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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

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) introduced Krista Shirley, Miss Macomb 2012, to the Illinois General Assembly yesterday. Krista, from Washburn, Illinois, is the 19-year-old daughter of Gregory and Barbara Shipley.  She is a freshman at Western Illinois University where she is majoring in Dietetics.  Krista was crowned Miss Macomb March 31, 2012 and was awarded a $5,000 cash scholarship.  Her platform is "Nutrition's Role in Birth Defects." She will compete at the Miss Illinois Pageant to be held the last week of June in Marion, Illinois.  Krista was born and raised on a grain and livestock farm, has been a 4-H member most of her life, and has shown hogs and cattle for many years.


Senator Sullivan hosted town hall meetings in four communities across western Illinois during the week of April 9-12. He used these opportunities to meet constituents, give an update on the state budget and some of the legislation he’s sponsored in Springfield, and take questions from the public.

In lively exchanges in Liberty, Hamilton, Roseville, and Ashland, Sen. Sullivan discussed everything from infrastructure improvements to help for unemployed veterans to gun owners’ rights. A topic of particular interest was the budget negotiations taking place at the Capitol as lawmakers face difficult but necessary cuts. Sen. Sullivan responded to questions and talked through the options, including eliminating fraud and abuse in Medicaid, possible actions the legislature might take to reform public employee pension systems, and plans to increase revenue by expanding gambling at the state’s borders.

InTheNewsToday, the Quincy Herald-Whig is reporting on the town hall Senator Sullivan hosted in Liberty, IL last night. Sullivan discussed the state's budget challenges, Medicaid reform, and 2nd amendment issues.

Click below to read the text of Doug Wilson's article in today's Quincy Herald-Whig, or click here to go to the article.


seal.jpgState Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) will hold town hall meetings in four communities in the 47th Legislative District during the week of April 9.

He will give constituents an update on the state’s budget as well as legislation currently under consideration in Springfield and take questions from the public. For more information, please call: (309) 533-1210

The town hall meetings will take place in the following locations:

Liberty Town Hall
Monday, April 9 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Liberty City Hall
606 S. Main St., Liberty, IL

Hamilton Town Hall
Tuesday, April 10 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Hamilton Community Center
940 Main St., Hamilton, IL

Roseville Town Hall
Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Roseville Community Center
265 W. Penn Ave., Roseville, IL

Ashland Town Hall
Thursday, April 12 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Ashland City Hall
101 N. Yates Ave., Ashland, IL



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.


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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