Illinois law bans pensions for future county board members

A new Illinois law bars newly-elected members on the state’s county boards from signing up for pensions from the Illinois Municipal Retirement fund.
The law, signed last month by Gov. Bruce Rauner, is a result of a political battle in McHenry County, where a candidate in the November race for county board president found board members were – depending on the county – supposed to work 600 or 1,000 hours a year to receive pensions.
The retirement fund guidelines contended the 1,000-hour limit – equal to about 20 hours a week – would make it "highly unusual" for any county board members to qualify.
Under the law, current county board members must document their work hours – and reach a county-specific minimum – to qualify for a public pension.

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