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The information below was put together by the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to answer state employees' questions about pay and benefits while no state budget is in place.
 

FAQs for Budget Situation

We understand state employees have questions on how their benefits will be impacted as the state budget is no longer in place beginning July 1. The following Q&As were designed to help answer any questions you may have.

Employee Benefits

Q.  Will an employee's health, dental or life insurance be affected?
A.  No. Group insurance coverage during a budget situation will not be impacted. If paychecks are delayed, and as long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, insurance premiums will be taken accordingly. The missed payroll deductions will be taken once paychecks are issued.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's contributions to any flexible spending accounts (i.e., MCAP, DCAP) during the budget situation?
A.
 Employees enrolled in MCAP will not be impacted. ConnectYourCare debit cards will continue to work. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, deductions should be taken accordingly. If MCAP deductions are missed, they must be made up when the budget situation is resolved.
 Employees enrolled in DCAP may be impacted as reimbursements are limited to the available account balance contained in their DCAP account. If the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, and once all payroll deductions are deposited into the DCAP account, reimbursements can be made for eligible expenses up to the available account balance.

Q.  What will happen to an employee's Commuter Savings Program benefit?
A.  Employees enrolled in the Commuter Savings Program will continue to receive the benefit under this program. Employees will owe any underpaid amount upon their return to payroll.

Workers' Compensation Program

Q.  Will an employee's Workers' Compensation benefits be affected?
A.  No. In the event of a budget situation, Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) and survivor death benefit payments under the Workers' Compensation Act will continue through July. Work-related injuries should continue to be reported through the procedures in place today.

Deferred Compensation Program

Q. What will happen to an employee's Deferred Compensation contributions during the budget situation?
A.  As long as the employee continues to work and earn a paycheck, payroll deductions for Deferred Compensation should be taken accordingly. Deferred Compensation contributions can only be made through payroll deduction. The employee cannot deposit money directly to his or her fund to catch-up the contributions.

Q.  If an individual is currently receiving a distribution from their Deferred Compensation account, will that distribution continue during the budget situation?
A.  Yes. Current distributions and changes to distribution amounts will continue to be processed. To make any changes in distribution, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770.

Q.  Will hardship distributions/loans from an employee's Deferred Compensation account be available during the budget situation?
A.  A loan provision is available at any time and allows a participant to have one outstanding loan and borrow a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 or 50% of their account balance over a five year period. The interest you pay goes back to your account along with the principal amount each month as you repay the loan through Automatic Clearing House (ACH) deductions from your bank. Employees would likely not qualify for a hardship distribution as they will be made whole of any missed payrolls when the budget situation ends.

Q.  How do I borrow from my Deferred Compensation account?
A.  To apply for a loan from your account over the phone, call T. Rowe Price at 1-888-457-5770 to speak to a Representative. There is a $75 processing fee and you will need to supply bank routing and account information for your checking/savings account numbers to set up the automatic ACH deduction. Participants are allowed one outstanding loan at a time. You may repay the full loan balance amount at any time through the same phone number at T. Rowe Price.

State Employee Compensation

Q. What options exist if certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees?
A. State employees will be paid for their work. If certain parties take action to temporarily block pay for state employees, there may be an opportunity for employees to get bridge loans from local financial institutions. Credit Union 1, for example, has already agreed to offer no-interest loans for qualifying members of the credit union should salary payments for state employees be delayed. To be eligible to receive 0% interest loans from Credit Union 1, participants must have been members on or before May 1, 2015. Employees who have become members of Credit Union 1 since May 1, 2015, can apply for a loan, subject to normal criteria, rates and terms.


The Office of State Representative Dan Brady will hold mobile office hours this summer. Upcoming visits will include the towns and villages of Chenoa, Gridley, Colfax, Lexington, Hudson, and Towanda. 

Rep. Brady’s 105th Legislative District includes these six towns and villages, as well as other towns and villages in Livingston County and Eastern McLean County.  Constituents should feel welcome to meet with office staff, sharing opinions and ideas. In addition, a survey form on several timely topics will be available for completion.

Visits will be on June 30th in Lexington and Colfax, followed by visits on July 1st in Hudson and Towanda, then on July 2nd in Gridley and Chenoa. Residents are welcome to stop by and no appointment is necessary. 
Several initiatives spearheaded by State Representative Dan Brady this spring are poised to become law. Four bills Representative Brady guided through the General Assembly this spring are headed to the Governor’s desk for final approval. The measures set new statewide standards for DNA evidence handling and coroner training, and help expedite organ donor transport and needed eye medication refills.
State Representative Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) Saturday won unanimous House approval of legislation creating a new Coroner Training Board in Illinois to oversee a training program for coroners on proper procedures and protocols in death investigations. After returning to the Senate for concurrence, Brady’s Senate Bill 663 now advances to the Governor’s desk for his signature.


“The role of a coroner in a death investigation is very different from the role of a law enforcement homicide investigator, yet under current law they are lumped together,” Brady said. “This legislation is an important step in acknowledging those differences, and making sure coroners and forensic pathologists are well prepared to tackle their unique responsibilities.”


Brady said creation of the new board was initiated by the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association to provide specialized training for coroners and forensic pathologists that will be separate and distinct from training police homicide investigators receive.  The Coroner Training Board will establish application, training and certification standards for coroners in Illinois, certify coroner training schools, and conduct and approve the death investigation training protocols for coroners statewide. 


Representative Brady added that the board’s work will be funded by the restoration of the 25% portion of the death certificate surcharge that had been diverted. 


“This funding was intended for coroner training, and now there will be no question that’s what it will be used for,” Brady said. “Our criminal justice system can only benefit when coroners working with police on death investigations have had the very best training possible.”
"It was an honor to help congratulate BHS Athletic Director John Szabo who is retiring after 33 years at District 87!"

On May 16, Representative Brady and his son Tom participated in the Autism Speaks Walk at Soldier Field, along with Tom's friend Kade.


Rep. Brady visited Pharmacist Dan Boian at the Chenoa Pharmacy to wish him a happy retirement, and to present him with a certificate of gratitude for his service to families in the Chenoa community.

The certificate reads: In recognition of your 37 Years of dedicated pharmaceutical service to the residents of Chenoa At Chenoa Pharmacy; with more than just medication, but with the medicine of friendship and caring. With best wishes for your health and happiness in your retirement.