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The IPPFA has compiled a list of important legislation that has been recently introduced relating to Police, Fire and the Illinois Pension Code. Each bill can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the bill number. We ask for you to follow up on these current bills by contacting your legislator through the link at the bottom of the page. You may view the contact information for the bill sponsor by clicking on the sponsors name. The IPPFA will continue to update this as new legislation is introduced.

President James McNamee

Bill Number Brief Bill Description Bill Sponsor IPPFA Position Bill Status
         
HJRCA0049   Against Adopted
         
SB1218

Amends the School Code. Provides that, beginning January 1, 2015, if a school board other than the Chicago Board of Schools offers a 403(b) plan to its officers, employees, or both, or makes contributions to such a plan on behalf of its officers, employees, or both, then the plan sponsor must act in accordance with the prudent investor rule when making plan-related decisions. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

Rep. Daniel Bliss

Rep. Terry Link

Rep. Heather Steans

For  
         
SB1365

Amends the Chicago Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Adds Parkinson's disease to the list of diseases for which certain firemen may be entitled to receive an occupational disease disability benefit. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Rep. Kimberley A. Lightford

Against  
         
SB 1366 Amends the Cook County Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Defines the term "earned annuity". Effective immediately. Sen. Daniel Bliss   Passed
         
SB1518

Amends the Property Tax Code. Provides that each property tax bill shall contain a separate statement for each of the taxing districts setting forth the dollar amount of tax due that will be used by the taxing district to pick up or otherwise pay its employees' contributions to a public pension fund. Provides that each taxing district that picks up or otherwise pays its employees' contributions to a public pension fund must certify this information to the county clerk on or before the last Tuesday in December. Effective immediately.

Rep. Michael Connelly

Rep. Pamela J. Althoff

Against  
         
SB 1584 Amends the Cook County Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a county employee with 20 or more years of service, who first became a participant on or after January 1, 2011 and whose entire disability benefit credit period expires before attainment of age 62, may qualify for certain annuities. Effective immediately. Sen. John G. Mulroe   Passed
         
SB 1921 Amends the Cook County Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the board shall list on its website all board vacancies, the election calendar, the statutory requirements for each elected board position, and election rules adopted by the board. Sen. Kwane Raoul   Passed - Sent to Governor
         
SB 1921

Amends the Cook County Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a county employee with 20 or more years of service, who first became a participant on or after January 1, 2011 and whose entire disability benefit credit period expires before attainment of age 62, may qualify for certain annuities. Effective immediately.

Sen. Kwame Raul   Passed
         
Police/Fire/IMRF
SB 2183
Amends the Downstate Police, Downstate Firefighters, and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Changes the definition of municipality so that, on and after the effective date of the Act, a city, township, village, or incorporated town qualifies as a municipality for the purposes of the affected Articles if it has a population of more than 7,500 (rather than 5,000) but less than 500,000 inhabitants… Sen. Dale E. Risinger Against Sine Die
         
Fire
SB 2199
Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a firefighter employed by a village with a population on July 1, 2007 greater than 9,000 but less than 12,000 who was excluded from participation in a downstate firefighter fund prior to January 1, 1996 because the firefighter earned credit for that service under the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Article for the same municipality may also elect to establish creditable service for those periods of employment for that municipality's emergency services as a firefighter, EMT, or paramedic during which he or she was excluded from participation in a downstate firefighter fund. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.
Sen. Michael Noland For Sine Die
         
IL Pension Code
SB 2499
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide that participants under those Articles are only entitled to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service is received by the Fund before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that the Illinois Municipal League and the Will County Governmental League are participating instrumentalities only with respect to service on or before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately. Sen. Matt Murphy Neutral Sine Die
         
SB 3009 Amends the General Assembly, State Employees, and Judges Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if a fund or system mistakenly sets any benefit at an incorrect amount, it shall recalculate the benefit as soon as may be practicable after the mistake is discovered. Sets forth specific requirements regarding when a benefit is mistakenly set too low and when a benefit is mistakenly set too high. Amends the Downstate Firefighters and Cook County Forest Preserve Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the amount of any overpayment of any pension or benefit due to fraud, misrepresentation, or error may be deducted from future payments to the recipient. Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant    
         
HB 0140 Amends the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971, the Illinois Pension Code, the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act, and the Regional Transportation Authority Act. Eliminates compensation, as well as pension and group insurance benefits, for individuals who first become members of the Regional Transportation Authority Board, Suburban Bus Board, Commuter Rail Board, or Chicago Transit Authority Board on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately Rep. Jack D. Franks   Passed
         
IL Pension Code
HB 0145
Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that no assets of any retirement system shall be invested in any foreign company that has an equity tie to the government of Iran or its instrumentalities and that is engaged in specified business activities. Exempts any foreign company providing humanitarian aid to the Iranian people through either a governmental or non-governmental organization. Requires the retirement system to sell, redeem, divest, or withdraw any investment held in violation of these requirements. Read More.. Rep. Jack D. Franks

Rep. Sidney H. Mathias
For Sine Die
         
HB 1351 Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that an annuitant shall be considered a participating employee if he or she returns to work as an employee with a participating employer and works more than 599 hours annually (or 999 hours annually with a participating employer that has adopted a resolution excluding from participation in IMRF any person employed in a position normally requiring performance of duty for less than 1000 hours per year)... Rep. Raymond Poe   Passed - Sent to Govenor
         
HB 1371 Amends the Downstate Police and Firefighter Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Delays by one year a procedure under which the Comptroller is required to divert certain State payments from the intended recipient to a pension fund when the intended recipient is more than 90 days overdue in making a required contribution to the pension fund. Effective immediately. Rep. David Harris Against  
         
HB1372

Amends the Downstate and Chicago Police and Firefighter Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Delays by one year a procedure under which the Comptroller is required to divert certain State payments from the intended recipient to a pension fund when the intended recipient is more than 90 days overdue in making a required contribution to the pension fund. Effective immediately.

Rep. David Harris Against  
         
HB1375

Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide that participants under those Articles are entitled only to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service are received by the Fund before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that the Illinois Municipal League and the Will County Governmental League are participating instrumentalities only with respect to service on or before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

Rep. Daniel V. Beiser For  
         
HB1377

Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In a Section on disability arising in the line of duty, clarifies what constitutes an act of duty: includes participation in training activities designed to enhance the skills and abilities of the firefighter, whether within or away from the municipality he or she serves as a firefighter, if the assignment is related to the fire protection service of the municipality. Provides that such activity shall continue to be considered an "act of duty" even if performed without compensation. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Rep. Daniel J. Burke

For  
         
HB1378

Amends the Chicago Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Adds Parkinson's disease to the list of diseases for which certain firemen may be entitled to receive an occupational disease disability benefit. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Rep. Daniel J. Burke For  
         
HB 1444 Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that the Board shall determine the amortization period to be used in calculating the amount to be contributed by participating municipalities and participating instrumentalities in order to adjust for changes in the Fund's unfunded accrued liabilities. Specifies that the amortization period shall not exceed 30 years for participating municipalities or 10 years for participating instrumentalities. Allows participating employees to withdraw additional contributions only to the extent permitted by the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Requires the Board to meet at least quarterly (rather than monthly). Also makes technical changes. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately Rep. Michael J. Zalewski   Passed
         
HB1448

Amends the Chicago Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Beginning December 1, 2013, extends eligibility for the 3% annual increase in retirement annuity at age 55 to firemen born after December 31, 1954 who began service prior to January 1, 2011. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately.

Rep. Arthur Turner

For  
         
HB1484

Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Shifts future funding responsibility from the Chicago Board of Education to the State of Illinois. Specifies the amount of required State and Chicago Board of Education contributions for fiscal year 2014. Beginning in fiscal year 2015, changes the funding goal from 90% to 100% and specifies the manner of determining the required contributions from the State and the Board of Education. Defines terms. Provides for certification of contribution amounts and for payment of State contributions on a monthly basis pursuant to vouchers issued by the Board. Repeals a Section relating to additional employer contributions. Amends the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act. Provides a continuing appropriation to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, on a continuing monthly basis, of the amount, if any, by which the total available amount of all other appropriations to that Fund for the payment of required State contributions is less than the total amount of the vouchers for required State contributions lawfully submitted by the Fund. Effective immediately.

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie

Rep. Esther Golar

Rep. Mary E. Flowers

Against  
         
HB 2583 Amends the Chicago Teacher Article of the Illinois Pension Code. In the definition of "member", specifies that an employer may not reclassify a non-hourly employee as an hourly employee for the purpose of evading or avoiding its obligations. Provides that any certified teacher or staff employed by a corporate or non-profit entity engaged in the administration of a charter school shall presumptively be a participant in the Fund, unless the organization establishes to the satisfaction of the Board that an individual certified teacher or staff member is not working as a teacher or administrator directly or indirectly with the Charter School… Rep. Daniel J. Burke   Passed - Sent to Governor
         
HB 2656 Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, for service transferred from a downstate police pension fund under a specific provision, credits and creditable service shall be granted upon transfer of those credits to IMRF. Specifies that if the board determines that the amount transferred is less than the true cost to the Fund of allowing that creditable service to be established, then in order to establish that creditable service, the member must pay to the Fund an additional contribution equal to the difference, as determined by the board in accordance with the rules and procedures adopted by the Fund… Rep. Darlene J. Senger   Passed - Sent to Governor
         
HB 2767 Amends the State Employee Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, for service on or after July 1, 2013, "compensation" does not include any stipend payable to an employee for service on a board or commission. Effective immediately… Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit   Passed Sent to Governor
         
HB 2993 Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Deletes references to the State Universities Retirement System from the Tier 2 Section of the General Provisions Article and incorporates the Tier 2 provisions into the State Universities Article. Also makes administrative changes: authorizes the Board to delegate some of its duties; provides that warrants, checks, and drafts need not be signed by the president of the Board; specifies that the Board's rulemaking power includes the time and manner of reporting contributions; authorizes the Board to procure additional actuarial, legal, medical, audit, and other services; makes other changes. Effective immediately. Rep. Darlene J. Senger   Passed
         
HB 3304 Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide that participants under those Articles are entitled only to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service are received by the Fund before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that the Illinois Municipal League and the Will County Governmental League are participating instrumentalities only with respect to service on or before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately. Read More... Rep. Donald Moffitt For Sine Die
         
HB 3474 Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning definitions. Rep. Sandra M. Pihos   Passed
         
HB 3813 Amends the Chicago Municipal, Chicago Laborers, and Chicago Teachers Articles of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that, for certain leaves of absence during which a participant is employed by a labor organization, contributions shall be based upon the participant's regular salary (rather than the salary received from the organization). Effective immediately. Rep. Tom Cross   Passed
         
HB 3904 Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Amends various Articles of the Code to provide that participants under those Articles are entitled only to creditable service for periods of service with a labor organization if the employee and employer contributions for the service are received by the Fund before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Amends the IMRF Article of the Illinois Pension Code to provide that the Illinois Municipal League and the Will County Governmental League are participating instrumentalities only with respect to service on or before the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.
Rep. Dwight Kay
Neutral Sine Die
         
HB 4458 Amends the Illinois Pension Code. For a period of 6 months, allows a police officer to transfer up to 10 years of creditable service in either direction between a downstate police pension fund and the State Universities Retirement System. Applies only to service as a police officer. Requires payment by the police officer of the difference between the amount of contributions transferred and the true cost of allowing the creditable service to be established. Authorizes reinstatement of transferable credits. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately Rep. Dan Brady Neutral Sine Die
         
HB 4691 Amends the Downstate Police Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, upon creation of a newly established police pension fund by referendum or census, the following funds shall be transferred from IMRF to the newly created fund within 30 days: (1) the amounts actually contributed by or on behalf of the officer to the Article 7 Fund as municipal police officer employee contributions, plus interest on those amounts at the rate of 6% per year, compounded annually, from the date of contribution to the date of transfer to the Article 3 Fund and (2) an amount representing employer contributions, equal to the total amount determined under subdivision (1), plus interest on those amounts at the rate of 6% per year, compounded annually, from the date of contribution to the date of transfer. Provides that participation in IMRF shall terminate on the date of transfer. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement. Effective immediately. Rep. Brandon W. Phelps    
         
HB 5816 Amends the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that if a member or participant of a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, intimidation by a public official, bribery, official misconduct, engaging in kickbacks, fraudulently obtaining public moneys reserved for a disadvantaged business enterprise, or certain theft offenses, then none of the benefits that are provided for under the Code and that are attributable to the service of that person shall be paid…

Rep. Darlene J. Senger

   
         
HB5919 Amends the Downstate Police and Firefighter Articles of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that, if at any time the Public Pension Division of the Department of Insurance finds that a pension has been calculated using compensation that should not have been included in salary or final average salary, then the beneficiary of that pension shall pay back to the fund an amount equal to the benefit incurred by using that compensation. Effective immediately. Rep. Jeanne M Ives    
         
         
         
         
         




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