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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

My overriding concern is to balance safety with our Second Amendment rights. This allows people with mild disabilities like Brent to show they are qualified and competent and can safely use a firearm while hunting.” – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville)

Sullivan floorSPRINGFIELD – Brent Nicholson is a hunter and has been his whole life. Growing up, his father took Brent and his brother hunting, Brent passed the hunter safety course as a minor and when he turned 18 he applied for and received his Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card.

Brent carried that FOID card for 13 years until last summer, when the Quincy native received a letter from the Illinois State Police requiring him to surrender his FOID card.

Despite years of safely using a firearm while he was hunting without incident, he was forced to give up his FOID card and his right to hunt with a firearm because he has an intellectual disability. Under a 2013 law allowing concealed carry, FOID rules were updated to exclude people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from using firearms.

A proposal allowing people with mild disabilities to appeal an Illinois State Police decision revoking or denying a FOID was approved by the Senate on Thursday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the legislation.


Sullivan Manar 1MACOMB – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) invited Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) to a meeting with the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools on Thursday to discuss Senate Bill 1, legislation to reform school funding.

Specifically, Sullivan wanted members of the AIRSS to hear how Senate Bill 1, of which Manar is the sponsor, would impact smaller, rural school districts, and make suggestions based on their experience.

“Senator Sullivan understands how skyrocketing transportation costs, rural poverty and other challenges hurt schools and the students they are supposed to teach. He’s a strong advocate for downstate, rural communities and their students,” Manar said.


Commodities BasketSPRINGFIELD – High school students from across Illinois visited the State Capitol on Thursday to meet with legislators and advocate for agriculture education funding. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) met with FFA students from Western Illinois schools during the 2015 Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day.

“Agriculture education under the governor’s proposed budget would be completely eliminated. That is not acceptable. These young students are here sharing their stories about how agriculture education prepares them for careers and advocating for suitable funding,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan’s district has 23 high schools with agriculture programs.

This year Sullivan is serving as the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He has served on the committee as vice chair the past four years and previously chaired the committee from 2005 to 2009.

Camp Point FFAPayson FFA

Rushville FFASoutheastern FFA


Macomb ChamberSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) welcomed Macomb area business and community leaders to Springfield on Wednesday.

The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation met with Sullivan and other lawmakers to discuss issues facing area businesses and promote the area the city, county and region during the annual Macomb Legislative Day.



ABATE DaySPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) welcomed members of ABATE's Central, Great River and Lamoine Valley chapters during their visit to the Capitol on Wednesday.

The motorcycle rights organization visited Springfield during the group’s annual lobby day. The acronym ABATE stands for: A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education.


Recognizes other historic events during Black History Month

13th AmendmentSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate commemorated the 150th Anniversary of Illinois’ historic vote to ratify the 13th Amendment and end slavery in America on Feb. 1, 1865.

This week, the senate held a ceremony that included a narrative reenactment and speeches on the historical importance of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Just over 150 years ago, the Illinois State Senate, with bipartisan support, voted to end one of the most terrible injustices in American history—slavery. This was a courageous vote that took place while the civil war raged on,” State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) 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