Born on the South Side, Maureen Sullivan is a near-lifelong resident of Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. She is a graduate of Nativity Of Our Lord Elementary School, Maria High School and holds a BFA from Chicago’s Ray-Vogue College Of Design, the first in her family to earn a degree. Her father John, a WWII veteran and union steward, worked for Peoples Gas for 48 years and her mother Catherine was a homemaker. She has two brothers and a late sister.
Never associated with the 11th Ward “machine,” Maureen is a history author, experienced businesswoman, small business owner and a very well-known activist in the 11th Ward community. In 2005, she co-founded Save The Ramova, and later helped start the Bridgeport Alliance, Bridgeport Business Association and the Palmisano Park Advisory Council. Maureen is serving her third elected term as president of the Palmisano PAC. In 2014 she was elected community member of the McClellan Elementary School Council.
A published Chicago history author and researcher, Maureen co-authored the Arcadia Books 2012 title “Images of America: Bridgeport”. Her book is the first scholarly documented history focused on the Bridgeport neighborhood, and she has given tours of the neighborhood, the Stockyards and Canaryville with Forgotten Chicago.
In her paid working life, Maureen is an owner of a successful pet services business, has decades of experience as a successful manager in the interiors and design industries, including winning awards for sales of millions of dollars worth of custom furniture. She has had profit and loss responsibility for three different retail stores, managerial responsibility over employees and retail real estate property.
Maureen believes that the 11th Ward should be a safe, vibrant place for working families and professionals, and a thriving locale for business and her beloved White Sox. For years, her neighbors have asked her to run for political office. She is committed to remaking Bridgeport into a central and contemporary community with a 21st-century business district sporting sustainable local employment for her neighbors.
Maureen was on the community forefront fighting the recent public school closings, serving as organizer, volunteer and moderator for open forums in and around the 11th Ward. She has led the efforts to clean up South Halsted for years with her “Clean and Green” initiatives and has created and presented very popular public events for families in Palmisano Park including the “Bridgeport Air & Water Show” festival focused on kite flying, fishing and science.
Along with the 8.4 million Americans who did the same after the financial meltdown of 2008, Maureen has sought personal bankruptcy protection. Sharing that common experience of working while struggling in tough economic times has led her to better understand the challenges that the people of the 11th Ward are facing.
Maureen is in a committed relationship of nearly thirty years with her longtime significant other Rob Warmowski, a political strategy and technology consultant who feels strange writing about himself in the third person. They share a home with three cats.