PEORIA, Ill -- Peoria businessman Pat Sullivan has thrown his hat into the Illinois political ring. Sullivan ran unopposed in the Republican primary for the 46th district state senate seat. Now, he wants to take his business sense to Springfield in the hopes of turning around the state's financial woes.
Pat Sullivan was born and raised in the Peoria area and graduated from Peoria High School in 1970. In the early 70's he started his own business and started to buy up old buildings to renovate the warehouse and riverfront districts.
By 1988 he formed JP Companies with partner John Hunt. They own both Kelleher's and Beignets on the Riverfront while also renting space to other many businesses.
"When you're in business you're in politics," said State Senate candidate Pat Sullivan.
Sullivan thinks now is the right time to use his business background to change the direction of the state.
"I can't leave this state to my kids, your kids, grandkids. We can't leave this state in this shape. It's broke," said Sullivan, "They have a spending problem. They're taxing too much, they're borrowing too much and they're spending too much. We have to turn that around."
Jobs, that, Sullivan said, will fix many of the states issues. He said he knows how to create jobs and promote business, because that's what he has done on Peoria's riverfront for years.
"I think that everybody in this area knows that I'm a worker and I'm a do-er and I can work on both sides of the aisle to get things done," said Sullivan.