Obnoxious progressive with a bellicose attitude found himself in cuffs after leaving this message on a State Rep.’s answering machine.
Lawmaker receives threat over gay marriage remarks
(Daily Herald) – A Chicago man has been charged with disorderly conduct for making a telephone threat to a state representative who called gay couples “disordered” on a Catholic radio show, authorities said.
Wheaton Police Chief Mark Field said 49-year-old Stephen Bona was charged Friday, hours after Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives reported getting a threatening voice mail at her district office.
“Your Tea Party brethren Sarah Palin put up a map that included the names, locations and faces of Democratic candidates and put them in the cross hairs of a gun,” a caller says on the voice mail, a recording of which Ives provided to the Daily Herald.
The caller goes on to suggest that “perhaps we should do the same for you. We know where you live.”
So, big fella Bona, how’s that tough talk working for you now?
Charges Upgraded/Bond Set at $150,000 for Chicago Man Charged With Threatening State Representative
WHEATON (DuPage County State’s Attorney via Capitol Fax) – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that bond has been set at $150,000 with 10% to apply for a Chicago man charged with making threatening phone calls to Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives. Yesterday afternoon, Judge Michael Wolfe issued a $150,000 arrest warrant for Stephen S. Bona, 49 (d.o.b. 11/08/1963) of 903 W. Roscoe, Chicago. Bona was taken into custody late yesterday afternoon by the Wheaton Police Department. A short time later he posted bond and was released from custody.
It is alleged that on Friday, March 22, at approximately 9:42 a.m., Bona called the office of Representative Ives and left a threatening message. An investigation into the matter led to Bona who was charged with misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. On March 25, following a second alleged phone call, the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office upgraded the charges to Threatening a Public Official, a Class 3 Felony.
“My office takes any threat or perceived threat against a public employee or elected official very seriously,” 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.”
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.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office
Here’s a helpful hint for the day for Mr. Bona: We’re betting that State Rep and her husband probably own the means with which to protect themselves, their family and their home from violence-prone men with evil in their hearts, such as yourself. We suspect it wouldn’t end well for you if you tried to follow through on your tough talk.