IMG 2152LEWISTOWN—The Fulton County Farm Bureau presented State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) the Leo Sharp Agriculture Service Award this month for his work in the Capitol and his commitment to local agriculture.

Sullivan received the award at the bureau’s 99th annual meeting and posed for a photo with Sharp’s widow, Dorothy.

DECATUR— Farmers, businesses and students from across the country and world gathered in Decatur Illinois for the 62nd annual Farm Progress Show this week.

The three-day expo brought together the latest developments in farm implements, seed technology and advances in other areas of agriculture.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) toured the exhibits, watched presentations by industry representatives and saw new developments in agricultural technology with other lawmakers and industry representatives Wednesday.

“This is the crossroads for basically every industry that feeds into agribusiness. There is so much innovation that takes place every year, it’s impressive to see the growth of this industry that is the largest sector of Illinois’ economy,” Sullivan said.

The 2.3 million square foot Progress City USA that houses the Farm Progress Show every-other year was recently expanded because of increased demand by vendors. It is the nation's largest outdoor farm show.

Sullivan is the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is the only farmer in the Senate.

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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