Any incorporated cemetery association incorporated not for pecuniary profit, may if it elects to do so, receive and hold money, funds and property in perpetual trust pursuant to the provisions of this act. Such election shall be evidenced by a by-law or resolution adopted by the board of directors, or board of trustees of the incorporated cemetery association. Any person is authorized to give, donate or bequeath any sum of money or any funds, securities, or property of any kind to the cemetery association, in perpetual trust, for the maintenance, care, repair, upkeep or ornamentation of the cemetery, or any lot or lots, or grave or graves in the cemetery, specified in the instrument making the gift, donation or legacy. The cemetery association may receive and hold in perpetual trust, any such money, funds, securities and property so given, donated or bequeathed to it, and may convert the property, funds and securities into money and shall invest and keep invested the proceeds thereof and the money so given, donated and bequeathed, in safe and secure income bearing investments, including investments in income producing real estate, provided the purchase price of the real estate shall not exceed the fair market value thereof on the date of its purchase as such value is determined by the board of directors or board of trustees of the association. The principal of the trust fund shall be kept intact and the income arising therefrom shall be perpetually applied for the uses and purposes specified in the instrument making the gift, donation or legacy and for no other purpose.
     The by-laws of the cemetery association shall provide for a permanent committee to manage and control the trust funds so given, donated and bequeathed to it. The members of the committee shall be appointed by the board of directors, or board of trustees of the cemetery association from among the members of the board of directors or board of trustees. The committee shall choose a chairman, a secretary and a treasurer from among the members, and shall have the management and control of the trust funds of the cemetery association so given, donated and bequeathed in trust, under the supervision of the board of directors or board of trustees. The treasurer of the committee shall execute a bond to the People of the State of Illinois for the use of the cemetery association, in a penal sum of not less than double the amount of the trust funds coming into his possession as treasurer, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties and the faithful accounting for all money or funds which by virtue of his treasurership come into his possession, and be in such form and with such securities as may be prescribed and approved by the board of directors, or board of trustees, and shall be approved by such board of directors, or board of trustees, and filed with the secretary of the cemetery association.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 760 ILCS 95/2

  • Bequeath: To gift property by will.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Legacy: A gift of property made by will.
  • oath: shall be deemed to include an affirmation, and the word "sworn" shall be construed to include the word "affirmed. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.12
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • State: when applied to different parts of the United States, may be construed to include the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" may be construed to include the said district and territories. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.14
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.

     The treasurer of the committee shall have the custody of all money, funds and property received in trust by the cemetery association and shall invest the same in accordance with the directions of the committee as approved by the board of directors or board of trustees of the cemetery association, and shall receive and have the custody of all of the income arising from such investments and as the income is received by him, he shall pay it to the treasurer of the cemetery association, and he shall keep permanent books of record of all such trust funds and of all receipts arising therefrom and disbursements thereof, and shall annually make a written report to the board of directors or board of trustees of the cemetery association, under oath, showing receipts and disbursements, including a statement showing the amount and principal of trust funds on hand and how invested, which report shall be audited by the board of directors, or board of trustees, and if found correct, shall be approved, and filed with the secretary of the cemetery association.
     The secretary of the committee shall keep, in a book provided for such purpose, a permanent record of the proceedings of the committee, signed by the president and attested by the secretary, and shall also keep a permanent record of the several trust funds, the amounts thereof, and for what uses and purposes, respectively, and he shall annually, at the time the treasurer makes his report, make a written report under oath, to the board of directors or board of trustees, stating therein substantially the same matter required to be reported by the treasurer of the committee, which report, if found to be correct, shall be approved, and filed with the secretary of the association.
     The treasurer shall execute a bond to the People of the State of Illinois, in a penal sum of not less than double the amount of money or funds coming into his possession as such treasurer, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties and the faithful accounting of all money or funds which by virtue of his office come into his possession and be in such form and with such securities as may be prescribed and approved by the board of directors, or board of trustees, and shall be approved by such board of directors or board of trustees and filed with the secretary of the cemetery association.
     The trust funds, gifts and legacies mentioned in this section and the income arising therefrom shall be exempt from taxation and from the operation of all laws of mortmain, and the laws against perpetuities and accumulations.
     No loan; investment; purchase of insurance on the life of any trustee or employee; purchase of any real estate; or any other transaction using care funds by any trustee, director, or committee member shall be made to or for the benefit of any person, officer, trustee, or party having any interest, or to any firm, corporation, trade association, or partnership in which any officer, director, trustee, or party has any interest, is a member of, or serves as an officer or director. A violation of this Section shall constitute the intentional and improper withdrawal of trust funds.
     No loan or investment in any unproductive real estate or real estate outside of this State or in permanent improvements of the cemetery or any of its facilities shall be made, unless specifically authorized by the instrument whereby the principal fund was created. No commission or brokerage fee for the purchase or sale of any property shall be paid in excess of that usual and customary at the time and in the locality where such purchase or sale is made, and all such commissions and brokerage fees shall be fully reported in the next annual report filed by such cemetery association or trustee.
     If the cemetery is a privately owned cemetery, as defined in Section 2 of the Cemetery Care Act, or a licensed cemetery authority under the Cemetery Oversight Act, or if the burial lot or grave, vault, tomb, or other such structures are in a privately owned cemetery, as defined in Section 2 of the Cemetery Care Act, or a licensed cemetery authority under the Cemetery Oversight Act, then such company or association shall also comply with the provisions of the Cemetery Care Act or Cemetery Oversight Act, whichever is applicable.