The Early Years

  • One of ten children born to Thomas and Colleen (Kelleher) Sullivan
  • Attended Glen Oak and St. Bernard’s Grade School
  • Graduated, Peoria High School (1970)
  • Worked part-time at Columbia Rug and Linoleum
  • Golden Glove State Boxing champion and AAU State champion from 1970 until 1972
  • Veteran, US Army Reserves


Business Experience

  • Installer for Columbia Rug and Linoleum
  • Began Sullivan Floors in 1972 (it later became S & H Floorcovering)
  • Formed JP Companies in 1988 (a development company)
  • Bought several buildings in downtown Peoria, developed “Le Vieux Carre” which consists of 4 restaurants, a micro brewery, dinner theater, offices and apartments
  • Co-owner, Kellehers Irish Pub and Eatery (established in 2001)


Community Involvement

  • Co-founded the Peoria County Boxing Club in 1977
  • Founded Richwoods Parents Tennis Association in 1990
  • Past President, Richwoods Swim and Dive Parents Association
  • 20 year Board Member and Past President Boys and Girls Club of Peoria
  • Member Heart of Peoria Commission which conducted studies of the Warehouse and Riverfront Districts and developed many recommendations that have been implemented
  • Member and Chairman, Peoria Traffic Commission
  • Assisted City of Peoria with redesign of Oak and Walnut Streets to make them more pedestrian friendly
  • Helped form the Warehouse District Association and remains an active member
  • Served on Peoria’s Washington Street Advisory Committee which helped design Washington Street through the Warehouse District
  • Supported the following charities and events with sponsorships:
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria
  • Peoria Promise
  • Central Illinois Dietetic Association
  • Shake Rattle and Roll
  • Operation Santa
  • Childrens Home and Youth Farm
  • Firecracker 500 race/Jaycees
  • Bags Tournament
  • 4th of July Family Fun Day
  • St. Jude
  • Childrens Hospital of Central Illinois
  • Easter Seals


His Platform

  • Create a favorable business climate for job creation
  • Pass meaningful and comprehensive workers compensation reform
  • Support and end to the temporary tax increase
  • Reduce state spending to reduce the state debt
  • Support educational reforms to improve our education system



  • Married to Lark for 39 years
  • They have three children: Stephanie (Mike) Crabtree, Molly (Ciaron) Graham and Sean (Maureen) Sullivan, as well as 7 grandchildren