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Man Charged With Felony After Phone Threats to State Rep. Jeanne Ives

A Chicago man has been charged with threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony, after authorities said he made two threatening calls to the office of 42nd District State Rep. Jeanne Ives.

Stephen S. Bona, 49, of 903 W. Roscoe in Chicago, has been charged with a felony in connection with making threatening phone calls to Illinois 42nd District State Rep. Jeanne Ives, officials said Tuesday.

The DuPage County State's Attorney's Office said Bona was originally charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after leaving a threatening message at Ives' office Friday morning. The charges were later upgraded to a Class 3 felony of threatening a public official after Bona made a second phone call Monday, the office said.

“My office takes any threat or perceived threat against a public employee or elected official very seriously,” State's Attorney Robert Berlin said. “For our government to function properly, it is imperative that public servants be allowed to serve without having to worry about their personal safety. I would like to thank the Wheaton Police Department for their fine work on this case as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Tim Diamond for his efforts.”

Judge Michael Wolfe issued a $150,000 arrest warrant on Monday, and Bona was taken into custody late that afternoon by the Wheaton Police Department. He posted bond and was released from custody shortly thereafter. Bond was set at $150,000 with 10 percent to apply.

If convicted, Bona faces up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He is set to return to court April 29.

While probationable, a Class 3 Felony is punishable by up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Bona’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 29.

Vincent March 31, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Mr. Beckman... Poopy-head? How did you know my last name? I won't keep you from your work, but you make an interesting point about polygamy. There may well be an argument from that small faction about discrimination, but I don't see that as a reason to deny marriage rights to an entire other segment of society. It's something like saying that overturning Prop 8 could lead to people marrying animals (which happened in France a spell back--woman married a dolphin), but how often is this really going to impact our society? Polygamy is slowly becoming as archaic an idea as the world being flat, and yet there are always going to be a few stubborn folks who cling to both those notions. What say you?
Hank Beckman March 31, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Regarding polygamy, who in their right mind would want more than one spouse? But I agree that it's no reason to deny rights to other people; but I think it's an interesting question, and I'm curious as to what most people supporting same-sex marriage think of it. And for the record, I never said anything like overturning Prop 8 would lead to anything other than a closer look at polygamy. (A dolphin? Well, it's France) I don't know about the future of polygamy; it appears that most LDS folks are opposed to it. Certainly, LDS leaders are in opposition, so maybe you're right that it is a thing of the past. But estimates are that somewhere between 1 and 2 percent of Muslim families worldwide are of the polygamous variety, so who knows. More later.
Ghost of Joseph Napier April 01, 2013 at 09:29 PM
It's false equivalency, not an analogy. An analogy would be Ms. Ives is like a rock, steadfast and strong, unyielding in resolve. Pray tell, what equal protections of the law does Ms. Ives deny "them"? How did she amass such absolute power that she can do such a thing? Surely someone must tell Mike Madigan his day is done, that now Ms. Ives will be calling the shots.
Ghost of Joseph Napier April 01, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Perhaps you might read the documents as filed in the case http://www.supremecourt.gov/docket/DOMPRP8.aspx
pollywantacracker April 02, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Republican Senator Mark Kirk has chosen to stand on the right side of history! I hope to hear Jeanne say something similar, because, if she truly went to Springfield to fix the state's financial disaster, then there is much work to be done. His words: "When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others. Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back-- government has no place in the middle." http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=blog&id=686&fb_action_ids=10151521747349522&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210151521747349522%22%3A376585929121240%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151521747349522%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

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