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.