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TEACHERS' PENSION AND RETIREMENT FUND-DISTRICTS UNDER SPECIAL ACTS. § 1. Amends section 3, Act of 1913.
$ 3. As amended, provides State shall
contribute from that part of the State school fund distributed to
Peoria County. (HOUSE BILL No. 947. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1915.) An Act to amend section 3 of an Act entitled, “An Act to enable any
board of school inspectors, or any body or board of officials, which governs or has charge of the affairs of any school district having a population of not fewer than 10,000 and not more than 100,000 inhabitants, and governed by special Acts of the General Assembly of this State and in such other districts as may hereafter be ascertained by any special or general census to have such population and which school districts are also governed by like special Acts, to establish and maintain a teachers' pension and retirement fund," approved June 27, 1913, in force July 1, 1913.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 3 of an Act entitled, “An Act to enable any board of school inspectors, or any body or board of officials, which governs or has charge of the affairs of any school district having a population of not fewer than 10,000 and not more than 100,000 inhabitants, and governed by special Acts of the General Assembly of this State and in such other districts as may hereafter be ascertained by any special or general census to have such population and which school districts are also governed by like special Acts, to establish and maintain a teachers' pension and retirement fund," approved June 27, 1913, in force July 1, 1913, be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:
§ 3. The teachers' pension and retirement fund shall consist of moneys contributed by teachers under the provisions of this Act; also of moneys received from donations, legacies, gifts, bequests and otherwise, and of moneys paid into said fund in pursuance of any law now in force or hereafter enacted, and there shall be set aside by the State Auditor of Public Accounts and paid by him to the State Treasurer annually from the common school fund of this State an amount equal to one-tenth of one mill upon each dollar of assessed valuation of all taxable property of the State within the city and school district coming under the provisions of this Act: Provided the above amount shall be taken only from that part of the common school fund which under the law would otherwise be distributed to Peoria County, and the State Treasurer shall pay proportionately from the respective city and school districts the sums so paid to him, to the treasurer of the board of school inspectors of the city of Peoria and to all other boards of directors, boards of education and boards of school inspectors in districts in accordance with the provisions of this Act who shall credit such sums so paid to him to the teachers' pension and retirement fund under the provisions of this Act.
APPROVED June 29th, 1915.
TEACHERS' PENSION AND RETIREMENT FUND-STATE. § 1. Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retire- $ 23. Auditor of Public Accounts to set aside anment Fund-management-board of trus
nually from common school fund an amount tees-election-term of office-when office
sufficient to meet all demands upon penvacant.
sion and retirement sund-limitation, § 2. Election of board of trustees-nomination of $ 24. What moneys to constitute pension and candidates-petition—signatures where
(a) Those who have served as teachers for & 3. Date of election--board of canvassers-duty
periods aggregating twenty-five years of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
of service and have paid $400 to said
fund and are over 50 years of age. 4. Vacancies-how filled.
(b) Those who count past services as a part
or whole of said period and who have § 5. Temporary board of trustees-duties.
paid the sum required of annuitants
with interest from the time payments $ 6. Treasurer-duties-secretary-duties.
would have been made had annuitant
been a regular contributor to said lund $ 7. Meetings-rules.
during said period of part service.
(c) Any teacher who has served fifteen years § 8. Compensation of members and secretary
and who is suffering from any disahow paid.
bility such as to disqualify him or her
for toaching; provided the required $ 9. Powers of trustees-investment of funds
payments have been made to said payment of pensions.
(d) Term of service-how computed. § 10. Annual report.
le) Retirement-application in writing.
(1) Other teachers may become beneficia$ 11. Board not a corporation-prosecution or
ries. defense of actions by or against board.
$ 26. Life annuity-maximum amount. $ 12. Portion of salary of teacher electing to come
within provisions of Act retained-pro- $ 27. When contributor ceases to teach--return viso.
of one-half of amount of contributions
upon application in writing. $13. Who entitled to benefits-classes-assess
ments contributors to submit evidence of $28. Annuities—when and how paid.
§ 29. Payments from income. 14. New teachers shall contribute to fund.
$ 30. Leave of absence for professional prepara15. Who may elect to come within provisions of
tion computed as part of service. Act-notice to board.
$ 31. Annuitants may resume teaching-annuity $ 16, Annual statement to State Treasurer by
to cease-when again paid. local boards.
$ 32. Annuities not subject to attachment, etc. $ 17. What statement to include.
$ 33. Office for board of trustees in Capitol. 18. Copy to county superintendent.
$ 34. Teacher defined. 19. Annual statement by districts in which no teachers come under provisions of Act. $ 35. Merger of any existing funds with Stato
Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund $ 20. Annual report by county superintendent to
-rights of contributors preserved. board of trustees—what to contain.
$ 36. To what cities and school districts Act to $ 21. Rerords-who shall keep.
apply. $ 22. Credit to fund for moneys received.
(SENATE BILL No. 135. APPROVED MAY 27, 1915. ) An Act in relation to an Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retire
ment Fund. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That there be and is hereby created an Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund, which shall be managed by a board of trustees, to be known as the board of trustees of the Illinois Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. Such board shall consist of five (5) members of whom the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Treasurer shall be ex officio members, and three other members, who shall be elected by the teachers who are contributors to said fund or who have become annuitants under provisions of this Act, at an annual election, as hereinafter provided. No teacher shall be elected as a member of the board of trustees by the teachers and annuitants as aforesaid who is not a contributor, or an annuitant as aforesaid, at the time of the election. The term of office of the elective members of the said board of trustees shall be three (3) years, except as provided in section 3 of this Act, and such term shall begin on the first day of January next succeeding after such election takes place: Provided, the elective members of the first board of trustees shall assume office immediately after their election. In case any trustee ceases to be a contributor or an annuitant, his office shall become vacant and shall be filled as hereinafter provided for the filling of vacancies.
§ 2. Any person qualified to be elected a member of said board of trustees may be nominated as a candidate for that office by petition in writing signed by not less than one hundred contributors to said fund, or annuitànts as aforesaid, and in the manner following: No petition shall contain the names of a greater number of candidates than there are offices to be filled. No person shall petition for the nomination of more candidates than there are offices to be filled. No signature of a petitioner shall be valid unless there shall appear on the petition opposite such signatures the school district, city, town, or village and county in which such petitioner is a teacher, or if an annuitant, his or her postoffice address. All such petitions shall be filed in the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of this State not less than thirty days nor more than forty days next before the annual election day hereinafter mentioned. Each membership in said board of trustees shall be considered as one office. The number of candidates whose names shall appear on the ballot shall not exceed six for each office. The persons petitioned for by the largest number of persons shall be the candidates and their names shall appear on the ballot in the order of the number of petitioners for each, the name of the candidate having the greatest number appearing first, etc. When the time within which nominating petitions may be filed has expired, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall cause the names of all persons nominated for any office or offices to be filled at the next annual election to be printed on one ballot, indicating thereon the term of office for which they are severally nominated, and one of the ballots so made up shall, together with a printed copy of the sections of this Act pertaining to elections, be mailed to each contributor, and annuitant as aforesaid, at his or her last known address, at least one week before said annual election day. There shall be mailed at the same time to such member a stamped envelope, properly addressed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction at his office, and also an envelope marked "For Ballot Only," and a slip for signature, as hereinafter provided. Each person, upon marking his or her ballot, shall enclose the same in the envelope marked "For Ballot Only," and shall seal the same, and shall write his or her signature and the name of the school district, city, town or village and county in which such voter is a teacher or annuitant as aforesaid, upon the slip of paper provided for that purpose, and shall enclose both said slip and the sealed envelope containing his or her ballot in the envelope addressed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and shall mail the same. Ballots shall be in the form, as near as may be, of ballots prepared under "An Act to provide for the printing and distribution of ballots at public expense and for the nomination of candidates for public offices, to regulate the manner of holding elections and to enforce the secrecy of the ballot,” approved June 22, 1891, in force July 1, 1891, commonly called "Australian Ballot Act." The voter shall indicate his choice by making a cross mark in the square before the name of each person voted for, as near as may be in the same manner as provided in said Australian Ballot Act. Each contributor to said fund and each annuitant as aforesaid shall be entitled to one vote for each office to be filled at such election.
§ 3. December 27, unless said day fall on Sunday, and in that event, December 28, in each year, is herein designated as annual election day. On said annual election day the envelopes addressed and mailed to the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be publicly opened at his office. The name of the person voting, as shown on the enclosed slip, shall be checked off on the roll of contributors and annuitants as aforesaid, and a list of such voters shall be made, and the envelope marked “For Ballot Only,” accompanying such slip, shall then be set aside to be later publicly opened and the ballot therein counted by a board of canvassers. Said board shall consist of seven members to be selected from the contributors and annuitants as aforesaid, in such manner as the board of trustees shall by by-law provide, one from each of the seven districts in which this State has been divided for the election of judges of the Supreme Court. No ballot shall be counted unless accompanied by said slip, properly filled out as heretofore provided by a contributor or annuitant as aforesaid, nor unless received by the Superintendent of Public Instruction before 10 o'clock a. m. on said annual election day. When the names of all voters shall have been checked, the envelopes marked "For Ballot Only” shall be opened and the ballots removed therefrom and counted. The person or persons receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected. In case more persons than one have the same number of votes, the choice shall be decided by lot. The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall make and keep a record of the result of the election and furnish a copy thereof to the board of
stees, and shall notify the persons elected of their election. At the first annual election there shall be elected one member of said board of trustees for the term of one year, one member for the term of two years, and one member for the term of three years, and annually thereafter there shall be elected one member for a term of three years in the manner heretofore provided.
$ 4. In case of a vacancy in the board of trustees, the remaining members of said board shall fill such vacancy by appointment until the next annual election, when a trustee for the unexpired term shall be elected.
$ 5. After the passage of this bill and until the elective members of the first board of trustees shall assume office, as provided in section 1 of this Act, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Secretary of State shall constitute a temporary board of trustees of the Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. Such temporary board shall account for all its transactions in the same manner as hereinafter provided for the board of trustees.
§ 6. Said board of trustees shall organize by the election of one of their number as president. The State Treasurer shall be ex officio treasurer of said board, and shall receive and make payments from and account for said funds in the same manner as for other State funds, except as hereinafter provided. Said Treasurer shall safely keep such funds, subject to the control and direction of the board of trustees, and shall keep his books and accounts in such manner as may be prescribed by said board; and said books and accounts shall always be subject to the inspection of said board, or any member thereof. Said Treasurer shall be liable on his official bond for the proper performance of his duties and the conservation of the fund created by this Act. Said board shall employ a secretary, for such term as may be determined, who shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by the board.
§ 7. The board of trustees shall meet regularly four times a year at such times as said board may by by-law provide, or at the call of the president or any three members. ·Said board may adopt rules for the government of its meetings and for the administration of the fund, in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
§ 8. Members of said board shall receive no compensation, except their necessary expenses incurred in attending the meetings, to be paid from the Illinois State Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund. If said board shall elect one of its members secretary, such member may receive compensation for services rendered as secretary. The secretary may receive a salary to be fixed by the board. The compensation of the secretary and other necessary expenses incurred by said board in carrying out the provisions of this Act shall be paid from the fund. The Auditor of Public Accounts is authorized to draw warrants payable from said fund upon the State Treasurer for all salaries and expenses provided for in this Act upon the presentation of vouchers approved by the president and the secretary of said board of trustees.
§ 9. The board of trustees shall have charge of the administration of said fund, and shall have power to invest the same upon the approval of the State Treasurer in the same manner and subject to the same terms and conditions as township trustees are permitted to invest school funds under the law, and shall have power to make payments from said fund of pensions or annuities granted in this Act.
§ 10. The board of trustees shall report annually at the first meeting after June 30th. A copy of said report shall be transmitted to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, who shall include the same in his biennial report to the Governor.
$ 11. Said board shall not be a corporation, but may sue and be sued in the name of the board. All actions brought by or against the board shall be prosecuted or defended, as the case may be, by the Attorney General or other counsel, as the board of trustees may from time to time decide.
$ 12. The board of directors, board of education, or other governing body of public schools in each school district of the State, coming under the provisions of this Act, shall retain on every pay day from the salary of each teacher the amount hereinafter provided : Provided, that such amount shall not be retained from the salary of any teacher employed in said public schools when this Act takes effect who has not