Asbestos lawyer Randall Bono puts up another $200k

Steve Gonzalez Oct. 28, 2004, 6:31am

Randall Bono, a powerful asbestos lawyer and former Madison County Judge, has dug into his pockets again donating another $200,000 to the newly formed Justice for All political action committee aimed at helping Illinois Supreme Court candidate Gordon E. Maag.

Bono had previously given $195,000 to help jump start the organization which launched an ad campaign promoting the positive qualities of trial lawyers.

In total, Justice for All has raised $850,000 with help from the East Alton firm of SimmonsCooper, Alton asbestos lawyer John Barry Julian and Bono.

More than 95 percent of donations to the Democratic Party of Illinois come from trial lawyers. Since early October, nearly $2 million has gone into DPI coffers, of which $950,000 came from Chicagoan, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Three quarters of a million dollars has been donated by the following Metro East trial attorneys in the last month:

  • Lakin Law Firm, $250,000
  • SimmonsCooper, $150,000
  • Rex Carr, $100,000
  • Thomas Q. Keefe, $100,000
  • Stephen Tillery, $100,000
  • John Barry Julian, $50,000
  • Randall Bono, $1,500

    Madison County board races are also a battleground for Democrats, with seven Republicans vying for a seat on the Board. The Madison County Democratic Team has received the following contributions from trial attorneys:

  • SimmonsCooper, $62,000
  • Randall Bono, $32,500
  • Stephen Tillery, $10,663
  • Jeffery Cooper, $10,000

    Contributions to the Madison County Republican Cenral Committee dwarf in comparison. Since July 1, the organization was able to raise $2,038. A $1,000 donation from Congressman John Shimkus was made Oct. 22.

    Justice For All PAC contributions:

  • Randall Bono, $395,000
  • SimmonsCooper, $275,000
  • Justice for All PAC, $105,000
  • John Barry Julian, $50,000
  • Baron & Budd of Texas, $25,000

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