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40 ILCS 5/9-166

    (40 ILCS 5/9-166) (from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 9-166)
    Sec. 9-166. Refunds - when paid to beneficiary, children or estate. Whenever the total amount accumulated to the account of a deceased employee from employee contributions for annuity purposes, and from employee contributions applied to any county pension fund superseded by this fund, have not been paid to him, and in the case of a married male employee to the employee and his widow together, in form of annuity or refund before the death of the last of such persons, a refund shall be payable as follows:
    An amount equal to the excess of such amounts over the amounts paid on any annuity or annuities or refund, without interest upon either of such amounts, shall be refunded to a beneficiary theretofore designated by the employee in writing, signed by him, and filed with the board before the employee's death.
    If there is no designated beneficiary or the beneficiary does not survive the employee, the amount shall be refunded to the employee's children, in equal parts with the children of a deceased child taking the share of their parent. If there is no designated beneficiary or children, the refund shall be paid to the administrator or executor of the employee's estate.
    If an administrator or executor of the estate has not been appointed within 90 days from the date the refund became payable the refund may be applied in the discretion of the board toward the payment of the employee's burial expenses. Any remaining balance shall be paid to the heirs of the employee according to the law of descent and distribution of this state but assuming for the purpose of such payment of refund and determination of heirs that the deceased male employee left no widow surviving in those cases where a widow eligible for widow's annuity as his widow survived him and subsequently died; provided,
        (a) that if any child or children of the employee are
less than age 18, such part or all of any such amount necessary to pay annuities to them shall not be refunded as hereinbefore stated; and provided further,
        (b) that if a reversionary annuity becomes payable as
provided in Section 9-135 such refund shall not be paid until the death of the reversionary annuitant, and the refund otherwise payable under this section shall then first further be reduced by the total amount of the reversionary annuity paid.
(Source: P.A. 99-578, eff. 7-15-16.)