Kurt PrenzlerThe Madison County Treasurer says the county should have opted out of its IMRF pension plan participation for county board members three years ago.  The board is expected to vote to drop out of the plan at its meeting later this month.

Kurt Prenzler tells The Big Z the IMRF conducted an "employer audit report" in December 2013.

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According to state law, part-time employees and elected officials are required to work either 600 or 1,000 hours - depending on the county - to receive pension benefits.  A new state law prevents newly elected county board members from signing up for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, and requires those currently in the system to log their hours spent on official government business.  Attempts to reach County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan for comment were unsuccessful.

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