Despite indications to the contrary, the Illinois General Assembly can sometimes act quickly when there’s a path to clear up an obvious problem.
So it was with the issue of part-time members of county boards getting pensions through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
State Rep. JACK FRANKS, D-Marengo, raised the issue because he had serious doubts that all members of the McHenry County Board who are in the pension system were working 1,000 hours a year, as required there to qualify for the retirement benefit.
Word of such questions spread to places including Springfield, where more than half the members of the 29-member Sangamon County Board are enrolled in the pension system. Also, since 1993, the Sangamon County board has a standard that the job should regularly require 1,000 hours of work per year to qualify for the pension.