State Rep. Jack Franks officially asked McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi for a special prosecutor to investigate whether County Board members are working the 1,000 hours a year required to qualify for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions.
The letter, dated March 1 and delivered Friday, questions whether the board members now enrolled in IMRF have come close to the number of hours necessary, as they attested to in signed affidavits at IMRF’s request. Officials with IMRF said earlier this week that they were questioning the board’s numbers, after a tip from a local labor union that members may not be working the required minimum.
“We believe that there is enough evidence to show that there is potential criminal activity or at the very least civil liability for many of the county board members,” wrote Franks, D-Marengo.
The state’s attorney’s office cannot investigate the matter itself because it also serves as the legal counsel for the County Board, which would constitute a conflict of interest.