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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



From the Illinios State Senate

State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 08, 2012 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: (217) 782-0663

Sullivan Votes to Cut His Pay
Senate Unanimously Approves Furlough Days, COLA Freezes for 4th Year in a Row

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) recently voted to reject a cost-of-living pay increase and cut his salary and that of all state senators and representatives by requiring legislators to take 12 unpaid days next year. House Bill 3188, which passed the Senate with unanimous and bi-partisan support, also freezes the salaries of the governor, other statewide officials, state’s attorneys, state agency directors, and members of state boards and commissions. 

“As we make tough decisions about the state’s budget, public officials absolutely must lead by example,” said Sen. Sullivan, who co-sponsored the legislation.  “That’s why it’s necessary, for the fourth year in a row, to cut our own pay.”

In his proposed budget, the governor included automatic raises – in the form of cost-of-living increases – for himself, other constitutional officers, and members of the General Assembly.  With HB 3188, the Senate rejected those increases, then took the extra step of decreasing salaries by taking furlough days in fiscal year 2013.

“This is about accountability to our constituents,” Sen. Sullivan said. “If we’re going to ask the people of Illinois to make sacrifices to restore our fiscal health, we – as legislators – need to share in that sacrifice.”


Wednesday brought hundreds of citizens from all across Illinois to the State Capitol for the Illinois Gun Owners’ Lobby Day (IGOLD) and rally, an annual event coordinated by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA).

Members of ISRA come to the Capitol every year to lobby their legislators on 2nd Amendment issues. This year, ISRA members are particularly concerned about some pieces of legislation supported by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel that recently passed out of a House committee. IGOLD participants expressed their adamant opposition to a proposed handgun registry (HB 5831) and tax on ammunition (HB 5167) by submitting opinion cards to their legislators.

Senator Sullivan and some of his downstate colleagues recently launched an online petition to demonstrate opposition to these pieces of legislation. The petition can be found at http://www.opposechicagogunlaws.com/.

Senator Sullivan spoke at the IGOLD rally. To see his speech, and to see other footage from the events, watch the video on the left.



From the Illinois State Senate

State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District


FOR MORE INFORMATION: (217) 782-0663


SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D – Rushville), sees a recent announcement by the State of Illinois as a big step forward in reducing the potential for fraud in the state’s Medicaid system. Recently, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced it was moving forward and checking records to ensure all Medicaid recipients currently live in Illinois.

“This is exactly the kind of common sense action we need to protect taxpayers and ensure state dollars are being spent correctly,” Sen. Sullivan said. “Paying out claims to non-residents should not be happening—it just makes it harder to sustain the Medicaid program for those Illinois residents who need it and are eligible for it.”

The federal government approved Illinois’ plans to check the addresses of Medicaid recipients against driver's license records to ensure they live in the state. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday informed the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services the state's plans are permissible under the laws establishing the program. Last November, about 6,000 letters mailed to Medicaid recipients were returned to the department with an out-of-state forwarding address.

“Rooting out fraud and waste is an obvious starting point,” Sullivan said. “Steps like checking Medicaid eligibility will foster an atmosphere of accountability and common sense in Springfield.”


seal.jpgSenator Sullivan recently introduced legislation that will encourage business owners to hire young, unemployed veterans. SB 3241, approved with bipartisan and unanimous support by the Senate Revenue Committee today, gives employers a 20% tax credit when they hire an unemployed veteran who has served on active duty since September 11, 2001. To read the news release, click below.


seal.jpgSenator Sullivan joined his colleague Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins in designating April 24, 2012, as Father Augustus Tolton Day in Illinois. Father Tolton was the first African-American priest ordained in the Roman Catholic Church and served as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Quincy from 1886 to 1889. From there, he moved to Chicago to shepherd a growing congregation of black Catholics at St. Augustine’s and later St. Monica’s.

“Quincy is proud of its distinction as the first community in America to welcome an African-American priest,” Sen. Sullivan said. “As pastor of St. Joseph’s, Father Tolton worked tirelessly to care for both black and white parishioners and educate the poor.”

Click below to read the news release.


seal.jpgSenator Sullivan today expressed support for a recently announced Senate initiative to renew and improve Enterprise Zones. Enterprise Zones are one of the state's most successful economic development tools, responsible for creating 890,000 jobs and almost $50 billion in private investment since their inception 30 years ago. Five Enterprise Zones exist in Western Illinois. Beginning next year, these zones are set to expire unless state officials act. A special new Senate committee has been created to hear testimony in statewide hearings on how to continue and improve Enterprise Zones.

 “As we discuss ways to jumpstart our economy and spur job creation, why not turn to an economic development tool with a proven record of effectiveness?” Sen. Sullivan said. “I look forward to hearing from business and community leaders, in my district and around the state, about what works and doesn’t work and how we can make Enterprise Zones even better.”

Click below to read the press release:


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