Gradual increase in park employee service annuity contributionsAugust 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 372Park employee service annuity contributions will increase from 6.5% of the employee's salary to 8% beginning January 1, 2015. The contribution rate will further increase to 9% beginning January 1, 2017, and 10% on January 1, 2019.
New benefit increases need to be backed with fundingAugust 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 372Going forward, any new benefit increases to Article 12 (park employees' and retirement board employees' annuity and benefit fund) must identify and provide enough additional payments to the fund to cover any increase in cost to the fund that the new benefit creates.
Park employee pension fund requires greater employee contributionsAugust 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 372Beginning in 2015 and continuing through 2016, employee contributions to the park employee pension fund will increase from 1.10 to 1.70 times the amount of employee contributions during the previous 12-month fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.
Changes to public employee benefitsJune 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 272Recent amendments to the Illinois Pension Code include changes to provisions concerning employer and employee contributions, annual pension increases, duty disability benefits, and early retirement.
Threats to human service providers will be a class 3 felonyDecember 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 612The Criminal Code of 2012, which previously criminalized threatening public officials, has been amended to specifically include threats made to a human service provider (or to a member of their immediate family).
Public Employee Disability Act calls for disbursement of benefits beyond one calendar yearAugust 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 404On June 2, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of McLean County, construing the time limitation under the Public Employee Disability Act (Act), 5 ILCS 345/1 et seq, to apply to the time the employee is unable to perform, notwithstanding the calendar period of time that has passed since a duty-related injury.
Boundaries set for use of administrative leaveOctober 2005Illinois Law Update, Page 506The Department of Central Management Services ("Department") has amended Part 302 of Title 80 to clearly outline proper use of administrative leave.
Organ donor leave implementedAugust 2003Illinois Law Update, Page 384The Illinois Department of Central Management Services recently adopted amendments to implement the mandates of the Organ Donor Leave Act (5 ILCS 327).
County must pay judgment against sheriffBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2003Lawpulse, Page 220The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that a county must pay judgments entered against a sheriff's office acting in an official capacity.
Public-employee pension pitfallBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2003Lawpulse, Page 110Teachers, police officers, and other government workers charged with crimes related to their official duties have one thing in common ; they all face the loss of their pensions, a fact their lawyers should keep in mind.