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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

 

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.

The current, aging system of funding and managing 911 services is based on use of landline phones. As more people have abandoned landlines in favor of cell phones, the state has not kept up to date.

Last year, lawmakers established the bipartisan 911 Services Advisory Board made up of small, medium and large county 911 systems, telephone companies, cell phone providers, regulators, law enforcement groups and lawmakers. After a year of review, the board’s recommendations became the SB 96.

The overhaul:
•    Creates a universal funding structure that targets more money to small, rural 911 centers
•    Funds the development of a statewide next generation emergency phone system
•    Strongly encourages 911 providers to consolidate, offering more cost-efficient service
•    Ensures 911 services are available in every county
•    Transfers oversight of 911 to the Illinois State Police from the Illinois Commerce Commission

The legislation also extends the rules governing telecom providers as well as the programs providing equipment for customers with hearing and speech impairments by two years, which were set to expire July 1. It also extends existing TV and phone company licenses for five years.

Senate Bill 96 was signed into law by the governor Monday and took effect immediately. It was approved by both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.

 

 

Sullivan Floor 3SPRINGFIELD—Legislation giving residents of Illinois Veterans Homes the right to appeal expulsion decisions received final approval from the Senate on Sunday.

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

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Floor bennettSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved legislation, Senate Bill 836, sponsored by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) that updates the FOID and concealed-carry acts.

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. Nicholson has a mild intellectual disability, and the 2013 law that allowed concealed carry in Illinois prevented people with mild disabilities who seek services from the state from possessing or using firearms.

Nicholson and his family brought this issue to the attention of Sullivan, who introduced and championed the legislation.

“If someone is competent and qualified to safely use a firearm while hunting, government shouldn’t take away that right. This balances our Second Amendment rights with public safety and ensures safe, responsible use of guns,” Sullivan said.

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Sullivan floor 2SPRINGFIELD—A proposal allowing Illinois veterans between the ages of 35 and 40 to apply to become firefighters was approved by the Illinois Senate on Tuesday.

State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) introduced the proposal in the House, and Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the legislation in the Senate.

“I was glad to see the Senate pass this bill which honors both our veterans and our aspiring firefighters,” Moffitt said. “If a person who wants to be a firefighter passes the age limit for taking the fire service exam because they are serving in our armed forces, the least we can do is give them some additional time to take the fire exam for their service to our country.”

“Our veterans will have another opportunity to serve the community if they so choose,” Moffitt said. “In addition, our fire departments will potentially benefit by being able to hire firefighters who are highly trained and have many very useful skill sets.”

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CarperSPRINGFIELD—Local officials from across Western Illinois and the state testified about the effects on state universities and colleges of a proposed 40 percent cut to Amtrak funding during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.

Retired Macomb Mayor and current Amtrak board member Tom Carper, Spoon River College President Curt Oldfield, Western Illinois University Admissions Director Andrew Borst and Go West Transit Director Jude Kiah testified before the Senate Higher Education Committee.

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Hamilton HS TECHSPRINGFIELD –Students from Hamilton High School presented their work on 3-D design and animation to State lawmakers during the 2015 Capitol Tech Day on Thursday. The students demonstrated how this technology helps develop skills for college and careers.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) met with the students during their exhibition.

“It’s so impressive to see what students can do when they’re given tools and the freedom to use them. I appreciate them taking their time to come to the Capitol and share their work by showing the importance of technology in education,” 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