Sec. 15-151. Disability benefits - commencement. Disability benefits shall begin to accrue upon the termination of the payment of salary or sick leave benefits or the 61st day after the occurrence of the disability, whichever is later. However, no benefits shall be payable covering a period of more than 30 days prior to the receipt of a written application unless the board finds good cause for the delay in filing the application. The recurrence within 30 days of a former disability shall be considered a continuation of the disability. If a disabled participant returns to his or her assigned position and within 30 days again becomes disabled from the same cause, the previous period of disability shall be considered in determining the date benefits may begin, and the amount of the benefit shall be based upon the basic compensation on the date the participant first became disabled from this cause.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-152

    (40 ILCS 5/15-152) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-152)
    Sec. 15-152. Disability benefits - Duration. Disability benefits shall be discontinued when the earliest of the following occurs: (1) when disability ceases, (2) upon refusal of the participant to submit to a reasonable physical examination by a physician approved by the board, (3) upon refusal of the participant to accept any position, assigned in good faith by an employer, the duties of which could reasonably be performed by the participant and the earnings of which would be at least equal to the disability benefit payable under this Article, (4) upon September 1, following the participant's 70th birthday, if the disability benefit commenced prior to attainment of age 65, (5) the end of the month following the fifth anniversary of the date disability benefits commenced, if such benefits began after the attainment of age 65, or (6) when the total disability benefits paid equal 50% of the participant's total earnings for the entire period of employment for which service has been granted prior to the date disability benefits began to accrue. If the disability was caused by an on-the-job accident, and the participant is granted workers' compensation or occupational disease payments from the employer or the State of Illinois, the limitation in clause (6) shall not be applicable.
    Service and earnings credits under the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois and the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois shall be considered in determining the employee's eligibility for, and the duration of disability benefits.
    If, by law, a function of a governmental unit, as defined by Section 20-107 is transferred in whole or in part to an employer and an employee transfers employment from the governmental unit to such employer within 6 months after the transfer of this function, the pension credits in the governmental unit's retirement system which have been validated under Section 20-109, shall be treated the same as pension credits in this Section in determining an employee's eligibility for, and the duration of disability benefits.
(Source: P.A. 86-273.)

40 ILCS 5/15-153

    (40 ILCS 5/15-153) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-153)
    Sec. 15-153. Disability benefits - Amount. The disability benefit shall be the greater of (1) 50% of the basic compensation which would have been paid had the participant continued in service for the entire period during which disability benefits are payable, excluding wage or salary increases subsequent to the date of disability or extra prospective earnings on a summer teaching contract or other extra service not yet entered upon or (2) 50% of the participant's average earnings during the 24 months immediately preceding the month in which disability occurs. In determining the disability benefit, the basic compensation of a participating employee on leave of absence or on lay-off status shall be assumed to be equal to his or her basic compensation on the date the leave of absence or lay-off begins.
    If the disability benefit is 50% of basic compensation, payments during the academic year shall accrue over the period that the basic compensation would have been paid had the participant continued in service. If the disability benefit is 50% of the average earnings of the participant during the 24 months immediately preceding the month in which disability occurs, payments during the year shall accrue over a period of 12 months. Disability benefits shall be paid as of the end of each calendar month during which payments accrue. Payments for fractional parts of a month shall be determined by prorating the total amount payable for the full month on the basis of days elapsing during the month. Any disability benefit accrued but unpaid on the death of a participant shall be paid to the participant's beneficiary.
(Source: P.A. 93-347, eff. 7-24-03.)

40 ILCS 5/15-153.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-153.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-153.1)
    Sec. 15-153.1. Disability benefits - Reduction. (a) If a participant receiving disability benefits under this Article earns compensation from any source for personal or professional services in excess of the amount of the disability benefit, the disability benefit shall be reduced by the excess of the earnings over the benefit.
    (b) If a participant receiving disability benefits under this Article receives disability income under an insurance contract financed wholly or partially by the employer, the disability benefit shall be reduced by the amount so received.
    (c) In determining the monthly benefits payable under this Article, a deduction shall be made equivalent to any benefits payable to any employee under any State or Federal Worker's Compensation or Occupational Diseases Acts for any period for which disability benefits are payable. However, no deduction shall be made in the case of payment for medical, surgical and hospital services and artificial members or appliances, fixed statutory payments for the loss of any bodily member, or the permanent and complete loss of use of 100% of any bodily member, payments for the loss of industrial vision or redemption awards payable prior to the date monthly disability benefits first become payable. If the benefits deductible under this paragraph are stated as a specified amount per week for a designated calendar period, then the monthly amounts shall, for purposes of this Section, be 4 1/3 times such weekly amount.
    For any calendar month during which the amount of benefits deductible when thus computed on the monthly basis exceeds the amount of the monthly benefit otherwise payable under this Article for that month, no monthly disability benefit shall be payable under this Article. For any calendar month in which the amount of benefits deductible when computed on a monthly basis is less than the monthly disability benefit payable for that month, such lesser amount shall be deducted from the monthly disability benefit payable for that month. Lump sum awards provided for the payment in advance of workers' compensation benefits which are definitely allocable to specific weeks in a calendar period shall be deducted on the same basis as if the award had been payable on a weekly basis.
    If such workers' compensation is not allocable to any specific calendar period, including redemption awards payable subsequent to the date monthly disability benefits first become payable, an equivalent monthly amount of such awards shall be computed for the purposes of this Section as 4 1/3 times the amount of the weekly workers' compensation benefit provided by the applicable statute for the participant and his or her dependents. The total workers' compensation awards shall be divided by such computed equivalent monthly amounts to determine the number of months and fractions of months during which monthly disability benefits shall be reduced.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-153.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-153.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-153.2)
    Sec. 15-153.2. Disability retirement annuity. A participant whose disability benefits are discontinued under the provisions of clause (6) of Section 15-152 and who is not a participant in the optional retirement plan established under Section 15-158.2 is entitled to a disability retirement annuity of 35% of the basic compensation which was payable to the participant at the time that disability began, provided that the board determines that the participant has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that prevents him or her from engaging in any substantial gainful activity, and which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
    The board's determination of whether a participant is disabled shall be based upon:
        (i) a written certificate from one or more licensed
    
and practicing physicians appointed by or acceptable to the board, stating that the participant is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity; and
        (ii) any other medical examinations, hospital
    
records, laboratory results, or other information necessary for determining the employment capacity and condition of the participant.
    The terms "medically determinable physical or mental impairment" and "substantial gainful activity" shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the federal Social Security Act, as now or hereafter amended, and the regulations issued thereunder.
    The disability retirement annuity payment period shall begin immediately following the expiration of the disability benefit payments under clause (6) of Section 15-152 and shall be discontinued for a recipient of a disability retirement annuity when (1) the physical or mental impairment no longer prevents the participant from engaging in any substantial gainful activity, (2) the participant dies or (3) the participant elects to receive a retirement annuity under Sections 15-135 and 15-136. If a person's disability retirement annuity is discontinued under clause (1), all rights and credits accrued in the system on the date that the disability retirement annuity began shall be restored, and the disability retirement annuity paid shall be considered as disability payments under clause (6) of Section 15-152.
(Source: P.A. 97-933, eff. 8-10-12; 97-968, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/15-153.3

    (40 ILCS 5/15-153.3) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-153.3)
    Sec. 15-153.3. Automatic increase in disability benefit. Each disability benefit payable under Section 15-150 and calculated under Section 15-153 or 15-153.2 that has not yet received an initial increase under this Section shall be increased by 0.25% of the monthly disability benefit multiplied by the number of full months that have elapsed since the benefit began on January 1, 2002 or the January 1 next following the granting of the benefit, whichever occurs later.
    On each January 1 following the initial increase under this Section, the disability benefit shall be increased by 3% of the current amount of the benefit, including prior increases under this Article.
    The changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly apply without regard to whether the benefit recipient was in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-749, eff. 8-2-02.)

40 ILCS 5/15-154

    (40 ILCS 5/15-154) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-154)
    Sec. 15-154. Refunds.
    (a) A participant whose status as an employee is terminated, regardless of cause, or who has been on lay off status for more than 120 days, and who is not on leave of absence, is entitled to a refund of contributions upon application; except that not more than one such refund application may be made during any academic year.
    Except as set forth in subsections (a-1) and (a-2), the refund shall be the sum of the accumulated normal, additional, and survivors insurance contributions, plus the entire contribution made by the participant under Section 15-113.3, less the amount of interest credited on these contributions each year in excess of 4 1/2% of the amount on which interest was calculated.
    (a-1) A person who elects, in accordance with the requirements of Section 15-134.5, to participate in the portable benefit package and who becomes a participating employee under that retirement program upon the conclusion of the one-year waiting period applicable to the portable benefit package election shall have his or her refund calculated in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a-2).
    (a-2) The refund payable to a participant described in subsection (a-1) shall be the sum of the participant's accumulated normal and additional contributions, as defined in Sections 15-116 and 15-117, plus the entire contribution made by the participant under Section 15-113.3. If the participant terminates with 5 or more years of service for employment as defined in Section 15-113.1, he or she shall also be entitled to a distribution of employer contributions in an amount equal to the sum of the accumulated normal and additional contributions, as defined in Sections 15-116 and 15-117.
    (b) Upon acceptance of a refund, the participant forfeits all accrued rights and credits in the System, and if subsequently reemployed, the participant shall be considered a new employee subject to all the qualifying conditions for participation and eligibility for benefits applicable to new employees. If such person again becomes a participating employee and continues as such for 2 years, or is employed by an employer and participates for at least 2 years in the Federal Civil Service Retirement System, all such rights, credits, and previous status as a participant shall be restored upon repayment of the amount of the refund, together with compound interest thereon from the date the refund was received to the date of repayment at the rate of 6% per annum through August 31, 1982, and at the effective rates after that date. When a participant in the portable benefit package who received a refund which included a distribution of employer contributions repays a refund pursuant to this Section, one-half of the amount repaid shall be deemed the member's reinstated accumulated normal and additional contributions and the other half shall be allocated as an employer contribution to the System, except that any amount repaid for previously purchased military service credit under Section 15-113.3 shall be accounted for as such.
    (c) If a participant covered under the traditional benefit package has made survivors insurance contributions, but has no survivors insurance beneficiary upon retirement, he or she shall be entitled to elect a refund of the accumulated survivors insurance contributions, or to elect an additional annuity the value of which is equal to the accumulated survivors insurance contributions. This election must be made prior to the date the person's retirement annuity is approved by the System.
    (d) A participant, upon application, is entitled to a refund of his or her accumulated additional contributions attributable to the additional contributions described in the last sentence of subsection (c) of Section 15-157. Upon the acceptance of such a refund of accumulated additional contributions, the participant forfeits all rights and credits which may have accrued because of such contributions.
    (e) A participant who terminates his or her employee status and elects to waive service credit under Section 15-154.2, is entitled to a refund of the accumulated normal, additional and survivors insurance contributions, if any, which were credited the participant for this service, or to an additional annuity the value of which is equal to the accumulated normal, additional and survivors insurance contributions, if any; except that not more than one such refund application may be made during any academic year. Upon acceptance of this refund, the participant forfeits all rights and credits accrued because of this service.
    (f) If a police officer or firefighter receives a retirement annuity under Rule 1 or 3 of Section 15-136, he or she shall be entitled at retirement to a refund of the difference between his or her accumulated normal contributions and the normal contributions which would have accumulated had such person filed a waiver of the retirement formula provided by Rule 4 of Section 15-136.
    (g) If, at the time of retirement, a participant would be entitled to a retirement annuity under Rule 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 of Section 15-136, or under Section 15-136.4, that exceeds the maximum specified in clause (1) of subsection (c) of Section 15-136, he or she shall be entitled to a refund of the employee contributions, if any, paid under Section 15-157 after the date upon which continuance of such contributions would have otherwise caused the retirement annuity to exceed this maximum, plus compound interest at the effective rates.
(Source: P.A. 92-16, eff. 6-28-01; 92-424, eff. 8-17-01; 93-347, eff. 7-24-03.)

40 ILCS 5/15-154.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-154.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-154.1)
    Sec. 15-154.1. Maximum benefits. The combined retirement annuity, survivors insurance, death benefits, or disability benefits under this system and any other system which is, has been, or may be financed fully or in part by contributions from any alumni association, foundation or athletic association affiliated with the universities included as employers, shall not exceed the largest benefit which could be payable by this system or such other system based upon the participant's combined service and earnings credits.
    If the combined benefits exceed the largest benefit as determined in accordance with this Section, the benefits payable by this system shall be reduced to that amount which, when added to the benefits payable under such other system, equals this largest benefit.
    If benefits are reduced, this system shall pay to the alumni association, foundation or athletic association which financed such other system, that fraction of the reduction, the numerator of which is the amount of the benefits payable by the other system prior to the adjustment and the denominator of which is the amount of the combined benefits which would have been payable prior to the adjustment. In determining the adjustment of the survivors insurance or death benefit made under this Section, the benefits payable under this system and the other systems shall be reduced to common actuarial equivalents in accordance with the mortality, interest, and annuity tables adopted by the board and the method of payment required by this Article.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-154.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-154.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-154.2)
    Sec. 15-154.2. Waiver of service and benefits. A participant or annuitant may elect to waive all or any portion of his or her service credit and benefits which may be payable under this Article; however, service purchased under the provisions of subsection (c) of Section 15-113.1, subsections (b), (c) and (d) of Section 15-113.5, Section 15-113.6, and Section 15-113.7 must be waived before other service which is granted under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-155

    (40 ILCS 5/15-155) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-155)
    Sec. 15-155. Employer contributions.
    (a) The State of Illinois shall make contributions by appropriations of amounts which, together with the other employer contributions from trust, federal, and other funds, employee contributions, income from investments, and other income of this System, will be sufficient to meet the cost of maintaining and administering the System on a 100% funded basis in accordance with actuarial recommendations by the end of State fiscal year 2044.
    The Board shall determine the amount of State contributions required for each fiscal year on the basis of the actuarial tables and other assumptions adopted by the Board and the recommendations of the actuary, using the formula in subsection (a-1).
    (a-1) For State fiscal years 2015 through 2044, the minimum contribution to the System to be made by the State for each fiscal year shall be an amount determined by the System to be equal to the sum of (1) the State's portion of the projected normal cost for that fiscal year, plus (2) an amount sufficient to bring the total assets of the System up to 100% of the total actuarial liabilities of the System by the end of the State fiscal year 2044. In making these determinations, the required State contribution shall be calculated each year as a level percentage of payroll over the years remaining to and including fiscal year 2044 and shall be determined under the projected unit cost method for fiscal year 2015 and under the entry age normal actuarial cost method for fiscal years 2016 through 2044.
    For State fiscal years 2012 through 2014, the minimum contribution to the System to be made by the State for each fiscal year shall be an amount determined by the System to be sufficient to bring the total assets of the System up to 90% of the total actuarial liabilities of the System by the end of State fiscal year 2045. In making these determinations, the required State contribution shall be calculated each year as a level percentage of payroll over the years remaining to and including fiscal year 2045 and shall be determined under the projected unit credit actuarial cost method.
    For State fiscal years 1996 through 2005, the State contribution to the System, as a percentage of the applicable employee payroll, shall be increased in equal annual increments so that by State fiscal year 2011, the State is contributing at the rate required under this Section.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2006 is $166,641,900.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2007 is $252,064,100.
    For each of State fiscal years 2008 through 2009, the State contribution to the System, as a percentage of the applicable employee payroll, shall be increased in equal annual increments from the required State contribution for State fiscal year 2007, so that by State fiscal year 2011, the State is contributing at the rate otherwise required under this Section.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2010 is $702,514,000 and shall be made from the State Pensions Fund and proceeds of bonds sold in fiscal year 2010 pursuant to Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act, less (i) the pro rata share of bond sale expenses determined by the System's share of total bond proceeds, (ii) any amounts received from the General Revenue Fund in fiscal year 2010, (iii) any reduction in bond proceeds due to the issuance of discounted bonds, if applicable.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2011 is the amount recertified by the System on or before April 1, 2011 pursuant to Section 15-165 and shall be made from the State Pensions Fund and proceeds of bonds sold in fiscal year 2011 pursuant to Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act, less (i) the pro rata share of bond sale expenses determined by the System's share of total bond proceeds, (ii) any amounts received from the General Revenue Fund in fiscal year 2011, and (iii) any reduction in bond proceeds due to the issuance of discounted bonds, if applicable.
    Beginning in State fiscal year 2045, the minimum contribution for each fiscal year shall be the amount needed to maintain the total assets of the System at 100% of the total liabilities of the System.
    Amounts received by the System pursuant to Section 25 of the Budget Stabilization Act or Section 8.12 of the State Finance Act in any fiscal year do not reduce and do not constitute payment of any portion of the minimum State contribution required under this Article in that fiscal year. Such amounts shall not reduce, and shall not be included in the calculation of, the required State contributions under this Article in any future year until the System has reached a funding ratio of at least 100%. A reference in this Article to the "required State contribution" or any substantially similar term does not include or apply to any amounts payable to the System under Section 25 of the Budget Stabilization Act.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the required State contribution for State fiscal year 2005 and for fiscal year 2008 and each fiscal year thereafter through State fiscal year 2014, as calculated under this Section and certified under Section 15-165, shall not exceed an amount equal to (i) the amount of the required State contribution that would have been calculated under this Section for that fiscal year if the System had not received any payments under subsection (d) of Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act, minus (ii) the portion of the State's total debt service payments for that fiscal year on the bonds issued in fiscal year 2003 for the purposes of that Section 7.2, as determined and certified by the Comptroller, that is the same as the System's portion of the total moneys distributed under subsection (d) of Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act. In determining this maximum for State fiscal years 2008 through 2010, however, the amount referred to in item (i) shall be increased, as a percentage of the applicable employee payroll, in equal increments calculated from the sum of the required State contribution for State fiscal year 2007 plus the applicable portion of the State's total debt service payments for fiscal year 2007 on the bonds issued in fiscal year 2003 for the purposes of Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act, so that, by State fiscal year 2011, the State is contributing at the rate otherwise required under this Section.
    (b) If an employee is paid from trust or federal funds, the employer shall pay to the Board contributions from those funds which are sufficient to cover the accruing normal costs on behalf of the employee. However, universities having employees who are compensated out of local auxiliary funds, income funds, or service enterprise funds are not required to pay such contributions on behalf of those employees. The local auxiliary funds, income funds, and service enterprise funds of universities shall not be considered trust funds for the purpose of this Article, but funds of alumni associations, foundations, and athletic associations which are affiliated with the universities included as employers under this Article and other employers which do not receive State appropriations are considered to be trust funds for the purpose of this Article.
    (b-1) The City of Urbana and the City of Champaign shall each make employer contributions to this System for their respective firefighter employees who participate in this System pursuant to subsection (h) of Section 15-107. The rate of contributions to be made by those municipalities shall be determined annually by the Board on the basis of the actuarial assumptions adopted by the Board and the recommendations of the actuary, and shall be expressed as a percentage of salary for each such employee. The Board shall certify the rate to the affected municipalities as soon as may be practical. The employer contributions required under this subsection shall be remitted by the municipality to the System at the same time and in the same manner as employee contributions.
    (c) Through State fiscal year 1995: The total employer contribution shall be apportioned among the various funds of the State and other employers, whether trust, federal, or other funds, in accordance with actuarial procedures approved by the Board. State of Illinois contributions for employers receiving State appropriations for personal services shall be payable from appropriations made to the employers or to the System. The contributions for Class I community colleges covering earnings other than those paid from trust and federal funds, shall be payable solely from appropriations to the Illinois Community College Board or the System for employer contributions.
    (d) Beginning in State fiscal year 1996, the required State contributions to the System shall be appropriated directly to the System and shall be payable through vouchers issued in accordance with subsection (c) of Section 15-165, except as provided in subsection (g).
    (e) The State Comptroller shall draw warrants payable to the System upon proper certification by the System or by the employer in accordance with the appropriation laws and this Code.
    (f) Normal costs under this Section means liability for pensions and other benefits which accrues to the System because of the credits earned for service rendered by the participants during the fiscal year and expenses of administering the System, but shall not include the principal of or any redemption premium or interest on any bonds issued by the Board or any expenses incurred or deposits required in connection therewith.
    (g) If the amount of a participant's earnings for any academic year used to determine the final rate of earnings, determined on a full-time equivalent basis, exceeds the amount of his or her earnings with the same employer for the previous academic year, determined on a full-time equivalent basis, by more than 6%, the participant's employer shall pay to the System, in addition to all other payments required under this Section and in accordance with guidelines established by the System, the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from the portion of the increase in earnings that is in excess of 6%. This present value shall be computed by the System on the basis of the actuarial assumptions and tables used in the most recent actuarial valuation of the System that is available at the time of the computation. The System may require the employer to provide any pertinent information or documentation.
    Whenever it determines that a payment is or may be required under this subsection (g), the System shall calculate the amount of the payment and bill the employer for that amount. The bill shall specify the calculations used to determine the amount due. If the employer disputes the amount of the bill, it may, within 30 days after receipt of the bill, apply to the System in writing for a recalculation. The application must specify in detail the grounds of the dispute and, if the employer asserts that the calculation is subject to subsection (h) or (i) of this Section, must include an affidavit setting forth and attesting to all facts within the employer's knowledge that are pertinent to the applicability of subsection (h) or (i). Upon receiving a timely application for recalculation, the System shall review the application and, if appropriate, recalculate the amount due.
    The employer contributions required under this subsection (g) may be paid in the form of a lump sum within 90 days after receipt of the bill. If the employer contributions are not paid within 90 days after receipt of the bill, then interest will be charged at a rate equal to the System's annual actuarially assumed rate of return on investment compounded annually from the 91st day after receipt of the bill. Payments must be concluded within 3 years after the employer's receipt of the bill.
    (h) This subsection (h) applies only to payments made or salary increases given on or after June 1, 2005 but before July 1, 2011. The changes made by Public Act 94-1057 shall not require the System to refund any payments received before July 31, 2006 (the effective date of Public Act 94-1057).
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection (g), the System shall exclude earnings increases paid to participants under contracts or collective bargaining agreements entered into, amended, or renewed before June 1, 2005.
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection (g), the System shall exclude earnings increases paid to a participant at a time when the participant is 10 or more years from retirement eligibility under Section 15-135.
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection (g), the System shall exclude earnings increases resulting from overload work, including a contract for summer teaching, or overtime when the employer has certified to the System, and the System has approved the certification, that: (i) in the case of overloads (A) the overload work is for the sole purpose of academic instruction in excess of the standard number of instruction hours for a full-time employee occurring during the academic year that the overload is paid and (B) the earnings increases are equal to or less than the rate of pay for academic instruction computed using the participant's current salary rate and work schedule; and (ii) in the case of overtime, the overtime was necessary for the educational mission.
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection (g), the System shall exclude any earnings increase resulting from (i) a promotion for which the employee moves from one classification to a higher classification under the State Universities Civil Service System, (ii) a promotion in academic rank for a tenured or tenure-track faculty position, or (iii) a promotion that the Illinois Community College Board has recommended in accordance with subsection (k) of this Section. These earnings increases shall be excluded only if the promotion is to a position that has existed and been filled by a member for no less than one complete academic year and the earnings increase as a result of the promotion is an increase that results in an amount no greater than the average salary paid for other similar positions.
    (i) When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection (g), the System shall exclude any salary increase described in subsection (h) of this Section given on or after July 1, 2011 but before July 1, 2014 under a contract or collective bargaining agreement entered into, amended, or renewed on or after June 1, 2005 but before July 1, 2011. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, any payments made or salary increases given after June 30, 2014 shall be used in assessing payment for any amount due under subsection (g) of this Section.
    (j) The System shall prepare a report and file copies of the report with the Governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2007 that contains all of the following information:
        (1) The number of recalculations required by the
    
changes made to this Section by Public Act 94-1057 for each employer.
        (2) The dollar amount by which each employer's
    
contribution to the System was changed due to recalculations required by Public Act 94-1057.
        (3) The total amount the System received from each
    
employer as a result of the changes made to this Section by Public Act 94-4.
        (4) The increase in the required State contribution
    
resulting from the changes made to this Section by Public Act 94-1057.
    (k) The Illinois Community College Board shall adopt rules for recommending lists of promotional positions submitted to the Board by community colleges and for reviewing the promotional lists on an annual basis. When recommending promotional lists, the Board shall consider the similarity of the positions submitted to those positions recognized for State universities by the State Universities Civil Service System. The Illinois Community College Board shall file a copy of its findings with the System. The System shall consider the findings of the Illinois Community College Board when making determinations under this Section. The System shall not exclude any earnings increases resulting from a promotion when the promotion was not submitted by a community college. Nothing in this subsection (k) shall require any community college to submit any information to the Community College Board.
    (l) For purposes of determining the required State contribution to the System, the value of the System's assets shall be equal to the actuarial value of the System's assets, which shall be calculated as follows:
    As of June 30, 2008, the actuarial value of the System's assets shall be equal to the market value of the assets as of that date. In determining the actuarial value of the System's assets for fiscal years after June 30, 2008, any actuarial gains or losses from investment return incurred in a fiscal year shall be recognized in equal annual amounts over the 5-year period following that fiscal year.
    (m) For purposes of determining the required State contribution to the system for a particular year, the actuarial value of assets shall be assumed to earn a rate of return equal to the system's actuarially assumed rate of return.
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-156

    (40 ILCS 5/15-156) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-156)
    Sec. 15-156. Obligations of State; funding guarantees.
    (a) The payment of (1) the required State contributions, (2) all benefits granted under this system and (3) all expenses in connection with the administration and operation thereof are obligations of the State of Illinois to the extent specified in this Article. The accumulated employee normal, additional and survivors insurance contributions credited to the accounts of active and inactive participants shall not be used to pay the State's share of the obligations.
    (b) Beginning July 1, 2014, the State shall be obligated to contribute to the System in each State fiscal year an amount not less than the sum of (i) the State's normal cost for the year and (ii) the portion of the unfunded accrued liability assigned to that year by law. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the State fails to pay an amount required under this subsection, it shall be the obligation of the Board to seek payment of the required amount in compliance with the provisions of this Section and, if the amount remains unpaid, to bring a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Illinois to compel the State to make the required payment.
    If the System submits a voucher for contributions required under Section 15-155 and the State fails to pay that voucher within 90 days of its receipt, the Board shall submit a written request to the Comptroller seeking payment. A copy of the request shall be filed with the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of State shall provide a copy to the Governor and General Assembly. No earlier than the 16th day after the System files the request with the Comptroller and Secretary of State, if the amount remains unpaid the Board shall commence a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Illinois to compel the Comptroller to satisfy the voucher.
    This subsection (b) constitutes an express waiver of the State's sovereign immunity solely to the extent that it permits the Board to commence a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Illinois to compel the Comptroller to pay a voucher for the contributions required under Section 15-155.
    (c) Beginning in State fiscal year 2016, the State shall be obligated to make the transfers set forth in subsections (c-5) and (c-10) of Section 20 of the Budget Stabilization Act and to pay to the System its proportionate share of the transferred amounts in accordance with Section 25 of the Budget Stabilization Act. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the State fails to transfer an amount required under this subsection or to pay to the System its proportionate share of the transferred amount in accordance with Section 25 of the Budget Stabilization Act, it shall be the obligation of the Board to seek transfer or payment of the required amount in compliance with the provisions of this Section and, if the required amount remains untransferred or the required payment remains unpaid, to bring a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Illinois to compel the State to make the required transfer or payment or both, as the case may be.
    If the State fails to make a transfer required under subsection (c-5) or (c-10) of Section 20 of the Budget Stabilization Act or a payment to the System required under Section 25 of that Act, the Board shall submit a written request to the Comptroller seeking payment. A copy of the request shall be filed with the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of State shall provide a copy to the Governor and General Assembly. No earlier than the 16th day after the System files the request with the Comptroller and Secretary of State, if the required amount remains untransferred or the required payment remains unpaid, the Board shall commence a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Illinois to compel the Comptroller to make the required transfer or payment or both, as the case may be.
    This subsection (c) constitutes an express waiver of the State's sovereign immunity solely to the extent that it permits the Board to commence a mandamus action in the Supreme Court of Illinois to compel the Comptroller to make a transfer required under subsection (c-5) or (c-10) of Section 20 of the Budget Stabilization Act and to pay to the System its proportionate share of the transferred amount in accordance with Section 25 of the Budget Stabilization Act.
    The obligations created by this subsection (c) expire when all of the requirements of subsections (c-5) and (c-10) of Section 20 of the Budget Stabilization Act and Section 25 of the Budget Stabilization Act have been met.
    (d) Any payments and transfers required to be made by the State pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) are expressly subordinate to the payment of the principal, interest, and premium, if any, on any bonded debt obligation of the State or any other State-created entity, either currently outstanding or to be issued, for which the source of repayment or security thereon is derived directly or indirectly from tax revenues collected by the State or any other State-created entity. Payments on such bonded obligations include any statutory fund transfers or other prefunding mechanisms or formulas set forth, now or hereafter, in State law or bond indentures, into debt service funds or accounts of the State related to such bond obligations, consistent with the payment schedules associated with such obligations.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-157

    (40 ILCS 5/15-157) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-157)
    Sec. 15-157. Employee contributions.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (a-5), each participating employee shall make contributions towards the retirement benefits payable under the retirement program applicable to the employee from each payment of earnings applicable to employment under this system on and after the date of becoming a participant as follows: Prior to September 1, 1949, 3 1/2% of earnings; from September 1, 1949 to August 31, 1955, 5%; from September 1, 1955 to August 31, 1969, 6%; from September 1, 1969, 6 1/2%. These contributions are to be considered as normal contributions for purposes of this Article.
    Except as provided in subsection (a-5), each participant who is a police officer or firefighter shall make normal contributions of 8% of each payment of earnings applicable to employment as a police officer or firefighter under this system on or after September 1, 1981, unless he or she files with the board within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 or 60 days after the board receives notice that he or she is employed as a police officer or firefighter, whichever is later, a written notice waiving the retirement formula provided by Rule 4 of Section 15-136. This waiver shall be irrevocable. If a participant had met the conditions set forth in Section 15-132.1 prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 but failed to make the additional normal contributions required by this paragraph, he or she may elect to pay the additional contributions plus compound interest at the effective rate. If such payment is received by the board, the service shall be considered as police officer service in calculating the retirement annuity under Rule 4 of Section 15-136. While performing service described in clause (i) or (ii) of Rule 4 of Section 15-136, a participating employee shall be deemed to be employed as a firefighter for the purpose of determining the rate of employee contributions under this Section.
    (a-5) Beginning July 1, 2014, in lieu of the contribution otherwise required under subsection (a), each Tier 1 member, other than a Tier 1 member who is a police officer or firefighter, shall contribute 6% of earnings toward the retirement benefits payable under the retirement programs applicable to the employee from each payment of earnings applicable to employment under this system.
    Beginning July 1, 2014, in lieu of the contribution otherwise required under subsection (a), each Tier 1 member who is a police officer or firefighter shall contribute 7.5% of each payment of earnings applicable to employment as a police officer or firefighter under this system, unless he or she has filed a waiver with the board pursuant to subsection (a).
    The contributions required under this subsection (a-5) are to be considered normal contributions for the purposes of this Article.
    (b) Starting September 1, 1969 and, in the case of Tier 1 members, ending on June 30, 2014, each participating employee shall make additional contributions of 1/2 of 1% of earnings to finance a portion of the cost of the annual increases in retirement annuity provided under Section 15-136, except that with respect to participants in the self-managed plan this additional contribution shall be used to finance the benefits obtained under that retirement program.
    (c) In addition to the amounts described in subsections (a) and (b) of this Section, each participating employee shall make contributions of 1% of earnings applicable under this system on and after August 1, 1959. The contributions made under this subsection (c) shall be considered as survivor's insurance contributions for purposes of this Article if the employee is covered under the traditional benefit package, and such contributions shall be considered as additional contributions for purposes of this Article if the employee is participating in the self-managed plan or has elected to participate in the portable benefit package and has completed the applicable one-year waiting period. Contributions in excess of $80 during any fiscal year beginning before August 31, 1969 and in excess of $120 during any fiscal year thereafter until September 1, 1971 shall be considered as additional contributions for purposes of this Article.
    (d) If the board by board rule so permits and subject to such conditions and limitations as may be specified in its rules, a participant may make other additional contributions of such percentage of earnings or amounts as the participant shall elect in a written notice thereof received by the board.
    (e) That fraction of a participant's total accumulated normal contributions, the numerator of which is equal to the number of years of service in excess of that which is required to qualify for the maximum retirement annuity, and the denominator of which is equal to the total service of the participant, shall be considered as accumulated additional contributions. The determination of the applicable maximum annuity and the adjustment in contributions required by this provision shall be made as of the date of the participant's retirement.
    (f) Notwithstanding the foregoing, a participating employee shall not be required to make contributions under this Section after the date upon which continuance of such contributions would otherwise cause his or her retirement annuity to exceed the maximum retirement annuity as specified in clause (1) of subsection (c) of Section 15-136.
    (g) A participating employee may make contributions for the purchase of service credit under this Article.
    (h) A Tier 2 member shall not make contributions on earnings that exceed the limitation as prescribed under subsection (b) of Section 15-111 of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-157.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-157.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-157.1)
    Sec. 15-157.1. Pickup of employee contributions.
    (a) Each employer shall pick up the employee contributions required under subsections (a), (b), and (c) of Section 15-157 for all earnings payments made on and after January 1, 1981, and the contributions so picked up shall be treated as employer contributions in determining tax treatment under the United States Internal Revenue Code. These contributions shall not be included as gross income of the participant until such time as they are distributed or made available. The employer shall pay these employee contributions from the same source of funds which is used in paying earnings to the employee. The employer may pick up these contributions by a reduction in the cash salary of the participants, or by an offset against a future salary increase, or by a combination of a reduction in salary and offset against a future salary increase.
    (b) Subject to the requirements of federal law, a participating employee may elect to have the employer pick up optional contributions that the participant has elected to pay to the System under Section 15-157(g), and the contributions so picked up shall be treated as employer contributions for the purposes of determining federal tax treatment under the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986. These contributions shall not be included as gross income of the participant until such time as they are distributed or made available. The employer shall pick up the contributions by a reduction in the cash salary of the participant and shall pay the contributions from the same source of funds that is used to pay earnings to the participant. The election to have optional contributions picked up is irrevocable.
(Source: P.A. 90-32, eff. 6-27-97; 90-448, eff. 8-16-97.)

40 ILCS 5/15-157.5

    (40 ILCS 5/15-157.5)
    Sec. 15-157.5. Use of contributions for health care subsidies. The System shall not use any contribution received by the System under this Article to provide a subsidy for the cost of participation in a retiree health care program.
(Source: P.A. 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-158.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-158.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-158.1)
    Sec. 15-158.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-1265. Repealed by P.A. 91-887, eff. 7-6-00.)

40 ILCS 5/15-158.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-158.2)
    Sec. 15-158.2. Self-managed plan.
    (a) Purpose. The General Assembly finds that it is important for colleges and universities to be able to attract and retain the most qualified employees and that in order to attract and retain these employees, colleges and universities should have the flexibility to provide a defined contribution plan as an alternative for eligible employees who elect not to participate in a defined benefit retirement program provided under this Article. Accordingly, the State Universities Retirement System is hereby authorized to establish and administer a self-managed plan, which shall offer participating employees the opportunity to accumulate assets for retirement through a combination of employee and employer contributions that may be invested in mutual funds, collective investment funds, or other investment products and used to purchase annuity contracts, either fixed or variable or a combination thereof. The plan must be qualified under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
    (b) Adoption by employers. Each employer subject to this Article may elect to adopt the self-managed plan established under this Section; this election is irrevocable. An employer's election to adopt the self-managed plan makes available to the eligible employees of that employer the elections described in Section 15-134.5.
    The State Universities Retirement System shall be the plan sponsor for the self-managed plan and shall prepare a plan document and prescribe such rules and procedures as are considered necessary or desirable for the administration of the self-managed plan. Consistent with its fiduciary duty to the participants and beneficiaries of the self-managed plan, the Board of Trustees of the System may delegate aspects of plan administration as it sees fit to companies authorized to do business in this State, to the employers, or to a combination of both.
    (c) Selection of service providers and funding vehicles. The System, in consultation with the employers, shall solicit proposals to provide administrative services and funding vehicles for the self-managed plan from insurance and annuity companies and mutual fund companies, banks, trust companies, or other financial institutions authorized to do business in this State. In reviewing the proposals received and approving and contracting with no fewer than 2 and no more than 7 companies, the Board of Trustees of the System shall consider, among other things, the following criteria:
        (1) the nature and extent of the benefits that would
    
be provided to the participants;
        (2) the reasonableness of the benefits in relation to
    
the premium charged;
        (3) the suitability of the benefits to the needs and
    
interests of the participating employees and the employer;
        (4) the ability of the company to provide benefits
    
under the contract and the financial stability of the company; and
        (5) the efficacy of the contract in the recruitment
    
and retention of employees.
    The System, in consultation with the employers, shall periodically review each approved company. A company may continue to provide administrative services and funding vehicles for the self-managed plan only so long as it continues to be an approved company under contract with the Board.
    (d) Employee Direction. Employees who are participating in the program must be allowed to direct the transfer of their account balances among the various investment options offered, subject to applicable contractual provisions. The participant shall not be deemed a fiduciary by reason of providing such investment direction. A person who is a fiduciary shall not be liable for any loss resulting from such investment direction and shall not be deemed to have breached any fiduciary duty by acting in accordance with that direction. Neither the System nor the employer guarantees any of the investments in the employee's account balances.
    (e) Participation. An employee eligible to participate in the self-managed plan must make a written election in accordance with the provisions of Section 15-134.5 and the procedures established by the System. Participation in the self-managed plan by an electing employee shall begin on the first day of the first pay period following the later of the date the employee's election is filed with the System or the effective date as of which the employee's employer begins to offer participation in the self-managed plan. Employers may not make the self-managed plan available earlier than January 1, 1998. An employee's participation in any other retirement program administered by the System under this Article shall terminate on the date that participation in the self-managed plan begins.
    An employee who has elected to participate in the self-managed plan under this Section must continue participation while employed in an eligible position, and may not participate in any other retirement program administered by the System under this Article while employed by that employer or any other employer that has adopted the self-managed plan, unless the self-managed plan is terminated in accordance with subsection (i).
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, a Tier 2 member shall have the option to enroll in the self-managed plan.
    Participation in the self-managed plan under this Section shall constitute membership in the State Universities Retirement System.
    A participant under this Section shall be entitled to the benefits of Article 20 of this Code.
    (f) Establishment of Initial Account Balance. If at the time an employee elects to participate in the self-managed plan he or she has rights and credits in the System due to previous participation in the traditional benefit package, the System shall establish for the employee an opening account balance in the self-managed plan, equal to the amount of contribution refund that the employee would be eligible to receive under Section 15-154 if the employee terminated employment on that date and elected a refund of contributions, except that this hypothetical refund shall include interest at the effective rate for the respective years. The System shall transfer assets from the defined benefit retirement program to the self-managed plan, as a tax free transfer in accordance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines, for purposes of funding the employee's opening account balance.
    (g) No Duplication of Service Credit. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, an employee may not purchase or receive service or service credit applicable to any other retirement program administered by the System under this Article for any period during which the employee was a participant in the self-managed plan established under this Section.
    (h) Contributions. The self-managed plan shall be funded by contributions from employees participating in the self-managed plan and employer contributions as provided in this Section.
    The contribution rate for employees participating in the self-managed plan under this Section shall be equal to the employee contribution rate for other participants in the System, as provided in Section 15-157. This required contribution shall be made as an "employer pick-up" under Section 414(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or any successor Section thereof. Any employee participating in the System's traditional benefit package prior to his or her election to participate in the self-managed plan shall continue to have the employer pick up the contributions required under Section 15-157. However, the amounts picked up after the election of the self-managed plan shall be remitted to and treated as assets of the self-managed plan. In no event shall an employee have an option of receiving these amounts in cash. Employees may make additional contributions to the self-managed plan in accordance with procedures prescribed by the System, to the extent permitted under rules prescribed by the System.
    The program shall provide for employer contributions to be credited to each self-managed plan participant at a rate of 7.6% of the participating employee's salary, less the amount used by the System to provide disability benefits for the employee. The amounts so credited shall be paid into the participant's self-managed plan accounts in a manner to be prescribed by the System.
    An amount of employer contribution, not exceeding 1% of the participating employee's salary, shall be used for the purpose of providing the disability benefits of the System to the employee. Prior to the beginning of each plan year under the self-managed plan, the Board of Trustees shall determine, as a percentage of salary, the amount of employer contributions to be allocated during that plan year for providing disability benefits for employees in the self-managed plan.
    The State of Illinois shall make contributions by appropriations to the System of the employer contributions required for employees who participate in the self-managed plan under this Section. The amount required shall be certified by the Board of Trustees of the System and paid by the State in accordance with Section 15-165. The System shall not be obligated to remit the required employer contributions to any of the insurance and annuity companies, mutual fund companies, banks, trust companies, financial institutions, or other sponsors of any of the funding vehicles offered under the self-managed plan until it has received the required employer contributions from the State. In the event of a deficiency in the amount of State contributions, the System shall implement those procedures described in subsection (c) of Section 15-165 to obtain the required funding from the General Revenue Fund.
    (i) Termination. The self-managed plan authorized under this Section may be terminated by the System, subject to the terms of any relevant contracts, and the System shall have no obligation to reestablish the self-managed plan under this Section. This Section does not create a right to continued participation in any self-managed plan set up by the System under this Section. If the self-managed plan is terminated, the participants shall have the right to participate in one of the other retirement programs offered by the System and receive service credit in such other retirement program for any years of employment following the termination.
    (j) Vesting; Withdrawal; Return to Service. A participant in the self-managed plan becomes vested in the employer contributions credited to his or her accounts in the self-managed plan on the earliest to occur of the following: (1) completion of 5 years of service with an employer described in Section 15-106; (2) the death of the participating employee while employed by an employer described in Section 15-106, if the participant has completed at least 1 1/2 years of service; or (3) the participant's election to retire and apply the reciprocal provisions of Article 20 of this Code.
    A participant in the self-managed plan who receives a distribution of his or her vested amounts from the self-managed plan while not yet eligible for retirement under this Article (and Article 20, if applicable) shall forfeit all service credit and accrued rights in the System; if subsequently re-employed, the participant shall be considered a new employee. If a former participant again becomes a participating employee (or becomes employed by a participating system under Article 20 of this Code) and continues as such for at least 2 years, all such rights, service credits, and previous status as a participant shall be restored upon repayment of the amount of the distribution, without interest.
    (k) Benefit amounts. If an employee who is vested in employer contributions terminates employment, the employee shall be entitled to a benefit which is based on the account values attributable to both employer and employee contributions and any investment return thereon.
    If an employee who is not vested in employer contributions terminates employment, the employee shall be entitled to a benefit based solely on the account values attributable to the employee's contributions and any investment return thereon, and the employer contributions and any investment return thereon shall be forfeited. Any employer contributions which are forfeited shall be held in escrow by the company investing those contributions and shall be used as directed by the System for future allocations of employer contributions or for the restoration of amounts previously forfeited by former participants who again become participating employees.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-158.3

    (40 ILCS 5/15-158.3)
    Sec. 15-158.3. Reports on cost reduction; effect on retirement at any age with 30 years of service.
    (a) On or before November 15, 2001 and on or before November 15th of each year thereafter, the Board shall have the System's actuary prepare a report showing, on a fiscal year by fiscal year basis, the actual rate of participation in the self-managed plan authorized by Section 15-158.2, (i) by employees of the System's covered higher educational institutions who were hired on or after the implementation date of the self-managed plan and (ii) by other System participants.
    (b) On or before November 15th of 2001 and on or before November 15th of each year thereafter, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, in conjunction with the Bureau of the Budget (now Governor's Office of Management and Budget) shall prepare a report showing, on a fiscal year by fiscal year basis, the amount by which the costs associated with compensable sick leave have been reduced as a result of the termination of compensable sick leave accrual on and after January 1, 1998 by employees of higher education institutions who are participants in the System.
    (c) On or before November 15 of 2001 and on or before November 15th of each year thereafter, the Department of Central Management Services shall prepare a report showing, on a fiscal year by fiscal year basis, the amount by which the State's cost for health insurance coverage under the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 for retirees of the State's universities and their survivors has declined as a result of requiring some of those retirees and survivors to contribute to the cost of their basic health insurance. These year-by-year reductions in cost must be quantified both in dollars and as a level percentage of payroll covered by the System.
    (d) The reports required under subsections (b) and (c) shall be disseminated to the Board, the Pension Laws Commission (until it ceases to exist), the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Governor.
    (e) The reports required under subsections (b) and (c) shall be taken into account by the Pension Laws Commission (or its successor, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability) in making any recommendation to extend by legislation beyond December 31, 2002 the provision that allows a System participant to retire at any age with 30 or more years of service as authorized in Section 15-135.
(Source: P.A. 95-83, eff. 8-13-07.)

40 ILCS 5/15-158.4

    (40 ILCS 5/15-158.4)
    Sec. 15-158.4. Election of medicare coverage.
    (a) The System shall conduct a divided medicare coverage referendum, open to employees continuously employed by the same employer since March 31, 1986. The referendum shall be conducted in accordance with the applicable provisions of federal law and Article 21 of this Code.
    (b) As used in this Section and in compliance with federal law, "referendum" means the process whereby employees are granted the opportunity to make an irrevocable individual election to participate in the medicare program on a prospective basis.
    (c) Employers shall pay the necessary employer contributions and make the necessary deductions from salary for employees who elect to participate in the federal medicare program under this Section, as required by the System, Article 21 of this Code, and federal law.
(Source: P.A. 94-415, eff. 8-2-05.)

40 ILCS 5/15-159

    (40 ILCS 5/15-159) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-159)
    Sec. 15-159. Board created.
    (a) A board of trustees constituted as provided in this Section shall administer this System. The board shall be known as the Board of Trustees of the State Universities Retirement System.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) Beginning on the 90th day after April 3, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-6), the Board of Trustees shall be constituted as follows:
        (1) The Chairperson of the Board of Higher Education,
    
who shall act as chairperson of this Board.
        (2) Four trustees appointed by the Governor with the
    
advice and consent of the Senate who may not be members of the system or hold an elective State office and who shall serve for a term of 6 years, except that the terms of the initial appointees under this subsection (d) shall be as follows: 2 for a term of 3 years and 2 for a term of 6 years.
        (3) Four active participants of the system to be
    
elected from the contributing membership of the system by the contributing members, no more than 2 of which may be from any of the University of Illinois campuses, who shall serve for a term of 6 years, except that the terms of the initial electees shall be as follows: 2 for a term of 3 years and 2 for a term of 6 years.
        (4) Two annuitants of the system who have been
    
annuitants for at least one full year, to be elected from and by the annuitants of the system, no more than one of which may be from any of the University of Illinois campuses, who shall serve for a term of 6 years, except that the terms of the initial electees shall be as follows: one for a term of 3 years and one for a term of 6 years.
    For the purposes of this Section, the Governor may make a nomination and the Senate may confirm the nominee in advance of the commencement of the nominee's term of office.
    (e) The 6 elected trustees shall be elected within 90 days after April 3, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-6) for a term beginning on the 90th day after that effective date. Trustees shall be elected thereafter as terms expire for a 6-year term beginning July 15 next following their election, and such election shall be held on May 1, or on May 2 when May 1 falls on a Sunday. The board may establish rules for the election of trustees to implement the provisions of Public Act 96-6 and for future elections. Candidates for the participating trustee shall be nominated by petitions in writing, signed by not less than 400 participants with their addresses shown opposite their names. Candidates for the annuitant trustee shall be nominated by petitions in writing, signed by not less than 100 annuitants with their addresses shown opposite their names. If there is more than one qualified nominee for each elected trustee, then the board shall conduct a secret ballot election by mail for that trustee, in accordance with rules as established by the board. If there is only one qualified person nominated by petition for each elected trustee, then the election as required by this Section shall not be conducted for that trustee and the board shall declare such nominee duly elected. A vacancy occurring in the elective membership of the board shall be filled for the unexpired term by the elected trustees serving on the board for the remainder of the term. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude the adoption of rules providing for internet or phone balloting in addition, or as an alternative, to election by mail.
    (f) A vacancy in the appointed membership on the board of trustees caused by resignation, death, expiration of term of office, or other reason shall be filled by a qualified person appointed by the Governor for the remainder of the unexpired term.
    (g) Trustees (other than the trustees incumbent on June 30, 1995 or as provided in subsection (c) of this Section) shall continue in office until their respective successors are appointed and have qualified, except that a trustee appointed to one of the participant positions shall be disqualified immediately upon the termination of his or her status as a participant and a trustee appointed to one of the annuitant positions shall be disqualified immediately upon the termination of his or her status as an annuitant receiving a retirement annuity.
    (h) Each trustee must take an oath of office before a notary public of this State and shall qualify as a trustee upon the presentation to the board of a certified copy of the oath. The oath must state that the person will diligently and honestly administer the affairs of the retirement system, and will not knowingly violate or willfully permit to be violated any provisions of this Article.
    Each trustee shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in attending board meetings and carrying out his or her duties as a trustee or officer of the system.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-160

    (40 ILCS 5/15-160) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-160)
    Sec. 15-160. Board's powers and duties. The board shall have the powers and duties stated in Sections 15-161 through 15-177 in addition to the other powers and duties provided under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-161

    (40 ILCS 5/15-161) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-161)
    Sec. 15-161. To contract and act in its corporate name.
    To be a public corporation of this State with power to enter into contracts, accept and make transfers of property, real and personal; to conduct in its corporate name all court proceedings which the board deems necessary to protect the interests of the State and of the intended beneficiaries under this Article; and generally to accomplish the objects and purposes thereof.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-162

    (40 ILCS 5/15-162) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-162)
    Sec. 15-162. To hold meetings. To hold regular meetings at least quarterly in each year and special meetings at such times as the chairperson or a majority of the board deem necessary.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-163

    (40 ILCS 5/15-163) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-163)
    Sec. 15-163. To consider applications and authorize payments.
    To consider and pass on all applications for annuities and benefits; to authorize the granting of annuities and benefits; and to limit or suspend any payment or payments, all in accordance with this Article.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-164

    (40 ILCS 5/15-164) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-164)
    Sec. 15-164. To certify interest rate, to set value of allowances and to adopt actuarial tables. To certify the prescribed and effective rates of interest; to prescribe rules for the determination of the value of maintenance, board, living quarters and personal laundry, and other allowances to employees in lieu of money; and to adopt all necessary actuarial tables.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-165

    (40 ILCS 5/15-165) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-165)
    Sec. 15-165. To certify amounts and submit vouchers.
    (a) The Board shall certify to the Governor on or before November 15 of each year until November 15, 2011 the appropriation required from State funds for the purposes of this System for the following fiscal year. The certification under this subsection (a) shall include a copy of the actuarial recommendations upon which it is based and shall specifically identify the System's projected State normal cost for that fiscal year and the projected State cost for the self-managed plan for that fiscal year.
    On or before May 1, 2004, the Board shall recalculate and recertify to the Governor the amount of the required State contribution to the System for State fiscal year 2005, taking into account the amounts appropriated to and received by the System under subsection (d) of Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act.
    On or before July 1, 2005, the Board shall recalculate and recertify to the Governor the amount of the required State contribution to the System for State fiscal year 2006, taking into account the changes in required State contributions made by this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly.
    On or before April 1, 2011, the Board shall recalculate and recertify to the Governor the amount of the required State contribution to the System for State fiscal year 2011, applying the changes made by Public Act 96-889 to the System's assets and liabilities as of June 30, 2009 as though Public Act 96-889 was approved on that date.
    (a-5) On or before November 1 of each year, beginning November 1, 2012, the Board shall submit to the State Actuary, the Governor, and the General Assembly a proposed certification of the amount of the required State contribution to the System for the next fiscal year, along with all of the actuarial assumptions, calculations, and data upon which that proposed certification is based. On or before January 1 of each year, beginning January 1, 2013, the State Actuary shall issue a preliminary report concerning the proposed certification and identifying, if necessary, recommended changes in actuarial assumptions that the Board must consider before finalizing its certification of the required State contributions. On or before January 15, 2013 and each January 15 thereafter, the Board shall certify to the Governor and the General Assembly the amount of the required State contribution for the next fiscal year. The Board's certification must note, in a written response to the State Actuary, any deviations from the State Actuary's recommended changes, the reason or reasons for not following the State Actuary's recommended changes, and the fiscal impact of not following the State Actuary's recommended changes on the required State contribution.
    (a-10) For purposes of Section (c-5) of Section 20 of the Budget Stabilization Act, on or before November 1 of each year beginning November 1, 2014, the Board shall determine the amount of the State contribution to the System that would have been required for the next fiscal year if this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly had not taken effect, using the best and most recent available data but based on the law in effect on May 31, 2014. The Board shall submit to the State Actuary, the Governor, and the General Assembly a proposed certification, along with the relevant law, actuarial assumptions, calculations, and data upon which that certification is based. On or before January 1, 2015 and every January 1 thereafter, the State Actuary shall issue a preliminary report concerning the proposed certification and identifying, if necessary, recommended changes in actuarial assumptions that the Board must consider before finalizing its certification. On or before January 15, 2015 and every January 1 thereafter, the Board shall certify to the Governor and the General Assembly the amount of the State contribution to the System that would have been required for the next fiscal year if this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly had not taken effect, using the best and most recent available data but based on the law in effect on May 31, 2014. The Board's certification must note any deviations from the State Actuary's recommended changes, the reason or reasons for not following the State Actuary's recommended changes, and the impact of not following the State Actuary's recommended changes.
    (b) The Board shall certify to the State Comptroller or employer, as the case may be, from time to time, by its chairperson and secretary, with its seal attached, the amounts payable to the System from the various funds.
    (c) Beginning in State fiscal year 1996, on or as soon as possible after the 15th day of each month the Board shall submit vouchers for payment of State contributions to the System, in a total monthly amount of one-twelfth of the required annual State contribution certified under subsection (a). From the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly through June 30, 2004, the Board shall not submit vouchers for the remainder of fiscal year 2004 in excess of the fiscal year 2004 certified contribution amount determined under this Section after taking into consideration the transfer to the System under subsection (b) of Section 6z-61 of the State Finance Act. These vouchers shall be paid by the State Comptroller and Treasurer by warrants drawn on the funds appropriated to the System for that fiscal year.
    If in any month the amount remaining unexpended from all other appropriations to the System for the applicable fiscal year (including the appropriations to the System under Section 8.12 of the State Finance Act and Section 1 of the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act) is less than the amount lawfully vouchered under this Section, the difference shall be paid from the General Revenue Fund under the continuing appropriation authority provided in Section 1.1 of the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act.
    (d) So long as the payments received are the full amount lawfully vouchered under this Section, payments received by the System under this Section shall be applied first toward the employer contribution to the self-managed plan established under Section 15-158.2. Payments shall be applied second toward the employer's portion of the normal costs of the System, as defined in subsection (f) of Section 15-155. The balance shall be applied toward the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the System.
    (e) In the event that the System does not receive, as a result of legislative enactment or otherwise, payments sufficient to fully fund the employer contribution to the self-managed plan established under Section 15-158.2 and to fully fund that portion of the employer's portion of the normal costs of the System, as calculated in accordance with Section 15-155(a-1), then any payments received shall be applied proportionately to the optional retirement program established under Section 15-158.2 and to the employer's portion of the normal costs of the System, as calculated in accordance with Section 15-155(a-1).
(Source: P.A. 97-694, eff. 6-18-12; 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-599, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/15-166

    (40 ILCS 5/15-166) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-166)
    Sec. 15-166. To be custodian.
    To be custodian of all cash and securities belonging to the system.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-167

    (40 ILCS 5/15-167) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-167)
    Sec. 15-167. To invest money. To invest the funds of the system, subject to the requirements and restrictions set forth in Sections 1A-108.5, 1-109, 1-109.1, 1-109.2, 1-110, 1-111, 1-114, 1-115, and 15-158.2(d) of this Code and to invest in real estate acquired by purchase, gift, condemnation or otherwise, and any office building or buildings existing or to be constructed thereon, including any additions thereto or expansions thereof, for the use of the system. The board may lease surplus space in any of the buildings and use rental proceeds for operation, maintenance, improving, expanding and furnishing of the buildings or for any other lawful system purpose.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive investment funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established pursuant to Section 6 of "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended. The limitations set forth in such Section 6 shall be applicable only at the time of investment and shall not require the liquidation of any investment at any time.
    The board shall have the authority to enter into such agreements and to execute such documents as it determines to be necessary to complete any investment transaction.
    All investments shall be clearly held and accounted for to indicate ownership by the board. The board may direct the registration of securities in its own name or in the name of a nominee created for the express purpose of registration of securities by a national or state bank or trust company authorized to conduct a trust business in the State of Illinois.
    Investments shall be carried at cost or at a value determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and accounting procedures approved by the Board.
    All additions to assets from income, interest, and dividends from investments shall be used to pay benefits, operating and administrative expenses of the system, debt service, including any redemption premium, on any bonds issued by the board, expenses incurred or deposits required in connection with such bonds, and such other costs as may be provided in accordance with this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-753, eff. 8-25-09.)

40 ILCS 5/15-167.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-167.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-167.1)
    Sec. 15-167.1. Participation in commingled investment funds-Transfer of investment functions and securities. (a) The retirement board may invest in any commingled investment fund or funds established and maintained by the Illinois State Board of Investment under Article 22A of this Code. All commingled fund participations shall be subject to the law governing the Illinois State Board of Investment and the rules, policies and directives of that Board.
    (b) The retirement board may, by resolution duly adopted by a majority vote of its membership, transfer to the Illinois State Board of Investment created by Article 22A of this Code, for management and administration, all investments owned by the system of every kind and character. Upon completion of such transfer, the authority of the retirement board to make investments shall terminate. Thereafter, all investments of the reserves of the system shall be made by the Illinois State Board of Investment in accordance with Article 22A of this Code.
    The transfer shall be made not later than the first day of the fourth month next following the date of such resolution. Before such transfer, an audit of the investments shall be completed by a certified public accountant selected by the Illinois State Board of Investment and approved by the Auditor General of the State of Illinois. The expense of the audit shall be assumed by the retirement board.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-167.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-167.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-167.2)
    Sec. 15-167.2. To issue bonds. To borrow money and, in evidence of its obligation to repay the borrowing, to issue bonds for the purpose of financing the cost of any project. The bonds shall be authorized pursuant to a resolution to be adopted by the board setting forth all details in connection with the bonds.
    The principal amount of the outstanding bonds of the board shall not at any time exceed $20,000,000.
    The bonds may be issued in one or more series, bear such date or dates, become due at such time or times within 40 years, bear interest payable at such intervals and at such rate or rates, which rates may be fixed or variable, be in such denominations, be in such form, either coupon, registered or book-entry, carry such conversion, registration and exchange privileges, be subject to defeasance upon such terms, have such rank or priority, be executed in such manner, be payable in such medium of payment at such place or places within or without the State of Illinois, make provision for a corporate trustee within or without the State of Illinois with respect to such bonds, prescribe the rights, powers and duties thereof to be exercised for the benefit of the board, the system and the protection of the bondholders, provide for the holding in trust, investment and use of moneys, funds and accounts held in connection therewith, be subject to such terms of redemption with or without premium, and be sold in such manner at private or public sale and at such price, all as the board shall determine. Whenever bonds are sold at a price less than par, they shall be sold at such price and bear interest at such rate or rates that either the true interest cost (yield) or the net interest rate, as may be selected by the board, received upon the sale of such bonds does not exceed the maximum interest rate permitted by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract.
    Any bonds may be refunded or advance refunded upon such terms as the board may determine for such term of years, not exceeding 40 years, and in such principal amount, as may be deemed necessary by the board. Any redemption premium payable upon the redemption of bonds may be payable from the proceeds of refunding bonds issued for the purpose of refunding such bonds, from any lawfully available source or from both refunding bond proceeds and such other sources.
    The bonds or refunding bonds shall be obligations of the board payable from the income, interest and dividends derived from investments of the board, all as may be designated in the resolution of the board authorizing the issuance of the bonds. The bonds shall be secured as provided in the authorizing resolution, which may, notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, include a specific pledge or assignment of and lien on or security interest in the income, interest and dividends derived from investments of the board and a specific pledge or assignment of and lien on or security interest in any funds, reserves or accounts established or provided for by the resolution of the board authorizing the issuance of the bonds. The bonds or refunding bonds shall not be payable from any employer or employee contributions derived from State appropriations nor constitute obligations or indebtedness of the State of Illinois or of any municipal corporation or other body politic and corporate in the State.
    The holder or holders of any bonds issued by the board may bring suits at law or proceedings in equity to compel the performance and observance by the board or any of its agents or employees of any contract or covenant made with the holders of the bonds, to compel the board or any of its agents or employees to perform any duties required to be performed for the benefit of the holders of the bonds by the provisions of the resolution authorizing their issuance, and to enjoin the board or any of its agents or employees from taking any action in conflict with any such contract or covenant.
    Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 15-188 of this Code, if the board fails to pay the principal of, premium, if any, or interest on any of the bonds as they become due, a civil action to compel payment may be instituted in the appropriate circuit court by the holder or holders of the bonds upon which such default exists or by a trustee acting on behalf of the holders.
    No bonds may be issued under this Section until a copy of the resolution of the board authorizing such bonds, certified by the secretary of the board, has been filed with the Governor of the State of Illinois.
    "Bonds" means any instrument evidencing the obligation to pay money, including without limitation bonds, notes, installment or financing contracts, leases, certificates, warrants, and any other evidences of indebtedness.
    "Project" means the acquisition, construction, equipping, improving, expanding and furnishing of any office building for the use of the system, including any real estate or interest in real estate necessary or useful in connection therewith.
    "Cost of any project" includes all capital costs of the project, an amount for expenses of issuing any bonds to finance such project, including underwriter's discount and costs of bond insurance or other credit enhancement, an amount necessary to provide for a reserve fund for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds and an amount to pay interest on such bonds for a period not to exceed the greater of 2 years or a period ending 6 months after the estimated date of completion of the project.
(Source: P.A. 90-65, eff. 7-7-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97.)

40 ILCS 5/15-167.3

    (40 ILCS 5/15-167.3)
    Sec. 15-167.3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 92-749, eff. 8-2-02. Repealed by P.A. 95-83, eff. 8-13-07.)

40 ILCS 5/15-167.4

    (40 ILCS 5/15-167.4)
    Sec. 15-167.4. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, any power granted under this Code to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

40 ILCS 5/15-168

    (40 ILCS 5/15-168) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-168)
    Sec. 15-168. To require information. To require such information as shall be necessary for the proper operation of the system from any participant or beneficiary or from any employer of a participant.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-168.1

    (40 ILCS 5/15-168.1)
    Sec. 15-168.1. Testimony and the production of records. The secretary of the Board shall have the power to issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents and records, including law enforcement records maintained by law enforcement agencies, in conjunction with the determination of employer payments required under subsection (g) of Section 15-155, a disability claim, an administrative review proceeding, or a felony forfeiture investigation. The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the circuit courts of this State and shall be paid by the party seeking the subpoena. The Board may apply to any circuit court in the State for an order requiring compliance with a subpoena issued under this Section. Subpoenas issued under this Section shall be subject to applicable provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 94-1057, eff. 7-31-06.)

40 ILCS 5/15-168.2

    (40 ILCS 5/15-168.2)
    Sec. 15-168.2. Audit of employers. Beginning August 1, 2013, the System may audit the employment records and payroll records of all employers. When the System audits an employer, it shall specify the exact information it requires, which may include but need not be limited to the names, titles, and earnings history of every individual receiving compensation from the employer. If an employer is audited by the System, then the employer must provide to the System all necessary documents and records within 60 calendar days after receiving notification from the System. When the System audits an employer, it shall send related correspondence by certified mail.
(Source: P.A. 97-968, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/15-169

    (40 ILCS 5/15-169) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-169)
    Sec. 15-169. To elect officers and appoint employees. To elect officers; to appoint a secretary and treasurer; to have a seal; to employ and fix the rate of pay of such actuarial, legal, clerical, audit, medical, or other services, or corporate trustee organized under the laws of this State with a capital of not less than $1,000,000, or investment counsel and other persons as shall be required for the efficient administration of the system. All actions brought by or against the board shall be prosecuted or defended by the Attorney General. If the board pursues a mandamus action under Section 15-156 of this Code as amended by Senate Bill No. 1 of the 98th General Assembly in the form passed by the General Assembly, then the board may select the counsel of their choice.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13; 98-598, eff. 12-5-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-170

    (40 ILCS 5/15-170) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-170)
    Sec. 15-170. To maintain records and accounts.
    To maintain a permanent record of all board proceedings which record shall be available for examination by any participant, annuitant or officer of the State of Illinois; to maintain a separate record for each individual participant and annuitant; to maintain adequate accounting records which shall at all times reflect the financial condition of the system, and such additional data as shall be necessary for required calculations, valuations and operation of the system; to have any of the foregoing records photographed, microfilmed or otherwise reproduced, which photographs, microfilms or reproductions shall be deemed original records for all purposes, including introduction in evidence before all courts and administrative agencies.
(Source: P.A. 77-616.)

40 ILCS 5/15-171

    (40 ILCS 5/15-171) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-171)
    Sec. 15-171. To receive, record and deposit payments. To receive all payments made to the system; to make a record thereof; and to cause all payments to be deposited immediately with the treasurer of the system. The Board may delegate the actions prescribed under this Section to persons employed by the System.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-172

    (40 ILCS 5/15-172) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-172)
    Sec. 15-172. To certify warrants, checks, or drafts. To provide for certification on its behalf by its secretary of all warrants, checks, or drafts upon its depository bank or corporate trustee in accordance with the by-laws and actions of the board authorizing payments for benefits, expenses, investments and debt service, including any redemption premium and required deposits for any bonds of the board, out of funds belonging to this system.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-173

    (40 ILCS 5/15-173) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-173)
    Sec. 15-173. To cause actuarial analyses.
    To cause a general investigation to be made by a competent actuary, at least once every 5 years, of the retirement, disability, separation, mortality, interest, and employee earnings rates; to recommend, as a result of each such investigation, the tables to be adopted for all required actuarial calculations; and to cause an annual determination to be made by a competent actuary of the liabilities and reserves of the system and an annual determination of the amount and distribution of the required employer contributions.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-174

    (40 ILCS 5/15-174) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-174)
    Sec. 15-174. To have an audit.
    To cause an audit of the affairs of the system to be made annually by an independent certified public accountant; and to submit a copy thereof to the Governor of the State as soon as possible after the end of each fiscal year.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-175

    (40 ILCS 5/15-175) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-175)
    Sec. 15-175. To provide statements.
    To make available to the participants and annuitants a financial statement including a summary of the report of the certified public accountant; and to submit an individual statement specifying the accumulations to the credit, as of the latest date practicable, of any participant so requesting.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/15-176

    (40 ILCS 5/15-176) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-176)
    Sec. 15-176. To accept gifts. To accept any gift, grant or bequest of any money or securities; if the grantor designates cash benefits for some or all of the system's participants or annuitants, to carry out such intent; if no such intent is designated, to reduce the costs of the State.
(Source: P.A. 83-1440.)

40 ILCS 5/15-177

    (40 ILCS 5/15-177) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-177)
    Sec. 15-177. To make rules. To establish by-laws; to fix the number necessary for a quorum; to set up an executive committee of its members to exercise all powers of the board except as limited by the board; to establish rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Article, as are necessary for the administration of the system; and generally to carry on any other reasonable activities which are deemed necessary to accomplish the purposes of this system, including without limitation the time and manner of reporting contributions by participants and, if applicable, contributions by employers.
(Source: P.A. 98-92, eff. 7-16-13.)

40 ILCS 5/15-178

    (40 ILCS 5/15-178) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-178)
    Sec. 15-178. Duties of the State Comptroller and payroll officers. The State Comptroller and employer payroll officers, in drawing warrants and checks for items of salary on payroll vouchers certified by employers, shall draw such warrants and checks to participating employees for the amount of salary or wages specified for the period, and shall draw a warrant, check, or electronic funds transfer to this system for the total of the contributions required under Section 15-157. All warrants and electronic funds transfers covering such contributions, and a deduction register pertaining to the payroll supplied by the employer, shall be transmitted immediately to the board.
    The Comptroller shall draw warrants or prepare direct deposit transmittals upon the State Treasurer payable from funds appropriated for the purposes specified in this Article upon the presentation of vouchers approved by the board.
(Source: P.A. 95-83, eff. 8-13-07.)