Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday barring future part-time county board members from receiving pensions through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
The new law, which took effect immediately, applies to new part-time members elected to county boards across the state.
The measure also requires current county board members to prove they work the minimum number of annual hours needed to participate in the pension fund. Depending on the county board member, the minimum number of hours worked is either 600 or 1,000 per year.
State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) sponsored the legislation in the House and applauded Rauner for approving the bill.
“Local governments should not be spending public dollars on pensions for part-time board members who may not even be eligible for those benefits,” Franks said.
Franks proposed the legislation after raising concerns over whether McHenry County board members were working enough hours to participate in the pension fund.