About Thomas R. Jones, Sr



2012 Voted as one of the Most Interesting People in the Springfield Illinois’ Area.

Thomas R. Jones, CEO of J Publication, Inc., is a published author, playwright, and producer.An Illinois native son born in Quincy with roots in, Peoria, Chicago, Schaumburg and Springfield.Served in Vietnam as a Senior Hospital Corpsman with the 3rd Marine Long Range Reconnaissance Battalion, awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Services Medal.

His body of work includes historical and future fiction novels, stage plays, and poetry. He penned an article published in the Chicago newspaper Street-Wise entitled, “What does America owe its Veterans?” A requested speaker on the topics: similarities/differences between the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and the unique impact of deployment of the nation’s National Guard Units.

He has served as Assistant Director of IL Department of Veterans Affairs and Chief Administrator, Public Pension Funds for the IL Department of Insurance. He has received several Presidential and Gubernatorial appointments, recipient of numerous community service awards, and the first Black to be elected to the Peoria County Board of Supervisors where he chaired the Tax Committee.Chief Deputy Director of Budget and Fiscal Management for Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White. Retired May 2010, after forty-one years of service in local,state and federal government.

Three months after his retirement, J Publications, Inc. produced his multimedia stage play ‘A Long Way Home’. Like the book ‘Lost Survivor’ his hope was that it would help families and friends of war veterans understand the metamorphosis of a boy into a combat soldier and how combat changed his life and those around him.

Recognized as an outstanding Illinois Emerging Writer by the Illinois Center for the Book/Gwendolyn Brooks Illinois State Library, ‘Lost Survivor’ was placed in the Illinois Authors Room, the State Library Collection and The Library of Congress.

10 hour Interview as part the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library’s Veterans Remember Oral History Project. CLICK HERE






J Publications, Inc. 2013