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I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 47th District, representing much of western Illinois. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up to date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield. Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you.

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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

Fire fightersSPRINGFIELD—Legislation allowing Illinois veterans between the ages of 35 and 40 to apply to become firefighters was signed into law Monday.

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the new law in the Senate, and Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) initiated it in the House.

“Ability—not age—should be what qualifies a candidate, especially a veteran, to be a firefighter. Keeping fire departments fully staffed is always an issue—especially in rural areas—and we shouldn’t turn veterans away because of age,” Sullivan said.

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Dr DohnerRUSHVILLE— Longtime Rushville physician Dr. Russell Dohner passed away Friday morning. Dohner had served the people of Rushville and Schuyler County from 1955 to 2013 when he retired at age 88.

“Dr. Dohner stood for everything you wanted to see in a doctor: He was hardworking, compassionate, thoughtful, humble and involved with the community. He touched the lives of generations and was a truly remarkable man. He will be deeply missed,” State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said.

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Sullivan floor 5SPRINGFIELD—Legislation giving residents of Illinois Veterans Homes the right to appeal expulsion decisions was signed into law Friday.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) introduced the new law that grew out of a case earlier this year where a veteran, Eugene Zalazinski, would have been forced out of the Quincy Veterans Home without an independent appeal or hearing.

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 Commodities BasketSPRINGFIELD – A proposal to let farmers use a recycled coal byproduct as a fertilizer was signed into law last week.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the new law that allows farmers to use synthetic gypsum on their fields.

“This benefits farmers, the coal industry and the environment. Farmers can use synthetic gypsum for fertilizer to cut down on erosion and conserve water. This law capitalizes on the growing clean-coal industry by finding a new environmentally friendly use for a byproduct,” Sullivan said.

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Sullivan floorSPRINGFIELD – A series of  updates to FOID card and concealed carry rules sponsored by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) were signed into law Friday.

The new law allows people with mild disabilities to appeal state police decisions to revoke or deny a FOID. The legislation stemmed from the case of Brent Nicholson, a Quincy native and lifelong hunter whose FOID card was revoked by the state after 13 years because of rules in the 2013 concealed carry law.

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Sullivan Floor 4SPRINGFIELD— An overhaul that modernizes how Illinois funds its 911 call centers was signed into law Monday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the proposal, Senate Bill 96, which was a result of a yearlong review of Illinois’ 911 systems.

“There is a patchwork of more than 200 different 911 systems in the state, and there were nine counties without any system whatsoever. Our goal was to create a modern, efficient 911 system that serves both cities and rural communities equally well, and that’s what this overhaul accomplishes,” Sullivan said.

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Springfield Office:

417C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2479

Quincy Office:

926 Broadway, #6
Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-2295

Macomb Office:

1601 W. Jackson St., Suite 105
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-5526