|57th Mayor of Peoria, Illinois|
May 5, 2005
|Preceded by||Dave Ransburg|
|Born||between 1958 and 1960|
|Alma mater||Illinois State University (B.S., 1982)|
Ardis is the second-oldest of nine children. When he was 10, his father, Jim Ardis, Jr., became a Peoria city councilman, serving from 1969 to 1973. His grandfather, John Bulger, had been Peoria County clerk.
In 1973, he was in the last graduating class at St. Cecilia, a Catholic grade school near Peoria High School; his brother, John Ardis, was one of the hostages in the St. Cecilia hostage incident that year. Ardis graduated from high school at Spalding Institute in 1977 and from Illinois State University with a bachelor of science in industrial technology in 1982.
Ardis owned O'Leary's Restaurant from 1994 to 1997. From 1999 to 2006, Ardis worked in sales for Univar; from 2006 to 2010, he was Midwest Vice President of ELM Locating. Since 2010, he has been Executive Director of Corporate Strategies for Peoria-based Axis, Inc., part of Jupiter Strategic Technologies Pvt. Ltd. of Bangalore.
Ardis sold O'Leary's Restaurant in 1997 and was appointed to the Peoria city liquor commission. He was elected a Peoria city councilman at-large in 1999, and remained a member of the council until 2005.
|David P. Ransburg||9,953||44.95%|
On April 15, 2014, following a complaint, Peoria police investigated the operators of a Twitter account parodying Ardis. Peoria resident Jon Daniel was investigated on suspicion criminal impersonation. After obtaining a warrant, a police SWAT Team raided Daniel's home in West Bluff, seizing electronics and detaining three people for questioning. Police charged one man with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia following the raid, though no arrests were made in connection with the Twitter account. On April 23, 2014, the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office announced that no charges would be filed against the creator of the original parody account after explaining that current law regarding impersonation of a public official does not include the use of electronic media.
On June 11, Daniel, through the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Peoria, Ardis, and several city employees, claiming violation of the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment. Ardis responded with a press conference on June 12, in which he said the controversy "caused harm to our great city and serious threats against me and my family" and that "I will protect my rights and the rights of my family at all costs. I am exploring false light and defamation as well as other actions against those responsible for the placing and hosting of the libelous comments."
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- Ardis, Jim (2014-06-12). "Statement by Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis after ACLU lawsuit (contains explicit language)". Peoria, Illinois: City of Peoria. Retrieved 2014-06-14.