Bill Mitchell (politician)

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Bill Mitchell
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 101st district
In office
January 9, 2013 – January 9, 2019
Preceded byAdam Brown
Succeeded byDan Caulkins
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
January 10, 2003 – January 9, 2013
Preceded byDan Rutherford
Succeeded byRich Brauer
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 102nd district
In office
January 13, 1999 – January 10, 2003
Preceded byDuane Noland
Succeeded byRon Stephens
Personal details
Born (1960-03-29) March 29, 1960 (age 59)
Decatur, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materEastern Illinois University

Bill Mitchell (born March 29, 1960) was a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Life and career[edit]

Mitchell is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, receiving a B.A. in Political Science in 1982. He has been a Decatur City Councilman, Macon County Republican Chairman, and Mayor Pro Tem 1997–1998. He has sponsored curfew laws and made efforts to cut government waste, reduce taxes and institute juvenile justice reform.

In 2011, Mitchell joined with State Representative Adam Brown of the 101st district in proposing statehood for Cook County. Mitchell said that Chicago is "dictating its views" to the rest of the state and Brown added that Chicago "overshadows" the rest of Illinois.[1]

An August 30, 2003, article in the Bloomington–Normal newspaper The Pantagraph[2] stated that Mitchell was arrested for DUI near Heyworth, Illinois,[3] and was also charged with improper traffic lane usage.[4] The McLean County Sheriff's report indicated that his breath-alcohol level was 0.186 percent, which is more than twice Illinois legal BAC limit of 0.08.[5] Mitchell pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced to 24 months of court supervision.[6]

Mitchell retired after the 100th General Assembly and was succeeded by fellow Republican and Eastern Illinois University Trustee Dan Caulkins.[7]


  1. ^ "2 GOP legislators propose separating Cook County from Illinois". November 22, 2011.
  2. ^ | Archive Search Results
  3. ^ McLean County Circuit Clerk - Charge Information Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ McLean County Circuit Clerk - Disposition Information Archived October 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Driving Under The Influence Archived February 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ McLean County Circuit Clerk - Sentence Information Archived October 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Barlow, Sarah E., ed. (November 15, 2018). "Biographies of New House Members" (PDF). First Reading. Illinois Legislative Research Unit. pp. 2–8. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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