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]

Letter: Use Sound Fiscal Sense

Kenneth Linde of McHenry on June 2nd, 2016: Part-time jobs! Full-time pensions! No wonder there is a mass exodus from Illinois. When, how and why did serving the community become so lucrative? Public service is intended as just that, service to the community, not a way to pad one’s pocket for a part-time job. Rep. [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]

State Representative Jack Franks

Rep. Jack Franks Bill Barring New Board Members from Collecting Pensions Passes House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Jack D. Franks, D-Marengo, passed legislation unanimously through the House on Saturday that will prohibit newly elected part-time county board members from receiving pensions through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). “Public dollars should be spent on critical service and infrastructure, not on pensions for part-time board members who may [Read More]

Jack Franks Wants Public Officials to Work for their Pension

Letter: Walkup and County Board Using the Law to Hide Their Greed

Bill Voce from Crystal Lake on May 28th, 2016: On March 15, Mike Walkup ran for two offices simultaneously, the first to retain his McHenry County Board seat, the second to be County Board chairman. He won both elections. At the March 17, 2016, County Board meeting, two days after becoming the Republican nominee for [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Jack Franks Amends Bill to Ban Pensions for Future County Board Members

Cole Lauterbach on May 25th, 2016: A state representative is trying to get rid of the publicly funded pension for a position for which he’s running. State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, added an amendment to a state Senate bill that would ban all future county board members from applying for pensions through the Illinois Municipal Retirement [Read More]

State Rep Jack Franks

Jack Franks: Why I decided to leave the General Assembly

After 18 years in the Legislature, I announced that I would not seek re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives, instead deciding to run for chairman of the McHenry County Board. Leaving the Legislature was not an easy decision. Since first being elected state representative, I have spent my time talking to and working on [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks

Franks Questions about County Pension Abuse Spreads to Sangamon County

Bernard Schoenburg on May 7, 2016 My guess is probably a few committee chairs and … definitely Chairman (Andy) Van Meter would be the only ones that would probably meet that threshold,” said board member Tony DelGiorno, D-District 22. He said he only learned in recent weeks of the 1,000-hour requirement in place for most members [Read More]