Further evidence that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks cares nothing about eliminating IMRF pensions for countywide officials is the cancellation of tomorrow’s Human Relations Committee meeting.
The first indication was that Franks introduced no bill to abolish such elected officials’ pensions while he was State Representative.
With county officials being among the most influential politicians in Illinois, such a lack of demonstrated interest made good sense. Its introduction would have made Franks more enemies in Springfield than he already had.
Franks did so for Metra and RTA Board members during his hissy fit with Metra Board member Jack Schaffer.
You remember, don’t you?
Schaffer’s mini-billboard company posted a panel about Jack Franks, which you can see here, right down the road from his office near the intersection of old Business Route 14 and Route 47.
Franks had no interest in Metra until that offended him.
Then, he filed lots of Freedom of Information requests (all filed after the billboard went up), ranted on the House floor and introduced a bill to abolish pensions for such board members.
And he passed it.
Next on Franks’ pension hit list were part-time county board members.
He passed a bill on that, too.
No bill was introduced to eliminate Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions for elected county department heads, however.
No interest was evidenced until this year.
It wasn’t until his gambit exploded in his face to lease the Valley Hi Nursing Home that he came up
with the full-time county elected officials’ issue.
At the last meeting of the County Board, Franks put the issue into committee pretty much without discussion and certainly before the IMRF Executive Director delivered his three-minute smack-down version of the letter that Franks received over a week before. (See contents of letter stating that Franks’ proposal was not only illegal, but unconstitutional.)
And, now, the committee to which the IMRF pension elimination question was referred, the Human Resources Committee, has had its meeting canceled.
That’s the same committee that Franks did not bother attending last month to explain his pension abolition position.
Hard to think of this issue as more than something to garner headlines.