IMRF, State Rep. Jack Franks question legality of McHenry County Board pensions

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund is questioning whether McHenry County Board members are working enough hours to justify pensions after they leave office, the Northwest Herald has learned.

And a state representative known for tussling with the County Board over various issues in recent years plans to ask that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate.

Under state law, McHenry County government employees must work at least 1,000 hours a year – or about 20 hours a week for 50 weeks – to qualify for IMRF benefits. The County Board in 1997 set a higher standard for its employees – the law otherwise sets a 600-hour annual minimum.

But an audit conducted last year by IMRF cast doubt on whether most board members are meeting the threshold, IMRF Director Louis Kosiba said.

Kosiba, who along with state Rep. Jack Franks asked to meet with the newspaper’s editors, pointed to a line from the IMRF’s own manual to back his assertion. Barring “highly unusual circumstances,” officials elected to county, village, township or municipal boards will not qualify for IMRF under the 1,000-hour threshold.

“What I would like to do is make sure the county is made whole. If any of these County Board members do put in that 1,000 hours, it’t not my issue. For me, it’s a good-government issue,” said Kosiba, who has led IMRF since 2001.

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IMRF, State Rep. Jack Franks question legality of McHenry County Board pensions

Parents outraged by apparent mock slave auction held by Barrington HS students

Parents of students at Kenwood Academy on the South Side said they watched an act of racism this past weekend during an event meant to bring students from Chicago and the suburbs together … took place during the Illinois Junior Classical Convention …

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900 pink slips at CHICAGO STATE – ALVAREZ’s ugly reminder for QUINN after FOXX backing – ILLINOIS’ ‘gun-buying … – Politico

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Chicago Public Schools teachers prepare for possible layoffs Monday – WLS-TV

Chicago Public Schools teachers prepare for possible layoffs Monday
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District officials said CPS has cut and borrowed its way through a massive budget gap and it was counting on pension help from Springfield. But no relief has come. The district and the union are still bargaining for a new contract. Negotiations have

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Jay Cook: Public needs more education on medical marijuana

Over the last several months I’ve read, with great interest, the medical cannabis views of State Journal-Register readers. As someone who has spent their life caring for people through traditional medical channels, and now working in the medical cannabis field, I want to help educate people on the facts we currently know about this alternative medicine. The fact is, that marijuana has incredible upsides, but a terrible reputation. I meet with patients and physicians […]

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