Mike Boland (politician)
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 71st district
August 20, 1942 |
Born on August 20, 1942, Mike was born and spent part of his childhood in Davenport, Iowa as one of seven children. His family moved to Texas; Boland returned to the Quad Cities area to finish the final two years of high school.
He received his B.A. from Upper Iowa University and his M.S. in education from Henderson State University; as of 2002[update] he had, from Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa, 48 semester hours of work past his masters degree. Boland spent thirty years as a civics teacher.
He was one of the most forceful voices[according to whom?] concerning the admissions controversy at the University of Illinois, in which relatives of politicians close to ex-governor Rod Blagojevich were being admitted more easily by university officials. Boland called on university officials, including B. Joseph White, to resign, saying "They were trusted to protect our university. In my eyes, they failed in that regard and they should resign."[dead link]
In June 2011, Mike Boland announced that he was running for the Democratic nomination for 17th district congressman, which would then go up against the Republican freshman U.S. Representative Bobby Schilling. Other competitors in the race at that time included Illinois State Senator David Koehler of Peoria; East Moline City Councilwoman Cheri Bustos, Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp, and Quad Cities immigration lawyer Eric Reyes. However, in October 2011, Boland dropped out of the Congressional race to run instead against incumbent Mike Jacobs for the Democratic nomination for Illinois State Senate in the 36th Legislative District.
EAST MOLINE, Ill— What was expected to be a close race for Illinois Senate in District 36 turned out to be a 10% victory for incumbent Mike Jacobs. Long time Illinois Representative Mike Boland had hoped to unseat Jacobs in a race that was tightly contested from the beginning.
- "About Mike". East Moline, Illinois: Mike Boland Campaign. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
- "Representative Mike Boland (D) - Previous General Assembly (94th) - 71st District". Springfield, Illinois: Illinois General Assembly. 2002-06-03. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
- Tibbetts, Ed (October 12, 2011). "Boland changes plans, will run for Illinois Senate". Davenport, Iowa: The Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
- "U. of I. leaders urged to resign". Chicago Breaking News. Chicago: Tribune Company. June 7, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-29.[dead link]
- Kaergard, Chris (August 24, 2011). "Boland announces bid for 17th District seat". PJStar.com (Peoria, Illinois: GateHouse Media). Retrieved 2012-02-25.
- Mike Boland for Illinois State Senate 36th District — official 2012 campaign site
- Illinois General Assembly - Representative Mike Boland (D) 71st District official IL House website
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Michael J. 'Mike' Boland (IL) profile
- Follow the Money - Mike Boland
- Illinois House Democrats - Mike Boland profile