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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District



From the Illinois State Senate

State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 


SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) welcomed the upcoming vote on ending the General Assembly Tuition Waiver Program and said the time is right to bring the controversial program to a close.

“I’m glad to have been able to use tuition waivers to give a number of students in my district the chance to attend state universities,” said Sen. Sullivan, who used a rigorous and objective system to evaluate prospective recipients. “However, I announced in January that I would no longer give out the waivers because of concerns about the cost to universities as well as allegations that other legislators misused the program. I encourage my colleagues to join me now in ending this practice.”

House Bill 3810 was sent to the full Senate for a vote after passing the Executive Committee. A vote by the Senate will likely take place tomorrow. If approved by the House, the bill will be sent to the governor.

“I hope the House will take prompt action to end this program,” Sen. Sullivan said. “Given the state’s financial problems, the General Assembly needs to take a strong stand and stop corruption, waste and fraud whenever the opportunity arises and this is one of those cases.”

In addition to abolishing legislative tuition waivers, the proposal under consideration would establish a task force to examine the other tuition and fee waivers currently received by students at state public universities.


Senator Sullivan stopped by Ms. Rose Fisher's pre-kindergarten class at Carthage Primary School recently to visit with the children and read a few stories:

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Senator Sullivan visited with Central Elementary School students in Camp Point recently. He was pleased to attend their "Seven Habits" assembly, where students learn about seven habits to develop for success. See photos, below:

seal.jpgState Senator John Sullivan honored Father Augustus Tolton, a resident of Quincy and the nation’s first African-American priest, in a resolution adopted by the Senate yesterday. Senate Resolution 609 designated April 24, 2012, as Father Augustus Tolton Day to commemorate the anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in 1886. Father Tolton served as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Quincy from 1886 to 1889. Click "Read More" to read the release.


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.

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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