2016 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 215 - INSURANCE
215 ILCS 150/ - Religious and Charitable Risk Pooling Trust Act.

(215 ILCS 150/1) (from Ch. 148, par. 201)
Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Religious and Charitable Risk Pooling Trust Act".
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/2) (from Ch. 148, par. 202)
Sec. 2. Authorized organizations; purpose. Any number of organizations which are all exempt from taxation under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended or as it may be amended hereafter are authorized to establish and become beneficiaries of a trust fund for the purpose of: (1) providing protection for themselves against the risk of financial loss due to damage, destruction or loss to property or the imposition of legal liability; or (2) providing protection for their employees or full-time students, but not dependents, against the risk of financial loss due to accident, sickness, or disablement. Any of such organizations' affiliated title holding corporations that are exempt from taxation under paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended or as it may be amended hereafter, are authorized to establish or become beneficiaries of a trust for the purpose of providing protection for themselves against the risk of financial loss due to damage, destruction, or loss to property or the imposition of legal liability.
A hospital or long-term care facility owned and operated by a tax exempt unit of local government and such unit of local government, in relation to and to the extent of its liabilities arising from the ownership or operation of such hospital or long-term care facility, may participate in the establishment of and may become beneficiaries of a trust fund established under this Act for the purpose of providing protection against the risk of financial loss due to the imposition of legal liability.
(Source: P.A. 92-99, eff. 7-20-01.)


(215 ILCS 150/3) (from Ch. 148, par. 203)
Sec. 3. The trust fund shall be established and amended only by a written instrument which shall be filed with and approved by the Director of Insurance prior to its becoming effective. The Director of Insurance shall withhold approval of any instrument if it does not comply with the provisions of this Act or any rule or regulation of the Director of Insurance.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/4) (from Ch. 148, par. 204)
Sec. 4. No corporation or entity shall be a beneficiary of the trust fund unless it either shall be incorporated under the laws of this State or shall have first procured a Certificate of Authority from the Secretary of State, except that a hospital owned and operated by a tax exempt unit of local government and such unit of local government, in relation to and to the extent of its liabilities arising from the ownership or operation of such hospital, may be beneficiaries of the trust fund.
(Source: P.A. 81-602.)


(215 ILCS 150/5) (from Ch. 148, par. 205)
Sec. 5. The trust fund is authorized to indemnify: (1) the beneficiaries thereof against the risk of loss due to damage, destruction or loss to property or imposition of legal liability; or (2) employees or full-time students of the beneficiaries against the risk of loss due to accident, sickness, or disablement. The trustees may determine and establish contributions to the trust fund required to fund the operations and carry out the purposes of the trust fund and may enter into contracts in order to carry out the purposes for which the trust fund was established, provided however, that any such contracts shall not provide for compensation or payments in excess of that which is reasonable in relation to the services actually performed thereunder.
(Source: P.A. 84-989.)


(215 ILCS 150/6) (from Ch. 148, par. 206)
Sec. 6. Risk pools; risk retention groups.
(a) A trust fund may enter into written agreements with other trust funds established under this Act whereby the risks assumed by any such trust fund may be pooled and shared with such other trust funds.
(b) A trust fund may enter into written agreements for the purpose of assuming risks from (i) risk pools or risk retention groups established or organized pursuant to the laws of any other state exclusively to provide protections, as described in this Act, to organizations which are exempt from taxation under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended from time to time, and their affiliated title holding corporations that are exempt from taxation under paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended from time to time, or (ii) insurance companies with regard to protections, as described in this Act, exclusively for organizations which are exempt from taxation, as aforesaid. As a condition to such authority, any trust fund so assuming risk from any risk pool, risk retention group or insurance company, shall, directly or through an underwriting manager controlled by it, underwrite risks assumed by it either on a facultative basis or on a primary basis pursuant to an underwriting management agreement with the entity from which risk is being assumed. Such underwriting management agreement shall provide for underwriting risks assumed on behalf of both the ceding entity and the assuming trust fund. For purposes of this subsection (b), the term "underwrite" shall include, but not be limited to, classification, selection and pricing of risks.
(Source: P.A. 92-99, eff. 7-20-01.)


(215 ILCS 150/7) (from Ch. 148, par. 207)
Sec. 7. The trustees of all trust funds established under this Act shall be natural persons over the age of 18 who are residents of this State.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/8) (from Ch. 148, par. 208)
Sec. 8. Every such trust fund shall have no fewer than 3 nor more than 30 trustees. No less than 2/3 of the trustees shall be officers, directors, trustees or full time employees of a beneficiary of the trust fund.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/9) (from Ch. 148, par. 209)
Sec. 9. (a) No trustee shall be paid a salary or receive other compensation, except the written trust instrument may provide for reimbursement for actual expenses incurred on behalf of the trust fund. No trustee or any employer or affiliate of any trustee shall enter into any contract with the trust fund for, or receive any monies or other compensation or thing of value whatsoever from, the trust fund for services performed for or on behalf of such trust fund, except as provided in this Act.
(b) The trust fund shall have authority to indemnify its trustees, officers, employees and agents to the same extent as provided to not for profit corporations to indemnify its directors, officers, employees and agents under Section 108.75 of the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 86-847.)


(215 ILCS 150/10) (from Ch. 148, par. 210)
Sec. 10. The trustees shall serve pursuant to the terms of the written trust instrument except that at any time no less than a majority of the beneficiaries may remove a trustee with or without cause.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/11) (from Ch. 148, par. 211)
Sec. 11. In case any trustee shall be removed, resign, or cease to serve for any reason, no less than a majority of the beneficiaries shall appoint a successor.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/12) (from Ch. 148, par. 212)
Sec. 12. No trustees or successor trustee shall serve for more than 3 consecutive years unless he is reappointed by a majority of the beneficiaries.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/13) (from Ch. 148, par. 213)
Sec. 13. The trustees shall have the powers specified in the written trust instrument which established the trust fund.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/14) (from Ch. 148, par. 214)
Sec. 14. Each trust fund shall by June 1 of each year file with the Director of Insurance a full independently audited financial statement as of December 31 of the preceding year, accompanied by a report of the trustees detailing the operations of the trust fund and including a list of all beneficiaries during the year and a statement that each beneficiary was not ineligible except as provided for in this Act. The financial statement and report shall be in such form and contain such matters as the Director of Insurance may prescribe. The truth and accuracy of the financial statement and report shall be attested to by each trustee.
(Source: P.A. 81-460.)


(215 ILCS 150/14.1) (from Ch. 148, par. 214.1)
Sec. 14.1. Contribution Certificate. A trust fund may issue contribution certificates, evidencing a contingent obligation to repay amounts advanced to the trust fund, for the purpose of obtaining funds to defray the expenses of organization, or providing surplus funds to the trust fund, or for any purpose required by its business, subject to the following provisions:
(a) Any such contribution certificate shall be evidenced by a written agreement providing that payments of principal and accrued interest may be made only out of the trust fund's net fund balance (surplus) in excess of that stipulated in the agreement. Any such agreement shall, at a minimum, provide that repayments of principal or payments of accrued interest shall be made only to the extent that trust fund assets exceed the sum of (i) all trust fund liabilities (including but not limited to reserves for losses, reinsurance payables, unpaid production and general expenses, unpaid taxes, loans and advances, but excluding principal and interest obligations evidenced by contribution certificates issued pursuant to this Section) plus (ii) the then outstanding unpaid principal balance evidenced by contribution certificates and, if the trust fund is reorganizing or has reorganized as a mutual insurance company or a reciprocal (inter-insurance exchange) pursuant to Section 25.1 of this Act, an amount equal to the amount of capital and surplus required of a newly organized insurer to write like lines of business pursuant to Section 43 of the Illinois Insurance Code if a mutual insurance company, or pursuant to Section 66 of the Illinois Insurance Code if a reciprocal. Any such agreement may contain repayment terms and conditions which are more restrictive than those provided herein.
(b) In the financial statement of a trust fund required to be filed pursuant to Section 14 of this Act or which may be published or distributed by the issuing trust fund, the outstanding and unpaid principal balance on contribution certificates may be reported as part of the trust fund's net fund balance (surplus) and that portion of the accrued but unpaid interest on contribution certificates which is in excess of the amount permitted to be paid by the trust fund pursuant to subsection (a) need not be reported as a liability of the trust fund, provided that the financial statement shall contain an appropriate footnote identifying the essential terms of repayment of the contribution certificates and the amount thereof then unpaid together with any accrued but unpaid interest thereon.
(c) Any agreement evidencing contribution certificates shall be filed with and approved by the Director of Insurance prior to its effective date. The Director shall approve any such agreement which complies with the provisions of this Section 14.1 provided that the terms of repayment are reasonable and the interest rate provided therein is not excessive. A rate of not more than 2% above the prevailing prime bank rate, either fixed as of the effective date of the agreement or floating during the term of the agreement, shall not be considered excessive.
(d) The repayment of principal and the payment of accrued interest on contribution certificates by a trust fund shall be subject to approval by the Director of Insurance.
(Source: P.A. 86-847.)


(215 ILCS 150/15) (from Ch. 148, par. 215)
Sec. 15. Ineligible beneficiaries. A beneficiary is ineligible (1) if it is not exempt from taxation under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended, or an affiliate of a corporation exempt from taxation under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and exempt from taxation under paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, or tax exempt as a unit of local government or as a hospital owned and operated by a unit of local government; (2) if a corporation, it is not incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation; or (3) if a foreign or alien corporation, it no longer has a Certificate of Authority issued by the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 92-99, eff. 7-20-01.)


(215 ILCS 150/16) (from Ch. 148, par. 216)
Sec. 16. The written trust instrument may provide that a beneficiary who becomes ineligible may continue to receive benefits for no longer than 90 days beyond the date the beneficiary or any trustee first discovers such ineligibility.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/17) (from Ch. 148, par. 217)
Sec. 17. No beneficiary shall have any cause of action against any other beneficiary arising solely out of the insolvency or inability of the trust fund to meet its obligations. This Section shall not preclude the collection of payments to the trust fund.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/18) (from Ch. 148, par. 218)
Sec. 18. No trust fund established under this Act shall grant any power to the trustees which is inconsistent with this Act or any other law of this State.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/19) (from Ch. 148, par. 219)
Sec. 19. Every trust fund established hereunder shall include in the written trust instrument the basis on which payments are made to and from the trust fund.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/20) (from Ch. 148, par. 220)
Sec. 20. The Director of Insurance may make reasonable rules and regulations as may be necessary for the administration of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/21) (from Ch. 148, par. 221)
Sec. 21. Trust funds established under this Act and all persons interested therein or dealing therewith shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 133, 149, 401, 402 and 403 of the Illinois Insurance Code, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-1496.)


(215 ILCS 150/22) (from Ch. 148, par. 222)
Sec. 22. The Director of Insurance shall have with respect to trust funds established under this Act the powers of examination conferred upon him relative to insurance companies by Sections 132 through 132.7 of the Illinois Insurance Code. The cost of an examination shall be paid by the trust fund examined.
(Source: P.A. 88-627, eff. 9-9-94.)


(215 ILCS 150/23) (from Ch. 148, par. 223)
Sec. 23. The Director of Insurance shall charge, collect and give proper acquittances for the payment of fees and charges as set forth in Section 408 of the Illinois Insurance Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-757.)


(215 ILCS 150/24) (from Ch. 148, par. 224)
Sec. 24. This Act shall apply regardless of any contrary provisions of any instrument.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/25) (from Ch. 148, par. 225)
Sec. 25. Trust funds established under and which fully comply with this Act shall not be considered insurance companies or to be in the business of insurance nor shall they be subject to regulation under the Illinois Insurance Code, as amended, except as provided for in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/25.1) (from Ch. 148, par. 225.1)
Sec. 25.1. (a) Any trust fund organized under this Act may reorganize itself as a mutual insurance company or a reciprocal in accordance with the provisions of this Section, provided that it has both (1) a net fund balance (surplus), reported on a basis consistent with that prescribed in Section 136 of the Illinois Insurance Code of (a) not less than that required of a newly organized mutual insurance company under Section 43 of the Illinois Insurance Code and authorized to write like lines of business, if the trust fund is reorganizing into a mutual insurance company, or (b) not less than that required of a newly organized reciprocal under Section 66 of the Illinois Insurance Code and Authorized to write like lines of business, if the trust fund is reorganizing into a reciprocal, and (2) an operating history of not less than 3 consecutive years after organizational approval of the trust fund by the Director of Insurance, during which period such trust fund shall have continuously provided non-assessable benefits or indemnification contracts to its beneficiaries. A trust fund reorganized as a mutual insurance company shall, after reorganization and notwithstanding any contrary provision of the Illinois Insurance Code, have the powers of a mutual insurance company organized under Article III of the Illinois Insurance Code together with continuing powers and authority granted trust funds pursuant to Section 6 of this Act. A trust fund reorganized as a reciprocal shall, after reorganization and notwithstanding any contrary provision of the Illinois Insurance Code, have the power of a reciprocal organized under Article IV of the Illinois Insurance Code together with continuing powers and authority granted trust funds pursuant to Section 6 of this Act. In addition, surplus amounts attributable to contribution certificates meeting the requirements of Section 14.1 of this Act and issued by a trust fund prior to reorganization as either a mutual insurance company or a reciprocal or by the successor mutual insurance company or reciprocal within a period of 5 years following reorganization, may be reported as surplus on the successor insurance company's or reciprocal's financial statements in a manner consistent with and subject to the terms of Section 14.1 of this Act. After expiration of such 5 year period, the provisions of Section 56 of the Illinois Insurance Code shall be applicable to a reorganized mutual insurance company or reciprocal, with regard to the accumulation of a guarantee fund. Except as provided in this subsection (a), this Act shall not be applicable to a reorganized mutual insurance company or reciprocal, and the mutual insurance company or reciprocal shall be subject to all otherwise applicable provisions of the Illinois Insurance Code.
(b) The Trustees of any trust fund seeking to reorganize as a mutual insurance company shall adopt articles of incorporation and by-laws as shall be necessary to make the same conform to articles of incorporation and by-laws of a mutual insurance company, as provided under Article III of the Illinois Insurance Code. Duplicate originals of such articles and by-laws shall be delivered to the Director of Insurance, together with the financial statements, as required under subsection (d). The Director shall approve the articles and by-laws after a finding that they are consistent with the requirements applicable to companies organized under Article III of the Illinois Insurance Code, relating to domestic mutual companies, except as otherwise provided herein. Upon approval by the Director and the recordation of a certified copy of the articles of incorporation in the office of the recorder in the county where the principal office of the company is located, such company shall be subject to and entitled to the benefits of Article III of the Illinois Insurance Code.
(c) (i) The trustees of any trust fund seeking to reorganize as a reciprocal shall, by resolution, approve a plan of reorganization setting forth (1) a proposed declaration of organization, as provided under Article IV of the Illinois Insurance Code; (2) a form of power of attorney designating a person, as defined in Section 2 of the Illinois Insurance Code, to act as attorney in fact on behalf of the beneficiaries of the trust fund in exchanging contracts of insurance after reorganization of the trust fund as a reciprocal, which form shall be consistent with the provisions of Article IV; (3) the terms and conditions of the proposed reorganization and the mode of carrying the same into effect; and (4) the manner and basis of assuming the assets and liabilities of the trust fund, including the benefit schedule theretofore issued by the trust fund, whether or not then in force. Duplicate originals of the plan of reorganization, as adopted by the trustees, shall be submitted to the Director of Insurance, together with such other documents as are necessary to satisfy the requirements of Article IV and the financial statements, as required under subsection (d) below. The Director shall approve the plan and the other documents upon finding each consistent with the requirements applicable to reciprocals organized under Article IV relating to domestic reciprocals, except as otherwise provided herein.
(ii) Within 60 days after approval by the Director, the plan of reorganization and other documents, as approved by the Director, shall then be submitted by the trustees for approval by the beneficiaries of the trust fund at a regularly scheduled or special meeting of beneficiaries. Written or printed notice shall be given not less than 20 days before each such meeting, either personally or by mail, to each beneficiary of the trust fund. If mailed, such notice is deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail, with postage prepaid, addressed to the beneficiary at his address as it appears on the records of the trust fund. Such notice shall state the place, day, hour and purpose of the meeting. A copy of the plan of reorganization shall be enclosed with such notice. Approval by beneficiaries shall require (1) the affirmative vote of 2/3 of all beneficiaries of the trust fund covered under benefit schedules in force at the date of the notice, voting in person or by proxy at the meeting, and (2) the execution by the beneficiaries voting in favor of the plan of the power of attorney proposed as a part of the plan. Each beneficiary entitled to vote shall have one vote regardless of the number of benefit schedules that may have been issued or contributions paid therefor.
(iii) Within 10 days after approval by the beneficiaries, the trust fund, acting by and through its designated officers, shall certify to the Director such approval, appending to such certification a true and correct copy of the plan, as approved, the declaration of organization executed by the attorney-in-fact, and the form of the power of attorney, as executed, together with a list of the beneficiaries so approving and executing the power of attorney. The Director shall thereafter issue to the attorney-in-fact a certificate of authority, as provided in Section 73 of the Illinois Insurance Code, but only after the termination by the trust fund of all benefit schedules issued to beneficiaries who have declined to execute the power of attorney, which termination may be accomplished by the expiry, nonrenewal or cancellation of benefit schedules. Upon such termination, the trust fund, acting by and through its designated officers, shall so certify to the Director, and the date of such certification shall constitute the effective date of reorganization of the trust fund, being the date on which the reciprocal shall become the successor in interest to the trust fund and thenceforth be responsible and liable for all of the liabilities and obligations of the trust fund in accordance with the approved plan of reorganization, and the benefit schedules issued by the trust fund which then remain outstanding shall be deemed to have been issued by the reciprocal. All of the property, real, personal and mixed, and all other choses in action and all and every other interest of the trust fund upon the effective date of reorganization shall be deemed transferred to and vested in the reciprocal without further act or deed. The reciprocal shall thereupon be subject to and entitled to the benefits of Article IV of the Illinois Insurance Code and the trust fund shall thereafter cease to exist.
(d) The Trustees of any such trust fund shall deliver to the Director of Insurance a statement of financial condition as of a date not more than 6 months prior to said date of delivery, prepared in accordance with Section 136 of the Illinois Insurance Code and certified by an independent public accountant as correctly stating the financial condition of such trust fund in accordance with the standards of said Section 136. The Director shall review such statement of financial condition and may, in his discretion, conduct an examination of such trust fund to determine its financial condition. Any such examination shall be commenced within 60 days after the date of delivery to the Director of such statement of financial condition.
(e) In the case of a trust fund reorganizing into a mutual insurance company, provided that (i) such statement of financial condition shall reflect, and the Director is satisfied from the examination, if conducted, that a net fund balance (surplus) in an amount at least equal at the time of reorganization to that required of a newly organized company subject to Section 43 of the Illinois Insurance Code and writing like lines of business and (ii) the articles of incorporation and by-laws, as required by subsection (b), shall comply with the requirements of Article III of the Illinois Insurance Code, the Director of Insurance shall approve the reorganization and articles and by-laws within 60 days after receipt thereof, or within 60 days after the completion of any examination conducted by the Director, whichever date shall last occur, and shall issue a certificate of authority, as provided under Section 51 of the Illinois Insurance Code within 10 days after the receipt of evidence of recordation of the articles and by-laws.
(f) In the case of a trust fund reorganizing into a reciprocal, provided that (i) the statement of financial condition shall reflect, and the Director is satisfied from the examination, if conducted, that a net fund balance (surplus) in an amount at least equal at the time of reorganization to that required of a newly organized reciprocal subject to Section 66 of the Illinois Insurance Code and writing like lines of business and (ii) the declaration of organization and other documents, as required by subsection (c), shall comply with the requirements of Article IV of the Illinois Insurance Code, the Director of Insurance shall approve the reorganization and declaration within 60 days after receipt thereof, or within 60 days after the completion of any examination conducted by the Director, whichever date shall last occur, and shall issue a certificate of authority, as provided under Section 73 of the Illinois Insurance Code within 10 days after the deposit with the Director by the reorganizing reciprocal of cash or securities as required by Section 74 of the Illinois Insurance Code.
(Source: P.A. 90-381, eff. 8-14-97.)


(215 ILCS 150/26) (from Ch. 148, par. 226)
Sec. 26. The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, as amended, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)


(215 ILCS 150/27) (from Ch. 148, par. 227)
Sec. 27. If any provision of this Act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this Act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


(215 ILCS 150/28) (from Ch. 148, par. 228)
Sec. 28. This Act shall become effective upon its becoming a law.
(Source: P.A. 80-530.)


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