(40 ILCS 5/2-121.3)
(from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 2-121.3)
(a) A person who would be
eligible to receive a survivor's annuity under this Article but for the
fact that the person has not yet attained age 50, shall be eligible for a
monthly distribution under this subsection (a), provided that the payment
of such distribution is required by federal law.
The distribution shall become payable on (i) July 1, 1987, (ii) December
1 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the
deceased spouse died, or (iii) December 1 of the calendar year in which the
deceased spouse would have attained age 70 1/2, whichever occurs last, and
shall remain payable until the first of the following to occur: (1) the
person becomes eligible to receive a survivor's annuity under this Article;
(2) the end of the month in which the person ceases to be eligible to
receive a survivor's annuity upon attainment of age 50, due to remarriage
or death; or (3) the end of the month in which such distribution ceases to
be required by federal law.
The amount of the distribution shall be fixed at the time the
distribution first becomes payable, and shall be calculated in the same
manner as a survivor's annuity under Sections 2-121, 2-121.1 and 2-121.2,
but excluding: (A) any requirement for an application for the distribution;
(B) any automatic annual increases, supplemental increases, or one-time
increases that may be provided by law for survivor's annuities; and (C) any
lump-sum or death benefit.
(b) For the purpose of this Section, a distribution shall be deemed to be
required by federal law if: (1) directly mandated by federal statute, rule,
or administrative or court decision; or (2) indirectly mandated through
imposition of substantial tax or other penalties for noncompliance.
(c) Notwithstanding Section 1-103.1 of this Code, a member need not be
in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989
for the member's surviving spouse to be eligible for a
distribution under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-273.)