Rich Miller of Capitol Fax has a story about Saturday’s State Journal-Register story about Jack Frank’s effort to damage McHenry County Board members by stimulating a Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund investigation of whether they qualify.
“As we’ve discussed before, Rep. Jack Franks has kicked up a hornet’s nest in McHenry County by highlighting a state law which requires county board members to work 1,000 hours per year as part of their agreement to participate in their pension plan.”
Miller highlights the problem that Democratic Party Sangamon County Board member Tony DelGiorno will have with the issue in his race to unseat appointed Republican State Rep. Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.
As with some McHenry County Board members, DelGiorno didn’t get very good information when he was introduced to county board employment documents.
He realizes he isn’t working 1,000 a year. (“I highly doubt it.”)
And, as with more than one McHenry County Board member, he didn’t realize he couldn’t get out once he signed up.
And DelGiorno is an attorney.
Little wonder that non-attorney McHenry County Board members didn’t understand the implications of signing paperwork to participate in the IMRF pension program.
State Rep. Jack Franks is sponsor of Pam Althoff’s Senate Bill 2701 addressing the problem.
Here’s what it does not:
Amends the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that a person who holds elective office as a member of a governing body of a participating municipality shall not be considered a participating employee, unless
(1) the person has elected to become a participating employee;
(2) the governing body has filed a resolution certifying that a person in that position is expected to work more than 600 hours (or 1,000 hours if the participating municipality has adopted a specified resolution); and
(3) the person has submitted logs evidencing that he or she has met the hourly standard.
Requires the resolution to be adopted and filed with the Fund no more than 90 days after the general election in which any member of the governing body was elected.
Requires participating governing body members to file the log with the authorized agent of the participating municipality.
The bill could be amended, of course, now that Franks is figuring out that not just Republicans in McHenry County could be hurt by his campaign against them.
After all, criminal charges was what Franks wanted brought against McHenry County Board members.
House Speaker Mike Madigan might even take notice.
He undoubtedly wants DelGiorno to beat the Springfield-area woman that Governor Bruce Rauner got appointed to replace Raymond Poe when he was appointed Ag Department Director.
And the Speaker wouldn’t want criminal charges brought against his candidate before the election.