A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:
New law ends pensions for future county board members
Springfield, IL… Future county board members will no longer be eligible for pension benefits, and those currently enrolled in the retirement system are required to document their time devoted to county board business under legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner Friday.
Senate Bill 2701/Public Act 99-0900 requires existing board members to fill out time sheets to prove they are working the minimum hours required, either 600 or 1,000 a year, in order to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).
“It is important to provide transparency to our taxpayers to guarantee our local elected officials are working the hours required to participate in the pension fund,” said Sen. Althoff.
“Recording and submitting work hours ensures that a local official is deserving and qualifies for the benefits provided.”
Furthermore, the new law ends pensions altogether for members elected on or after the effective date of the Act.
“Taxpayers dollars can be spent in better ways,” said Sen. Althoff.
“This bill protects the local taxpayers from paying pensions for part-time elected board members.”
The law takes effect immediately.
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The County Board pension issue was brought to the fore by District 1 County Board candidates David Stieper and Andrew Gasser.
Stieper had a wonderful graphic on campaign literature which you can see below.
Here’s my article about it. Stieper did not win the primary election.
Gasser won both the primary and the general. The article about his not signing up for the pension is here.
All of the Republicans running for the first time for the County Board have pledged not to take a pension, so that part of the bill is moot as far as they are concerned.