Michael Bond (politician)

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Michael Bond
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 31st district
In office
Preceded by Adeline Jay Geo-Karis
Succeeded by Suzi Schmidt
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Grayslake, Illinois
Profession Finance
Religion Roman Catholic[citation needed]

Michael Bond is a former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 31st District from 2007 to 2011.

Bond lives in Grayslake. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Southern Illinois University in 1992, and his MBA in Finance from Roosevelt University in 1997. Prior to being elected to the Senate he held various finance and budgeting positions with Allstate Insurance Company, most recently Director of Corporate Finance.

Bond was elected to fill the seat being vacated by longtime senator Adeline Jay Geo-Karis. Geo-Karis, who had served in the State Senate since 1979, was defeated in the Republican primary by Sue Simpson. Geo-Karis went on to endorse and actively campaign for Bond.[1] Bond's election, in an historically Republican district, was one of the many Democratic victories in 2006 that gave the Democratic Party a super-majority in the State Senate.

Senator Bond served as the Vice-Chairperson of the Transportation Committee, and serves on Appropriations II, Pensions and Investments, and State Government & Veterans Affairs Committees.

In early 2010, members of Michael Bond's staff started going through the obituaries in the local newspapers and passed resolutions honoring his former constituents. A Daily Herald article (http://prev.dailyherald.com/story/print/?id=368821) stated that "the resolution was submitted because a staffer copied the information from his obituary in a paper and the cause of death and other details were not known." Due to the staff mix up, a resolution was drafted that ended up honoring a drug dealer who ran over three police officers, and was shot by a fourth one.[2]

On November 2, 2010, Michael Bond lost the general election to Lake County Board Chairman Suzi Schmidt. He got about 46.5% of the vote, versus just over 53% for Suzi Schmidt.


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