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Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 63

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John M. Bartman

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fight for fair funding for education.
  • Secure a real budget for the State of Illinois.
  • Advocate for working families and small business.



John Bartman has provided Illinois with one of the most essential natural resources in America, agriculture.  Raised on a grain and vegetable farm in Marengo.  John is a fifth-generation farmer and small business owner of the largest industry in McHenry County and the State of Illinois.

Growing up during the Farm Crisis of the 1980’s, John experienced his community and family endure and overcome very difficult financial times. During these financial crises he quickly learned that farming was more than planting seeds, harvesting crops and feeding families across Illinois and other states. He realized that agriculture is a business that is riddled with governmental rules and regulations.

John was directly impacted by the problems of his community, state and the country. He was able to relate to the difficulties that thousands of people were having trying to raise their families, preserve their homes, and protect their way of life.

Growing up on his family’s farm, John learned at a very young age that a strong work ethic, determination and respect for others are important skill sets that transcend to every aspect of life. As a child, his parents encouraged him to learn another profession, in addition to farming.  John attended the University of Dayton where he earned a degree in Communications Management. He joined the Student Government Association and worked with the university to start their first Neighborhood Watch, which was extremely successful in reducing crime on campus.

John later obtained full-time employment with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). While working, he routinely assisted his parents with their family farm business. His parents’ livelihood was dependent on successfully maintaining their crops.  One of John’s most challenging experiences was caring for his dad and the farm, when his father was stricken with a massive heart attack and subsequent stroke.

John knew that his family depended on the farm for income and he was the only one able to maintain the farm while his dad was recovering. As the farm suffered a setback, John strategically managed to continue his full-time work at IDOT and simultaneously secured government funding to continue the farm…all while caring for his parents during the family’s medical and financial crisis. John was ecstatic to learn that a branch of state government had a “Beginning Farmers Program” that actually worked to save his family’s business. He was very proud to pay the loan, received from the program, back in just 4 months with interest. It was at this time that he acquired his desire to serve the people of Illinois to ensure that Government always worked for the people, especially in their time of need.  

John is now running for Illinois State Representative in the 63rd Legislative District. He thrives on challenges. He takes to Springfield the knowledge of his experiences that remind him to always fight for the people. His community challenges and family’s financial struggles have instilled in him the importance of perseverance and fiscal responsibility. The crises he experienced, at a young age, have given him the advantage to stand confident in times of opposition and firm against his opponents. He understands that the number one resource for the future are our children, and creating job opportunities in the communities in which they live will encourage them to live where they thrive.


As a farmer, John understands the importance of family, community, budgeting and adhering to all government regulations. Most importantly, John knows first-hand how imperative small businesses are to the local economy. John is fully prepared to bring the good-farmer common sense to Springfield. John is also a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church and enjoys his role as a McHenry County Farm Bureau Board Director.  John Bartman is ready to work closely with residents of the 63rd District in order to bring true reform to the State of Illinois.

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— October 5, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times

John Bartman tells why he should be the state representative from the 63rd district.

Candidate Contact Info

19319 Route 176
Marengo, IL 60152

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