To the Editor:
On March 15, Mike Walkup ran for two offices simultaneously, the first to retain his McHenry County Board seat, the second to be County Board chairman. He won both elections. At the March 17, 2016, County Board meeting, two days after becoming the Republican nominee for County Board chair, he suggested board members should consider utilizing their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination instead of answering questions about whether they worked 1,000 hours a year, yet still keep unearned pension benefits, which cost the taxpayers of McHenry County.
To be clear, the nominee for County Board chair suggested he could use the Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. Someone who wants to be the chief executive of Illinois’ sixth largest county does not invoke a Fifth Amendment privilege. A politician who will hide behind laws in an attempt to get a taxpayer-funded benefit that he has not earned, Walkup has no problem with ripping off the taxpayers for his own gain.
McHenry County needs to rid itself of all those who have earned pension benefits they aren’t entitled to. We must make an example of Mike Walkup and let him know we don’t vote for politicians who hide behind laws to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense.