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Public Act 102-0525


 

Public Act 0525 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 102-0525
 
SB1646 EnrolledLRB102 15392 RPS 20755 b

    AN ACT concerning public employee benefits.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Illinois Pension Code is amended by
changing Sections 16-127 and 16-158 as follows:
 
    (40 ILCS 5/16-127)  (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 16-127)
    Sec. 16-127. Computation of creditable service.
    (a) Each member shall receive regular credit for all
service as a teacher from the date membership begins, for
which satisfactory evidence is supplied and all contributions
have been paid.
    (b) The following periods of service shall earn optional
credit and each member shall receive credit for all such
service for which satisfactory evidence is supplied and all
contributions have been paid as of the date specified:
        (1) Prior service as a teacher.
        (2) Service in a capacity essentially similar or
    equivalent to that of a teacher, in the public common
    schools in school districts in this State not included
    within the provisions of this System, or of any other
    State, territory, dependency or possession of the United
    States, or in schools operated by or under the auspices of
    the United States, or under the auspices of any agency or
    department of any other State, and service during any
    period of professional speech correction or special
    education experience for a public agency within this State
    or any other State, territory, dependency or possession of
    the United States, and service prior to February 1, 1951
    as a recreation worker for the Illinois Department of
    Public Safety, for a period not exceeding the lesser of
    2/5 of the total creditable service of the member or 10
    years. The maximum service of 10 years which is allowable
    under this paragraph shall be reduced by the service
    credit which is validated by other retirement systems
    under paragraph (i) of Section 15-113 and paragraph 1 of
    Section 17-133. Credit granted under this paragraph may
    not be used in determination of a retirement annuity or
    disability benefits unless the member has at least 5 years
    of creditable service earned subsequent to this employment
    with one or more of the following systems: Teachers'
    Retirement System of the State of Illinois, State
    Universities Retirement System, and the Public School
    Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago. Whenever
    such service credit exceeds the maximum allowed for all
    purposes of this Article, the first service rendered in
    point of time shall be considered. The changes to this
    subdivision (b)(2) made by Public Act 86-272 shall apply
    not only to persons who on or after its effective date
    (August 23, 1989) are in service as a teacher under the
    System, but also to persons whose status as such a teacher
    terminated prior to such effective date, whether or not
    such person is an annuitant on that date.
        (3) Any periods immediately following teaching
    service, under this System or under Article 17, (or
    immediately following service prior to February 1, 1951 as
    a recreation worker for the Illinois Department of Public
    Safety) spent in active service with the military forces
    of the United States; periods spent in educational
    programs that prepare for return to teaching sponsored by
    the federal government following such active military
    service; if a teacher returns to teaching service within
    one calendar year after discharge or after the completion
    of the educational program, a further period, not
    exceeding one calendar year, between time spent in
    military service or in such educational programs and the
    return to employment as a teacher under this System; and a
    period of up to 2 years of active military service not
    immediately following employment as a teacher.
        The changes to this Section and Section 16-128
    relating to military service made by P.A. 87-794 shall
    apply not only to persons who on or after its effective
    date are in service as a teacher under the System, but also
    to persons whose status as a teacher terminated prior to
    that date, whether or not the person is an annuitant on
    that date. In the case of an annuitant who applies for
    credit allowable under this Section for a period of
    military service that did not immediately follow
    employment, and who has made the required contributions
    for such credit, the annuity shall be recalculated to
    include the additional service credit, with the increase
    taking effect on the date the System received written
    notification of the annuitant's intent to purchase the
    credit, if payment of all the required contributions is
    made within 60 days of such notice, or else on the first
    annuity payment date following the date of payment of the
    required contributions. In calculating the automatic
    annual increase for an annuity that has been recalculated
    under this Section, the increase attributable to the
    additional service allowable under P.A. 87-794 shall be
    included in the calculation of automatic annual increases
    accruing after the effective date of the recalculation.
        Credit for military service shall be determined as
    follows: if entry occurs during the months of July,
    August, or September and the member was a teacher at the
    end of the immediately preceding school term, credit shall
    be granted from July 1 of the year in which he or she
    entered service; if entry occurs during the school term
    and the teacher was in teaching service at the beginning
    of the school term, credit shall be granted from July 1 of
    such year. In all other cases where credit for military
    service is allowed, credit shall be granted from the date
    of entry into the service.
        The total period of military service for which credit
    is granted shall not exceed 5 years for any member unless
    the service: (A) is validated before July 1, 1964, and (B)
    does not extend beyond July 1, 1963. Credit for military
    service shall be granted under this Section only if not
    more than 5 years of the military service for which credit
    is granted under this Section is used by the member to
    qualify for a military retirement allotment from any
    branch of the armed forces of the United States. The
    changes to this subdivision (b)(3) made by Public Act
    86-272 shall apply not only to persons who on or after its
    effective date (August 23, 1989) are in service as a
    teacher under the System, but also to persons whose status
    as such a teacher terminated prior to such effective date,
    whether or not such person is an annuitant on that date.
        (4) Any periods served as a member of the General
    Assembly.
        (5)(i) Any periods for which a teacher, as defined in
    Section 16-106, is granted a leave of absence, provided he
    or she returns to teaching service creditable under this
    System or the State Universities Retirement System
    following the leave; (ii) periods during which a teacher
    is involuntarily laid off from teaching, provided he or
    she returns to teaching following the lay-off; (iii)
    periods prior to July 1, 1983 during which a teacher
    ceased covered employment due to pregnancy, provided that
    the teacher returned to teaching service creditable under
    this System or the State Universities Retirement System
    following the pregnancy and submits evidence satisfactory
    to the Board documenting that the employment ceased due to
    pregnancy; and (iv) periods prior to July 1, 1983 during
    which a teacher ceased covered employment for the purpose
    of adopting an infant under 3 years of age or caring for a
    newly adopted infant under 3 years of age, provided that
    the teacher returned to teaching service creditable under
    this System or the State Universities Retirement System
    following the adoption and submits evidence satisfactory
    to the Board documenting that the employment ceased for
    the purpose of adopting an infant under 3 years of age or
    caring for a newly adopted infant under 3 years of age.
    However, total credit under this paragraph (5) may not
    exceed 3 years.
        Any qualified member or annuitant may apply for credit
    under item (iii) or (iv) of this paragraph (5) without
    regard to whether service was terminated before the
    effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997. In the case
    of an annuitant who establishes credit under item (iii) or
    (iv), the annuity shall be recalculated to include the
    additional service credit. The increase in annuity shall
    take effect on the date the System receives written
    notification of the annuitant's intent to purchase the
    credit, if the required evidence is submitted and the
    required contribution paid within 60 days of that
    notification, otherwise on the first annuity payment date
    following the System's receipt of the required evidence
    and contribution. The increase in an annuity recalculated
    under this provision shall be included in the calculation
    of automatic annual increases in the annuity accruing
    after the effective date of the recalculation.
        Optional credit may be purchased under this subsection
    (b)(5) for periods during which a teacher has been granted
    a leave of absence pursuant to Section 24-13 of the School
    Code. A teacher whose service under this Article
    terminated prior to the effective date of P.A. 86-1488
    shall be eligible to purchase such optional credit. If a
    teacher who purchases this optional credit is already
    receiving a retirement annuity under this Article, the
    annuity shall be recalculated as if the annuitant had
    applied for the leave of absence credit at the time of
    retirement. The difference between the entitled annuity
    and the actual annuity shall be credited to the purchase
    of the optional credit. The remainder of the purchase cost
    of the optional credit shall be paid on or before April 1,
    1992.
        The change in this paragraph made by Public Act 86-273
    shall be applicable to teachers who retire after June 1,
    1989, as well as to teachers who are in service on that
    date.
        (6) Any days of unused and uncompensated accumulated
    sick leave earned by a teacher. The service credit granted
    under this paragraph shall be the ratio of the number of
    unused and uncompensated accumulated sick leave days to
    170 days, subject to a maximum of 2 years of service
    credit. Prior to the member's retirement, each former
    employer shall certify to the System the number of unused
    and uncompensated accumulated sick leave days credited to
    the member at the time of termination of service. The
    period of unused sick leave shall not be considered in
    determining the effective date of retirement. A member is
    not required to make contributions in order to obtain
    service credit for unused sick leave.
        Credit for sick leave shall, at retirement, be granted
    by the System for any retiring regional or assistant
    regional superintendent of schools at the rate of 6 days
    per year of creditable service or portion thereof
    established while serving as such superintendent or
    assistant superintendent.
        (7) Periods prior to February 1, 1987 served as an
    employee of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
    for which credit has not been terminated under Section
    15-113.9 of this Code.
        (8) Service as a substitute teacher for work performed
    prior to July 1, 1990.
        (9) Service as a part-time teacher for work performed
    prior to July 1, 1990.
        (10) Up to 2 years of employment with Southern
    Illinois University - Carbondale from September 1, 1959 to
    August 31, 1961, or with Governors State University from
    September 1, 1972 to August 31, 1974, for which the
    teacher has no credit under Article 15. To receive credit
    under this item (10), a teacher must apply in writing to
    the Board and pay the required contributions before May 1,
    1993 and have at least 12 years of service credit under
    this Article.
    (b-1) A member may establish optional credit for up to 2
years of service as a teacher or administrator employed by a
private school recognized by the Illinois State Board of
Education, provided that the teacher (i) was certified under
the law governing the certification of teachers at the time
the service was rendered, (ii) applies in writing on or before
June 30, 2023 on or after August 1, 2009 and on or before
August 1, 2012, (iii) supplies satisfactory evidence of the
employment, (iv) completes at least 10 years of contributing
service as a teacher as defined in Section 16-106, and (v) pays
the contribution required in subsection (d-5) of Section
16-128. The member may apply for credit under this subsection
and pay the required contribution before completing the 10
years of contributing service required under item (iv), but
the credit may not be used until the item (iv) contributing
service requirement has been met.
    (c) The service credits specified in this Section shall be
granted only if: (1) such service credits are not used for
credit in any other statutory tax-supported public employee
retirement system other than the federal Social Security
program; and (2) the member makes the required contributions
as specified in Section 16-128. Except as provided in
subsection (b-1) of this Section, the service credit shall be
effective as of the date the required contributions are
completed.
    Any service credits granted under this Section shall
terminate upon cessation of membership for any cause.
    Credit may not be granted under this Section covering any
period for which an age retirement or disability retirement
allowance has been paid.
    Credit may not be granted under this Section for service
as an employee of an entity that provides substitute teaching
services under Section 2-3.173 of the School Code and is not a
school district.
(Source: P.A. 100-813, eff. 8-13-18.)
 
    (40 ILCS 5/16-158)   (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 16-158)
    Sec. 16-158. Contributions by State and other employing
units.
    (a) The State shall make contributions to the System by
means of appropriations from the Common School Fund and other
State funds of amounts which, together with other employer
contributions, employee contributions, investment income, and
other income, will be sufficient to meet the cost of
maintaining and administering the System on a 90% funded basis
in accordance with actuarial recommendations.
    The Board shall determine the amount of State
contributions required for each fiscal year on the basis of
the actuarial tables and other assumptions adopted by the
Board and the recommendations of the actuary, using the
formula in subsection (b-3).
    (a-1) Annually, on or before November 15 until November
15, 2011, the Board shall certify to the Governor the amount of
the required State contribution for the coming fiscal year.
The certification under this subsection (a-1) shall include a
copy of the actuarial recommendations upon which it is based
and shall specifically identify the System's projected State
normal cost for that fiscal year.
    On or before May 1, 2004, the Board shall recalculate and
recertify to the Governor the amount of the required State
contribution to the System for State fiscal year 2005, taking
into account the amounts appropriated to and received by the
System under subsection (d) of Section 7.2 of the General
Obligation Bond Act.
    On or before July 1, 2005, the Board shall recalculate and
recertify to the Governor the amount of the required State
contribution to the System for State fiscal year 2006, taking
into account the changes in required State contributions made
by Public Act 94-4.
    On or before April 1, 2011, the Board shall recalculate
and recertify to the Governor the amount of the required State
contribution to the System for State fiscal year 2011,
applying the changes made by Public Act 96-889 to the System's
assets and liabilities as of June 30, 2009 as though Public Act
96-889 was approved on that date.
    (a-5) On or before November 1 of each year, beginning
November 1, 2012, the Board shall submit to the State Actuary,
the Governor, and the General Assembly a proposed
certification of the amount of the required State contribution
to the System for the next fiscal year, along with all of the
actuarial assumptions, calculations, and data upon which that
proposed certification is based. On or before January 1 of
each year, beginning January 1, 2013, the State Actuary shall
issue a preliminary report concerning the proposed
certification and identifying, if necessary, recommended
changes in actuarial assumptions that the Board must consider
before finalizing its certification of the required State
contributions. On or before January 15, 2013 and each January
15 thereafter, the Board shall certify to the Governor and the
General Assembly the amount of the required State contribution
for the next fiscal year. The Board's certification must note
any deviations from the State Actuary's recommended changes,
the reason or reasons for not following the State Actuary's
recommended changes, and the fiscal impact of not following
the State Actuary's recommended changes on the required State
contribution.
    (a-10) By November 1, 2017, the Board shall recalculate
and recertify to the State Actuary, the Governor, and the
General Assembly the amount of the State contribution to the
System for State fiscal year 2018, taking into account the
changes in required State contributions made by Public Act
100-23. The State Actuary shall review the assumptions and
valuations underlying the Board's revised certification and
issue a preliminary report concerning the proposed
recertification and identifying, if necessary, recommended
changes in actuarial assumptions that the Board must consider
before finalizing its certification of the required State
contributions. The Board's final certification must note any
deviations from the State Actuary's recommended changes, the
reason or reasons for not following the State Actuary's
recommended changes, and the fiscal impact of not following
the State Actuary's recommended changes on the required State
contribution.
    (a-15) On or after June 15, 2019, but no later than June
30, 2019, the Board shall recalculate and recertify to the
Governor and the General Assembly the amount of the State
contribution to the System for State fiscal year 2019, taking
into account the changes in required State contributions made
by Public Act 100-587. The recalculation shall be made using
assumptions adopted by the Board for the original fiscal year
2019 certification. The monthly voucher for the 12th month of
fiscal year 2019 shall be paid by the Comptroller after the
recertification required pursuant to this subsection is
submitted to the Governor, Comptroller, and General Assembly.
The recertification submitted to the General Assembly shall be
filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the
Secretary of the Senate in electronic form only, in the manner
that the Clerk and the Secretary shall direct.
    (b) Through State fiscal year 1995, the State
contributions shall be paid to the System in accordance with
Section 18-7 of the School Code.
    (b-1) Beginning in State fiscal year 1996, on the 15th day
of each month, or as soon thereafter as may be practicable, the
Board shall submit vouchers for payment of State contributions
to the System, in a total monthly amount of one-twelfth of the
required annual State contribution certified under subsection
(a-1). From March 5, 2004 (the effective date of Public Act
93-665) through June 30, 2004, the Board shall not submit
vouchers for the remainder of fiscal year 2004 in excess of the
fiscal year 2004 certified contribution amount determined
under this Section after taking into consideration the
transfer to the System under subsection (a) of Section 6z-61
of the State Finance Act. These vouchers shall be paid by the
State Comptroller and Treasurer by warrants drawn on the funds
appropriated to the System for that fiscal year.
    If in any month the amount remaining unexpended from all
other appropriations to the System for the applicable fiscal
year (including the appropriations to the System under Section
8.12 of the State Finance Act and Section 1 of the State
Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act) is less than the
amount lawfully vouchered under this subsection, the
difference shall be paid from the Common School Fund under the
continuing appropriation authority provided in Section 1.1 of
the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act.
    (b-2) Allocations from the Common School Fund apportioned
to school districts not coming under this System shall not be
diminished or affected by the provisions of this Article.
    (b-3) For State fiscal years 2012 through 2045, the
minimum contribution to the System to be made by the State for
each fiscal year shall be an amount determined by the System to
be sufficient to bring the total assets of the System up to 90%
of the total actuarial liabilities of the System by the end of
State fiscal year 2045. In making these determinations, the
required State contribution shall be calculated each year as a
level percentage of payroll over the years remaining to and
including fiscal year 2045 and shall be determined under the
projected unit credit actuarial cost method.
    For each of State fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020, the
State shall make an additional contribution to the System
equal to 2% of the total payroll of each employee who is deemed
to have elected the benefits under Section 1-161 or who has
made the election under subsection (c) of Section 1-161.
    A change in an actuarial or investment assumption that
increases or decreases the required State contribution and
first applies in State fiscal year 2018 or thereafter shall be
implemented in equal annual amounts over a 5-year period
beginning in the State fiscal year in which the actuarial
change first applies to the required State contribution.
    A change in an actuarial or investment assumption that
increases or decreases the required State contribution and
first applied to the State contribution in fiscal year 2014,
2015, 2016, or 2017 shall be implemented:
        (i) as already applied in State fiscal years before
    2018; and
        (ii) in the portion of the 5-year period beginning in
    the State fiscal year in which the actuarial change first
    applied that occurs in State fiscal year 2018 or
    thereafter, by calculating the change in equal annual
    amounts over that 5-year period and then implementing it
    at the resulting annual rate in each of the remaining
    fiscal years in that 5-year period.
    For State fiscal years 1996 through 2005, the State
contribution to the System, as a percentage of the applicable
employee payroll, shall be increased in equal annual
increments so that by State fiscal year 2011, the State is
contributing at the rate required under this Section; except
that in the following specified State fiscal years, the State
contribution to the System shall not be less than the
following indicated percentages of the applicable employee
payroll, even if the indicated percentage will produce a State
contribution in excess of the amount otherwise required under
this subsection and subsection (a), and notwithstanding any
contrary certification made under subsection (a-1) before May
27, 1998 (the effective date of Public Act 90-582): 10.02% in
FY 1999; 10.77% in FY 2000; 11.47% in FY 2001; 12.16% in FY
2002; 12.86% in FY 2003; and 13.56% in FY 2004.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the
total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2006
is $534,627,700.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the
total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2007
is $738,014,500.
    For each of State fiscal years 2008 through 2009, the
State contribution to the System, as a percentage of the
applicable employee payroll, shall be increased in equal
annual increments from the required State contribution for
State fiscal year 2007, so that by State fiscal year 2011, the
State is contributing at the rate otherwise required under
this Section.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the
total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2010
is $2,089,268,000 and shall be made from the proceeds of bonds
sold in fiscal year 2010 pursuant to Section 7.2 of the General
Obligation Bond Act, less (i) the pro rata share of bond sale
expenses determined by the System's share of total bond
proceeds, (ii) any amounts received from the Common School
Fund in fiscal year 2010, and (iii) any reduction in bond
proceeds due to the issuance of discounted bonds, if
applicable.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the
total required State contribution for State fiscal year 2011
is the amount recertified by the System on or before April 1,
2011 pursuant to subsection (a-1) of this Section and shall be
made from the proceeds of bonds sold in fiscal year 2011
pursuant to Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act,
less (i) the pro rata share of bond sale expenses determined by
the System's share of total bond proceeds, (ii) any amounts
received from the Common School Fund in fiscal year 2011, and
(iii) any reduction in bond proceeds due to the issuance of
discounted bonds, if applicable. This amount shall include, in
addition to the amount certified by the System, an amount
necessary to meet employer contributions required by the State
as an employer under paragraph (e) of this Section, which may
also be used by the System for contributions required by
paragraph (a) of Section 16-127.
    Beginning in State fiscal year 2046, the minimum State
contribution for each fiscal year shall be the amount needed
to maintain the total assets of the System at 90% of the total
actuarial liabilities of the System.
    Amounts received by the System pursuant to Section 25 of
the Budget Stabilization Act or Section 8.12 of the State
Finance Act in any fiscal year do not reduce and do not
constitute payment of any portion of the minimum State
contribution required under this Article in that fiscal year.
Such amounts shall not reduce, and shall not be included in the
calculation of, the required State contributions under this
Article in any future year until the System has reached a
funding ratio of at least 90%. A reference in this Article to
the "required State contribution" or any substantially similar
term does not include or apply to any amounts payable to the
System under Section 25 of the Budget Stabilization Act.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the
required State contribution for State fiscal year 2005 and for
fiscal year 2008 and each fiscal year thereafter, as
calculated under this Section and certified under subsection
(a-1), shall not exceed an amount equal to (i) the amount of
the required State contribution that would have been
calculated under this Section for that fiscal year if the
System had not received any payments under subsection (d) of
Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act, minus (ii) the
portion of the State's total debt service payments for that
fiscal year on the bonds issued in fiscal year 2003 for the
purposes of that Section 7.2, as determined and certified by
the Comptroller, that is the same as the System's portion of
the total moneys distributed under subsection (d) of Section
7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act. In determining this
maximum for State fiscal years 2008 through 2010, however, the
amount referred to in item (i) shall be increased, as a
percentage of the applicable employee payroll, in equal
increments calculated from the sum of the required State
contribution for State fiscal year 2007 plus the applicable
portion of the State's total debt service payments for fiscal
year 2007 on the bonds issued in fiscal year 2003 for the
purposes of Section 7.2 of the General Obligation Bond Act, so
that, by State fiscal year 2011, the State is contributing at
the rate otherwise required under this Section.
    (b-4) Beginning in fiscal year 2018, each employer under
this Article shall pay to the System a required contribution
determined as a percentage of projected payroll and sufficient
to produce an annual amount equal to:
        (i) for each of fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020, the
    defined benefit normal cost of the defined benefit plan,
    less the employee contribution, for each employee of that
    employer who has elected or who is deemed to have elected
    the benefits under Section 1-161 or who has made the
    election under subsection (b) of Section 1-161; for fiscal
    year 2021 and each fiscal year thereafter, the defined
    benefit normal cost of the defined benefit plan, less the
    employee contribution, plus 2%, for each employee of that
    employer who has elected or who is deemed to have elected
    the benefits under Section 1-161 or who has made the
    election under subsection (b) of Section 1-161; plus
        (ii) the amount required for that fiscal year to
    amortize any unfunded actuarial accrued liability
    associated with the present value of liabilities
    attributable to the employer's account under Section
    16-158.3, determined as a level percentage of payroll over
    a 30-year rolling amortization period.
    In determining contributions required under item (i) of
this subsection, the System shall determine an aggregate rate
for all employers, expressed as a percentage of projected
payroll.
    In determining the contributions required under item (ii)
of this subsection, the amount shall be computed by the System
on the basis of the actuarial assumptions and tables used in
the most recent actuarial valuation of the System that is
available at the time of the computation.
    The contributions required under this subsection (b-4)
shall be paid by an employer concurrently with that employer's
payroll payment period. The State, as the actual employer of
an employee, shall make the required contributions under this
subsection.
    (c) Payment of the required State contributions and of all
pensions, retirement annuities, death benefits, refunds, and
other benefits granted under or assumed by this System, and
all expenses in connection with the administration and
operation thereof, are obligations of the State.
    If members are paid from special trust or federal funds
which are administered by the employing unit, whether school
district or other unit, the employing unit shall pay to the
System from such funds the full accruing retirement costs
based upon that service, which, beginning July 1, 2017, shall
be at a rate, expressed as a percentage of salary, equal to the
total employer's normal cost, expressed as a percentage of
payroll, as determined by the System. Employer contributions,
based on salary paid to members from federal funds, may be
forwarded by the distributing agency of the State of Illinois
to the System prior to allocation, in an amount determined in
accordance with guidelines established by such agency and the
System. Any contribution for fiscal year 2015 collected as a
result of the change made by Public Act 98-674 shall be
considered a State contribution under subsection (b-3) of this
Section.
    (d) Effective July 1, 1986, any employer of a teacher as
defined in paragraph (8) of Section 16-106 shall pay the
employer's normal cost of benefits based upon the teacher's
service, in addition to employee contributions, as determined
by the System. Such employer contributions shall be forwarded
monthly in accordance with guidelines established by the
System.
    However, with respect to benefits granted under Section
16-133.4 or 16-133.5 to a teacher as defined in paragraph (8)
of Section 16-106, the employer's contribution shall be 12%
(rather than 20%) of the member's highest annual salary rate
for each year of creditable service granted, and the employer
shall also pay the required employee contribution on behalf of
the teacher. For the purposes of Sections 16-133.4 and
16-133.5, a teacher as defined in paragraph (8) of Section
16-106 who is serving in that capacity while on leave of
absence from another employer under this Article shall not be
considered an employee of the employer from which the teacher
is on leave.
    (e) Beginning July 1, 1998, every employer of a teacher
shall pay to the System an employer contribution computed as
follows:
        (1) Beginning July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999, the
    employer contribution shall be equal to 0.3% of each
    teacher's salary.
        (2) Beginning July 1, 1999 and thereafter, the
    employer contribution shall be equal to 0.58% of each
    teacher's salary.
The school district or other employing unit may pay these
employer contributions out of any source of funding available
for that purpose and shall forward the contributions to the
System on the schedule established for the payment of member
contributions.
    These employer contributions are intended to offset a
portion of the cost to the System of the increases in
retirement benefits resulting from Public Act 90-582.
    Each employer of teachers is entitled to a credit against
the contributions required under this subsection (e) with
respect to salaries paid to teachers for the period January 1,
2002 through June 30, 2003, equal to the amount paid by that
employer under subsection (a-5) of Section 6.6 of the State
Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 with respect to salaries
paid to teachers for that period.
    The additional 1% employee contribution required under
Section 16-152 by Public Act 90-582 is the responsibility of
the teacher and not the teacher's employer, unless the
employer agrees, through collective bargaining or otherwise,
to make the contribution on behalf of the teacher.
    If an employer is required by a contract in effect on May
1, 1998 between the employer and an employee organization to
pay, on behalf of all its full-time employees covered by this
Article, all mandatory employee contributions required under
this Article, then the employer shall be excused from paying
the employer contribution required under this subsection (e)
for the balance of the term of that contract. The employer and
the employee organization shall jointly certify to the System
the existence of the contractual requirement, in such form as
the System may prescribe. This exclusion shall cease upon the
termination, extension, or renewal of the contract at any time
after May 1, 1998.
    (f) If June 4, 2018 (Public Act 100-587) the amount of a
teacher's salary for any school year used to determine final
average salary exceeds the member's annual full-time salary
rate with the same employer for the previous school year by
more than 6%, the teacher's employer shall pay to the System,
in addition to all other payments required under this Section
and in accordance with guidelines established by the System,
the present value of the increase in benefits resulting from
the portion of the increase in salary that is in excess of 6%.
This present value shall be computed by the System on the basis
of the actuarial assumptions and tables used in the most
recent actuarial valuation of the System that is available at
the time of the computation. If a teacher's salary for the
2005-2006 school year is used to determine final average
salary under this subsection (f), then the changes made to
this subsection (f) by Public Act 94-1057 shall apply in
calculating whether the increase in his or her salary is in
excess of 6%. For the purposes of this Section, change in
employment under Section 10-21.12 of the School Code on or
after June 1, 2005 shall constitute a change in employer. The
System may require the employer to provide any pertinent
information or documentation. The changes made to this
subsection (f) by Public Act 94-1111 apply without regard to
whether the teacher was in service on or after its effective
date.
    Whenever it determines that a payment is or may be
required under this subsection, the System shall calculate the
amount of the payment and bill the employer for that amount.
The bill shall specify the calculations used to determine the
amount due. If the employer disputes the amount of the bill, it
may, within 30 days after receipt of the bill, apply to the
System in writing for a recalculation. The application must
specify in detail the grounds of the dispute and, if the
employer asserts that the calculation is subject to subsection
(g), (g-5), or (h) of this Section, must include an affidavit
setting forth and attesting to all facts within the employer's
knowledge that are pertinent to the applicability of that
subsection. Upon receiving a timely application for
recalculation, the System shall review the application and, if
appropriate, recalculate the amount due.
    The employer contributions required under this subsection
(f) may be paid in the form of a lump sum within 90 days after
receipt of the bill. If the employer contributions are not
paid within 90 days after receipt of the bill, then interest
will be charged at a rate equal to the System's annual
actuarially assumed rate of return on investment compounded
annually from the 91st day after receipt of the bill. Payments
must be concluded within 3 years after the employer's receipt
of the bill.
    (f-1) (Blank). June 4, 2018 (Public Act 100-587)
    (g) This subsection (g) applies only to payments made or
salary increases given on or after June 1, 2005 but before July
1, 2011. The changes made by Public Act 94-1057 shall not
require the System to refund any payments received before July
31, 2006 (the effective date of Public Act 94-1057).
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection
(f), the System shall exclude salary increases paid to
teachers under contracts or collective bargaining agreements
entered into, amended, or renewed before June 1, 2005.
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection
(f), the System shall exclude salary increases paid to a
teacher at a time when the teacher is 10 or more years from
retirement eligibility under Section 16-132 or 16-133.2.
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection
(f), the System shall exclude salary increases resulting from
overload work, including summer school, when the school
district has certified to the System, and the System has
approved the certification, that (i) the overload work is for
the sole purpose of classroom instruction in excess of the
standard number of classes for a full-time teacher in a school
district during a school year and (ii) the salary increases
are equal to or less than the rate of pay for classroom
instruction computed on the teacher's current salary and work
schedule.
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection
(f), the System shall exclude a salary increase resulting from
a promotion (i) for which the employee is required to hold a
certificate or supervisory endorsement issued by the State
Teacher Certification Board that is a different certification
or supervisory endorsement than is required for the teacher's
previous position and (ii) to a position that has existed and
been filled by a member for no less than one complete academic
year and the salary increase from the promotion is an increase
that results in an amount no greater than the lesser of the
average salary paid for other similar positions in the
district requiring the same certification or the amount
stipulated in the collective bargaining agreement for a
similar position requiring the same certification.
    When assessing payment for any amount due under subsection
(f), the System shall exclude any payment to the teacher from
the State of Illinois or the State Board of Education over
which the employer does not have discretion, notwithstanding
that the payment is included in the computation of final
average salary.
    (g-5) When assessing payment for any amount due under
subsection (f), the System shall exclude salary increases
resulting from teaching summer school on or after May 1, 2021
and before September 15, 2022.
    (h) When assessing payment for any amount due under
subsection (f), the System shall exclude any salary increase
described in subsection (g) of this Section given on or after
July 1, 2011 but before July 1, 2014 under a contract or
collective bargaining agreement entered into, amended, or
renewed on or after June 1, 2005 but before July 1, 2011.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, any
payments made or salary increases given after June 30, 2014
shall be used in assessing payment for any amount due under
subsection (f) of this Section.
    (i) The System shall prepare a report and file copies of
the report with the Governor and the General Assembly by
January 1, 2007 that contains all of the following
information:
        (1) The number of recalculations required by the
    changes made to this Section by Public Act 94-1057 for
    each employer.
        (2) The dollar amount by which each employer's
    contribution to the System was changed due to
    recalculations required by Public Act 94-1057.
        (3) The total amount the System received from each
    employer as a result of the changes made to this Section by
    Public Act 94-4.
        (4) The increase in the required State contribution
    resulting from the changes made to this Section by Public
    Act 94-1057.
    (i-5) For school years beginning on or after July 1, 2017,
if the amount of a participant's salary for any school year
exceeds the amount of the salary set for the Governor, the
participant's employer shall pay to the System, in addition to
all other payments required under this Section and in
accordance with guidelines established by the System, an
amount determined by the System to be equal to the employer
normal cost, as established by the System and expressed as a
total percentage of payroll, multiplied by the amount of
salary in excess of the amount of the salary set for the
Governor. This amount shall be computed by the System on the
basis of the actuarial assumptions and tables used in the most
recent actuarial valuation of the System that is available at
the time of the computation. The System may require the
employer to provide any pertinent information or
documentation.
    Whenever it determines that a payment is or may be
required under this subsection, the System shall calculate the
amount of the payment and bill the employer for that amount.
The bill shall specify the calculations used to determine the
amount due. If the employer disputes the amount of the bill, it
may, within 30 days after receipt of the bill, apply to the
System in writing for a recalculation. The application must
specify in detail the grounds of the dispute. Upon receiving a
timely application for recalculation, the System shall review
the application and, if appropriate, recalculate the amount
due.
    The employer contributions required under this subsection
may be paid in the form of a lump sum within 90 days after
receipt of the bill. If the employer contributions are not
paid within 90 days after receipt of the bill, then interest
will be charged at a rate equal to the System's annual
actuarially assumed rate of return on investment compounded
annually from the 91st day after receipt of the bill. Payments
must be concluded within 3 years after the employer's receipt
of the bill.
    (j) For purposes of determining the required State
contribution to the System, the value of the System's assets
shall be equal to the actuarial value of the System's assets,
which shall be calculated as follows:
    As of June 30, 2008, the actuarial value of the System's
assets shall be equal to the market value of the assets as of
that date. In determining the actuarial value of the System's
assets for fiscal years after June 30, 2008, any actuarial
gains or losses from investment return incurred in a fiscal
year shall be recognized in equal annual amounts over the
5-year period following that fiscal year.
    (k) For purposes of determining the required State
contribution to the system for a particular year, the
actuarial value of assets shall be assumed to earn a rate of
return equal to the system's actuarially assumed rate of
return.
(Source: P.A. 100-23, eff. 7-6-17; 100-340, eff. 8-25-17;
100-587, eff. 6-4-18; 100-624, eff. 7-20-18; 100-863, eff.
8-14-18; 101-10, eff. 6-5-19; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; revised
8-13-19.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/20/2021