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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

053014 js 0582SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored in the Senate by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) that gives financial assistance to 911 services in small, rural counties was recently signed by the governor. The Illinois Commerce Commission forecasts that this measure would give the emergency phone system in every county with fewer than 100,000 people on average an extra $24,000 per year.

House Bill 2453 directs more money to emergency phone services without raising the existing monthly 73 cent fee on cell phones in downstate counties.

"911 call centers in rural counties face daunting financial challenges as they provide emergency call services in geographically large counties that are not densely populated. This legislation gives them additional resources without raising wireless rates for their customers," Sullivan said.

The new law redirects a portion of the current 73 cent fee on cell phones away from the wireless carriers and to 911 systems. An additional 2 cents goes to counties with less than 100,000 people which includes all 11 counties in Sullivan's district.

On June 12, State Senator John Sullivan joined Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and local officials during the groundbreaking ceremony for upcoming improvements to the Colchester District Library. The Illinois State Library awarded a $35,000 Live and Learn Construction Grant to repair the building's exterior.

The library is currently fundraising to upgrade the building's interior.

White, besides being the secretary of state, also serves as the state librarian.

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052314CM1569SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate recently approved legislation giving voters living in fire protection districts the opportunity to consolidate with adjoining districts.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) sponsored the legislation – House Bill 5856 – to let local voters dissolve their fire protection districts and join neighboring districts.

"Consolidation affords the opportunity to streamline operations, improve efficiency and reduce response times. At the same time, this gives voters the freedom to decide how best to protect their homes and neighborhoods," Sullivan said.

"This legislation guarantees all citizens that there will be no lapse in fire protection since an adjoining fire district must agree to accept the fire district that is proposing to be consolidated," Moffitt said.

Under this legislation, it would take a majority of votes cast in an election to dissolve the existing district. The adjoining district's board of trustees would also need to accept the new territory before the consolidation could take effect.

House Bill 5856 is an initiative of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts.

The Senate approved HB 5856 with bipartisan support in both chambers. It now moves to the governor's desk.

052214 js 0403SPRINGFIELD – A trio of legislation helping Western Illinois University was approved by the Senate on Thursday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) sponsored the three proposals – all of which were requests from WIU's Board of Trustees.

"It's a privilege to work with the WIU Board of Trustees and Rep. Hammond for the betterment of the University and the Western Illinois Region," Sullivan said.

"Western Illinois University's Board identified these issues are priorities. I am pleased to join Senator Sullivan in advancing them through the legislative process," Hammond said.

HB 5678 - WIU-QC building sale
New facilities at WIU-Quad Cities are planned to open this fall. As the new 94,800 square foot, $4.2 million Riverfront Campus project is completed, WIU plans to sell or lease a former classroom building in downtown Moline.

House Bill 5678 gives WIU the authority to lease, sell or transfer the old building and use the proceeds for construction on the Quad Cities campus.

HB 5681 - WIU-QC annual board meeting
Since becoming an independent campus in 2012, WIU-QC has continued to grow as a vital part of the university. The WIU Board of Trustees began the practice of holding at least one of its quarterly meetings at the quad cities campus.

House Bill 5681 makes the informal practice permanent – requiring the board to hold at least one meeting a year in the Quad Cities.

HB 5679 - High School Feedback System
The third piece of legislation approved by the Senate eliminates an out-of-date program that studied high school students' performance in public universities. The High School Feedback System became law in 1989 and was replaced in 2009.

House Bill 5679 removes references to the old system in state law.

All three bills passed with bipartisan support.

050814CM0459SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate approved a plan Wednesday allowing nurses to provide the highest possible level of care when staffing rural ambulances.

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored House Bill 4523 which allows rural emergency medical services to operate their ambulances at the same level of certification as the nurses who staff them.

"In some rural areas of the state an ambulance ride can last up to an hour. It only makes sense to allow nurses certified at a specific level to provide the highest level of care during the ambulance ride," Sullivan said.

Currently, nurses are only authorized to provide care up to the level that the ambulance they are riding in is certified for. This plan allows rural, pre-hospital registered nurses to provide the same level of care they are trained to give.

A law passed last year permitted other paramedics to provide care at their highest possible level. Sullivan's proposal extends the law to include nurses.

House Bill 4523 passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a 57-0 vote. It now goes to the governor for approval.

From left: Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards, Senator Sullivan and Illinois State Police Capt. Robert Elliot pose for a photo after testifying for the “Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway” in March.SPRINGFIELD – George Darnell, a Warren County Sheriff's deputy, responded to a call of suspicious activity in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1981. He died in the line of duty after being shot and killed by two suspects.

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to honor his memory and his sacrifice.

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored a resolution dedicating a portion of U.S. Route 67 north of Monmouth in Darnell's memory. The mile-long stretch would be designated "Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway," and the Illinois Department of Transportation would post signs.

"Today, the Illinois State Senate honored the memory, service and sacrifice of a dedicated public servant: Deputy George Darnell. Even though his sacrifice happened years ago, it does not diminish the impact and importance of his life," Sullivan said.

Darnell was an 11-year veteran of the Warren County Sheriff's Office and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2301 and Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth.

He was survived by his wife of 39 years, Eva Darnell, who passed away in 2012, and seven children. He was 61 years old when he was killed.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards and State Police District 14 Commander Capt. Robert Elliot brought this case to Sullivan's attention. Both Edwards and Elliot testified before a Senate committee in support of this resolution in March.

The resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 48, passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a 55-0 vote and now moves to the House for approval.

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