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Senate Bill 36
Public Act 94-1111

On February 27, 2007, Governor Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 36 (Public Act 94-1111) into law which allows:

Allows an individual who represents or is employed as
an officer or employee of a statewide labor organization that represents

members of the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) to
participate in SERS and be deemed an employee if:

  • They have previously earned service credit with SERS;
  • They file an irrevocable election to become a participant in SERS within six months after the effective date of this legislation (8-27-07);
  • They do not receive service credit for the same employment under any other Illinois public pension plan;
  • If the employee opts to participate, they pay both the employer and employee contributions. These contributions may be paid in full or in part by the employer.

In addition, an employee as defined above, may establish additional service credit for similar statewide labor organization employment prior to becoming a SERS employee by paying the employee contribution, the employer contribution, plus interest. However, no credit shall be granted for any employment the employee received service credit for under any other Illinois public pension plan or the employee was on a leave of absence.

If you have questions about this new legislation, please contact our office at 217-785-7202.

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