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Larry Bomke
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Illinois State Senate District 50
Incumbent
In office
1995 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected1994
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayJune 6, 1950
Place of birthSpringfield, Illinois
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Larry Bomke is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate. Bomke has served in the Illinois Senate since 1995. Bomke was re-elected in November of 2008 with his term expiring in 2012.

Bomke attended Lincoln Land Community College. Before becoming a Senator, Bomke was an insurance agent and served on the Sangamon County Board of Commissioners.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bomke has been appointed to these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bomke served on these committees:

Issues

Concealed carry

In May 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn announced that he would veto the concealed carry bill on which the Illinois Legislature had voted, if it landed on his desk. The bill would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public.

That threat held little water because the bill had a lot of support and might win through a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate) of votes from both chambers.

Rep. Brandon Phelps said he was trying to find enough support in the House to move the plan over to the Senate. Phelps said he wanted to call House Bill 148 for a vote on May 5, regardless of Quinn's opposition.

"I just think that (Quinn) is wrong," Phelps said. "And you agree to disagree. Sometimes people within your own party disagree with what they say. And I totally disagree with him today."

Under HB 148, Illinois residents 21 and older could apply for permits to carry concealed firearms in public, except for places like schools, churches and inside state government buildings. Applicants would need to pass a written exam, firearms training exercises and background checks.

"About two-thirds of the citizens of our state are steadfastly and strongly opposed to allow private citizens to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public places," Quinn said.

Sen. Gary Forby said the opponents of concealed carry mostly live in and around Chicago and that people downstate, and in other states, support the idea.

"I think all we are doing now, we are really helping the state of Illinois with what they got to do to get a license and stuff," Forby said. "So all you are going to do is put guns in peoples' good hands."

Quinn said the plan may lead to more violence.

"I don't think that's healthy, if you are going to the grocery store," Quinn said. "You bump into somebody accidentally, and they take offense, they can pull out a loaded, concealed handgun to assuage their anger."

Sen. Larry Bomke said the plan would deter violence, because potential burglars would less likely rob homeowners with guns.

"I can only hope that he changes his mind once the bill gets to his desk," Bomke said. "And I feel fairly confident it will. But it will be important that we have enough votes, a supermajority, to override his decision if he chooses to veto the bill."

Rep. Jason Barickman said lawmakers have been working carefully to craft the plan.

“At the end of the day, we certainly would appreciate the governor's support,” Barickman said. “But with him making it clear that he opposes this right, this constitutional right, this right that a mass number of people support. I think that we just have to continue lining up our legislative votes and push forward."

Rep. Norine Hammond hopes that's enough support.

“A lot of people have worked on this very hard — lots of law enforcement input,” she said. “I think it is a very strong bill. And hopefully we could get it passed," she said.

In the end though, Rep. Richard Morthland said it won’t matter what the governor chooses to do with the legislation if there are enough votes.

"There is a last minute roll call being taken just trying to figure out where people are, and how we are doing, and do we have exactly the number of votes we need, how close are we,“ Morthland said. “I think it looks good. Hopefully we will be able to move it this week."[2]

Elections

2012

Bomke announced that he would not seek re-election in 2012 after redistricting placed him in the same district as fellow Republican Sam McCann.[3]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Larry Bomke won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 50 receiving 82,011 votes, ahead of Democrat John Devine (23,474 votes).[4]


Illinois State Senate, District 50 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Bomke (R) 82,011
John Devine (D) 23,474

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008, Bomke collected $330,747 in donations.[5]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Education Association $17,049
AFSCME Illinois Council 31 $8,000
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois $4,562
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $4,272
Illinois State Medical Society $4,000
Capitol Care Center $3,600
Electrical Workers Local 193 $3,470
Illinois Realtors Association $2,700
Walgreens $2,700
H. D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co. $2,350
Logan County Farm Bureau $2,350
AT&T $2,308
Illinois Credit Union League $2,120
Illinois Optometric Association $2,025
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $2,000
Norfolk Southern Corp $2,000
Service Employees Illinois State Council $2,000
Operating Engineers Local 965 $2,000
Brandt Consolidating Inc. $1,971
Menard County Republican Central CMTE $1,850


District 50

Bomke represents Illinois Senate District 50. District 50 includes the Greater Springfield region where the State Capitol is located[6].

Personal

Larry is married to Sally Jo Bomke. They have two children and reside in Springfield, Illinois.

FY 2011 budget

When discussions of FY 2011's budget went under way, Bomke said it’s impossible to balance the state’s budget by ordering a few unpaid days for state workers. He thinks anything that Pat Quinn does will only be a temporary fix.[7]

External links

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