Cartoon Gives Hint of IMRF Political Attack Potential

Last weekend our family was in Springfield attending the Old Capitol Art Fair. A local weekly called the Illinois Times is distributed for free throughout the area. What did I find inside but a cartoon aimed at Springfield Aldermen and … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 8

Maybe my headline should be Franks Labels County Board IMRF Pension Participation a “Scandal” Certainly, Jack Franks will be filling mailboxes with that message and how he cleaned it up. But, since the title of the op-ed piece in Wednesday … Continue reading

Franks Gets County Board IMRF Abolition Bill to House Floor

State Senator Pam Althoff passed Senate Bill 2701 requiring county board members participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to keep logs of the hours spent working on county business. In the case of McHenry County Board members, the number … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 7

Sunday, May 15th, Gonigam reported, “Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.” But Franks hasn’t pulled out of the … Continue reading

County Board Moves to Preempt Jack Franks on Pension Issue by Pulling Out of IMRF

Appearing today on the agenda of the Human Resources Committee is a resolution to take McHenry County Board members out of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. State Rep. Jack Franks, in his run-up to a candidacy to take over the … Continue reading

Democrat Predicts Jack Franks Can Win Both County Board and State Rep. Races

A comment from “Inish” worth sharing from under the article entitled, McHenry County Board Outmaneuvered by Nimble Jack Franks Again stimulated the following comment: Rested like a arrow in a quiver by no one’s fault but their own. The County … Continue reading

Gasser Urges Franks to Renouce $58,600 Pension

Turnabout, apparently, is fair play. During member comments at Tuesday night’s McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser praised GOP County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup’s call for an end to pensions for County Board members. Gasser is one of the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Kicks Up “Hornet’s Nest”

Rich Miller of Capitol Fax has a story about Saturday’s State Journal-Register story about Jack Frank’s effort to damage McHenry County Board members by stimulating a Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund investigation of whether they qualify. “As we’ve discussed before, Rep. … Continue reading

Sangamon County Board Gets IMRF Spotlight

Veteran political reporter Bernie Schoenberg of the State Journal-Register has picked up the county board member pension story. The issue was started by McHenry County by State Rep. Jack Franks, who is polling to see if he should run for … Continue reading

No Talk on Ending IMRF for County Board Members

The McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee will meet Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 8:15 AM, but there is nothing on the very sparse agenda concerning ending Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions for County Board members. Committee members will discuss a … Continue reading

IMRF’s Attack on McHenry County Board Members

While state legislators were conferring about the statewide implications of the pension attack started by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and State Rep. Jack Franks, an April Fool’s Day letter was being sent from the Illinois … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser Says No Notice to New County Board Members of IMRF 1,000 Hour Work Requirement

One of the McHenry County Board members who promised not to sign-up for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension benefits and carried through on that pledge says that he wasn’t told of the 1,000 annual work requirement when he went through … Continue reading

Illinois Counties with Potential Jack Franks’ County Board IMRF Problems Besides McHenry

Below is a list of counties where board members might have problems similar to those facing McHenry County Board members if someone like State Rep. Jack Franks raises the issue. I would imagine that in Democratic Party-controlled counties a Republican … Continue reading