Definition of ”Municipality” In Illinois Pension Code

In Barber v. Board of Trustees, 256 Ill. App. 3d 814, 819, 630 N.E.2d 446, 196 Ill. Dec. 511 (1993), the court found the Board of Trustees of the Village of South Barrington Police Pension Fund did not qualify as a municipality. Barber, 256 Ill. App. 3d at 819.

The court observed that section 3-103 of the Pension Code defines municipality as " any city, village or incorporated town of 5,000 or more but less than 500,000 inhabitants'" and " any city, village, or incorporated town of less than 5,000 inhabitants,'" and reasoned that the board of trustees fell outside that definition since it was not a city, village, or incorporated town. Barber, 256 Ill. App. 3d at 819, quoting Ill. Rev. Stat. 1989, ch. 108 1/2, par. 3-103.