More Contributions for Bartman from Farm Bureau, Union & Mike Madigan’s Democratic Party

Although the Illinois Farm Bureau's Political Action Committee may be endorsing John Bartman, not all farmers are on his side.

Although the Illinois Farm Bureau’s Political Action Committee may be endorsing John Bartman, not all farmers are on his side.

Right before the $200,000 came from Chicago Land Operators Joint Labor-Management PAC, a Political Action Committee related to Operating Engineers Union Local 150, came two contributions from the Illinois Farm Bureau PAC called “Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR Fund.”

They totaled $7,248.99 and for mailings.

So, I guess one can deduce that all farmers in the district know that Bartman, whose family have been farmers for generations, is a farmer.

Ironically, Steve Reick was running ads on WGN radio saying his election would be good for farmers.

The national IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) subsequently kicked in $2,500.

Former McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Ouimet donated $1,000.

Yesterday, Bartman reported two contributions of posteage from the Illinois Democratic Party, controlled by House Speaker Mike Madigan:

  • $14,775
  • $4,769.63


More Contributions for Bartman from Farm Bureau, Union & Mike Madigan’s Democratic Party — 13 Comments

  1. John Bartman is attempting to portray himself as independent of Michael Madigan, just as Jack Franks did.

    Jack Franks received plenty of contributions from the four political action commitees on which Michael Madigan is the chair.

    As indicated above, that continues with John Bartman.

    Both have heavy ties to unions.

  2. John Bartman can’t be independent if he’s elected.

    His only contributer is Local 150.

    He’ll be beholden to them in Springfield.

    Only fools can believe otherwise.

  3. I dont see how that’s any different than being beholden to anybody else

  4. It might not be different, but the fact that he’s presenting himself as an independent voice is the issue.

    Typical politician.

  5. Steve Reick is going to be our only choice for some true representation without being a roll call vote for Mike Madigan.

    Steve is aware of the issues from the ag side as well as everyone else in the district.

    More of what John Bartman could bring us we DO NOT need!

  6. Has anyone noticed that Althoff and Kenneally have signs outside of Bartman’s office is Woodstock.

    Are they joining the unions in support of Bartman?

  7. Democrat John Bartman v Republican Steve Reick for 63rd District State Representative.

    Election November 8, 2016.


    The 63rd District Republican Primary election which was held March 15, 2016 featured Democrat Jeffery Lichte v Republican Steve Reick.

    A Democrat v a Republican in a primary election?

    How is that possible?

    The Democrat filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections to run as a Republican.

    Jeffery Lichte is a Jack Franks supporter.

    Jack Franks is the incumbent Democrat 63rd District State Representative who ran unopposed in the primary election.



    Democrat Jeffery Lichte, a Jack Franks supporter, filed to run as a Republican.

    Thus the Republican candidate (Steve Reick) had an opponent.

    And the Democrat candidate (Jack Franks) had no opponent.


    That Republican 63rd District primary election featured a smear campaign by the independent expenditure committee, Government for the People.

    Government for the People supported Jeffery Lichte, and opposed Steve Reick.


    Who supported Government for the People?

    The largest contribution was from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA).

    Jack Franks is a trial lawyer.

    Herb Franks, the father of Jack Franks, is a trial lawyer.


    More detail regarding Herb Franks


    Herb Franks has been President, 3rd Vice President, Treasurer, and on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    Herb Franks has been a Treasurer and a member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

    Herb Franks was a member of the Illinois Courts Commission.

    Herb Franks was appointed to the Illinois Courts Commission after State Representative Jack Franks wrote a letter dated February 27, 2003 to Margaret Houlihan, the Deputy Chief of Staff Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Governor Rod Blagojevich, titled, “Positions with Gov. Blagojevich administration.”

    The first few sentences of the letter read:

    “The following are individuals who we had requested be considered for jobs with the Blagojevich Administration.

    They are prioritized as follows:

    1. Deborah Wolf Franks for a Commission (that’s the wife of Jack Franks);

    2. Herbert H Franks for a Commission;

    3. David B Franks, a non-paid position with the Boxing Commission;

    4. John Bartman, a position with IDOT (John Bartman did receive a position with IDOT in 2003).


    Daily Herald

    Blagojevich team: Gov.’s critic suggested family, pals for state jobs

    by John Patterson

    July 2, 2008

    “Franks said three of the 12 were appointed to posts or got a job, including his father, who was named to an unpaid post on the Illinois Courts Commission.”


    Both of Jack Franks’ brothers are lawyers.


    Civil Justice Study

    September 6, 2016

    Justice for Sale III

    The Trial Lawyers’ $35 Million Investment in Illinois Government

    A Study Conducted by Illinois Civil Justice League

    Released in Partnership with Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch, and

    American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)

    – 97% of contributions from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association PAC (ITLA PAC) have gone to Democrats.

    “The largest-ever contribution to support a Republican by ITLA PAC was actually a recent contribution to the independent committee Government for the People PAC that supported 2016 Republican “stalking horse” primary candidate Jeff Lichte and opposed Republican party backed GOP candidate Steve Reick.

    Lichte, whose campaign expenditures did not exceed the minimum $10,000 filing requirement by the Illinois State Board of Elections, was accused by a local McHenry County blogger of being a “fake Republican,” due to his previous two primary election votes in the Democratic primary, as well as a 2012 Google photo of a yard sign for Democratic incumbent Jack Franks in his front yard.

    ITLA PAC’s single $15,000 contribution to ‘support’ Jeff Lichte was actually used in the primary to oppose winning Republican Steve Reick.

    Franks has since announced his impending retirement from the Illinois General Assembly to pursue the office of McHenry County Board Chairman.”

  8. The Friends of John Bartman PAC has received the following to date for this election cycle:

    Overall contributions – $282,011

    Union contributions – $235,541 (83% of total contributions were from unions).

    IUOE Local 150 contributions – $212,164 (75% of total contributions were from IUOE Local 150 entities).


    In addition, Personal PAC (pro abortion) has made independent expenditures of $22,305 to support John Bartman.

    That was for mailers, printing, and postage.


    John Bartman is currently employed as a prevailing wage monitor (aka Compliance Monitor aka Constructdion Analyst) by an IUOE Local 150 subsidiary named IIIFFC.

    IIIFFC is a prevailing wage monitoring organization.

    Prevailing wages are unfunded mandates on state and local governments.

  9. Thank you Mark

    it should scare the shot out of everybody that he is funded almost entirely by union money.

    This is the battle for IL in a nutshell

  10. I feel really sorry for his underfunded Republican opponent.

    Oh … wait.

    This is a battle alright, and it’s super clear what is going to win.


  11. Bartman won’t win.

    Madigan’s cold, taloned claws will be slapped down in Mchenry County.

  12. BS Watching, people have more of
    A clue this time than to vote for
    A career politician’s ghost candidate

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