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Man charged for threatening Illinois rep. who opposes gay marriage

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WHEATON, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 49-year-old Chicago man was arrested Monday and charged with making threatening phone calls to a west suburban state representative over her opposition to gay marriage.

On Monday afternoon, DuPage County Judge Michael Wolfe issued an arrest warrant carrying a $150,000 bond for Stephen S. Bona, of the 900 block of West Roscoe in the Lakeview neighborhood, a release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's office said.

Bona was taken into custody Monday afternoon by Wheaton police, and a short time later posted bond and was released, according to the state's attorney's office.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, said a man "called her office multiple times and made negative personal comments and threatening remarks" regarding her position on gay marriage.

Ives has been an outspoken opponent of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Prosecutors claim that on Friday at about 9:42 a.m., someone called the Ives' office and left a threatening message. An investigation into the matter led to Bona, who was originally charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

But on Monday, following a second phone threat to Ives' office, the state's attorney's office upgraded the charges to threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony.

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