Bill Text: IL HB3908 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Prohibits participation by a person who is an elected or appointed official of a forest preserve district and is first so elected or appointed on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that a person who is an elected or appointed official of a forest preserve district shall not be considered a participating employee, unless (1) the person was first elected or appointed to that office before the effective date of the amendatory Act; (2) the person has elected to become a participating employee; and (3) the person has submitted logs evidencing that he or she has met a specified hourly standard. Contains provisions specifying the manner of documenting and submitting the time spent on official government business. Provides that an elected or appointed official of a forest preserve district who fails to submit time sheets or fails to conduct official government business for either 600 or 1,000 hours (whichever is applicable) with respect to that position shall not be permitted to continue participation in the Fund as an elected or appointed official of a forest preserve district. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-23 - Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 24, 2017 [HB3908 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3908-Engrossed.html



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1 AN ACT concerning public employee benefits.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Pension Code is amended by changing
5Section 7-137 as follows:
6 (40 ILCS 5/7-137) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 7-137)
7 Sec. 7-137. Participating and covered employees.
8 (a) The persons described in this paragraph (a) shall be
9included within and be subject to this Article and eligible to
10benefits from this fund, beginning upon the dates hereinafter
11specified:
12 1. Except as to the employees specifically excluded
13 under the provisions of this Article, all persons who are
14 employees of any municipality (or instrumentality thereof)
15 or participating instrumentality on the effective date of
16 participation of the municipality or participating
17 instrumentality beginning upon such effective date.
18 2. Except as to the employees specifically excluded
19 under the provisions of this Article, all persons, who
20 became employees of any participating municipality (or
21 instrumentality thereof) or participating instrumentality
22 after the effective date of participation of such
23 municipality or participating instrumentality, beginning

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1 upon the date such person becomes an employee.
2 3. All persons who file notice with the board as
3 provided in paragraph (b) 2 and 3 of this Section,
4 beginning upon the date of filing such notice.
5 (b) The following described persons shall not be considered
6participating employees eligible for benefits from this fund,
7but shall be included within and be subject to this Article
8(each of the descriptions is not exclusive but is cumulative):
9 1. Any person who occupies an office or is employed in
10 a position normally requiring performance of duty during
11 less than 600 hours a year for a municipality (including
12 all instrumentalities thereof) or a participating
13 instrumentality. If a school treasurer performs services
14 for more than one school district, the total number of
15 hours of service normally required for the several school
16 districts shall be considered to determine whether he
17 qualifies under this paragraph;
18 2. Except as provided in items 2.5, and 2.6, 2.7, and
19 2.8, any person who holds elective office unless he has
20 elected while in that office in a written notice on file
21 with the board to become a participating employee;
22 2.5. Except as provided in item 2.6, any person who
23 holds elective office as a member of a county board,
24 unless:
25 (i) the person was first elected as a member of a
26 county board before the effective date of this

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1 amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly;
2 (ii) the person has elected while in that office,
3 in a written notice on file with the board, to become a
4 participating employee;
5 (iii) the county board has filed the resolution
6 required by subsection (a) of Section 7-137.2 of this
7 Article; and
8 (iv) the person has submitted the required time
9 sheets evidencing that the person has met the hourly
10 standard as required by subsection (b) of Section
11 7-137.2 of this Article;
12 2.6. Any person who is an elected member of a county
13 board and is first so elected on or after the effective
14 date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly;
15 2.7. Any person who is a member of a governing body of
16 a forest preserve district, whether he or she is elected or
17 appointed, unless:
18 (i) the person was first elected or appointed to
19 that office before the effective date of this amendatory
20 Act of the 100th General Assembly and the person has
21 elected while in that office, in a written notice on file
22 with the board, to become a participating employee; and
23 (ii) the governing body has certified to the Fund
24 that the position normally requires the performance of duty
25 during 1000 hours or more per year.
26 2.8. Any person who is an elected or appointed official

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1 of a forest preserve district and is first so elected or
2 appointed on or after the effective date of this amendatory
3 Act of the 100th General Assembly;
4 3. Any person working for a city hospital unless any
5 such person, while in active employment, has elected in a
6 written notice on file with the board to become a
7 participating employee and notification thereof is
8 received by the board;
9 4. Any person who becomes an employee after June 30,
10 1979 as a public service employment program participant
11 under the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training
12 Act and whose wages or fringe benefits are paid in whole or
13 in part by funds provided under such Act;
14 5. Any person who is actively employed by a
15 municipality on its effective date of participation in the
16 Fund if that municipality (i) has at least 35 employees on
17 its effective date of participation; (ii) is located in a
18 county with at least 2,000,000 inhabitants; and (iii)
19 maintains an independent defined benefit pension plan for
20 the benefit of its eligible employees, unless the person
21 files with the board within 90 days after the
22 municipality's effective date of participation an
23 irrevocable election to participate.
24 (c) Any person electing to be a participating employee,
25pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section may not change such
26election, except as provided in Section 7-137.1.

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1 (d) Any employee who occupied the position of school nurse
2in any participating municipality on August 8, 1961 and
3continuously thereafter until the effective date of the
4exercise of the option authorized by this subparagraph, who on
5August 7, 1961 was a member of the Teachers' Retirement System
6of Illinois, by virtue of certification by the Department of
7Registration and Education as a public health nurse, may elect
8to terminate participation in this Fund in order to
9re-establish membership in such System. The election may be
10exercised by filing written notice thereof with the Board or
11with the Board of Trustees of said Teachers' Retirement System,
12not later than September 30, 1963, and shall be effective on
13the first day of the calendar month next following the month in
14which the notice was filed. If the written notice is filed with
15such Teachers' Retirement System, that System shall
16immediately notify this Fund, but neither failure nor delay in
17notification shall affect the validity of the employee's
18election. If the option is exercised, the Fund shall notify
19such Teachers' Retirement System of such fact and transfer to
20that system the amounts contributed by the employee to this
21Fund, including interest at 3% per annum, but excluding
22contributions applicable to social security coverage during
23the period beginning August 8, 1961 to the effective date of
24the employee's election. Participation in this Fund as to any
25credits on or after August 8, 1961 and up to the effective date
26of the employee's election shall terminate on such effective

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1date.
2 (e) Any participating municipality or participating
3instrumentality, other than a school district or special
4education joint agreement created under Section 10-22.31 of the
5School Code, may, by a resolution or ordinance duly adopted by
6its governing body, elect to exclude from participation and
7eligibility for benefits all persons who are employed after the
8effective date of such resolution or ordinance and who occupy
9an office or are employed in a position normally requiring
10performance of duty for less than 1000 hours per year for the
11participating municipality (including all instrumentalities
12thereof) or participating instrumentality except for persons
13employed in a position normally requiring performance of duty
14for 600 hours or more per year (i) by such participating
15municipality or participating instrumentality prior to the
16effective date of the resolution or ordinance and (ii) by a
17participating municipality or participating instrumentality,
18which had not adopted such a resolution when the person was
19employed, and the function served by the employee's position is
20assumed by another participating municipality or participating
21instrumentality. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a
22participating municipality or participating instrumentality
23which is formed solely to succeed to the functions of a
24participating municipality or participating instrumentality
25shall be considered to have adopted any such resolution or
26ordinance which may have been applicable to the employees

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1performing such functions. The election made by the resolution
2or ordinance shall take effect at the time specified in the
3resolution or ordinance, and once effective shall be
4irrevocable.
5(Source: P.A. 99-900, eff. 8-26-16.)
6 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
7becoming law.
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