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Fraudulent Emails
SERS members have recently been targeted by fraudulent emails that claim to be from SERS. These emails appear to be legitimate correspondence from SERS, but they are not. Our emails are always sent from an email address. The fraudulent emails provide several links, including one to DocuSign, and allege to provide the member with the option to sign up to receive their monthly SERS benefit payments four days early by providing personal financial information, including bank account information. SERS does not offer this early payment option or request personal or banking information by email. Please contact us at 217-785-7444 if you have received or responded to a fraudulent email. 

Disability Benefits

This section provides you with all of the information you need to apply for Disability Benefits from State Employees' Retirement System, all in one convenient location.

You must meet all of the requirements for the disability benefit you are applying for. Each disability requirements are listed below.

Nonoccupational Disability Application


Must have 18 months of creditable service at the time you are removed from the payroll;

A medical leave of absence must be granted by your agency;
The cause of the injury or illness is not work related;

Occupational Disability Application


Must be a member of State Employees' Retirement System at the time of the accident or injury;

The accident or injury is work related
You must receive benefits from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act;

Temporary Disability Application


Member must have 18 months of creditable service at the time they are removed from payroll or TTD ends.  In addition, one of the following must apply:

The agency responsible for determining the liability of the State has formally denied employer-paid temporary total disability (TTD) benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA) or Workers' Occupational Diseases Act (WODA) and an appeal of the denial (Application for Adjustment of Claim) is pending before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC).

The agency responsible for determining the liability of the State has granted and then terminated for any reason an employer-paid TTD benefit and the member has filed a petition for a hearing under Section 19(b) or Section 19 (b-1) of the WCA or WODA.