McHenry County Board To Vote On Ending Their Pensions

NorthwestHeraldLogoBy Kevin P Craver on June 20th, 2016:

The McHenry County Board will vote Tuesday whether to end its elected members’ participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

 The proposal came in the wake of an ongoing investigation by the IMRF as to whether County Board members, all but a few of whom are enrolled in the system, are working the minimum 1,000 hours a year mandated by state law. Also, a bill awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature would end pensions for all future county board members statewide.
The IMRF investigation was prompted earlier this year by state Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, who asked the fund to look into whether County Board members are working the required hours.

Officials elected to county, township and municipal governments that have adopted a 1,000-hour standard, like the McHenry County Board did in 1997 for themselves and county government employees, will not meet the 1,000-hour threshold, barring “highly unusual circumstances,” according to IMRF rules.