“I think people are sick of double-dipping politicians,” State Rep. Jack Franks told “Big” John Howell in a WLS interview.
He also said that he would serve out his term.
Could it be that the Marengo Democrat knows so little about County government that he does not know that County Board members get sworn in the first week of December?
Certainly, Franks knows that Illinois General Assembly members get sworn in after the first of January.
Retiring members get no pay for that month, but they are paid for December.
And, so are County Board members.
So, if Franks is determined to serve out his term, he will be dipping from both the state treasurer and the county bank account during December.
That’s called “double-dipping.
Franks undoubtedly is getting ready to label his Republican opponent Mike Walkup a “double-dipper.”
True Walkup is on the ballot twice.
He is running for the countywide office and a district seat.
He is seeking both because the County Board Chairman has no vote on the Board floor.
Walkup wants to be able to vote the same way that Joe Gottemoller now can.
Walkup got the compensation ordinance changed so that someone winning both a district seat and the County Board Chairmanship would not receive two separate salaries.
Now, he would only receive the County Board Chairman’s salary.