County Board: Meet Your Board Members
Meet the Peoria County Board Members
Sharon K. Williams (D - Dist. 1)
1203 S. Alder
Peoria, IL 61605
Sharon K. Williams is a life-long resident of the Peoria area. She was first elected to the County Board in 2012. Sharon is the Editor/Business Manager of The Labor Paper, where she has worked since 1994.
Sharon graduated from Woodruff High School, attended Illinois Central College, and in 1993 received her B.S. in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration from Illinois State University. She has also graduated from the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership (IWIL) and the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce’s legislative program.
Sharon is a member of the Peoria County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Auxiliary. She has volunteered for the Heart of Illinois United Way, where she is a pillar society member. She served as former secretary and board member of the Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters and was a board member for the Friendship House and Global Village. In addition to serving as a Union Counselor with the Labor Council of West Central Illinois, Sharon has volunteered her time for the Union Construction Career Expo and the annual Labor Day Parade. She was recognized for her work in career development through the Peoria Educational Region for Employment and Career Training and was named to the 2001 Class of 40 Leaders under Forty by Central Illinois Business Publishers.
Sharon enjoys serving the constituents of Peoria County and her district.
Junior Watkins (D - Dist. 2)
125 S.W. Jefferson Street
Peoria, IL 61601
Junior Watkins is in the midst of his third term on the Peoria County Board. A graduate of Peoria Manual High School, he attended Grand View College and is employed in the sales department of Brewers Distributing in Peoria.
Mr. Watkins is a former co-chairman of the United Auto Workers Election Commission, a member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame Board and an advisory member of the Peoria Park District Recreation Advisory Board.
In addition, he serves as director of the Elks Grand Athletic Board. He is also the founder and charter member of the Afro-American Hall of Fame, a founder of the Hersey Hawkins / Coca-Cola Summer Basketball League and a League Commissioner for the Moonlight Basketball League.
Barry John Robinson (D - Dist. 3)
1415 N.E. Madison Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 402-9465 (H)
(309) 671-5200 (O)
(630) 995-6074 (C)
Reverend Barry John Robinson was elected to the Peoria County Board in 2016. He was born and has lived his whole life in Peoria. He is a graduate of the Peoria Spalding Institute, and in 2010 received his Bachelor's Degree from the United Faith Bible College in Urban Ministry.
Barry is the Assistant Pastor at Mt. Olive Community Church and Job Developer at Peoria Friendship House. He also is the Chairman of the City of Peoria's Fair Employment and Housing Commission.
Barry is the son of iconic restaurateur "Big John" of Big John's Barbeque. He is married and has six children.
Andrew Rand, County Board Chairman (D - Dist. 4)
1230 W. Moss Ave.
Peoria, IL 61606
Andrew Rand has been a Peoria resident for more than twenty-five years and was first elected to the Peoria County Board in 2008. Relocating from a northernmost city district into the very heart of Peoria where he now represents District 4, his boundaries are often considered home to the most diverse and gentrified properties, homeowners, and residents in all of Peoria County.
District 4 encompasses warm and historic neighborhoods, Bradley University, Main Street merchants, tennis courts and ball fields, Interstate 74, stately homes along Moss Avenue, the historic homes of the Uplands, public and private schools, students and professors, parks and playgrounds, apartment dwellers, longtime homeowners, west bluff views of the city, and massive tree lined streets and boulevards connecting it all. It is bordered on the west by the small town setting of West Peoria and is nearby the medical centers of UnityPoint Health-Methodist and OSF St. Francis.
Andrew attended the public schools of Miami-Dade County. In college, he became a licensed paramedic for the State of South Carolina and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in 1986, majoring in Finance. He is the CEO of Peoria based Advanced Medical Transport, the largest downstate provider of ambulance services and critical care patient transportation in Illinois. Andrew has been recognized by many community organizations, In 2013, Andrew received a national award for EMS Excellence from Pinnacle EMS, a national leadership honor. In addition, he received the 2015 Peoria Mayor’s Community Leadership Award and the 2016 Greater Peoria Chamber of Commerce Community Wealth Award. In October 2016, Advanced Medical Transport was awarded the American Ambulance Association’s AMBY Award for best clinical outcomes for “Race to the Top”, an program to improve the survival of cardiac arrest victims. Also in 2016, Andrew was inducted in the African American Hall of Fame-Peoria.
One of the board's tireless workers, Andrew is frequently volunteering for the United Way, or as a board member for Heartland Community Health Clinic, Carver Center, WTVP-Peoria Public Television and the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria. Andrew can be reached by e-mail or phone or you may likely see and visit with him at one of the many meetings and events he attends, supports and embraces throughout the community.
Rachael Parker (D - Dist. 5)
2101 N. Bigelow St.
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 922-5916 (B)
Rachael Parker was elected to the County Board in November 2010, and with that win she had to resign her position of 3.5 years on the board for Peoria Public Schools. Rachael is the Economic Development Director for the City of Chillicothe and also runs a small business, Sweet Cakes by Rachael. With her prior involvements on various boards she understands the connection between, government, business and education.
She has lived in the 5th District of Peoria County since 1987 and wants to do whatever she can to help support residents and businesses in that district and the County as a whole. Rachael is and has been actively involved in the community with her volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Heart of Peoria Neighborhood Association, the Neighborhood Alliance, the Black Business Alliance, a former Advisory Board Member for the Salvation Army, a member of the Chillicothe Rotary and an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church. Rachael has two children and two grandchildren.
Rachael is a graduate of Bradley University, where she was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. Rachael is proud to serve the residents of District 5 and Peoria County.
G. Allen Mayer (D - Dist. 6)
3300 N. Isabell Ave.
Peoria, IL 61604
Allen Mayer was re-elected to the Board in November 2014. He currently serves as Chairman of the Ways & Means and Rules Committees. Mr. Mayer is also a member of the Executive and Budget Committees. Mr. Mayer has championed improvements to Peoria County’s financial policies. Despite the most difficult economy since the Great Depression, Peoria County has seen its bond rating improve twice in recent years.
Mr. Mayer has been a strong advocate for the County's Heddington Oaks elder care facility. This state-of-the-art facility was built without new taxes by using a combination of cash reserves and the levy that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in a 2003 referendum. Heddington Oaks continues the over 150-year commitment by Peoria County to care for seniors who can no longer care for themselves.
As an advocate of professional and efficient local government, Mr. Mayer championed the consolidation of election services in a successful 2014 referendum. The new Peoria County Election Commission offers professional, bi-partisan oversight of local elections and is estimated to save local taxpayers over $250,000 in personnel costs in 2017. Similarly, as the Chairman of the Redistricting Committee Mr. Mayer led a process that resulted in the unanimous approval of a new County Board district map.
During his first term on the Board, Mr. Mayer led the Board's decision to deny the proposed expansion of a hazardous waste landfill. The Illinois Pollution Control Board and the Appellate Court unanimously upheld this decision. Mr. Mayer’s later work as Chairman of the Regional Pollution Control Site Committee led to the unanimous approval of a (non-hazardous) landfill expansion with an increased emphasis on citizen recycling and waste reduction.
Mr. Mayer currently serves as Deputy General Counsel to Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs where, among other things, he drafted and led negotiations to successfully pass the new Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act. He previously served as Counsel to Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes and as an attorney for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). In these previous positions he worked to restore Springdale Cemetery, pass legislation to curb "pay to play" politics in state government, issue new administrative rules governing enterprise zones, and preserve overtime rights for Illinois workers.
In 2005, the Peoria Jaycees presented Mr. Mayer the Charles C. Schlink Good Government Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Illinois Jaycees’ TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young People) Award. And in 2007, he was named one of "Forty under 40" leaders by InterBusiness Issues.
Mr. Mayer is a graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) and is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois College of Law. He and his wife, Carey, have a son, Conrad, and a daughter, Katherine. Carey works in Peoria as a licensed architect and LEED-certified professional. They are active members of First English Lutheran Church and are involved in several local civic organizations including the Biltmore Heights Neighborhood Association, WTVP-TV, and the Junior League of Peoria.
James C. Dillon (D - Dist. 7)
229 N. Kickapoo Terrace
West Peoria, IL 61604
James Dillon is serving his first term on the Peoria County Board. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marquette University and attended the Les Aspin Center for Government. A member of Plumbers Local 63, James works for J.C. Dillon Plumbing.
James has been involved with Township Government since 2001, serving first as a trustee and now as Township Clerk. He is active in many community organizations and is looking forward to serving the residents of District 7 and Peoria County.
Phillip Salzer (D - Dist. 8)
3101 N. Old Trail Road
Peoria, IL 61604
Born in Peoria, Phil received his B.S. from Bradley University and completed his Master's Degree at the University of Illinois. After teaching in an agricultural community near Champaign, he returned to Peoria and spent over 30 years serving District #150 at Peoria High School.
Respected in his profession, he has held various positions in teaching and coaching. Before serving a term as President of the Peoria-Pekin Social Studies Association he held other offices in the organization. He was chairman of the Social Studies Department at Peoria High School for 16 years. For 33 years, he has been an officer in the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. From 1978-2004, He was on the IHSA Track & Field Advisory committee. He became the first chairman of the Girls & Boys committee when it was combined. For 14 years, he was Meet Manager of both the Girls and Boys State Meets.
Actively involved with the community, he has been a member of many boards. He served on the Alzheimer's, Peoria Zoning Commission and the original committee which brought "March Madness" and the IHSA State Basketball Tournament to Peoria in 1996. Presently, he serves on the following boards or commissions: Exposition Gardens/Heart of Illinois Fair, Peoria Convention Bureau Sports Commission, Labor Council of West Central Illinois, Greater Peoria Area Sports Commission, and Old Timer's Baseball Association. Recognized twice as Teacher of the Year, he has been honored numerous times. Phil was named Illinois High School Track & Field Coach of the Year in 1974, and the recipient of the prestigious "Ray Eliot" Award in High School Football. He has been honorary referee for the Girls & Boys State Track & Field meets as well as honorary referee at the state Cross Country event. Other awards he has received have come from the Peoria Officials Association, Greater Peoria Football Coaches Association, Labor Council, National High School Athletic Coaches Association, Illinois Track & Field and Cross Country Association and IHSA for Meritorious Service.
Over the course of his career, he has been inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches, Greater Peoria Area Sports, Peoria High School and Illinois High School Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Halls of Fame.
Michael Phelan (D - Dist. 9)
1513 E. Moneta Avenue
Peoria Heights, IL 61614
Mike Phelan was elected to the County Board in 1998. He currently serves on the Judicial, Facilities, and Executive Committees. He also chairs the Management Services Committee. While on the Board, Mr. Phelan has also served as Vice Chairman of the Management Services and Judicial Committees, in addition to being on the Finance/Legislative Study Committee.
Mr. Phelan serves as a County Board representative on the following Ad Hoc/Advisory Committees: GIS Policy Committee, Minority Business Ad-Hoc Committee, Public Aid Committee of Peoria County, Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Heartland Community Development Corp, and the City/County Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee. Mr. Phelan is the Vice Chairman of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.
Stephen Morris, County Board Vice-Chairman (R - Dist. 10)
5516 N. Briarcrest Court
Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 671-4555 (W)
(309) 453-9691 (C)
Born in Peoria, Stephen is a graduate of Richwoods High School; he received his B.A. (1993) and his J.D. (1996) from Creighton University.
A partner with the firm of Howard, Habecker & Morris, LLC, Stephen has been practicing law in Peoria since 1996. He formerly served on the Peoria Public School District #150 Board. Stephen currently serves the County on the Executive, Finance, Management Services, Peoria Riverfront Museum and Intergovernmental Cooperation, and Public Safety Committees. He is also one of the County’s liaisons to the Peoria City-County Landfill and Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Transportation Study committees.
Stephen is married to his wife, Joy, and together they have one son.
Dr. Greg Adamson (R - Dist. 11)
9190 N. Picture Ridge Road
Peoria, IL 61615
(309) 693-3970 (O)
Robert Baietto (R - Dist. 12)
6211 N Chad Court
Peoria, IL 61615
Robert Baietto is a graduate of Streator High School; he received his B.S. in Education from the University of Illinois and completed his M.S. +30 hours in Education from Bradley University.
Mr. Baietto was employed by Richwoods High School for 34 years, first serving as a P.E. teacher, industrial arts teacher, driver's education instructor and coach of the football, track and swim teams. He was later named Director of Physical Education and Athletics. From there, he was named Assistant Principal and Dean of Students and finally Principal.
He has served as the coordinator of Heart of Illinois Harvest, a volunteer program to feed the hungry. He is also a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, the Peoria Area Retired Teachers Association and Rotary Club of Peoria.
He and his wife, Gloria Jean, have three children: Michael, Randy and Amy, as well as five grandchildren.
James Fennell (R - Dist. 13)
98 N Second St.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
Jim Fennell was first elected to the Peoria County Board in November of 2010. He retired as the President and CEO of JT Fennell Co. in Chillicothe, a manufacturer of steel products. Jim served on the Board of Directors for the First National Bank of Chillicothe for 20 years and on the Illinois Valley Unit District 321 school board for 16 years. He also served on the IVC Education Foundation Board.
Jim volunteered for the Chillicothe Community Fire Department for 47 years and was elected as it's Treasurer for 36 years. He retired as Deputy Chief for the Department in 2016.
Jim and his wife Brenda have three children and five grandchildren.
Brian Elsasser (R - Dist. 14)
330 S. Kennedy Avenue
Princeville, IL 61559
Brian Elsasser is serving his second term on the County Board. This magna cum laude graduate of Bradley University is a self-employed grain and cattle farmer. He and his wife, Mary Beth, have six children: Jeremy, Jamie, J. Michael, B.J., Alexandra and Paige. Mr. Elsasser has served on Land Use, Facilities, Transportation, and Legislation Committees. Mr. Elsasser has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board from 2000-2002, and a Hallock Township Trustee from 1988-1996 term.
Mr. Elsasser is a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, Apostolic Christian Church, Peoria County Beef Improvement and past State President of Future Farmers of America.
Steven B. Rieker (R - Dist. 15)
District 15 comprises: Brimfield Pct. 1, Rosefield Pct. 1, Jubilee Pct. 1, Radnor Pcts. 1 and 2, Kickapoo Pct. 1, Medina Pct. 3 south of Cedar Hills Dr. and west of Knoxville, City Pcts. 92, 88, and part of 78
10725 N Lauraline Ct
Peoria, IL 61615
Brad Harding (R - Dist. 16)
1024 N. Moran Rd.
Trivoli, IL 61569
Thomas O'Neill (D - Dist. 17)
4908 W. Wanda Avenue
Bartonville, IL 61607
Tom O'Neill III has been a Peoria County Board member since 1993. He served as Chairman from 2008-2014. Tom has also served on the Transportation, Executive, Judicial, Economic Development, Land Use, and Facilities committees. He has also been a member of the Peoria-Pekin Urban Area Transportation Study (PPUATS) Policy Committee, the Regional Pollution Control Committee, and Chaired the Board of Local Improvements Committee.
In addition to serving on the County Board, Tom has been very active in the community in other ways. He has served as St. Anthony's Church High School Youth Group Director and on the Parrish Board of Directors. He has been a Limestone youth basketball and baseball league coach and served on both Boards of Directors. Tom has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1973.
Tom is a graduate of Spalding Institute and successfully completed the electrical apprenticeship program through the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #34. From 1984-2014 Tom worked for the City of Peoria Public Works Department as a signal electrician, retiring as the lead signal electrician. Tom and his wife of 43 years, Geri, have two sons, Thomas IV and Andy. Andy and Stacy O'Neill have two daughters, Madelyn and Gracelyn.
Paul Rosenbohm (R - Dist 18)
1400 S. Cameron Lane
Peoria, IL 61607
Paul Rosenbohm was first elected to the Peoria County Board in November 2010. He is President of LHF Compost, Inc., an organic compost facility that produces Better Earth Compost. Paul was also a dairy farmer on Linden Hill Farms with his family for 30 years.
In addition to serving his constituents on the county board, Paul is a member of the Peoria County Farm Bureau, served on its Board of Directors for six years, and is a graduate of the Bureau's Ag Leaders of Tomorrow program. He currently serves on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Paul also served on the Limestone Walters Grade School Board, was president of the Peoria County Health Improvement Board for two years, served on his church board, and taught Sunday School.
Paul attended Illinois Central College. He and his wife June have five children and fourteen grandchildren.