The new state statute authored by State Rep. Jack Franks as part of his campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman is making waves across Illinois.
I’ve noticed stories in two counties so far:
- Madison County, near St. Louis
- Will County
In Madison County the Republican candidate for County Board Chairman, County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler is using the IMRF for part-time county board members issue to beat the Democrats over the head.
He is urging the Madison County Board members to vote themselves out of the pension plan, just at the McHenry County Board did. (Mike Walkup surfaced the withdrawal suggestion in May.)
Prenzler is also beating the incumbent Democrat about the ears for being in two public pension plans.
In Will County, there is the type of resentment at being singled out that was expressed on the McHenry County Board floor when IMRF asked for proof of members having worked 1,000 per year.
The Tribune reports some Will County Board members are questioning the legality of the law because Franks cut out part-time municipal and township officials.
Republican Board Speaker Jim Moustis replied to the complaint from fellow Republican Tom Weigel like this, according to the Tribune:
“I suppose you could say we were singled out. I don’t know why they were taken out. There seems to be some inconsistencies.I don’t see us challenging it.”
The GOP leader suggested considering dropping out of IMRF.
Below is the resolution that McHenry County passed on the longest day of the year: