sullivantransMACOMB — State Senator John Sullivan, state lawmakers and the advocacy group Transportation for Illinois Coalition held three meetings across western Illinois on Tuesday discuss improving transportation funding.

The meetings in Quincy, Macomb and Galesburg brought together government officials, business leaders, community groups and labor organizations to cover how to improve roadway maintenance.

"We had great discussions about how to improve funding for our roads, bridges and highways. These conversations will hopefully pave the way for long-term job creation and infrastructure upkeep for our communities and the state," Sullivan said.

The sponsoring group TFIC highlighted areas of concern with Illinois roadways and outlined potential solutions. TFIC is made up of businesses, consumer groups, organized labor, units of government and community organizations.

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MONMOUTH. – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), Warren County and area law-enforcement officials, Illinois State Police and a large crowd of family members and friends of slain Warren County Sheriff's Deputy George Darnell came together Thursday for the dedication of the Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway north of Monmouth.

"Today, we honor the service and sacrifice of a dedicated public servant: Deputy George Darnell. Even though he was killed 33 years ago, time does not diminish the impact of his sacrifice and the importance of his life," Sullivan said.

MemorialSign2This May, the Illinois Senate and House approved legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 48, dedicating a one-mile stretch of U.S. Route 67 in Warren County to the memory of Darnell, who was killed in the line of duty in 1981.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards began the ceremony and introduced the speakers. When speaking of Deputy Darnell, Sheriff Edwards said, "He gave all that he had for this community".

Edwards, along with State Police District 14 Commander Capt. Robert Elliott, originally brought this case to Sullivan's attention. Both Edwards and Elliott testified before a Senate committee in support of the resolution in March.

Retired Sheriff Gary Higbee followed Edwards. Higbee was a colleague and close friend of Darnell. He vividly recounted the events surrounding Darnell's death and the subsequent investigation. "We miss him and my heart goes out to all of his family," Higbee added.

The sign that marks the memorial highway is six miles north of Monmouth on U.S. Route 67, very close to where Darnell was killed.

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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Miss Macomb 2014 Lauren Martin visited the Illinois Senate on Tuesday as the guest of State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville).

Miss Macomb 2014 Lauren Martin visited the Illinois Senate on Tuesday as the guest of State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville).

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