(40 ILCS 5/7-163) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 7-163)
    Sec. 7-163. Death benefits-eligibility.
    Death benefits shall be payable as hereinafter set forth:
    1. To the beneficiary defined in Section 7-118;
    2. A death benefit shall be paid to the beneficiary as soon as practicable after receipt by the board of:
    a. A certified copy of the death certificate of the employee or annuitant;
    b. A written application of the beneficiary for such benefit.
(Source: P.A. 78-255.)