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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.

It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.

State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District



From the Illinois State Senate

State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District


Incentive to Hire Unemployed Veterans Passes Senate

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan’s plan to encourage businesses to hire unemployed veterans passed the Senate today. Senate Bill 3241, approved with unanimous support, gives employers a 20% tax credit when they hire an unemployed veteran who has served on active duty since September 11, 2001.

"It’s been gratifying to see legislators on both sides of the aisle working together to make it easier for veterans to find a job when they return home,” Sen. Sullivan said. “When businesses hire veterans, everybody wins; the business community gains proven leaders, neighborhoods and communities prosper as jobs are created, and most importantly, our returning veterans transition successfully to civilian life.”

For the business to receive the tax credit, the veteran must have been:

• On active duty on or after 9/11;
• A member of the United States Armed Forces, the Reserves, or the Illinois National Guard;
• Honorably discharged; and
• Unemployed for at least four weeks during the year before being hired.

Sen. Sullivan (D-Rushville) worked with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and his colleagues across the aisle to pass the Hiring Veterans Tax Credit with bipartisan input and support.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012, was Trucking Lobby Day at the State Capitol in Springfield. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) welcomed truckers—including Mike Gully of Gully Transportation in Quincy, IL—and others involved in the trucking business to the Capitol, showing his support for an industry vital to the economy in Western Illinois as well as the rest of the state. See a photo, below, and click "Read More" to read the full news release.



I was pleased to join my colleagues in Fulton County for a discussion about issues important to the agriculture industry in Illinois. I was joined at this panel discussion by Senator Dave Koehler of Peoria and Representatives Hammond and Unes. See photos below:

Senator Sullivan recently spoke to a large crowd at the Adams County Township officials meeting in Liberty, IL. Some of the topics discussed included the state’s budget challenges, Medicaid and pension reform, and funding for counties and township units of government. Senator Sullivan also fielded questions regarding the handgun registry bill, which he vigorously opposes, and several transportation related bills that have come before the Transportation Committee in the Senate.

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Along with Congressman Bobby Schilling; Representatives Moffit, Hammond, and Tracy; and the President of the IL Farm Bureau, Philip Nelson, Senator Sulliavn was pleased to participate in WRAM's Ag Roundtable recently. Senator Sullivan shared an update on some of his agriculture-related legislation in Springfield. See photos, below:

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Contact Info

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