Surviving Spouse Pension
When a retired member dies, IMRF will pay a $3,000 death benefit to the beneficiary designated by the deceased retiree.
IMRF also pays a pension to the member's spouse if the member and spouse were married or in a civil union for at least one year prior to the date the member stopped participating in IMRF and they were married or in a civil union when the member applied for his/her IMRF pension.
If the eligible spouse dies and the retired member remarries or enters into a new civil union, the current spouse could be eligible for an IMRF spouse pension if the:
If the member retired under Tier 1:
If the member retired under Tier 2:
Additional questions for those receiving surviving spouse pensions:
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IMRF Online provides a brief summary of IMRF benefits and the adminstration of those benefits. IMRF members' and employers' rights and obligations are governed by Article 7 of the Illinois Pension Code. Statements in these publications are general, and the Illinois state law governing IMRF is complex and specific. If a conflict arises between information in these publications and the law, all decisions are based on the law.
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