Bianchi Asks Judge Whether Special Prosecutor Needed for Franks’ County Board IMRF Pension Elilgibility Allegations

When I heard that the McHenry County State’s Attorney had filed a motion concerning the County Board pension issue with Judge Thomas Meyer, I sent Lou Bianchi the following email:

I have told that the office filed a motion with Judge Meyer to decide whether a Special Prosecutor should be named.

Is that correct?

If so, does the motion include more than that?

Here is his reply:

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

Not much more.We attached a letter (and documents) from Rep. Jack Franks to the State’s Attorney questioning the legality of certain McHenry County Board members claiming eligibility for IMRF pension benefits.

In his correspondence, Representative Franks alleges that members of the board who have certified under oath that they have worked at 1,000 hours per year have potentially committed perjury.

Representative Franks believes that a crime may have been committed by members of the County board and he believes this matter needs to be investigated and if necessary, prosecuted.

Bianchi looking left profile

Lou Bianchi

Since we are legal counsel for the County, we are conflicted out and CANNOT investigate this issue.

In filing the petition for appointment of a Special Prosecutor, WE MAKE IT CLEAR that the State’s Attorney is NOT SUGGESTING that any county board member has actually committed a crime but that we are simply bringing this matter to the Court’s attention because of the inherent conflict of interest that prevents any investigation regarding any alleged activity.

“The State’s Attorney is not asserting that the claims within the petition are meritorious…”

Incidentally, this request of the court was made after several conferences with members of the Office of the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor and consultation with the former head of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission, the ethics arm of the Supreme Court.


Bianchi Asks Judge Whether Special Prosecutor Needed for Franks’ County Board IMRF Pension Elilgibility Allegations — 11 Comments

  1. The following is posted elsewhere but it bears repeating:

    This post is as good a place as any to put the following:

    There is a lot of ‘noise’ about IMRF, the County Board and Jack Franks.

    Let me remind everyone that you are not up against JUST Jack Franks.

    It is Jack, his daddy, his aunts and uncles, the entire Franks law firm, local and state unions plus the local and state Democrat party.

    Republicans used to be up against Pam Althoff, Mike Tryon and Barb Wheeler and you still may be but their rhetoric in support of Jack has subsided.

    Now that you have let that sink in, think about this: Jack was instrumental in having the voters approve the selection of a Chairman at large.

    Now he is laying the groundwork for HIS County Board.

    He has five solid candidates stepping up this fall.

    In two years he will have more and he will add the frosting in 2020 at which time he will run for County Board Chair.

    Do you really think the attack on County Board members and their participation in IMRF is not intended to get some people to stand aside and not run in 2018?

    Do you think the attack is not intended to discourage other Republicans from running for the job?

    Jack will qualify for full State Pension benefits in 2018 and may not run for State Rep. in 2018 but start campaigning for the County Board Chairman seat which will be filled in 2020.

    We will likely see Mr. Bisset appoint a Democrat to run against Walkup this November.

    The Franks family and friends plus the unions are in this for the long haul.

  2. The ‘investigation’ into IMRF and the McHenry County Board started almost a year ago. Did Jack Franks initiate that also?

    In addition, it is rumored that Jack Franks worked with some McHenry County Board members on the Township consolidation issue last year? Did it not work quite well in dividing a Board which had only Republicans on it?

    Was the Township Consolidation issue the first domino to move in Jack using Rules for Radicals to divide and conquer the McHenry County Board to discourage HONEST conservatives from running for McHenry County Board?

    Rules for Radicals: Used by the current occupier of the White House plus Hilary Clinton and now Jack Franks?

    I agree with Jeff, it is time for the honest taxpayers to unite and defeat the Alinskyites!!

    In the Rules, we, the taxpayer, are the enemy. Jack Franks and his supporters are using almost all if not all of the Rules:

    * RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”

    * RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”

    * RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”

    * RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

    * RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

    * RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

    * RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”

    * RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

    * RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself

    * RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”

    * RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”

    * RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

  3. While reading what Lou wrote, remember what Rule 9 states.

    Jack Franks is using Rule 4 to the letter.

    Obviously, the Franks supporters who post are living by Rule 6.

    Rule 11, it would appear that Rule 11 will start to be used in the 2018 County Board election if not sooner.

    As you read this, you should remember other pressure on the McHenry County Board is also being applied with the Local 150 lawsuit for a bogus open meeting violation.

    I say bogus because the AG who stated this is also a Democrat owned by the unions(imo).

    The union is DEMANDING that the Board rescind its vote supporting Rauner’s agenda.

    An agenda which would result in reduced PUBLIC SECTOR union power but SAVE THIS STATE FROM FINANCIAL RUIN!

    I guess the Operating Engineers like the fact that people are leaving McHenry County in droves and the reduction of family income in this County from $92,469 in 2000 to $76,856 in 2014.

    Thank you Jack and public union sector supporters!

    IMO the only people who can ever be winners in the Local 150 lawsuit are the lawyers like Jack Franks.

    We, the taxpayers, foot the bill!!!!!!!

  4. ‘Moderate’ gave us a Democrat super majority in the Illinois house and senate.

    ‘Moderate’ gave us a federal budget which funded Planned Parenthood and deferred prosecution of illegal aliens etc. etc.

    If ‘Moderate’ was used in the political world as it is defined in the dictionary, that is one thing but reality is that ‘Moderate’ in the political world means socialist / progressive / communist.

  5. Hilarious- A Republican County board can not justify getting a pension- and your answer is to blame a non government union?

    If Franks wants to run- and Frankly, why the hell would he?

    He is a State Rep.

    He is likely looking for a bigger post- not a smaller one.

    If Franks wants to run- the fact you don’t feel you can beat him says VOLUMES about your faith in the Republican party in this county.

    If a Democratic controlled county board did this, fought to be able to chose their own leadership with no voice from the public the readers of this blog would have a canary- but when the ONLY difference is that the board is controlled by Republicans- you cry foul.

    If not earning a pension prohibits someone from running for the board I say GOOD RIDDANCE!

    This is Civil service not your own biggie bank.

    Explain to me how a “good conservative” can support a public pension for county board government.

    Your hypocrisy is stunning.

  6. Maybe ‘inish’ can educate us relative to what union is prevalent at MCDOT?

    Maybe ‘inish’ can research how much work Local 150 union members get that is not funded with taxpayer dollars (federal, state and local) plus motor fuel tax plus tolls collected?

  7. So is Mike Walkup going to do anything, or is he too busy dithering and greasing up his and the County Board’s neck for Jack Franks’ axe blade?

    Because I guarantee you that Jack Franks is going to be running for County Board Chairman…

  8. Robert any $$$$ behind that guarantee, and how about giving up some odds?

  9. @conservative voter- explain to me why it matters.

    Why am I paying for a pension for a civil servant?

    Why do I pay for their healthcare?

    Why do I pay for mileage to go to a meeting?

    Stop deflecting the issue.

    This is a Republican Controlled board that votes for these benefits- they are not mandated.

    They have no cover on this.

    I do not care who brought it up, I don’ care that this is the first county board to have the attention.

    I don’t care that it is a small amount.

    It is easily remedied and a move in the right direction.

    How much does the county board get that is not funded by the taxpayer?

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