ContextFrank Abdnour, the former owner of Spotted Cow, faced Dan Sullivan, a deputy city clerk and former Peoria County Sheriff employee in the race for township supervisor. Neither had held the office before.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Township SupervisorThe township supervisor oversees general assistance to those in need, which includes vouchers for prescription medication, Ameren, medical examinations, and bus passes. The full-time position is compensated with an annual salary of $96,628.

Candidates (2)


Frank Abdnour (Winner)
Age 58
Current Employment Retired/Owned, The Spotted Cow Restaurant
Education Spalding High School, various vocational studies
Residence District 3
Endorsements See List of Endorsements
Why do you want to be a Township Supervisor? I’ve always been interested in city/township politics but owning a restaurant never allowed the time needed to get involved. While finalizing the sale of The Spotted Cow, this position was brought to my attention. I felt that my years of experience working with people and managing a budget through a variety of economic times prepared me for this opportunity. I also think this office will benefit from a change in perspective. The fact that I am not a politician or a past government employee opens the door for fresh ideas and outside of the box thinking. My desire to help the citizens of Peoria who need the services offered is genuine and I promise to serve with honesty and integrity.
What are your top priorities, if elected? My platform has always hinged on three major areas. The first is budget efficiency. We need to use the available funds effectively so we can help the most people we can with the things they need the most. We must be willing to change things to keep up with clients changing needs and I know how to be effective in changing economic times. The second is inter-agency collaboration. Partnering with other social services agencies is vital for this office. The drain of poverty will not be solved by just one group, but by an army of groups working together. I know how to connect with people and how to cultivate and grow relationships. I will bring high energy and a positive approach to offer a fresh perspective. And finally, boosting awareness. This office is very important but it doesn’t work well if people don’t know about it and what services it offers. The priority of these three major areas is, and always will be, the citizens of Peoria who need the services this office provides.
How will you use your power as Township Supervisor to advance these priorities? People who know me know that I have a strong work ethic and have never been afraid of hard work. I will put in the time and energy needed to make my plan work. Over the years, I have had the great pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people, from many walks of life. My greatest strengths are my ability to connect with people and a genuine desire to listen to and help others and the Peoria community. These strengths are what will help accomplish my goals.
What sets you apart from the other candidate in the race? My ability to bring a fresh perspective is what sets me apart. I may not have government experience, but I have had real world experience and drive that kept a small family business alive and thriving for thirty plus years. Dealing daily with customers and having employed over 500 Peoria area residents over the years has taught me so much about people. I know how to adapt during changing times and I know how bring people together for a common cause. I will bring compassion, high energy, and a strong work ethic to this position.
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Campaign Contributions: Citizens for Frank Abdnour
Related Media:

Frank Abdnour wins nomination for supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 3/1/17)
Frank Abdnour: Candidate for Peoria Township Supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 2/22/17)
Letter: Abdnour for township supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 2/8/17)
Crowded Democratic field for Peoria Township supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 2/1/17)



Daniel Sullivan
Age  44
Current Employment Deputy City Clerk, City of Peoria
Education B.A., Bradley University
Residence District 1
Endorsements See List of Endorsements
Why do you want to be a Township Supervisor? To better serve the clients who live in poverty with their necessary needs. I want to promote additional services for this community, which has had a financial downturn that has created additional needs within the Peoria area.
What are your top priorities, if elected? : 1. Make the clients the number one priority and emphasis better customer service, 2. Cooperation and Collaboration with local social agencies and churches to better assist the poor within this community, and 3. Be fiscally responsible and guard our tax dollars, while also seeking additional funding with grants to promote and expand current and additional services.
How will you use your power as Township Supervisor to advance these priorities? I will be the spoke person for the township and with my previous governmental experience I have made contacts that will help me reach these priorities.
What sets you apart from the other candidate in the race? I have almost twenty years of governmental experience working for the City of Peoria and the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department. Also, spent 8 years on a local school board serving as President. My budget experience along with my knowledge of the Peoria Township Supervisor’s Office since I work closely with this office on a daily basis makes me the most experienced candidate for this position. My compassion, life experiences and faith with allow me to serve the clients in a professional and sympathetic manner.
Campaign Website: 
Campaign Contributions: N/A
Related Media:

Ex-Dem candidate for township supervisor endorses GOP nominee (Peoria Journal Star 3/21/17)
Dan Sullivan wins GOP nomination for Peoria Township supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 3/1/17)
Letter: Sullivan for supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 2/23/17)
Daniel Sullivan: Candidate for Peoria Township Supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 2/22/17)
City employee seeks GOP nomination for Peoria Township supervisor (Peoria Journal Star 2/2/17)