Toward the end of his “Chairman’s Comments” Jack Franks predicted “robust debate.”
Board member Joe Gottemoller led off.
“I really don’t like that none of these next three items went through any committee.
Franks again took the floor pointing out his proposal kept the health benefit “perk intact,” it just required documentation on time sheets of 20 hours of County Board work per week, just as the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund required for eligibility for pension benefits.
Franks then launched an attack on Board member Lori Parrish.
Franks naming Board members with health benefits who are up for election this fall:
- Yvonne Barnes
- Joe Gottemoller
- Jim Kearns
- Suzanne Ness
- John Reinert
- Mike Skala
- Jeff Thorsen
“The voters deserve to know where you stand on this issue before the election,” Franks declared.
Going after elected countywide officials, he said, “There is no requirement for county officials to even show up.”
Concluding this interruption, Franks asserted, “Any attempt to take this resolution [off the agenda] is an act of cowardice.”
Thorsen immediately charged, “You just inserted politics into this session.”
Then Carolyn Schofield took after Franks:
People running for office were called out for political gain.
This [subject] wasn’t really discussed in committee.
It was about raises [which the committee rejected].
She pointed out that setting countywide officials’ salaries in 2020 could be changed by the next County Board.
“I’m just talking about time sheets,” Franks interjected.
“I think it’s absolutely political,” Schofield continued.
“I’m really disappointed.”