Noland earned his bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his law degree from John Marshall Law School. He served as a Navy Corpsman while on active duty at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital and in the Reserves with the United States Marine Corps. He resides in Elgin with his wife Veronica and their two children.
Raised in Illinois, Mike has called Elgin home for 38 years. He started shining shoes at the age of eight, and had to work odd jobs all throughout high school to help his family with expenses.
After graduating from Elgin High School in 1978, Michael Noland worked as a security guard while taking classes at night at Elgin Community College. In 1984, he enlisted in the United States Navy as an E-3 (Seaman) and graduated from Hospital Corps School in 1985. Michael Noland then went to Camp Pendleton where he went through Marine Corps training and served as a Corpsman, attached to NTC Great Lakes, until he got out in 1993. Michael Noland's unit was on call for the First Persian Gulf War but was never deployed.
Michael attended school at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he earned a B.A. in 1991. Seeking to continue his education, he pursued an Juris Doctorate degree at John Marshall Law School while driving a limousine at night to help pay for school. He earned his J.D. in 1996.
He also earned his M.B.A. at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2001.
Michael has worked as a public defender and an attorney in private practice, representing hundreds of clients, many of them pro-bono.
In 2002, Michael ran for the Illinois House of Representatives. However, Michael lost the 2002 General Election to the Republican Hoeft, 7,153 to Hoeft's 10,199.
Despite the loss, Michael Noland tried again for the Illinois House, this time challenging Republican Ruth Munson. The General Election results ended up being so close as to create demand, from a third party, for a recount. As the election results were recounted, Munson's lead narrowed. When the results were counted, Michael Noland's margin of defeat was only 387 votes.
In 2006, Senator Steve Rauschenberger announced he would be leaving his position as Illinois Senator for the 22nd Legislative District as he pursued the position of Lieutenant Governor. Michael Noland was the Democratic nominee to replace Rauschenberger and faced Republican Mayor Billie Roth in the general election. During the campaign, Michael Noland promised to support property tax relief as local county boards continued to increase property taxes. Noland defeated Roth by a 56%-44% margin.
In the Illinois General Assembly, Senator Noland currently serves on the Judiciary and Public Health Committees while he chairs the Criminal Law Committee. He also serves on the Energy Committee, Committee of the Whole, Licensed Activities Committee, and the Subcommittee on Special Issues and chairs the Transparency Subcommittee.
Senator Noland was a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1961 which called for the end of a long time practice of elected officials placing their names on taxpayer funded signs and other electronic messaging. Senate Bill 1406 would place a limit on campaign contributions for various campaign committees. Previously, Illinois had no regulations limiting the amount a contributor could give to a campaign committee. Senator Noland also was a sponsor on Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 17 (SJRCA17), which would give Illinois residents the power to recall elected members of the Executive Branch and then provide for a special election.
SJRCA17 failed to pass. SJRCA17 not only dealt with the recall of Governors but every elected official down to the municipal level and erected no safeguards to ward off those who would simply wish to recall a Governor on the basis of being from the opposing party.
On October 15, 2009 during a veto session of the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Senate passed House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 31. The bill was then sent to Governor Pat Quinn for his signature and signed into law. HJRCA31 grants Illinois voters the option, by way of the November ballot, to ratify an amendment to the State Constitution that would allow for Gubernatorial recalls. Senator Noland's legislation was featured as the main article in the Chicago Tribune's "Clout Street" the following day, Friday October 16, 2009.
Senator Noland filed a bill that would reform the way campaign contributions are handled in the state of Illinois. SB2470 would reform Illinois' campaign funding in the following ways:Institute limits on campaign contributions,
Increase the frequency that committees have to report contributions to the State Board of Elections, and
Provide the State Board of Elections with the means to enforce violations
SB2470 has to first go through the entire legislative process.
When Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth announced she was going to run for the US Senate. Noland said that he would explore running to replace Duckworth. After exploring a campaign in the summer of 2015 he announced that he would run for the Democratic nomination. He was defeated in the Democratic primary by Raja Krishnamoorthi.