Because there are so many state legislators who hold local governmental jobs, the Illinois General Assembly has enacted a law that says the practice of double-dipping is fine…as long as one is not paid for one’s local government employment while one is working in Springfield.
Here’s the language:
Illinois Constitution, Article IV, Section 2
(e) No member of the General Assembly shall receive compensation as a public officer or employee from any other governmental entity for time during which he is in attendance as a member of the General Assembly.
Jack Franks could run for State Representative. He won his unopposed primary.
Or he could let someone else run for State Rep. this fall against Republican Steve Reick and just run for County Board Chairman.
Or Jack Franks could run for both State Representative and McHenry County Board Chairman at the same time.
We’ll know hi s plan next Wednesday night.
That’s when the Democratic Party Central Committee will hold its organization meeting at McHenry County College in the room behind the auditorium at 7.
As with the Republicans, who will meet at the same time at the Holiday Inn, both parties have made it a practice to allow the public to attend.
In mid-October of 2012, Jack Franks said,
“I will neither seek nor accept the nomination for this office.”
But, if that turns out not to be the truth, it won’t be the first time that Franks didn’t follow through on a pledge.
During his first campaign Franks promised not to serve more than three terms, but here he is within one term of reaching a full 20-year legislative pension (85% of final salary).
Hebron Village Trustee Mark Shepherd remembers Franks standing on the gazebo on the Woodstock square and saying,
“I’m in favor of term limits, I don’t need a pension I have a good job in Marengo.”
The way the law reads, Jack Franks could run for both State Representative and McHenry County Board Chairman at the same time.
If he won both posts, he could serve in both.
He just couldn’t get paid his State Rep. salary while working at his County Board job.