(215 ILCS 5/27)
(from Ch. 73, par. 639)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Dividends and other distributions.
(1) The board of directors of any company subject to this Article may
declare and the company may pay dividends and other distributions
(i) on its outstanding shares in cash, property, or its own shares
and (ii) on its treasury shares in its own shares,
subject to the following provisions:
(a) No dividend or other distribution may be declared
or paid at any time except out of earned, as distinguished from contributed, surplus, nor when the surplus of the company is less than the surplus required by Section 13 for the kind or kinds of business authorized to be transacted by such company, nor when the payment of a dividend or other distribution would reduce its surplus to less than such amount.
(b) Except in the case of share dividends, surplus
for determining whether dividends or other distributions may be declared shall not include surplus arising from unrealized appreciation in value, or revaluation of assets, or from unrealized profits upon investments.
(c) No dividend or other distribution may be declared
or paid contrary to any restriction contained in the articles of incorporation.
(d) No dividend or other distribution may be declared
or paid contrary to Section 131.20 or 131.20a.
(2) No payments may be made to policyholders by way of dividends unless
the company possesses admitted assets in the amount of such payments in
excess of its capital, minimum required surplus and all liabilities.
(Source: P.A. 88-364