Thanks to former State Rep. Jack Franks, County Board members are no longer elilgible for pensions for serving in their part-time positions.
The Daily Herald’s Jake Griffin did research with the Illnois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) and found current thirteen Chicagoland Board members being paid a salary and drawing a pension for previous time in office.
As Lake County Democratic Party Chairman and State Senator Terry Link observed in the article,
“By its very definition these are retirement benefits, which means you should get them when you’ve stopped working, not while you’re still getting paid for that job.”
Senate Bill 1236 would prohibit elected officials receiving such pension benefits from getting paid for being on their county board jobs in the future.
One of the three McHenry County Board members getting both a salary and a pension is District 5’s John Jung, a Republican.
Here is how the article reported he views the situation:
“I can see their side of it, but I can also see my side that I paid into it all those years and I’m entitled to it.
“What I’m tired of is state legislators make laws about reforming government, but they haven’t done a thing to reform themselves.”
The issue was raised in Jung’s campaign, but he still ran first.
The other McHenry County Board members receiving both a salary and a pension are
- Republican Mary McCann
- Democrat Paula Yensen