2013 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 40 - PENSIONS
40 ILCS 5/ - Illinois Pension Code.
Article 24 - Public Employees' Deferred Compensation
(40 ILCS 5/Art. 24 heading)
40 ILCS 5/24-101
(40 ILCS 5/24-101) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-101)
Sec. 24-101. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the State of Illinois or any unit of local government or school district may enter into a written contract with any of its employees to defer a part of their gross compensation and may invest such funds in any such manner as prescribed by the deferred compensation program adopted by it under this Article. Compensation deferred pursuant to a deferred compensation program adopted under this Article shall not exceed the amount of compensation allowed to be deferred without being subject to income tax in the year in which it is earned, pursuant to Section 457 of the United States Internal Revenue Code or laws supplementary or amendatory thereto.
It is hereby declared to be in the public interest to provide public employees with a plan for the deferral of compensation and the accrual of income and gain thereon if such deferred compensation be invested, and to encourage the continued service of public employees by making available such benefits to them.
(Source: P.A. 82-145.)
40 ILCS 5/24-102
(40 ILCS 5/24-102) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-102)
Sec. 24-102. As used in this Article, "employee" means any person, including a person elected, appointed or under contract, receiving compensation from the State or a unit of local government or school district for personal services rendered, including salaried persons. A health care provider who elects to participate in the State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan established under Section 24-104 of this Code shall, for purposes of that participation, be deemed an "employee" as defined in this Section.
As used in this Article, "health care provider" means a dentist, physician, optometrist, pharmacist, or podiatric physician that participates and receives compensation as a provider under the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Children's Health Insurance Act, or the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act.
As used in this Article, "compensation" includes compensation received in a lump sum for accumulated unused vacation, personal leave or sick leave, with the exception of health care providers. "Compensation" with respect to health care providers is defined under the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Children's Health Insurance Act, or the Covering ALL KIDS Health Insurance Act.
Where applicable, in no event shall the total of the amount of deferred compensation of an employee set aside in relation to a particular year under the Illinois State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan and the employee's nondeferred compensation for that year exceed the total annual salary or compensation under the existing salary schedule or classification plan applicable to such employee in such year; except that any compensation received in a lump sum for accumulated unused vacation, personal leave or sick leave shall not be included in the calculation of such totals.
(Source: P.A. 98-214, eff. 8-9-13.)
40 ILCS 5/24-103
(40 ILCS 5/24-103) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-103)
Sec. 24-103. The deferred compensation program established by this Article shall exist and serve in addition to other retirement, pension and benefit systems established by the State, units of local government or school districts. Any compensation deferred under such a plan shall continue to be included as regular compensation for the purpose of computing the retirement and pension benefits earned by any employee, to the extent that such inclusion is not inconsistent with the other applicable Articles of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 84-878.)
40 ILCS 5/24-104
(40 ILCS 5/24-104) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-104)
Sec. 24-104. The Illinois State Board of Investment created under Article 22A of this Act shall develop and establish a deferred compensation plan for employees of the State which shall be known as the State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan. The Plan shall provide for the Board to review proposed investment offerings and shall require that only investments determined to be acceptable by the Board may be used for investing compensation deferred.
The Plan shall include appropriate provisions pertaining to its day to day operation providing for methods of electing to defer income, methods of changing the amount of income to be deferred, methods of selecting from among investment options available under the plan and such other provisions as may be appropriate.
The Plan shall provide for the preparation, and distribution from time to time to all eligible State employees, of pamphlets describing the Plan and outlining the options and opportunities available to State employees under the Plan.
The Plan established under this Section shall not be implemented or amended until the Board is satisfied that compensation deferred under the Plan is not subject to income tax for the year in which it is earned and that the taxation of such compensation will be deferred until the time of its distribution to the employee.
The Board shall also review and oversee the administration of the Plan.
(Source: P.A. 81-671.)
40 ILCS 5/24-104.1
(40 ILCS 5/24-104.1) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-104.1)
Sec. 24-104.1. The Plan developed under Section 24-104 shall also provide for the recovery of the expenses of its administration by charging such expenses against the earnings from investments or by charging fees equitably prorated among the participating State employees or by such other appropriate and equitable method as the Board shall determine. Different methods for recovery of administrative expenses may be provided in relation to different types of investment programs and the Board may provide for the allocation of administration expenses among varying types of programs for this purpose.
All sums advanced by appropriation to the State Board of Investment for the costs of the development and establishment of the Plan shall be repaid to the State Treasury not later than June 30, 1986, without interest. The Plan shall provide for such repayment and may, for that purpose, provide for the recovery of the development and establishment costs by amortizing them as a part of the administrative expenses of the Plan over a period of years ending not later than June 30, 1986.
(Source: P.A. 79-384.)
40 ILCS 5/24-104.2
(40 ILCS 5/24-104.2)
Sec. 24-104.2. Health care providers; tax-exempt status. Health care providers may participate in the Illinois State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan to the extent that the health care providers' participation does not interfere with the Plan's tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code.
(Source: P.A. 96-806, eff. 7-1-10.)
40 ILCS 5/24-105
(40 ILCS 5/24-105) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-105)
Sec. 24-105. The State Employees Deferred Compensation Plan shall be administered by the Department of Central Management Services subject to the general supervision of the Illinois State Board of Investment. Participation in such plan shall be by a specific written agreement between each such employee and the State which agreement shall provide for the deferral of such amount of compensation as requested by the employee. With each distribution of compensation to a participating employee, the employee shall receive a memorandum of the amount by which his gross compensation for the period involved is reduced by reason of the deferment of compensation, which amount shall not be included as a part of his gross compensation as to that period.
Funds retained by the State as deferred compensation pursuant to a written deferred compensation agreement between the State and participating employees, may be invested in such investments as are deemed acceptable by the Illinois State Board of Investment including, but not limited to, life insurance or annuity contracts or mutual funds. All such insurance, annuities, mutual funds, or other such investments utilized under this Plan shall have been reviewed and selected by the Board based on a competitive bidding process as established by such specifications and considerations as are deemed appropriate by the Board. Nothing in this Section should be construed as requiring a limitation on the number and variety of insurance, annuity or mutual fund contracts which may be selected as a result of this bidding process. The State Board of Investment may also invest any funds retained by the State pursuant to a written deferred compensation agreement between the State and participating employees in share accounts or share certificate accounts of State or federal credit unions, the accounts of which are insured as required by The Illinois Credit Union Act or the Federal Credit Union Act, as applicable. Any income and gain resulting from the investment of a deferred compensation account may be paid to the participant as additional compensation for continued service during the period of participation or be used in part for administrative expenses, all in accordance with the plan. Such investments and payments shall not be construed to be prohibited uses of the general assets of the State.
(Source: P.A. 82-789.)
40 ILCS 5/24-105.1
(40 ILCS 5/24-105.1)
Sec. 24-105.1. Changes in federal law.
(a) To the extent that federal law or regulations which require a governmental employer to own the assets of its deferred compensation plan are changed to allow plans established under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code to hold their assets in trust, a custodial account, an annuity contract, an insurance contract or some other contract, the Department of Central Management Services and units of local government with plans established under Section 24-107 shall within a reasonable time amend their plans accordingly.
(b) To the extent that federal law or regulations have been changed to allow plans established under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code to be amended to allow designated Roth contributions and in-plan rollovers to designated Roth accounts, the Department of Central Management Services and units of local government with plans established under Section 24-107 shall within a reasonable time amend their plans accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 98-491, eff. 1-1-14.)
40 ILCS 5/24-106
(40 ILCS 5/24-106) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-106)
The State or the unit of local government or school district under a deferred compensation program shall be obligated at any point in time solely for the then current value of the particular fixed or variable life insurance or annuity contract, mutual funds or other investment purchased on behalf of any employee.
(Source: P.A. 78-1277.)
40 ILCS 5/24-107
(40 ILCS 5/24-107) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-107)
Sec. 24-107. Local government plans.
(a) Any unit of local government or school district may establish for its employees a deferred compensation program. Participation shall be by written agreement between each employee and the legislative authority of the unit of local government or school district providing for the deferral of such compensation and the subsequent investment and administration of such funds.
(b) Any unit of local government may establish an employer-funded money purchase retirement plan for those of its full time employees who are not eligible to participate in any pension fund or retirement system established under Articles 2 through 18 of this Code. Contributions to the plan shall be made by the unit of local government only from general purpose funds not derived from real property taxes imposed by the unit, at a rate to be determined from time to time by the unit of local government. However, the rate of employer contribution shall be (i) the same for all employees participating in the plan, and (ii) not more than 10% of the employee's salary.
Any benefits accruing to the participants in a retirement plan established under this subsection shall be protected from impairment in accordance with Article XIII, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution. However, the unit of local government establishing such a plan may terminate it at any time, unless it has otherwise contractually agreed with its participating employees.
(c) The agency or department designated by the unit of local government or school district to establish and administer a plan or program authorized under subsection (a) or (b) of this Section may invest the assets of the plan in investments deemed appropriate by the agency or department, including but not limited to life insurance or annuity contracts, and share or share certificate accounts of State or federal credit unions, the accounts of which are insured as required by the Illinois Credit Union Act or the Federal Credit Union Act, whichever is applicable. The payment of employer contributions to a retirement plan established under subsection (b), and investment and payment to a participant of deferred compensation and income or gain thereon, if any, shall not be construed to be prohibited uses of the general assets of the unit of local government or school district.
This Section does not limit the power or authority of any unit of local government, school district or any institution supported in whole or in part by public funds to establish and administer any other deferred compensation plans that may be authorized by law and deemed appropriate by the officials of such subdivisions or institutions.
(Source: P.A. 87-794.)
40 ILCS 5/24-108
(40 ILCS 5/24-108) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-108)
Sec. 24-108. In the event that any fireman is transferred to a municipal fire department as a consequence of the absorption of a fire protection district occurring prior to January 1, 1980, and such fireman has entered into a deferred compensation and/or annuity contract with the absorbing municipality pursuant to Section 24-101, then notwithstanding Section 4-142, such municipality may make contributions to the deferred compensation or annuity program on such fireman's behalf, and any such contributions made prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1981 are hereby validated.
(Source: P.A. 82-179.)
40 ILCS 5/24-109
(40 ILCS 5/24-109) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 24-109)
Sec. 24-109. Football Coaches.
(a) Any football coach employed by the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, or the Southern Illinois University System Board of Trustees, may participate in the American Football Coaches Retirement Trust in accordance with the conditions of that Trust, of this Section, and of applicable federal law.
(b) A football coach who elects to participate in the Trust may defer a part of his compensation as a coach by making employee contributions to the Trust. Amounts deferred by the coach under this Section shall be deemed a part of the coach's compensation for purposes of participation in the State Universities Retirement System but, in accordance with the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, shall not be included in the computation of federal income taxes withheld on behalf of the coach. The employing institution of higher education shall not make any employer contributions to the Trust on behalf of the coach.
(c) A football coach who participates in the Trust may not participate in any other program of deferred compensation under this Article during any year in which he makes contributions to the Trust.
(d) Participation in the Trust shall be administered by the institution of higher education that employs the coach. Each such institution shall report annually to the General Assembly on the status of the Trust and participation under this Section.
(e) The right to participate in the Trust that is granted by this Section is subject to future limitation, and shall not be deemed to be a pension benefit that is protected from impairment under Section 5 of Article XIII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 90-14, eff. 7-1-97.)
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