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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

 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.



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 The legislation stemmed from the case of Brent Nicholson, a Quincy native and lifelong hunter whose FOID card was revoked by the state after 13 years because of rules in the 2013 concealed carry law.



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.



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.



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.



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

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926 Broadway, #6
Quincy, IL 62301
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Macomb, IL 61455
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