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Larry Bomke - Legislators Project

Larry Bomke served Sangamon County and central Illinois in a political career that began in the early 1970s and ended with his retirement from the Illinois Senate in 2013. He began his career as a Republican at the grass roots level, and in 1976 was elected to serve on the Sangamon County Board. In 1992 he became the Chairman of the County Board, and in 1995 he was appointed by the Sangamon County Republican Party to fill an Illinois Senate seat vacated by Karen Hasara, who was running for mayor of Springfield. He served in the Senate for the next 18 years, during a time that coincided with Barack Obama's years in the IL Senate.

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Feature Excerpt

Request to impeach Blagojevich

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life and experiences at precinct level politics

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Sangamon County Board experiences

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

State Senate experiences from 1995 to 2003 and memories of Sen Obama

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Blagojevich administration, impeachment and Bomke’s final years in office

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Larry Bomke’s father Arthur is standing, fifth from the left. Arthur was the body shop manager at the time for Springfield’s Chevrolet dealer at third and Jefferson, circa 1928 or 1929. Several in the group went on to start their own businesses.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa 1928 or 1929

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Larry with father Arthur and sister Ruthann in the early 1950s. They are standing underneath the arbor in front of the family’s home in rural Sangamon County.

Where:

Sangamon County

When:

Early 1950s

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Narrator’s photo

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In 1968 students Larry Bomke (left) and Mark Kenyon worked with fellow student Ted Henry on the Nixon-Agnew campaign. Bomke was chairman for the Nixon-Agnew campaign on the Lincoln Land Community College campus in Springfield.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1968

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Larry has been a life-long enthusiast for sports cars. He stands by his 1975 Corvette during his first election for the Sangamon County Board in 1976.

Where:

Sangamon County

When:

1976

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The Springfield State Journal-Register ran an article on Larry Bomke in March, 1992 when he became the new Sangamon County Board Chairman.

Where:

Sangamon County

When:

March, 1992

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“State Senator Larry Bomke stands with his wife, Sally Jo, and children Natalie, 13, and Wulfgar, 9, at his swearing-in ceremony at the state capitol in July, 1995.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

July, 1995

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“I like Natalie Bomke (best politician in the Bomke family)” Mike Kienzler wrote for the Springfield State Journal-Register on March 21, 1997. “I was at a parade, saw her and she is good. She’s so positive, forthcoming, she seemed so sincere.”

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

March 21, 1997

Ownership:

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Senators Larry Bomke and Art Turner are being interviewed by a reporter in the Illinois Senate chamber. Over the years that Senator Bomke served in the Senate, the Statehouse press pool was steadily decreasing.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Larry Bomke makes a point during debate on a bill on the Senate floor. The date and the bill are unknown.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Senator Bomke makes his point during debate on a bill presented to the Senate.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Each year the Illinois Times lets readers decide on a host of ‘Bests’ in the Springfield area. Senator Bomke was a frequent recipient of the Best State Elected Official award.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Senator Larry Bomke in the 97th General Assembly, which convened from January, 2011 thru January, 2013. The 97th General Assembly was Bomke’s last in the Senate.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa January, 2011 thru January, 2013

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

Caption

In 2009 artist William Crook, Jr. created this sketch of the Illinois Senate chamber during what is arguably the Senate’s most significant moment, the impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich in January, 2009.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

January, 2009

Ownership:

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