The Chicago Tribune had a story about city councilmen being in the Illinois Municipal Retirement (Pension) Fund.
It focused on Oak Forest, emphasizing that IMRF requires part-time employees to be able to swear under penalty of perjury that they work at least 1,000 hours a year.
“There are 2,408 elected officials of any type participating in IMRF, and 522 are governing body members – meaning trustees or alderman – of municipalities, records show,” the Tribune reports.
In addition (unless the Tribune has included them with the 522), there are part-time county board members.
All on the McHenry County Board but Andrew Gasser, Don Kopsell and Robert Nowak are receiving IMRF benefits from the taxpayers.
Kopsell and Nowak are retired from full-time jobs at local governments (Nunda Township and the Village of Cary, respectively) covered by IMRF and, presumably, receiving IMRF pension checks.
Gasser said he would not take pension or health benefits when he campaigned for office.
Gasser has estimated the benefits McHenry County Board members will receive this Fiscal Year (last December 1st through this November 30th) on his blog.
You can see his graphic below (which was prepared before Jeff Thorsen took Ken Koehler’s place)::