Michael Walkup has announced his resignation from the McHenry County Board.
The District 3 Republican made the announcement at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday night. He will step down Dec. 1 because he has moved out of Illinois and the County Board’s jurisdiction.
He wished his colleagues good luck going forward.
When Walkup steps down, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks will have 60 days to appoint a Republican to fill the vacant seat.
Walkup’s resignation followed months of speculation about whether he still lived in McHenry County.
In January, rumors surfaced that Walkup had plans to sell the historic “Walkup house” at 5212 Walkup Road in Crystal Lake.
In March, that house sold to Keith and Christina Roth for $388,000. The couple is transforming the property into an agriculture pad to house Madoli Farms.
The home telephone number listed for Walkup on the county’s website is disconnected. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
The forwarding address listed on his most current property tax records is the home he sold to the Roth family.
When the Northwest Herald asked Walkup about the move in January, he would not comment.
Walkup now lives out of the state in Minnesota, and he has attended past County Board meetings, but not in person.
He had requested in writing to attend remotely by telephone, a move approved every time by his board colleagues.
First elected to the County Board in 2012, Walkup was part of the first election that allowed McHenry County voters to directly choose their chairman. Walkup narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Joe Gottemoller in the March 2016 primary.
A month later, Franks announced his candidacy and withdrew from his race for a 10th term representing the state’s 63rd House District. Franks defeated Walkup with more than
57 percent of the vote.