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PENSIONS
(40 ILCS 5/) Illinois Pension Code.

40 ILCS 5/12-164

    (40 ILCS 5/12-164) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-164)
    Sec. 12-164. To appoint custodian.
    To appoint annually a custodian of the fund; and to deposit all moneys received or accruing to the fund with the custodian.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/12-165

    (40 ILCS 5/12-165) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-165)
    Sec. 12-165. To manage fund.
    To have exclusive control and management of all moneys, securities and other property of said fund; and to defray the total cost of administration of this Article by means of the tax levy authority provided herein.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/12-166

    (40 ILCS 5/12-166) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-166)
    Sec. 12-166. To invest money. To invest and reinvest the moneys of the fund subject to the requirements and restrictions set forth in this Article and in Sections 1-109, 1-109.1, 1-109.2, 1-110, 1-111, 1-114, and 1-115.
    No investments shall be purchased or sold or in any manner hypothecated except by the action of the board duly entered in the record of its proceedings.
    The board may hold, purchase, sell, assign, transfer or dispose of any of the securities and investments in which any of the moneys of the fund or the proceeds of those investments have been invested.
    The board shall have the authority to enter into any agreements and to execute any documents that it determines to be necessary to complete any investment transaction.
    All investments shall be clearly held and accounted for to indicate ownership by the fund. The board may direct the registration of securities or the holding of interests in real property in the name of the fund or in the name of a nominee created for the express purpose of registering securities or holding interests in real property by a national or state bank or trust company authorized to conduct a trust business in the State of Illinois. The board may hold title to interests in real property in the name of the fund or in the name of a title holding corporation created for the express purpose of holding title to interests in real property.
    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.
    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 the Public Funds Investment Act. Those requirements shall be applicable only at the time of investment and shall not require the liquidation of any investment at any time.
    The board of trustees of any fund established under this Article may not transfer its investment authority, nor transfer the assets of the fund to any other person or entity for the purpose of consolidating or merging its assets and management with any other pension fund or public investment authority, unless the board resolution authorizing such transfer is submitted for approval to the contributors and retirees of the fund at elections held not less than 30 days after the adoption of such resolution by the board, and such resolution is approved by a majority of the votes cast on the question in both the contributors election and the retirees election. The election procedures and qualifications governing the election of trustees shall govern the submission of resolutions for approval under this paragraph, insofar as they may be made applicable.
(Source: P.A. 90-766, eff. 8-14-98.)

40 ILCS 5/12-166.1

    (40 ILCS 5/12-166.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-166.1)
    Sec. 12-166.1. 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 the provisions of Article 22A of this Code. The book value of all commingled equity participations plus the book value of other stock investments owned by this system shall not exceed the maximum permissible percentage rate for equity investments prescribed in Section 12-166. 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 Fund 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 Fund shall be made by the Illinois State Board of Investment in accordance with the provisions of Article 22A of this Code.
    Such 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 such 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 such audit shall be defrayed by the retirement board.
(Source: P.A. 78-645.)

40 ILCS 5/12-166.2

    (40 ILCS 5/12-166.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-166.2)
    Sec. 12-166.2. To lend securities. The Board may lend securities owned by the Fund to a borrower upon such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed in writing. The agreement shall provide that during the period of the loan the Fund shall retain the right to receive, or collect from the borrower, all dividends, interest rights, and any distributions to which the Fund would have otherwise been entitled. The borrower shall deposit with the Fund as collateral for the loan cash, U.S. Government securities, or letters of credit equal to the market value of the securities at the time the loan is made and shall increase the amount of collateral if and when the Fund requests an additional amount because of subsequent increases in the market value of the securities.
    The period for which the securities may be loaned shall not exceed one year, and the loan agreement may specify earlier termination by either party upon mutually agreed conditions.
(Source: P.A. 87-1265.)

40 ILCS 5/12-167

    (40 ILCS 5/12-167) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-167)
    Sec. 12-167. To keep records, books and prepare reports. To keep a record of all its proceedings which shall be open to inspection by the public; to keep such books and records as are necessary for the transaction of its business; and to prepare a report, as of the last day of each fiscal year, setting forth the income and disbursements of the fund for the year, and the amount of its assets and liabilities at the close of the year. Such statement shall include, among other things, the following information:
        (a) the total of the reserves on all annuities being
    
paid and to be paid from the fund to employees and widows whose annuities are determined but not entered upon, calculating such reserves as if the annuities were actually entered upon;
        (b) the total of the liabilities of the employer for
    
prior service annuities and widow's prior service annuities, including the present values of such annuities that are entered upon.
(Source: P.A. 97-973, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/12-168

    (40 ILCS 5/12-168) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-168)
    Sec. 12-168. To have an audit. To have an annual audit of the books, records and reserves of the fund as of the last day of each fiscal year, by a certified public accountant. A copy of the report of such audit shall be filed with the board of park commissioners, and a synopsis thereof shall be prepared for public distribution.
(Source: P.A. 97-973, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/12-169

    (40 ILCS 5/12-169) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-169)
    Sec. 12-169. To appoint employees. To appoint such actuarial, legal, medical, clerical and other employees as may be necessary in the administration of the fund and fix their compensation.
    One or more actuaries shall be employed with duty to determine the amount of money necessary to be provided under this Article, and to assist the board in preparing the annual statement as of the last day of each fiscal year, and to certify to the correctness thereof.
(Source: P.A. 97-973, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/12-170

    (40 ILCS 5/12-170) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-170)
    Sec. 12-170. Custodian of fund. All payments from the fund shall be made by the custodian of the fund only, and only upon warrant of or voucher signed by the president or vice-president of the board and countersigned by the secretary of the board. No warrant or voucher shall be drawn except by order of the board duly entered in the record of its proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 86-272.)

40 ILCS 5/12-171

    (40 ILCS 5/12-171) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-171)
    Sec. 12-171. Money which may be held on deposit. The board may keep as an available sum for the purpose of making payments for annuities and other benefits, such an amount as shall be estimated by the board as being necessary to meet the current disbursements for a period not to exceed 90 days. Such sum shall be kept on deposit in any bank or savings and loan association in this State organized under the laws thereof or under the laws of the United States, or with any trust company incorporated under the laws of this State; provided said bank, savings and loan association or trust company shall furnish adequate security for said sum; and provided further that the sum so deposited shall not exceed 25% of the paid-up capital and surplus of said bank, savings and loan association or trust company.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive investment funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements, other than the maximum deposit requirement, 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.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

40 ILCS 5/12-171.1

    (40 ILCS 5/12-171.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-171.1)
    Sec. 12-171.1. Records. The board shall maintain adequate accounting records that reflect the financial condition of the fund, and such additional data as are necessary for required calculations, actuarial valuations, and operation of the fund.
(Source: P.A. 87-1265.)

40 ILCS 5/12-177

    (40 ILCS 5/12-177) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-177)
    Sec. 12-177. Employee accounts. The amounts contributed by employees for service annuity and spouse's service annuity shall be credited to this account; also all amounts contributed by the employer in lieu of deductions from salary in cases of ordinary or duty disability.
     An individual account shall be kept with each employee. As contributions by or on behalf of the employee are made, each such account shall be credited with the amounts thereof. At least once each year each account shall be credited with regular interest.
(Source: P.A. 87-1265.)

40 ILCS 5/12-183

    (40 ILCS 5/12-183) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-183)
    Sec. 12-183. Annual actuarial valuation. An actuarial valuation shall be made annually of the liabilities and reserves for present and prospective annuities and benefits, and beginning January 1, 2013 a general investigation shall be made and shall be completed every 5 years thereafter of the operating experience of the fund as to mortality, disability, retirement, marital status of employees, withdrawal from service without right to annuity, investment earnings and other factors of actuarial criteria.
    Upon the basis of the annual actuarial valuation and quinquennial actuarial investigations, the actuary shall recommend the tables to be used in the annual valuations and in current operations including the prescribed rate of interest, and shall advise the board on any matters of actuarial character affecting the financial condition of the fund and its operations.
(Source: P.A. 97-973, eff. 8-16-12.)

40 ILCS 5/12-185

    (40 ILCS 5/12-185) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-185)
    Sec. 12-185. Duties of employer. It shall be the duty of each employer hereunder to:
    (a) notify each person to whom this Article shall apply before employing him of his duties and obligations under this Article as a condition of his employment;
    (b) notify the board of the employment of new employees, removals, withdrawals, deaths and changes in salary of employees, setting forth the dates upon which such employments, removals, withdrawals, deaths and changes in salaries occurred;
    (c) furnish such other information to the board as the board may reasonably require hereunder in the discharge of its duties;
    (d) deduct from the salary of each employee, for each and every payroll period, such amounts as shall be required under the provisions of this Article. Each employer shall certify to the treasurer of said employer, on each and every payroll, a statement as voucher for the amount so deducted, and shall send a duplicate of such statement to the board. The treasurer of each employer, on receipt of such voucher for deductions from salaries of employees, shall transmit to the board the amounts specified in such voucher.
    (e) Keep such records as the board may require hereunder.
(Source: P.A. 81-1536.)

40 ILCS 5/12-186

    (40 ILCS 5/12-186) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-186)
    Sec. 12-186. No commissions or compensation.
    No member of the board, nor any one connected with the board, shall have any interest, direct or indirect, in the gains or profits of any investment made by such board, nor as such, directly or indirectly, receive any pay or emoluments for his services. Nor shall any such person as an agent or partner of others borrow any funds or deposits, or in any manner use the same, except to make such current and necessary payments as are authorized by the board. Nor shall any member of said board, or anyone connected with said board, become an endorser or surety or become in any manner an obligor for moneys loaned by or borrowed of any such board.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/12-187

    (40 ILCS 5/12-187) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-187)
    Sec. 12-187. Condition of employment. Any person included as an employee as defined in this Article, or any person who shall hereafter be included as an employee, shall by such employment accept the provisions of this Article and thereupon become a contributor in accordance with the provisions hereof. The provisions of this Article shall become a condition of employment of such person and part of any contract of employment entered into by and with any such person.
(Source: P.A. 86-272.)

40 ILCS 5/12-188

    (40 ILCS 5/12-188) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-188)
    Sec. 12-188. Employees under legal disabilities. In the event that an employee is adjudicated to be a person under legal disability by a court having jurisdiction to so determine and a guardian is appointed by a court having jurisdiction so to do, such guardian may, with the approval of the court, execute such documents, including resignations from the service, as may be necessary for the protection and best interests of the employee.
(Source: P.A. 83-706.)

40 ILCS 5/12-189

    (40 ILCS 5/12-189) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-189)
    Sec. 12-189. Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act. The "Retirement Systems Reciprocal Act", being Article 20 of this Code, as now enacted or hereafter amended, is hereby adopted and made a part of this Article. Where there is a direct conflict in the provisions of that Act and the specific provisions of this Article, the latter provisions shall prevail; except that the provisions of this Article shall be applied without taking into account the provisions of Section 12-130 regarding commencement of benefits at age 50 unless all the systems to which the member is applying allow for a service retirement annuity payable at age 50.
(Source: P.A. 87-1265.)

40 ILCS 5/12-190

    (40 ILCS 5/12-190) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-190)
    Sec. 12-190. Annuities etc. Exempt.
    (a) All pensions, annuities, refunds or disability benefits granted under this Article, and every portion thereof, are exempt from any State or municipal tax, and exempt from attachment or garnishment process and shall not be seized, taken, subjected to, detained or levied upon by virtue of any judgment, or any process or proceeding whatsoever issued out of or by any court for the payment and satisfaction in whole or in part of any debt, damage, claim, demand or judgment against a pensioner, annuitant, refund applicant or other beneficiary hereunder.
    (b) No pensioner, annuitant, applicant for refund, disability beneficiary or other beneficiary has a right to transfer or assign his or her pension, annuity, refund or disability benefit or any part thereof, either by mortgage or otherwise, except that an annuitant may direct that a monthly payment be made to the group health or hospital insurance plan administered by his or her former employer or by the pension fund established under this Article.
    (c) Whenever an annuity, pension, refund or disability benefit is payable to a minor or a person adjudged to be under legal disability, the board, in its discretion, when in the apparent interest of such minor or person under legal disability, may waive guardianship proceedings and pay such money to the person providing for or caring for such minor and to the spouse or blood relative providing or caring for such person under legal disability. In the event the person under legal disability has no spouse or blood relatives willing to provide or care for him or her, and for whom no estate guardian has been appointed, and who is confined to a Medicare approved, State certified nursing home or a publicly owned and operated nursing home, hospital or mental institution, the board may pay such benefit due such person to the head of the nursing home, hospital or mental institution for deposit to such person's trust fund account maintained by the certified nursing home, hospital or institution, if such trust fund accounts are authorized or recognized by law. The acceptance of the payment and the endorsement of the payment by the person caring for or providing for a minor or a person under legal disability shall be an absolute discharge of the board's and the fund's liability in respect to the amount so paid.
    (d) Whenever an employee, pensioner, annuitant, applicant for refund or disability beneficiary disappears or the person's whereabouts are unknown and it cannot be ascertained whether or not the person is alive, there shall be paid to the person's spouse the amount which would be payable to the spouse in the event that the person died on the date of disappearance. In the event the missing person returns, or is proved to be alive, the amount previously paid to the spouse shall be charged against any moneys payable to the person under this Article as though such payment to the spouse had been an allowance out of the moneys payable to such person.
(Source: P.A. 86-1488.)

40 ILCS 5/12-190.1

    (40 ILCS 5/12-190.1) (from Ch. 108 1/5, par. 12-190.1)
    Sec. 12-190.1. Payment of an annuity other than direct. The board, at the written direction and request of any annuitant, may, solely as an accommodation to the annuitant, pay the amounts due the annuitant to a bank, savings and loan association or any other financial institution insured by an agency of the federal government, for deposit to his or her account, or to a bank or trust company for deposit in a trust established by the annuitant for his or her benefit with such bank, savings and loan association or trust company. An annuitant may withdraw such direction at any time.
(Source: P.A. 86-1488.)

40 ILCS 5/12-190.2

    (40 ILCS 5/12-190.2) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-190.2)
    Sec. 12-190.2. Overpayment; deduction. The amount of any overpayment, of any pension or benefit granted under this Article, due to fraud, misrepresentation or error, may be deducted from future payments or refunds made to the recipient of the overpayment. The board also may withhold payment of any benefits or pensions payable under this Article where any type of lawsuit or Workers' Compensation suit has been instituted until the specific liability of the board and the fund for payments due is established by the adjudication or dismissal of the suit. Any such action of the board shall relieve and release the board and the fund from any liability for any moneys deducted or withheld.
(Source: P.A. 86-1488.)

40 ILCS 5/12-190.3

    (40 ILCS 5/12-190.3) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-190.3)
    Sec. 12-190.3. Fraud. Any person who knowingly makes any false statement or falsifies or permits to be falsified any record of this Fund in any attempt to defraud the Fund is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    None of the benefits provided for in this Article shall be paid to any person who is convicted of any misdemeanor or felony relating to or arising out of or in connection with any attempt to defraud the Fund.
    This Section shall not operate to impair any contract or vested right previously acquired under any law or laws continued in this Article, nor to preclude the right to a refund.
(Source: P.A. 96-1466, eff. 8-20-10.)

40 ILCS 5/12-191

    (40 ILCS 5/12-191) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-191)
    Sec. 12-191. Felony conviction. None of the benefits provided for in this Article 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.
    None of the benefits provided for in this Article shall be paid to any person who otherwise would receive a survivor benefit who is convicted of any felony relating to or arising out of or in connection with the service of the employee from whom the benefit results.
    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, and for the changes under this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, shall not impair any contract or vested right acquired by a survivor prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
    All future entrants entering service subsequent to July 11, 1955 shall be deemed to have consented to the provisions of this section as a condition of coverage, and all participants entering service subsequent to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly shall be deemed to have consented to the provisions of this amendatory Act as a condition of participation.
(Source: P.A. 100-334, eff. 8-25-17.)

40 ILCS 5/12-192

    (40 ILCS 5/12-192) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-192)
    Sec. 12-192. 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 as defined in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

40 ILCS 5/12-193

    (40 ILCS 5/12-193) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-193)
    Sec. 12-193. 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: Laws 1963, p. 161.)

40 ILCS 5/12-194

    (40 ILCS 5/12-194) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 12-194)
    Sec. 12-194. Effective Date of Certain Provisions. The changes made by this amendatory Act of 1989 pertaining to the date of fixation of annuities and the period of time for which disability benefits are payable shall be effective July 1, 1988.
(Source: P.A. 86-272.)

40 ILCS 5/12-195

    (40 ILCS 5/12-195)
    Sec. 12-195. 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 the effective date of 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 Fund of additional funding at least sufficient to fund the resulting annual increase in cost to the Fund as it accrues.
    Every new benefit increase is contingent upon the General Assembly providing the additional funding required under this subsection (c). The State Actuary shall analyze whether adequate additional funding has been provided for the new benefit increase. A new benefit increase created by a Public Act that does not include the additional funding required under this subsection (c) is null and void. If the State Actuary determines that the additional funding provided for a new benefit increase under this subsection (c) 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.
(Source: P.A. 98-622, eff. 6-1-14.)

40 ILCS 5/Art. 13

 
    (40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 heading)
ARTICLE 13. METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION
DISTRICT RETIREMENT FUND
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. I

 
    (40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. I heading)
Part I. General Provisions.

40 ILCS 5/13-101

    (40 ILCS 5/13-101) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-101)
    Sec. 13-101. Creation of Fund. In each sanitary district organized under the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act, a Sanitary District Employees' and Trustees' Annuity and Benefit Fund shall be created, set apart, maintained and administered, in the manner prescribed in this Article for the benefit of the employees herein designated and their beneficiaries. Beginning January 1, 1992, the Fund shall be known as the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-102

    (40 ILCS 5/13-102) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-102)
    Sec. 13-102. Amendatory Act of 1991. This amendatory Act of 1991 is intended to clarify and restate the provisions of this Article 13 and to make certain substantive changes. This amendatory Act shall not be applied to deprive any person of eligibility for an annuity or benefit, to reduce the annuity or benefit, or to deprive a person of any right to which that person would have been entitled prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991, if the person from whose employment the annuity, benefit or right derives was an employee prior to that date.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. II

 
    (40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. II heading)
Part II. Definitions.

40 ILCS 5/13-201

    (40 ILCS 5/13-201) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-201)
    Sec. 13-201. Terms defined. The terms used in this Article shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Part II, except when the context otherwise indicates.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-202

    (40 ILCS 5/13-202) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-202)
    Sec. 13-202. "Fund": The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund, formerly known as the "Sanitary District Employees' and Trustees' Annuity and Benefit Fund" which was heretofore created for the benefit of the employees herein designated and their beneficiaries.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-203

    (40 ILCS 5/13-203) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-203)
    Sec. 13-203. "Employer": The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, a unit of local government organized pursuant to the provisions of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act, hereinafter sometimes referred to as Water Reclamation District or District. With respect to those persons employed by the Retirement Board, the Retirement Board is the Employer.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-204

    (40 ILCS 5/13-204) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-204)
    Sec. 13-204. "Employee": (a) Any employee of the Water Reclamation District appointed to the classified civil service under the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act or any employee exempt from civil service under that Act, including any person absent from such position due to assignment to any other position of employment for the District; (b) any temporary employee of the District; (c) all appointed officers or acting officers of the District; (d) any employee of the Retirement Board; and (e) any member of the Board of Commissioners of the District who elects to participate in the Fund within 90 days after becoming a member.
    No person shall be an employee hereunder whose duties will not ordinarily permit 120 days of service during one calendar year.
    A member of the Civil Service Board of the District who is first appointed to that office on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997 is not, by virtue of holding that office, an "employee" for the purposes of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 90-12, eff. 6-13-97.)

40 ILCS 5/13-205

    (40 ILCS 5/13-205) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-205)
    Sec. 13-205. "Retirement Board" or "Board": The Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-206

    (40 ILCS 5/13-206) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-206)
    Sec. 13-206. "Service": Any employment for the District or the Board, excluding overtime or extra service for which an employee is entitled to receive salary.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-207

    (40 ILCS 5/13-207) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-207)
    Sec. 13-207. "Salary": The salary paid to an employee for service to the District or to the Board, including salary paid for vacation and sick leave and any amounts deferred under a deferred compensation plan established under this Code, but excluding (1) payment for unused vacation or sick leave, (2) overtime pay, (3) termination pay, and (4) any compensation in the form of benefits other than the salary.
(Source: P.A. 90-12, eff. 6-13-97.)

40 ILCS 5/13-208

    (40 ILCS 5/13-208) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-208)
    Sec. 13-208. "Average final salary": The highest average annual salary as calculated by accumulating the salary for the highest 52 consecutive pay periods within the last 10 years of service immediately preceding the date of retirement and dividing by 2.
(Source: P.A. 90-12, eff. 6-13-97.)

40 ILCS 5/13-209

    (40 ILCS 5/13-209) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-209)
    Sec. 13-209. "Disability": A physical or mental incapacity of an employee to perform assigned duties.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-210

    (40 ILCS 5/13-210) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-210)
    Sec. 13-210. "Withdraw" or "withdrawal": Discharge, termination or resignation of an employee.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-211

    (40 ILCS 5/13-211) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-211)
    Sec. 13-211. "Assets": The total value of cash, securities and other property held. Bonds shall be held at their amortized book values. Other investments shall be carried at book value in accordance with accounting procedures approved by the Board. Adjustments shall not be made in investment valuations for ordinary current market price fluctuation.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-212

    (40 ILCS 5/13-212) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-212)
    Sec. 13-212. "Age": Age at last birthday preceding the date on which ascertainment of age is necessary to any computation under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-213

    (40 ILCS 5/13-213) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-213)
    Sec. 13-213. "Contributions": Any moneys paid or payable to the Fund by the District or by any employee, or any salary deduction hereunder.
(Source: P.A. 92-53, eff. 7-12-01.)

40 ILCS 5/13-214

    (40 ILCS 5/13-214) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-214)
    Sec. 13-214. "Accumulated employee contributions": The amounts, including interest credited thereon, contributed by the employee for retirement and surviving spouse's annuity to the date of the employee's withdrawal or death.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-215

    (40 ILCS 5/13-215) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-215)
    Sec. 13-215. "Retirement annuity": A benefit payable as an annuity for service as an employee. The annuity shall be payable in equal monthly installments for life, except as otherwise provided in this Article, beginning in the month after the effective date of the annuity, which shall not be prior to the date of withdrawal nor more than one year prior to the date of the employee's application for the annuity. A pro rata amount of the annuity shall be paid for part of a month when the annuity begins after the first day of the month or ends before the last day of the month.
    Notwithstanding the above, all retirement annuity payments first payable on or after January 1, 2008, shall begin the first of the month following the effective date of retirement.
    Effective January 1, 2008, benefits are payable for the full month if the annuitant was alive on the first day of the month.
(Source: P.A. 95-586, eff. 8-31-07.)

40 ILCS 5/13-216

    (40 ILCS 5/13-216) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-216)
    Sec. 13-216. "Surviving spouse's annuity": The amount payable as a surviving spouse annuity commencing on the date of the employee's or retiree's death. The annuity shall be payable in equal monthly installments for life, except as otherwise provided in this Article, in the month after the effective date of the annuity. A pro rata amount of the annuity shall be paid for part of a month when the annuity begins after the first day of the month or ends before the last day of the month.
    Notwithstanding the above, all surviving spouse annuity payments first payable on or after January 1, 2008, shall begin the first of the month following the employee's or annuitant's date of death.
    Effective January 1, 2008, benefits are payable for the full month if the annuitant was alive on the first day of the month.
(Source: P.A. 95-586, eff. 8-31-07.)

40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. III

 
    (40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. III heading)
Part III. Annuities and Benefits.

40 ILCS 5/13-301

    (40 ILCS 5/13-301) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-301)
    Sec. 13-301. Retirement annuity; eligibility. Any employee who withdraws from service and meets the age and service requirements and other conditions set forth in subsections (a), (b), (c) or (d) hereof is entitled to receive a retirement annuity.
    (a) Withdrawal on or after age 60. Any employee, upon withdrawal from service on or after attainment of age 60 and having at least 5 years of service, is entitled to a retirement annuity.
    (b) Withdrawal on or after attainment of minimum retirement qualifications and prior to age 60.
        (1) Any employee, upon withdrawal from service on or
    
after attainment of age 55 (age 50 if the employee first entered service before June 13, 1997) but prior to age 60 and having at least 10 years of service, is entitled to a retirement annuity as of the date of withdrawal or, at the option of the employee, at any time thereafter.
        (2) Any employee who withdraws on or after attainment
    
of age 55 (age 50 if the employee first entered service before June 13, 1997) and prior to age 60 having at least 5 years but less than 10 years of service is entitled to a retirement annuity upon attainment of age 62, subject to the other requirements of this Article.
        (3) Any employee who withdraws from service on or
    
after attainment of age 50 but prior to age 60 and is eligible for early retirement without discount under the Rule of 80 as provided in subsection (c) of Section 13-302 is entitled to a retirement annuity at the time of withdrawal.
    (c) Withdrawal prior to minimum retirement age. Any employee, upon withdrawal from service prior to age 55 (age 50 if the employee first entered service before June 13, 1997) and having at least 10 years of service, shall become entitled to a retirement annuity upon attainment of age 55 (age 50 if the employee first entered service before June 13, 1997) or, at the option of the employee, at any time thereafter, subject to the other requirements of this Article.
    (d) Withdrawal while disabled. Any employee having at least 5 years of service who has received ordinary disability benefits on or after January 1, 1986 for the maximum period of time hereinafter prescribed, and who continues to be disabled and withdraws from service, shall be entitled to a retirement annuity. In the case of an employee who enters service after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, the required 5 years of service is exclusive of service credit described in Section 13-313. The age and service conditions as to eligibility for such annuity shall be waived as to the employee, but the early retirement discount under Section 13-302(b) shall apply. If the employee is under age 55 on the date of withdrawal, the retirement annuity shall be computed by assuming that the employee is then age 55 and then reduced to its actuarial equivalent at his attained age on that date according to applicable mortality tables and interest rates. The retirement annuity shall not be payable for any period prior to the employee's attainment of age 55 during which the employee is able to return to gainful employment. Upon the employee's death while in receipt of a retirement annuity, a surviving spouse or minor children shall be entitled to receive a surviving spouse's annuity or child's annuity subject to the conditions hereinafter prescribed in Sections 13-305 through 13-308.
(Source: P.A. 94-621, eff. 8-18-05.)

40 ILCS 5/13-302

    (40 ILCS 5/13-302) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-302)
    Sec. 13-302. Computation of retirement annuity.
    (a) Computation of annuity. An employee who withdraws from service on or after July 1, 1989 and who has met the age and service requirements and other conditions for eligibility set forth in Section 13-301 of this Article is entitled to receive a retirement annuity for life equal to 2.2% of average final salary for each of the first 20 years of service, and 2.4% of average final salary for each year of service in excess of 20. The retirement annuity shall not exceed 80% of average final salary.
    (b) Early retirement discount. If an employee retires prior to attainment of age 60 with less than 30 years of service, the annuity computed above shall be reduced by 1/2 of 1% for each full month between the date the annuity begins and attainment of age 60, or each full month by which the employee's service is less than 30 years, whichever is less. However, where the employee first enters service after June 13, 1997 and does not have at least 10 years of service exclusive of credit under Article 20, the annuity computed above shall be reduced by 1/2 of 1% for each full month between the date the annuity begins and attainment of age 60.
    (c) Rule of 80 - Early retirement without discount. For an employee who retires on or after January 1, 2003 but on or before December 31, 2007, if the employee is eligible for a retirement annuity under Section 13-301 and has at least 10 years of service exclusive of credit under Article 20 and if at the date of withdrawal the employee's age when added to the number of years of his or her creditable service equals at least 80, the early retirement discount in subsection (b) of this Section does not apply. For purposes of this Rule of 80, portions of years shall be considered in whole months.
    An employee who has terminated employment with the employer under this Article prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly and subsequently re-enters service must remain in service with the employer under this Article for at least 2 years after re-entry during the period beginning on January 1, 2003 and ending on December 31, 2007 to be entitled to early retirement without discount under this subsection (c).
    In the case of an employee who retires under the terms of Article 20, eligibility for early retirement without discount under this subsection (c) shall be based upon the employee's age and service credit at the time of withdrawal from the final fund.
    (c-1) Early retirement without discount; retirement after June 29, 1997 and before January 1, 2003. An employee who (i) has attained age 55 (age 50 if the employee first entered service before June 13, 1997), (ii) has at least 10 years of service exclusive of credit under Article 20, (iii) retires after June 29, 1997 and before January 1, 2003, and (iv) retires within 6 months of the last day for which retirement contributions were required, may elect at the time of application to make a one-time employee contribution to the Fund and thereby avoid the early retirement reduction specified in subsection (b). The exercise of the election shall also obligate the employer to make a one-time nonrefundable contribution to the Fund.
    The one-time employee and employer contributions shall be a percentage of the retiring employee's highest full-time annual salary, calculated as the total amount of salary included in the highest 26 consecutive pay periods as used in the average final salary calculation, and based on the employee's age and service at retirement. The employee rate shall be 7% multiplied by the lesser of the following 2 numbers: (1) the number of years, or portion thereof, that the employee is less than age 60; or (2) the number of years, or portion thereof, that the employee's service is less than 30 years. The employer contribution shall be at the rate of 20% for each year, or portion thereof, that the participant is less than age 60.
    Upon receipt of the application, the Board shall determine the corresponding employee and employer contributions. The annuity shall not be payable under this subsection until both the required contributions have been received by the Fund. However, the date the contributions are received shall not be considered in determining the effective date of retirement.
    The number of employees who may retire under this Section in any year may be limited at the option of the District to a specified percentage of those eligible, not lower than 30%, with the right to participate to be allocated among those applying on the basis of seniority in the service of the employer.
    An employee who has terminated employment and subsequently re-enters service shall not be entitled to early retirement without discount under this subsection unless the employee continues in service for at least 4 years after re-entry.
    (d) Annual increase. Except for employees retiring and receiving a term annuity, an employee who retires on or after July 1, 1985 but before July 12, 2001, shall, upon the first payment date following the first anniversary of the date of retirement, have the monthly annuity increased by 3% of the amount of the monthly annuity fixed at the date of retirement. Except for employees retiring and receiving a term annuity, an employee who retires on or after July 12, 2001 shall, on the first day of the month in which the first anniversary of the date of retirement occurs, have the monthly annuity increased by 3% of the amount of the monthly annuity fixed at the date of retirement. The monthly annuity shall be increased by an additional 3% on the same date each year thereafter. Beginning January 1, 1993, all annual increases payable under this subsection (or any predecessor provision, regardless of the date of retirement) shall be calculated at the rate of 3% of the monthly annuity payable at the time of the increase, including any increases previously granted under this Article.
    Any employee who (i) retired before July 1, 1985 with at least 10 years of creditable service, (ii) is receiving a retirement annuity under this Article, other than a term annuity, and (iii) has not received any annual increase under this subsection, shall begin receiving the annual increases provided under this subsection (d) beginning on the next annuity payment date following June 13, 1997.
    (e) Minimum retirement annuity. Beginning January 1, 1993, the minimum monthly retirement annuity shall be $500 for any annuitant having at least 10 years of service under this Article, other than a term annuitant or an annuitant who began receiving the annuity before attaining age 60. Any such annuitant who is receiving a monthly annuity of less than $500 shall have the annuity increased to $500 on that date.
    Beginning January 1, 1993, the minimum monthly retirement annuity shall be $250 for any annuitant (other than a term or reciprocal annuitant or an annuitant under subsection (d) of Section 13-301) having less than 10 years of service under this Article, and for any annuitant (other than a term annuitant) having at least 10 years of service under this Article who began receiving the annuity before attaining age 60. Any such annuitant who is receiving a monthly annuity of less than $250 shall have the annuity increased to $250 on that date.
    Beginning August 1, 2001 (and without regard to whether the annuitant was in service on or after that effective date), the minimum monthly retirement annuity for any annuitant having at least 10 years of service, other than an annuitant whose annuity is subject to an early retirement discount, shall be $500 plus $25 for each year of service in excess of 10, not to exceed $750 for an annuitant with 20 or more years of service. In the case of a reciprocal annuity, this minimum shall apply only if the annuitant has at least 10 years of service under this Article, and the amount of the minimum annuity shall be reduced by the sum of all the reciprocal annuities payable to the annuitant by other participating systems under Article 20 of this Code.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, beginning on the first annuity payment date following July 12, 2001, an employee who retired before August 23, 1989 with at least 10 years of service under this Article but before attaining age 60 (regardless of whether the retirement annuity was subject to an early retirement discount) shall be entitled to the same minimum monthly retirement annuity under this subsection as an employee who retired with at least 10 years of service under this Article and after attaining age 60.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, beginning on the first day of the month following the month in which this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly takes effect (and without regard to whether the annuitant was in service on or after that effective date), an employee who retired on or after August 23, 1989 with at least 10 years of service under this Article but before attaining age 60 (regardless of whether the retirement annuity was subject to an early retirement discount), except for an employee who is eligible for an annuity under Section 13-301(d), shall be entitled to the same minimum monthly retirement annuity under this subsection as an employee who retired with at least 10 years of service under this Article and after attaining age 60.
(Source: P.A. 94-621, eff. 8-18-05.)

40 ILCS 5/13-303

    (40 ILCS 5/13-303) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-303)
    Sec. 13-303. Reversionary annuity.
    (a) An employee, prior to retirement on annuity, may elect a lesser amount of annuity and provide, with the actuarial value of the amount by which his annuity is reduced, a reversionary annuity for a wife, husband, parents, children, brothers or sisters. The election may be exercised by filing a written designation with the Board prior to retirement, and may be revoked by the employee at any time before retirement. The death of the employee prior to retirement shall automatically void the election.
    (b) The death of the designated reversionary annuitant prior to the employee's retirement shall automatically void the election, but, if death of the designated reversionary annuitant occurs after retirement, the reduced annuity being paid to the retired employee annuitant shall remain unchanged and no reversionary annuity shall be payable.
    No reversionary annuity shall be paid if the employee dies before the expiration of 730 days from the date the written designation was filed with the board, even though the employee retired and was receiving a reduced annuity.
    (c) An employee exercising this option shall not reduce the annuity by more than 25%, nor elect to provide a reversionary annuity of less than $100 per month. No such option shall be permitted if the reversionary annuity for a surviving spouse, when added to the surviving spouse's annuity payable under this Article, exceeds 85% of the reduced annuity payable to the employee.
    (d) A reversionary annuity shall begin on the day following the death of the annuitant, with the first payment due and payable one month later, and shall continue monthly thereafter until the death of the reversionary annuitant. Beginning on the first day of the month following the month in which this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly takes effect, a reversionary annuity shall begin on the first of the month following the annuitant's death and is payable for the full month if the reversionary annuitant is alive on the first day of the month.
    (e) The increases in annuity provided in Section 13-302(d) shall, as to an employee so electing a reduced annuity, relate to the amount of reduced annuity, and such lesser amount shall constitute the annuity on which such increases shall be based.
    (f) For determining the actuarial value under this option of the employee's annuity and the reversionary annuity, the Fund shall use an actuarial table recommended by the Fund's actuarial consultant and approved by the Board of Trustees.
(Source: P.A. 96-251, eff. 8-11-09.)

40 ILCS 5/13-304

    (40 ILCS 5/13-304) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-304)
    Sec. 13-304. Optional plan of additional benefits and contributions made through December 31, 2002.
    (a) While this plan is in effect, an eligible employee may establish additional optional credit for additional benefits by electing in writing at any time to make additional optional contributions. The employee may discontinue making the additional optional contributions at any time by notifying the Fund in writing.
    Employees first entering service after June 30, 1997 are not eligible to participate in the plan established under this Section.
    (b) Additional optional contributions for the additional optional benefits shall be as follows:
        (1) For service after the option is elected, an
    
additional contribution of 3% of salary shall be contributed to the Fund on the same basis and under the same conditions as contributions required under Section 13-502.
        (2) For service before the option is elected, an
    
additional contribution of 3% of the salary for the applicable period of service, plus interest at the annual rate as shall from time to time be determined by the Board, compounded annually from the date of service to the date of payment. All payments for past service must be paid in full before credit is given. A person who has withdrawn from service may pay the additional contribution for past service at any time within 30 days after withdrawal from service, so long as payment is made in full before the retirement annuity commences. No additional optional contributions may be made for any period of service for which credit has been previously forfeited by acceptance of a refund, unless the refund is repaid in full with interest at the rate specified in Section 13-603, from the date of refund to the date of repayment. Nothing herein may be construed to allow an additional optional contribution to be made on the account of a deceased employee.
    (c) Additional optional benefit shall accrue for all periods of eligible service for which additional contributions are paid in full. The additional benefit shall consist of an additional 1% of average final salary for each year of service for which optional contributions have been paid, to be added to the employee's retirement annuity as otherwise computed under this Article. The calculation of these additional benefits shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as are used in the calculation of the retirement annuity under this Article. The additional benefit shall be included in the calculation of the automatic annual increase in annuity under Section 13-302(d), and in the calculation of surviving spouse's annuity where applicable. However, no additional benefits will be granted which produce a total annuity greater than the applicable maximum established for that type of annuity in this Article. The total additional optional benefit that may be received under this Section is 15% of average final salary.
    (d) Refunds of additional optional contributions shall be made on the same basis and under the same conditions as provided under Section 13-601.
    (e) Optional contributions shall be accounted for in a separate Optional Contribution Reserve.
    (f) The tax levy computed under Section 13-503 shall be based on employee contributions including the amount of optional additional employee contributions.
    (g) Service eligible under this Section may include only service as an employee as defined in Section 13-204, and subject to Section 13-401 and 13-402. No service granted under Section 13-801 or 13-802 shall be eligible for optional service credit. No optional service credit may be established for any military service, or for any service under any other Article of this Code. Optional service credit may be established for any period of disability paid from this Fund, if the employee makes additional optional contributions for such period of disability.
    (h) This plan of optional benefits and contributions shall not apply to service prior to withdrawal rendered by any former employee who re-enters service unless such employee renders not less than 36 consecutive months of additional service after the date of re-entry.
    (i) The effective date of this optional plan of additional benefits and contributions shall be the date upon which approval was received from the Internal Revenue Service, July 31, 1987.
    (j) This plan of additional benefits and contributions shall expire December 31, 2002. No additional contributions may be made after that date, and no additional benefits will accrue after that date.
    (k) The maximum optional benefits for current and prior service for which an employee can make contributions in a single year shall be limited to 15 years of service in 1997 and before; 9 years of service in 1998; 6 years of service in 1999; and 3 years of service in 2000, 2001, and 2002. No person may establish additional optional benefits under this Section for more than 15 years of service.
(Source: P.A. 92-599, eff. 6-28-02.)

40 ILCS 5/13-304.1

    (40 ILCS 5/13-304.1)
    Sec. 13-304.1. Optional plan of additional benefits and contributions made January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2007.
    (a) While this plan is in effect, an employee may establish optional additional credit toward additional benefits for eligible service by making an irrevocable written election to make additional contributions as authorized in this Section. An employee may begin to make additional contributions under this Section, via payroll deduction, no earlier than the first pay period of the calendar year in which the employee fulfills the 10-year service requirement described in subsection (g). The additional contributions of 4% of salary shall be paid to the Fund on the same basis and under the same conditions as contributions required under Section 13-502.
    (b) For service before an irrevocable option is elected, but within the same calendar year, an additional contribution may be made of 4% of the salary for the applicable period of service, plus interest from the date of service to the date of contribution at a rate equal to the higher of 8% per annum or the actuarial investment return assumption used in the Fund's most recent annual actuarial statement. All payments for past service must be paid within the calendar year in which the service was earned; except that a person who has withdrawn from service and is eligible for a retirement annuity under Section 13-301 may pay the additional contribution for past service within the calendar year of withdrawal within the 30 days after withdrawal from service, as long as payment is made in full before the retirement annuity commences and before December 31, 2007. Nothing in this Section may be construed to allow an additional optional contribution to be made on the account of a deceased employee.
    (c) The maximum additional benefit for current service for which an employee may make contributions under this Section in a single year is limited to one year of service in each of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. The total additional benefit that may be accumulated under this Section, including any additional benefit accumulated under a prior optional benefit plan, is 12% of average final salary at retirement.
    The additional benefit shall accrue for all periods of eligible service for which additional contributions have been paid in full in accordance with this Section, subject to the applicable limitations on maximum annuity.
    The additional benefit shall consist of an additional 1% of average final salary for each year of service for which optional contributions have been paid, to be added to the employee's retirement annuity as otherwise computed under this Article. The calculation of these additional benefits shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as are used in the calculation of the retirement annuity under this Article. The additional benefit shall be included in the calculation of the automatic annual increase in annuity under Section 13-302(d) and in the calculation of surviving spouse's annuity, where applicable. However, no additional benefit may be granted which produces a total annuity greater than the applicable maximum established for that type of annuity in this Article.
    (d) Refunds of additional optional contributions made in accordance with the provisions and limitations of this Section shall be made on the same basis and under the same conditions as are provided under Section 13-601. Any refund of contributions that exceed the limits specified in this Section shall be made in accordance with established Fund policy.
    (e) The additional contributions shall be accounted for in a separate Optional Contribution Reserve.
    (f) The tax levy computed under Section 13-503 shall be based on employee contributions and the amount of optional additional employee contributions, as provided in that Section.
    (g) The service eligible for optional additional contributions under this Section is limited to service as an employee as defined in Section 13-204, and subject to Sections 13-401 and 13-402, but excluding service credited under subsections 13-401(a)4 and 13-401(d). Service granted under Section 13-801 or 13-802 is not eligible for optional additional contributions. Eligible service is further limited to service rendered during or after the calendar year in which the employee reaches 10 years of service as defined under Section 13-402, exclusive of any credit under Article 20.
    Service eligible for optional additional contributions under this Section includes any period of disability paid from this Fund that would have been eligible service if the employee were in active service rather than disabled. The additional contributions for a period of disability shall be calculated as 4% of the salary that the employee would have received if he or she had been in active service during the applicable period of disability, plus interest at a rate equal to the higher of 8% per annum or the actuarial investment return assumption used in the Fund's most recent annual actuarial statement, compounded annually, from the date of the service to the date of payment. The contribution must be paid to the Fund no later than 3 months after the employee returns to service from disability, and in any event prior to December 31, 2007.
    (h) The minimum period for which an employee may make an irrevocable election to make additional contributions shall be 26 consecutive pay periods, unless the employee first accumulates the maximum optional credit as described in subsection (c) of this Section. The maximum period for which an employee may make irrevocable elections for additional contributions shall be from the date of election through the last pay period eligible for contributions under this Section.
    (i) This plan of additional benefits and contributions expires on December 31, 2007. No additional contributions may be made after that date, and no additional benefits will accrue after that date.
(Source: P.A. 92-599, eff. 6-28-02.)

40 ILCS 5/13-305

    (40 ILCS 5/13-305) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-305)
    Sec. 13-305. Surviving spouse's annuity; eligibility. A surviving spouse who was married to an employee on the date of the employee's death while in service, or was married to an employee on the date of withdrawal from service and remained married to that employee until the employee's death, shall be entitled to a surviving spouse's annuity payable for life. However, the annuity shall not be payable to the surviving spouse of (1) an employee who withdraws from service before attaining the minimum retirement age unless the deceased employee had at least 10 years of service, or at least 5 years of service if the employee was eligible for an annuity upon attainment of age 62 pursuant to Section 13-301(b) or had been receiving a retirement annuity pursuant to Section 13-301(d), or (2) an employee not described in item (1) who first enters service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997 and who has been employed as an employee for (i) less than 36 months from the date of the employee's original entry into service or (ii) less than 12 months from the employee's date of latest re-entry into service; except as otherwise provided in Section 13-306(a) for an employee whose death arises out of or in the course of the employee's service to the employer.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section and notwithstanding the forfeiture of rights provisions under subsection (e) of Section 13-601, surviving spouse annuity eligibility or eligibility for alternative survivor's benefits, if applicable, shall be extended to the spouse or civil union partner of an annuitant who retired prior to June 1, 2011 and received a refund of surviving spouse annuity contributions as provided in subsection (b) of Section 13-601 if the annuitant (i) repaid the surviving spouse annuity contributions under subsection (b-5) of Section 13-601, (ii) could not enter into either a civil union or marriage recognized in the State of Illinois prior to that date, and (iii) became:
        (A) a party to a civil union or a party to a legal
    
relationship that is recognized as a civil union or marriage under the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act on or after June 1, 2011 and before July 1, 2016 and remains such a party;
        (B) a party to a marriage under the Illinois Marriage
    
and Dissolution of Marriage Act on or after February 26, 2014 and before July 1, 2016 and remains such a party; or
        (C) a party to a marriage, civil union, or other
    
legal relationship that, at the time it was formed, was not legally recognized in Illinois but was subsequently recognized as a civil union or marriage under the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act on or after June 1, 2011 and before July 1, 2016, a marriage under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act on or after February 26, 2014 and before July 1, 2016, or both, and remains such a party.
    A dissolution of marriage after retirement shall not divest the employee's spouse of the entitlement to a surviving spouse's annuity upon the subsequent death of the employee, provided that the surviving spouse and the deceased employee had been married to each other for a period of not less than 10 continuous years on the date of retirement.
    For purposes of Section 1-103.1, the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly apply to persons not in service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 100-244, eff. 8-22-17.)

40 ILCS 5/13-306

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

40 ILCS 5/13-307

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

40 ILCS 5/13-308

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

40 ILCS 5/13-309

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

40 ILCS 5/13-310

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

40 ILCS 5/13-311

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

40 ILCS 5/13-312

    (40 ILCS 5/13-312) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-312)
    Sec. 13-312. Subrogation. In those cases where injury or death for which any disability or other benefit because of death resulting from such injury is payable under this Article was caused under circumstances creating a legal liability for damages on the part of some person other than the employer, all of the rights and privileges, including the right to notice of suit brought against such other person and the right to commence or join in such suit, as given the employer, together with the conditions or obligations imposed under paragraph (b) of Section 5 of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act or such similar provisions as might be set forth in the Workers' Compensation Act of any other state when such benefits are paid under the Workers' Compensation Act of such other state, are also given and granted to the retirement Board to the end that the fund may be paid or reimbursed for the amount of disability benefits paid or to be paid by the Fund to the injured employee or the employee's surviving spouse, children or personal representative out of any judgment, settlement, or payment for such injury or death obtained by such injured employee or the employee's spouse, children or personal representative from such other person.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-313

    (40 ILCS 5/13-313) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-313)
    Sec. 13-313. Credit during disability. An employee shall receive credit during any period of duty disability and beginning September 1, 1969 during any period of ordinary disability for which benefits are paid of any amount representing the contributions that would have been made under Section 13-502 had the employee been in active service and in receipt of salary during such period. The employee shall also receive credit for District contributions during such period. Credit as service for the various purposes of this Article shall be granted the employee during the period of disability for which benefits have been paid as hereinbefore provided for in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-314

    (40 ILCS 5/13-314) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-314)
    Sec. 13-314. Alternative provisions for Water Reclamation District commissioners.
    (a) Transfer of credits. Any Water Reclamation District commissioner elected by vote of the people and who has elected to participate in this Fund may transfer to this Fund credits and creditable service accumulated under any other pension fund or retirement system established under Articles 2 through 18 of this Code, upon payment to the Fund of (1) the amount by which the employer and employee contributions that would have been required if he had participated in this Fund during the period for which credit is being transferred, plus interest, exceeds the amounts actually transferred from such other fund or system to this Fund, plus (2) interest thereon at 6% per year compounded annually from the date of transfer to the date of payment.
    (b) Alternative annuity. Any participant commissioner may elect to establish alternative credits for an alternative annuity by electing in writing to make additional optional contributions in accordance with this Section and procedures established by the Board. Unless and until such time as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or the federal courts provide a favorable ruling as described in Section 13-502(f), a commissioner may discontinue making the additional optional contributions by notifying the Fund in writing in accordance with this Section and procedures established by the Board.
    Additional optional contributions for the alternative annuity shall be as follows:
        (1) For service after the option is elected, an
    
additional contribution of 3% of salary shall be contributed to the Fund on the same basis and under the same conditions as contributions required under Section 13-502.
        (2) For contributions on past service, the additional
    
contribution shall be 3% of the salary for the applicable period of service, plus interest at the annual rate from time to time as determined by the Board, compounded annually from the date of service to the date of payment. Contributions for service before the option is elected may be made in a lump sum payment to the Fund or by contributing to the Fund on the same basis and under the same conditions as contributions required under Section 13-502. All payments for past service must be paid in full before credit is given. No additional optional contributions may be made for any period of service for which credit has been previously forfeited by acceptance of a refund, unless the refund is repaid in full with interest at the rate specified in Section 13-603, from the date of refund to the date of repayment.
    In lieu of the retirement annuity otherwise payable under this Article, any commissioner who has elected to participate in the Fund and make additional optional contributions in accordance with this Section, has attained age 55, and has at least 6 years of service credit, may elect to have the retirement annuity computed as follows: 3% of the participant's average final salary as a commissioner for each of the first 8 years of service credit, plus 4% of such salary for each of the next 4 years of service credit, plus 5% of such salary for each year of service credit in excess of 12 years, subject to a maximum of 80% of such salary. To the extent such commissioner has made additional optional contributions with respect to only a portion of years of service credit, the retirement annuity will first be determined in accordance with this Section to the extent such additional optional contributions were made, and then in accordance with the remaining Sections of this Article to the extent of years of service credit with respect to which additional optional contributions were not made. The change in minimum retirement age (from 60 to 55) made by Public Act 87-1265 applies to persons who begin receiving a retirement annuity under this Section on or after January 25, 1993 (the effective date of Public Act 87-1265), without regard to whether they are in service on or after that date.
    (c) Disability benefits. In lieu of the disability benefits otherwise payable under this Article, any commissioner who (1) has elected to participate in the Fund, and (2) has become permanently disabled and as a consequence is unable to perform the duties of office, and (3) was making optional contributions in accordance with this Section at the time the disability was incurred, may elect to receive a disability annuity calculated in accordance with the formula in subsection (b). For the purposes of this subsection, such commissioner shall be considered permanently disabled only if: (i) disability occurs while in service as a commissioner and is of such a nature as to prevent the reasonable performance of the duties of office at the time; and (ii) the Board has received a written certification by at least 2 licensed physicians appointed by it stating that such commissioner is disabled and that the disability is likely to be permanent.
    (d) Alternative survivor's benefits. In lieu of the survivor's benefits otherwise payable under this Article, the spouse or eligible child of any deceased commissioner who (1) had elected to participate in the Fund, and (2) was either making (or had already made) additional optional contributions on the date of death, or was receiving an annuity calculated under this Section at the time of death, may elect to receive an annuity beginning on the date of the commissioner's death, provided that the spouse and commissioner must have been married on the date of the last termination of a service as commissioner and for a continuous period of at least one year immediately preceding death.
    The annuity shall be payable beginning on the date of the commissioner's death if the spouse is then age 50 or over, or beginning at age 50 if the age of the spouse is less than 50 years. If a minor unmarried child or children of the commissioner, under age 18 (age 23 in the case of a full-time student), also survive, and the child or children are under the care of the eligible spouse, the annuity shall begin as of the date of death of the commissioner without regard to the spouse's age. Beginning on the first day of the month following the month in which this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly takes effect, benefits shall begin on the first of the month following the commissioner's date of death if the spouse is then age 50 or over or, if a minor unmarried child or children of the commissioner, under age 18 (age 23 in the case of a full time student), also survive, and the child or children are under the care of the eligible spouse. The benefit is payable for the full month if the annuitant was alive on the first day of the month.
    The annuity to a spouse shall be the greater of (i) 66 2/3% of the amount of retirement annuity earned by the commissioner on the date of death, subject to a minimum payment of 10% of salary, provided that if an eligible spouse, regardless of age, has in his or her care at the date of death of the commissioner any unmarried child or children of the commissioner under age 18, the minimum annuity shall be 30% of the commissioner's salary, plus 10% of salary on account of each minor child of the commissioner, subject to a combined total payment on account of a spouse and minor children not to exceed 50% of the deceased commissioner's salary or (ii) for the spouse of a commissioner whose death occurs on or after August 18, 2005 (the effective date of Public Act 94-621), the surviving spouse annuity shall be computed in the same manner as described in Section 13-306(a). The number of total service years used to calculate the commissioner's annuity shall be the number of service years used to calculate the annuity for that commissioner's surviving spouse. In the event there shall be no spouse of the commissioner surviving, or should a spouse die while eligible minor children still survive the commissioner, each such child shall be entitled to an annuity equal to 20% of salary of the commissioner subject to a combined total payment on account of all such children not to exceed 50% of salary of the commissioner. The salary to be used in the calculation of these benefits shall be the same as that prescribed for determining a retirement annuity as provided in subsection (b) of this Section.
    Upon the death of a commissioner occurring after termination of a service or while in receipt of a retirement annuity, the combined total payment to a spouse and minor children, or to minor children alone if no eligible spouse survives, shall be limited to 85% of the amount of retirement annuity earned by the commissioner.
    Marriage of a child or attainment of age 18 (age 23 in the case of a full-time student), whichever first occurs, shall render the child ineligible for further consideration in the payment of annuity to a spouse or in the increase in the amount thereof. Upon attainment of ineligibility of the youngest minor child of the commissioner, the annuity shall immediately revert to the amount payable upon death of a commissioner leaving no minor children surviving. If the spouse is under age 50 at such time, the annuity as revised shall be deferred until such age is attained.
    (e) Refunds. Refunds of additional optional contributions shall be made on the same basis and under the same conditions as provided under Section 13-601. Interest shall be credited on the same basis and under the same conditions as for other contributions.
    Optional contributions shall be accounted for in a separate Commission's Optional Contribution Reserve. Optional contributions under this Section shall be included in the amount of employee contributions used to compute the tax levy under Section 13-503.
    (f) Effective date. The effective date of this plan of optional alternative benefits and contributions shall be the date upon which approval was received from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The plan of optional alternative benefits and contributions shall not be available to any former employee receiving an annuity from the Fund on the effective date, unless said former employee re-enters service and renders at least 3 years of additional service after the date of re-entry as a commissioner.
(Source: P.A. 95-279, eff. 1-1-08; 96-251, eff. 8-11-09.)

40 ILCS 5/13-315

    (40 ILCS 5/13-315) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-315)
    Sec. 13-315. Waiver of annuity. Any competent employee annuitant or surviving spouse annuitant may execute a waiver of the right to receive any part of the total annuity. The waiver shall be effective when filed with the Board. A waiver once filed may not be revoked, except within the first 30 days after being filed.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. IV

 
    (40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. IV heading)
Part IV. Computation of Service.

40 ILCS 5/13-401

    (40 ILCS 5/13-401) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-401)
    Sec. 13-401. Term of service.
    (a) In computing the term of service, the following periods of time shall be counted as periods of service for annuity purposes only:
        (1) the time during which the employee performs
    
services required by the Employer.
        (2) approved vacations or leaves of absence with
    
whole or part pay.
        (3) any period for which the employee receives a
    
disability benefit payable under this Article.
        (4) leaves of absence for military service as
    
provided in Section 13-403(a), and military service as provided in Section 13-403(b).
    (b) In computing the term of service for the ordinary disability benefit, the following periods of time shall be counted as periods of service:
        (1) the time during which the employee performs
    
services required by the Employer.
        (2) approved vacations or leaves of absence with
    
whole or part pay.
        (3) any period for which the employee receives a duty
    
disability benefit under this Article.
    (c) Any employee who first enters service before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997 may, during any period of approved leave of absence without pay, continue to make contributions for the retirement and surviving spouse's annuities for a total period not to exceed one year during the employee's entire aggregate service with the Employer. Upon making these contributions, the employee shall receive credit in terms of length of service for the retirement and surviving spouse's annuities. Concurrent Employer's contributions shall be provided by the District.
    (d) An employee may establish credit for periods of approved leave of absence without pay, not to exceed a total of one year during the employee's aggregate service with the employer. To establish this credit, the employee must either continue to remain on approved leave of absence, return to service with the employer, or in the case of an employee who first enters service on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, return to service with the employer for at least one calendar year. The employee must pay to the Fund the corresponding employee contributions, plus interest at the annual rate from time to time determined by the Board, compounded annually from the date of service to the date of payment. The corresponding employer contributions shall be provided by the District. Upon making the required contributions, the employee shall receive credit in terms of length of service for the retirement and surviving spouse's annuity in proportion to the number of pay periods or portion thereof for which contributions were made relative to 26 pay periods.
    (e) Overtime or extra service shall not be included in computing any service. Not more than one year of service credit shall be allowed for service rendered during any calendar year.
(Source: P.A. 93-334, eff. 7-24-03.)

40 ILCS 5/13-402

    (40 ILCS 5/13-402) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-402)
    Sec. 13-402. Length of service. For the purpose of computing the length of service for the retirement annuity, surviving spouse's annuity, and child's annuity, and calculating the minimum service requirement for payment of military service under subsection (b) of Section 13-403, service of 120 days in any one calendar year shall constitute one year of service and service for any fractional part thereof shall constitute an equal fractional part of one year of service unless specifically provided otherwise. For all other purposes under this Article, including but not limited to the optional plans of additional benefits and contributions provided under Sections 13-304, 13-304.1, and 13-314 of this Article, 26 pay periods of service during any 12 consecutive months shall constitute a year of service, and service rendered for 50% or more of a single pay period shall constitute service for the full pay period. Service of less than 50% of a single pay period shall not be counted.
(Source: P.A. 93-334, eff. 7-24-03; 94-621, eff. 8-18-05.)

40 ILCS 5/13-403

    (40 ILCS 5/13-403) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-403)
    Sec. 13-403. Military service.
    (a) Any employee who, after commencement of service with the Employer, enlisted, was inducted or was otherwise ordered to serve in the military forces of the United States pursuant to any law, shall receive full service credit for the various purposes of this Article as though the employee were in the active service of the Employer during the period of military service provided that:
        (1) such service credit shall be granted for military
    
service for which the employee volunteers or is inducted or called into military service pursuant to a call of a duly constituted authority or a law of the United States declaring a national emergency;
        (2) the employee returns to the employ of the
    
Employer within 90 days after the termination of the national emergency; and
        (3) the total service credit for such military
    
service shall not exceed 5 years except that any employee who on July 1, 1963 had accrued more than 5 years of such credit shall be entitled to the total amount thereof.
    (b) For a ten-year period following July 24, 2003, a contributing employee or commissioner meeting the minimum service requirements provided under this subsection may establish additional service credit for a period of up to 2 years of active military service in the United States Armed Forces for which he or she does not qualify for credit under subsection (a), provided that (1) the person was not dishonorably discharged from the military service, and (2) the amount of service credit established by the person under this subsection (b), when added to the amount of any military service credit granted to the person under subsection (a), shall not exceed 5 years.
    The minimum service requirement for a contributing employee is 10 years of service credit as provided in Sections 13-401 and 13-402 of this Article and exclusive of Article 20. The minimum service requirement for a contributing commissioner is 5 years of service credit as provided in Sections 13-401 and 13-402 of this Article and exclusive of Article 20.
    In order to establish military service credit under this subsection (b), the applicant must submit a written application to the Fund, including the applicant's discharge papers from military service, and pay to the Fund (i) employee contributions at the rates provided in this Article, based upon the person's salary on the last date as a participating employee prior to the military service or on the first date as a participating employee after the military service, whichever is greater, plus (ii) the current amount determined by the board to be equal to the employer's normal cost of the benefits accrued for such military service, plus (iii) regular interest of 3% compounded annually on items (i) and (ii) from the date of entry or re-entry as a participating employee following the military service to the date of payment. Contributions must be paid in full before the credit is granted. Credit established under this subsection may be used for pension purposes only.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, a person may not establish creditable service under this Section for any period for which the person receives credit under any other public employee retirement system, unless the credit under that other retirement system has been irrevocably relinquished.
(Source: P.A. 93-334, eff. 7-24-03; 94-621, eff. 8-18-05.)

40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. V

 
    (40 ILCS 5/Art. 13 Pt. V heading)
Part V. Contributions and Tax Levy

40 ILCS 5/13-501

    (40 ILCS 5/13-501) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-501)
    Sec. 13-501. Contributions computed on actuarially funded basis. The obligations of the various annuities and benefits provided by this Article shall be financed by contributions by employees, contributions by the Water Reclamation District, income from investments and other income that may accrue to the Fund during the course of its operations. The amount to be contributed by the District for any calendar year shall be computed on an actuarially funded basis and shall be equal to the sum of the following:
        (1) For retirement and surviving spouse's annuities
    
and annual increases therefore, and child's annuities, the amount determined by the Retirement Board upon recommendation of the actuary which, when added to the amounts held by the Fund to cover liabilities for such annuities and annual increases, shall be equal to the present value, according to actuarial tables in use by the Fund, of the aggregate liability of the Fund with respect to such annuities and annual increases credited or to be credited on account of service rendered or to be rendered to the end of such calendar year, after applying as a credit against such liability the accumulated employee contributions for such service.
        (2) For the current annual cash requirements covering
    
administration expense, duty disability benefits and ordinary disability benefits, the amounts to be contributed by the District shall be equal to the actual payments by the Fund for these purposes.
    The District contributions provided in this Section shall be allocated for the purposes for which contributions have been made, and credited to appropriate reserve accounts established by the Board.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)

40 ILCS 5/13-502

    (40 ILCS 5/13-502) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-502)
    Sec. 13-502. Employee contributions; deductions from salary.
    (a) Retirement annuity and child's annuity. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, there shall be deducted from each payment of salary an amount equal to 7% of salary as the employee's contribution for the retirement annuity, including child's annuity, and 0.5% of salary as the employee's contribution for annual increases to the retirement annuity.
    (a-1) For employees who first became a member or participant 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 Article 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 18 of this Code:
        (1) beginning with the first pay period paid on or
    
after January 1, 2013 and ending with the last pay period paid on or before December 31, 2013, employee contributions shall be 7.5% for the retirement annuity and 1.0% for annual increases for a total of 8.5%;
        (2) beginning with the first pay period paid on or
    
after January 1, 2014 and ending with the last pay period paid on or before December 31, 2014, employee contributions shall be 8.0% for the retirement annuity and 1.5% for annual increases for a total of 9.5%;
        (3) beginning with the first pay period paid on or
    
after January 1, 2015 and ending with the last pay period paid on or before the date when the funded ratio of the Fund is first determined to have reached the 90% funding goal, employee contributions shall be 8.5% for the retirement annuity and 1.5% for annual increases for a total of 10.0%; and
        (4) beginning with the first pay period paid on or
    
after the date when the funded ratio of the Fund is first determined to have reached the 90% funding goal, and each pay period paid thereafter, employee contributions shall be 7.0% for the retirement annuity and 0.5% for annual increases for a total of 7.5%.
    (b) Surviving spouse's annuity. There shall be deducted from each payment of salary an amount equal to 1 1/2% of salary as the employee's contribution for the surviving spouse's annuity and annual increases therefor. For employees that first became a member or a participant 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 Article 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 18 of this Code, beginning with the first pay period paid on or after January 1, 2015 and ending with the last pay period paid on or before the date when the funded ratio of the Fund is first determined to have reached the 90% funding goal, there shall be deducted an additional 0.5% of salary for a total of 2.0% for the surviving spouse's annuity and annual increases.
    (c) Pickup of employee contributions. The Employer may pick up employee contributions required under subsections (a) and (b) of this Section. If contributions are picked up they shall be treated as Employer contributions in determining tax treatment under the United States Internal Revenue Code, and shall not be included as gross income of the employee until such time as they are distributed. The Employer shall pay these employee contributions from the same source of funds used in paying salary to the employee. The Employer may pick up these contributions by a reduction in the cash salary of the employee 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. If employee contributions are picked up they shall be treated for all purposes of this Article 13, including Sections 13-503 and 13-601, in the same manner and to the same extent as employee contributions made prior to the date picked up.
    (d) Subject to the requirements of federal law, the Employer shall pick up optional contributions that the employee has elected to pay to the Fund under Section 13-304.1, and the contributions so picked up shall be treated as employer contributions for the purposes of determining federal tax treatment. The Employer shall pick up the contributions by a reduction in the cash salary of the employee and shall pay the contributions from the same fund that is used to pay earnings to the employee. The Employer shall, however, continue to withhold federal and State income taxes based upon contributions made under Section 13-304.1 until the Internal Revenue Service or the federal courts rule that pursuant to Section 414(h) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, these contributions shall not be included as gross income of the employee until such time as they are distributed or made available.
    (e) Each employee is deemed to consent and agree to the deductions from compensation provided for in this Article.
    (f) Subject to the requirements of federal law, the Employer shall pick up contributions that a commissioner has elected to pay to the Fund under Section 13-314, and the contributions so picked up shall be treated as Employer contributions for the purposes of determining federal tax treatment. The Employer shall pick up the contributions by a reduction in the cash salary of the commissioner and shall pay the contributions from the same fund as is used to pay earnings to the commissioner. The Employer shall, however, continue to withhold federal and State income taxes based upon contributions made under Section 13-314 until the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or the federal courts rule that pursuant to Section 414(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, these contributions shall not be included as gross income of the employee until such time as they are distributed or made available.
(Source: P.A. 97-894, eff. 8-3-12.)

40 ILCS 5/13-503

    (40 ILCS 5/13-503) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 13-503)
    Sec. 13-503. Tax levy. Until fiscal year 2013, the Water Reclamation District shall annually levy a tax upon all the taxable real property within the District at a rate which, when extended, will produce a sum that (i) when added to the amounts deducted from the salaries of employees, interest income on investments, and other income, will be sufficient to meet the requirements of the Fund on an actuarially funded basis, but (ii) shall not exceed an amount equal to the total amount of contributions by the employees to the Fund made in the calendar year 2 years prior to the year for which the tax is levied, multiplied by 2.19, except that the amount of employee contributions made on or after January 1, 2003 towards the purchase of additional optional benefits under Section 13-304.1 shall only be multiplied by 1.00.
    Beginning in fiscal year 2013, the District shall annually levy a tax upon all the taxable real property within the District at a rate which, when extended, will produce a sum that (i) will be sufficient to meet the Fund's actuarially determined contribution requirement, but (ii) shall not exceed an amount equal to the total employee contributions 2 years prior multiplied by 4.19. The actuarially determined contribution requirement is equal to the employer's normal cost plus the annual amount needed to amortize the unfunded liability by the year 2050 as a level percent of payroll. The funding goal is to attain a funded ratio of at least 90% by the year 2050, with the funded ratio being the ratio of the actuarial value of assets to the total actuarial liability.
    The tax shall be levied and collected in the same manner as the general taxes of the District.
    The tax shall be exclusive of and in addition to the amount of tax the District is now or may hereafter be authorized to levy for general purposes under the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Act or under any other laws which may limit the amount of tax for general purposes. The county clerk of any county, in reducing tax levies as may be authorized by law, shall not consider any such tax as a part of the general tax levy for District purposes, and shall not include the same in any limitation of the percent of the assessed valuation upon which taxes are required to be extended.
    Revenues derived from the tax shall be paid to the Fund for the benefit of the Fund.
    If the funds available for the purposes of this Article are insufficient during any year to meet the requirements of this Article, the District may issue tax anticipation warrants or notes, as provided by law, against the current tax levy.
    The Board shall submit annually to the Board of Commissioners of the District an estimate of the amount required to be raised by taxation for the purposes of the Fund. The Board of Commissioners shall review the estimate and determine the tax to be levied for such purposes.
(Source: P.A. 97-894, eff. 8-3-12.)