(110 ILCS 979/20)
    Sec. 20. Investment Advisory Panel. The Illinois prepaid tuition program shall be administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, with advice and counsel from an investment advisory panel appointed by the Commission. The Illinois prepaid tuition program shall be administratively housed within the Commission, and the investment advisory panel shall have such duties as are specified in this Act.
    The investment advisory panel shall consist of 7 members who are appointed by the Commission, including one recommended by the State Treasurer, one recommended by the State Comptroller, one recommended by the Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, and one recommended by the Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education. Each panel member shall possess knowledge, skill, and experience in at least one of the following areas of expertise: accounting, actuarial practice, risk management, or investment management. Members shall serve 3-year terms except that, in making the initial appointments, the Commission shall appoint 2 members to serve for 2 years, 2 members to serve for 3 years, and 3 members to serve for 4 years. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy on the panel shall be appointed in a like manner and shall serve for only the unexpired term. Investment advisory panel members shall be eligible for reappointment and shall serve until a successor is appointed and confirmed. Panel members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses. Before being installed as a member of the investment advisory panel, each nominee shall file verified written statements of economic interest with the Secretary of State as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act and with the Board of Ethics as required by Executive Order of the Governor.
    The investment advisory panel shall meet at least twice annually. At least once each year the Commission Chairman shall designate a time and place at which the investment advisory panel shall meet publicly with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to discuss issues and concerns relating to the Illinois prepaid tuition program.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)