Mike Jacobs (Illinois politician)

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Mike Jacobs
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 36th district
In office
February 2005 (2005-02) – January 2015 (2015-01)
Preceded by Denny Jacobs
Succeeded by Neil Anderson
Personal details
Born (1960-06-25) June 25, 1960 (age 56)
Moline, Illinois
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Beth Wendt (divorced)
Children 1
Residence Moline, Illinois
Alma mater University of Illinois

Mike Jacobs (born June 25, 1960) was a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, who represented the 36th District from when he was appointed in 2005 until 2015. The 36th district, located in Western Illinois, includes all or parts of East Moline, Moline, Rock Island, Rock Falls and Sterling.[1]

Political career[edit]

Following a 2007 meeting with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, meant to convince Jacobs to vote for Blagojevich's health insurance proposals, Jacobs told reporters that the Governor "blew up at him like a 10-year-old child",[2] acted as if he might hit Jacobs, screamed obscenities at him and threatened to ruin his political career if Jacobs didn't vote for the bill.[2] Jacobs said if Blagojevich had talked to him like that at a tavern, "I would have kicked his tail end."[3] Blagojevich would not comment on the alleged incident.[3] Jacobs was presented with a pair of boxing gloves after returning to the Senate. Jacobs was succeeded by Republican Neil Anderson.[2]

On May 31, 2011, Jacobs was accused by Republican state Sen. Kyle McCarter of punching him after a debate over an electricity rate increase, a claim he denied by saying in a televised interview that "the senator was full of shit" and "someone who couldn't even really polish my shoes".[4] McCarter had noted that Jacobs' father was a registered lobbyist for the utility, but Jacobs' response was that "one thing he would not allow to happen would be for anyone to question my integrity". Jacobs also said this information had been fully disclosed, his constituents were aware of it, "and they would make a decision based on that". It was reported that McCarter filed a police statement over the incident.[4][5]


  1. ^ Veeneman, Drew. "Senate District 36". precinctmaps.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco AND Whitney Woodward (2007-06-06). "Democrats' spat boils over: Jones sidelines Madigan pal". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  3. ^ a b Wills, Christopher (July 2007). "Illinois Democrats turn on each other". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  4. ^ a b Illinois Senator Claims Sen. Mike Jacobs Punched Him After ComEd Rate Hike Debate (VIDEO) Huffington Post AOL News. June 1, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Ill. senators get physical, involve police St. Louis Today.com. June 1, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.

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