Mike Walkup Literature Surfaces at McHenry Parade

A four-color leaflet promoting Mike Walkup’s campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman was distributed at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade last Sunday.

Walkup lit 7-16 4-color

The front of Mike Walkup’s leaflet stresses how Walkup has not taken money from unions or asked for patronage jobs for his family.

The front also points out that Walkup led the fight to cut $3 million from the property tax levied by the McHenry County Board last year for tax bills paid this year.  It also points out that the County Board had not tax increases for the four years he has served on the Board.

Then, Walkup asks,

“In his 18 years in Springfield what property tax relief has Jack Franks has provided to McHenry County?”

Walkup takes on the image that Franks desires regarding having been a reformer in Springfield and asks,

“In his 18 years in Springfield, what legislation has Jack Franks passed to reform State government?”

The back of Mike Walkup's leaflet reproduces the content of the memo that Jack Franks sent requesting patronage appointments from Govenror Rod Blagojevich.

The back of Mike Walkup’s leaflet reproduces the content of the memo that Jack Franks sent requesting patronage appointments from Govenror Rod Blagojevich.


Mike Walkup Literature Surfaces at McHenry Parade — 9 Comments

  1. Lying Double dealing Jack Franks is all about raising taxes not lowering them.

    His DEMOCRATIC Party stands for this, his career long support of the Chicago based Madigan regime proves it and it’s time Mike Walkup called him out for the LYING DEMOCRAT that he truly is.

    Let’s hear more from Mike…we’re listening.

    Vote for Mike Walkup …..

    Vote for CLEAN government in McHenry County

  2. Mike Walkup is the REAL & true to his word candidate.!

    I’ve met him several times now & had
    An opportunity to talk to him, not just
    A handshake at a parade.

    We ARE VERY LUCKY that someone
    Like Mike is stepping up & running
    For the board chair.

    Mike Walkup IS the RIGHT person
    For this job ! 🙂

  3. Hey Jacko Franks:

    You’ll be out of a job yourself S O O N!

  4. Wow, this is a devastating piece against Franks.

    I’m getting much closer in support of Walkup.

  5. Given Mike Walkup’s famous “allergy” to ink, I assume someone else handled the printing for him..?

  6. Neutron Jack was a moniker given to the fiery chairman of GE, because he was known for going nuclear if an issue disturbed him

    We, in McHenry County, have Jack Franks, an unaccomplished career politician who deserves a moniker that describes what he is famous for… Patronage Jack.

    The letter to Patronage Jack’s buddy, Blagoevich, where Patronage Jack begs for patronage jobs for family and friends should and does define him.

    Additionally, one of his patronage requests was granted to Bartman who is now the Dem candidate for the job Patronage Jack has finally admitted is too much for him to handle. That seals the moniker in perpetuity.

    Therefore, it is altogether fitting and proper that from this day forward, Jack Franks shall be known as Patronage Jack.

    So shall it be written, so shall it be done.

  7. Actually, if you look, you will find more than one of his patronage requests to Blagojevich granted.

  8. The 4th individual “who we had requested be considered for jobs with the Blagojevich administration” on the patronage letter titled, “Positions within the Gov. Rod Blagojevich Administration” from Democrat 63rd District State Representative Jack Franks to Margaret Houlihan on February 27, 2003 was, “John Bartman, a position with IDOT.”

    John Bartman subsequently hired by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

    Open the Books > Widget > State > Salaries > Recipient Name (click don’t enter anything) > Illinois > Bartman John

    John M Bartman

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    2015 – $12,603
    2014 – $59,104
    2013 – $58,980
    2012 – $58,850
    2011 – $52,040
    2010 – $48,882
    2009 – $53,704
    2008 – $54,182
    2007 – $49,692
    2006 – $45,755
    2005 – $44,091



    IDOT positions / job functions included “Community Relations Manager,” “Community Liason,”, and “Regional Development Manager.”


    David John Diersen
    GOP USA Illinois Editor

    article from

    Peoria Journal Start

    Blagojevich hires his kind

    by Bernard Schoenburg

    August 28, 2005

    “During its first 2 1/2 years, the Blagojevich administration has hired more than a dozen of the state’s 102 Democratic chairmen for state jobs.”

    “Some examples of the Democratic appointees:”

    “Champaign County’s Tony Fabri of Champaign and McHenry County’s John Bartman of Marengo each began in 2003 as IDOT local community and safety liasons.

    IDOT spokesman Matt Vanover said those jobs include ‘work with the local community and do community outreach and safety education outreach.’

    Each made $43,800 annually, though Fabri left the job in early 2005.”


    Democrat John Bartman is running against Republican Steve Reick in 63rd District State Representative (western McHenry County) election to be held November 8, 2016.

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