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is equal to the full amount which would have been deducted and applied to said fund during a period of twenty years. Such sum so to be paid shall be deducted by the treasurer of such city, village or town in equal monthly installments of ten dollars each, from the benefits due and payable to such employee at the regular times for the payments of said benefits after he shall become a beneficiary hereunder.
It is the purpose and intent of this section that its provisions shall apply only to persons who were engaged in the military or naval service as aforesaid, and that it shall in no way repeal or affect any of the other provisions of this Act.
APPROVED June 29th, 1915.
PENSION FUND-POLICE, CITIES OVER 200,000. $1. Pension fund for policemen created.
$ 9. How fund created-actuaries to determine
amount necessary-board shall certify to $ 2 Board of trustees of police pension fund
city council-seven-tenths mill tax leryappointment and election-term-trustees
annual appropriation-tax warrants-failunder prior Act to serve.
ure to provide for levy-revenue from city
licenses to be applied-transfer of funds $ 3. Employee of twenty years—application for
disposition of police pension fund under retirement-pension-death--pension to
former Act-board dissolved. widow.
$ 10. Powers of board. $ 4. Retirement because of physical disabilityevidence of disability-examination. $ 11. Annual statement by treasurer to board and
mayor-disposition of surplus-examina§ 5. Death in performance of duty-pension to
tion of books and records.
$ 12. What persons entitled to benefits under
Act-pensions exempt from attachment $ 6. Pension lost by crime or neglect.
or garnishment and shall not be levied
upon. $ 7. “Policeman" interpreted and construed
entitled to benefits under act superseded $ 13. Validity.
by this Act.
record-certified list of beneficiaries-
(HOUSE BILL No. 320. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1915.) An Aot to provide for the setting apart, formation and disbursement of
a police pension fund in cities having a population exceeding two hundred thousand inhabitants.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That in each city in this State having a population of two hundred thousand inhabitants, or more, there shall be created, maintained and disbursed in the manner prescribed in this Act, a pension fund for policemen.
§ 2. A board composed of five members shall be and constitute a board of trustees to provide for the disbursement of said fund, and to designate the beneficiaries thereof, as herein directed, which board shall be known as the board of trustees of the Police Pension Fund of said city. Three members of said board shall be residents of the county in which such city is located, and shall not hold, during their term of membership on said board, any other civil office or position under the Federal, State or municipal governments. They shall be appointed by the mayor of such city and shall serve for a period of three (3) years, and until their successors are appointed and qualified. The two other persons who, with the members above designated, shall constitute said board, shall be chosen, one from among the policemen of such city, and one from the body of the pensioners under this Act. The member to be
chosen from the policemen shall be elected by secret ballot at an annual meeting to serve for the period of one year at which elections all policeman shall be entitled to vote. The member to be chosen from the body of pensioners shall be elected by secret ballot at an annual election to serve for a period of one year, at said election all retired policemen who are pensioners by the terms of this Act, and the widows of all deceased pensioners who are pensioners by the terms of this Act shall be entitled to vote. In the event that there shall be no widow surviving, then the guardian of any natural child or children of such deceased pensioner, where such children are also pensioners, may cast the vote to which such widow would have been entitled had she survived. Elections shall be held annually on the third Monday of April, at such place or places in such city, and under such regulations as shall be prescribed by said board: Provided, however, that no person entitled to vote under the provisions of this section shall cast more than one vote at any such election. In the event of the death, resignation or inability to act of any elected member of said board, the successor of such member shall be elected at a special election which shall be called by said board, and shall be conducted in the same manner as are the annual elections hereunder. Those members of the board of trustees of the Police Pension Fund provided for in an Act entitled: “An Act to provide for the setting apart, formation and disbursement of a Police Pension Fund in cities, villages and incorporated towns,” (approved April 29, 1887, in force July 1, 1887), as subsequently amended, shall serve as members of the board hereby created for the terms for which they were respectively appointed or elected, and until such time as their successors are respectively appointed or elected and qualified as herein provided. Suitable rooms for offices and meetings of such board shall be assigned by the mayor of such city. § 3. Whenever any person shall have been or shall hereafter be appointed and sworn as a probationary or regular policeman in any city where such pension fund has been created, and shall have served for a period of twenty (20) years or more as such policeman in the police force of such city, or where the combined years of service of such person in the police department and fire department of such city shall aggregate twenty (20) years or more, he may make application to said board for retirement, and said board shall order and direct that such policeman after his retirement from the police force, shall be paid a yearly pension equal to one-half of the amount of the salary attached to the rank which he may have held in said police force for one year immediately prior to the time of his retirement from the police force: Provided, however, the maximum of said pension shall not exceed the sum of nine hundred dollars ($900) and the minimum be not less than six hundred dollars ($600) per annum; and after the death of any such policeman, his widow, in case the marriage of such policeman shall have taken place more than six months prior to the time a pension is granted him hereunder, or natural child or children under sixteen (16) years of age of any such pensioner shall thereafter be paid the pension herein provided for such husband or father: And provided, further, that if such widow remarries, the pension herein provided shall cease.
If such widow dies, or if no such widow survives such policeman, then the natural child or children of such policeman under the age of sixteen (16) years shall receive the same pension as heretofore received by such deceased father, to be divided equally among them. Pensions paid to children shall cease, as to any such child, upon his or her arriving at the age of sixteen (16) years. § 4. Whenever any person who has been appointed and sworn as a regular or probationary policeman of any such city shall at any time become physically disabled while in, and in consequence of, the performance of police duty, said board upon his written request, or without such request, upon the recommendation of the General Superintendent of Police, may retire such policeman from actual service, and order and direct that he be paid from such fund a yearly pension not exceeding one-half of the amount of the salary attached to the rank which he may have held in said police force at the time of his retirement: Provided, however, that the maximum sum of such pension shall not exceed the sum of nine hundred dollars ($900) per annum, and the minimum not less than six hundred dollars ($600) per annum : Provided, however, that whenever such disability shall cease, such pension shall cease, and such person shall thereupon be reinstated in the department in the rank held by him at the time of his retirement. On the death of any person so retired, his widow, provided the marriage of such policeman shall have taken place prior to the date of becoming so disabled, or natural child or children under the age of sixteen (16) years of such deceased pensioner, shall be paid the same pension herein provided for such retired husband or father; but nothing herein contained shall authorize or warrant payment of any such pension to any such widow after she shall have remarried. No policeman shall be retired as provided in this section or receive any benefit from such fund unless there shall be filed with said board certificates of his disability, which shall be subscribed and sworn to by the city physician, if there be one, and a practicing physician of such city, or by the sworn certificates of such physicians as said board may select, and such board may require other evidence of disability before ordering such retirement and payment as aforesaid. Any policeman retired for disability under this Act may be summoned to submit himself for examination by said board, or by such person or persons as said board may select for such purpose, and shall abide the decision and order of said board with reference thereto. § 5. Whenever any person who has been appointed and sworn as a regular or probationary policeman of such city shall while in, and in consequence of, the performance of police duty, lose his life, or shall receive injuries from which he shall thereafter die, leaving a widow or a natural child or children under the age of sixteen (16) years, then upon satisfactory proof being made to it, such board shall order and direct that the pensions described in section 3 hereof to be paid to widows and children, shall be paid to such widow, or such natural child or children, subject to the limitations of said section 3: Provided that whenever any such policeman who has voluntarily retired or has been retired under the provisions of this Act shall then marry, such wife or child or children of such marriage shall not be entitled to any pension from the fund provided by this Act. ... Whenever any policeman shall die after ten (10) years' service and while still in the service of such city as a policeman, leaving a widow whom he married more than two months prior to his demise, or natural child or children under the age of sixteen (16) years, then upon satisfactory proof of such facts made to it, said board shall order and direct that a pension of one-half the salary attached fo the rank which he may have held in said police force for one year immediately prior to his death, not exceeding the sum of nine hundred ($900) dollars, shall be paid to such widow, or, if there be no widow, then to such natural child or children until they shall be sixteen (16) years of age, such pension to cease upon the re-marriage of such widow, as provided above. Whenever any policeman shall after ten (10) years' service and while still in the service of such city, be legally adjudged insane, and at such time shall have a wife or natural child or children under the age of sixteen (16) years, said board shall order and direct that a pension of one-half the salary, not exceeding the sum of nine hundred dollars ($900) shall be paid to such wife, or if there be no wife, then to such natural child or children, until they shall be sixteen (16) years of age: Provided, however, that if at any time it be declared, in manner provided by law, that such person is restored to reason, then such pension shall cease, and such person shall, in the discretion of such board, be reinstated in the department in the rank held by him at the time he was legally adjudged to be insane: And provided, further, that such pension shall cease if such person shall leave or be taken outside of the State of Illinois. § 6. Whenever any policeman who shall have received any benefit under this Act shall be convicted of felony, or shall become an habitual drunkard, or a non-resident of the United States, or shall fail to submit himself for examination as to fitness for duty as provided for in section 4 hereof, unless excused in writing by the board, or shall disobey the requirements of said board in respect to said examination, then said board shall order that such pension allowance as may have been granted to such policeman shall cease and determine, and such policeman shall receive no further pension allowance or benefit under this Act. § 7. Wheresoever the word “policeman,” as used in this Act appears, the same shall be interpreted and construed to mean the following: Any person who has been appointed and sworn or designated by law as a policeman, prior to the taking effect of this Act, and has served in a regularly constituted police department as a policeman, or police patrol driver and police operator and a member of the police force thereof, and contributed to the Police Pension Fund for such time as he has been in the services of such police department as a policeman, or police patrol driver and police operator. The intention being that all policemen, or police patrol drivers and police operators who have so contributed to the Police Pension Fund (their widows and children entitled thereto) shall be entitled to any of the benefits of any pension law in force and effect when this Act, in cities within its terms, shall supersede an Act entitled, “An Act to provide for the setting apart, formation and disbursement of a Police Pension Fund in cities, villages and incorporated towns.” (Approved April 29th, 1887, in force July 1, 1887) as subsequently amended. § 8. The board herein provided for shall hold quarterly meetings on the second Tuesday of July, October, January and April of each year, and special meetings upon the call of the president of said board. On the second Tuesday of July of each year, it shall select one of its members who shall act as the president of such board for the period of one year, or until such time as his successor is elected and qualified. Said board shall, on the same day, also select another of its members who shall act as the treasures r], and also secretary of said board for the period of one year, or until such time as his successor is elected and qualified. Said board shall issue certificates signed by its president and secretary to the policemen entitled thereto of the amount of money ordered paid to such policemen from such fund by said board, which certificates shall state for what purpose said payment is made. Said board shall keep a record of the proceedings of all its meetings, which record shall be a public record. Said board shall submit semi-annually to the city council of such city a list of beneficiaries entitled to payments from the fund herein provided, stating the amount of such payments and for what granted, as ordered by such board, which list shall be signed and certified by the treasurer and president of such board, and attested by such treasurer under oath: Provided, that no resolution shall be passed or order made for the payment of money unless by affirmative vote of a majority of the members of said board. The findings of said board upon all questions of fact relating to the administration of said fund shall be conclusive. In computing the duration of service of any policeman in the police force of any such city, the time during which such policeman may be separated from the police force or absent from duty, from any cause except on account of a furlough not exceeding thirty days in any year, and on account of injuries referred to in section 4 hereof, shall not be computed. . § 9. Said pension fund shall consist of amounts of two per cent per month retained or deducted by the comptroller of such city from the salary or wages of each policeman, and such other sums as are hereinafter referred to. Said board shall employ one or more competent actuaries, to be selected by the board, whose duty it shall be to determine the amount of money necessary to be provided annually for the purpose of: (A) Paying pensions granted under the Act superseded by this Act. (B) Paying pensions to policemen (their widows and children entitled thereto), members of the police force, prior to January 1st, 1916; and (C) Establishing and maintaining a reserve fund for the payment of pensions to policemen (their widows and children) becoming members of the police force subsequent to January 1st, 1916. Such actuaries shall report their findings to the board on or before the first day of November of each year, beginning November 1, 1915. The board shall certify to the city council of such city, on or before the first day of December, annually beginning December 1, 1915: