9 on Sangamon County Board opt out of pension system

Nine Sangamon County Board members have dropped out of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension system, leaving only 10 of the 29 board members in IMRF. The General Assembly this year passed a law banning future county board members from getting into the system and requiring that current board members, across the state, make monthly [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Northwest Herald Endorsement – McHenry County Board Chairman: Jack Franks

Published: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT In 2014, voters passed a referendum to change the way the McHenry County Board chairman is elected. Up until now, every two years after an election, the 24 members of the County Board would meet and vote on a chairman from among their own. For the first time [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks of Woodstock

Laudible fight to end county board pensions

posted: 9/12/2016 1:00 AM Dear editor, I received Senator Althoff’s legislative report and was pleased to see she highlighted her efforts with state Representative Jack Franks in ending pensions for county board members. These two lawmakers worked collaboratively to provide transparency to the taxpayers and to hold local elected officials accountable. Franks’ and Althoff’s legislation [Read More]

Rep Jack Franks Works With Republicans for Needed Reforms

Legislators exposed corrupt County Board

Published: Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT To the Editor: Thank you, Sen. Pam Althoff, Rep. Jack Franks and Gov. Bruce Rauner for teaming up to end the practice of County Board members receiving taxpayer-funded pensions. It is unfair that solely because of elected status County Board members are getting full-time perks for very part-time [Read More]

Will County may drop pension benefit

Will County officials are considering a plan in which they may opt out of their participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, in the wake of a new law that bans newly elected board members from the state pension program. Members of the county board’s executive committee voted to recommend a resolution eliminating the IMRF [Read More]

Rep Jack Franks Works With Republicans for Needed Reforms

Rauner signs Franks bill ending pensions for elected county board members

Published: Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 3:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 12:24 a.m. CDT By KEVIN P. CRAVER – kcraver@shawmedia.com Elected county board members statewide are no longer eligible for pensions under a law signed Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Senate Bill 2701, which took effect with Rauner’s signature Friday, disqualifies future candidates elected [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks of Woodstock

McHenry County Board Finally Ends Board Members’ Pensions

By Kevin P Craver on June 23rd, 2016: Without a word of comment, all 24 members of the McHenry County Board voted to end participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for themselves and those elected after them.  The unanimous vote, part of the routine consent agenda, eliminates IMRF eligibility effective Dec. 1, with the [Read More]

McHenry County Board To Vote On Ending Their Pensions

By 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 [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Northwest Herald: End McHenry County Board Pensions

Editorial Board on June 15th, 2016: McHenry County Board members are doing the right thing in working toward ending their participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Part-time local elected officials have no business receiving a taxpayer-funded pension, and the steps the board is taking to make sure future members no longer will are the [Read More]

Jack Frank’s Pension Reforms Spread to DuPage County

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 [Read More]

Despite Gridlock, Jack Franks Calls for Pension Reform Getting Results

 By Bernard Schoenburg on June 4th, 2016: 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, [Read More]

Springfield is Broken

Illinois House passes bill barring new county board members from receiving IMRF pensions

May 30th, 2016: Althoff’s original bill required local elected officials participating in IMRF to keep records of their hours. It initially passed the Senate. Franks, with Althoff’s permission, added an amendment in the House to bar newly elected board members from receiving IMRF pensions. “Public dollars should be spent on critical services and infrastructure, not [Read More]