Jack Frank’s Pension Reforms Spread to DuPage County

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By Robert Sanchez on June 10th, 2016:

A DuPage County Board member is calling on the panel to withdraw from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund ahead of a proposed state law that would end pensions for some elected positions.

State Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, has proposed legislation that would prevent new county board members from being eligible for a public pension.

“I don’t think anyone who works part-time hours should get a full-time pension,” said Franks, who is now running for McHenry County Board chairman. “So my goal is to get rid of all that.”

The proposal already has been approved in Springfield by the House and Senate. Franks says he’s “confident” the governor will sign it into law.

If the measure becomes law, it will require county board members already enrolled in IMRF to prove they’re working a certain number of hours on county-related business. In the case of DuPage board members, they’re supposed to be working at least 1,000 hours a year.

“I’m going to ask IMRF to start removing people who aren’t able to prove that they’ve made their hours,” Franks said.

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