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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

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:



State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) reacts to today's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) hearing on the state group health insurance program:

"The actions taken at today's COGFA hearing are good news for thousands of downstate residents who worried for months about losing access to their doctors. Issuing a supplemental ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP) will give HMO providers another opportunity to provide healthcare services to residents already familiar with their doctors. These steps not only resolve the lawsuit surrounding this issue, they set the State on a better course of action."

Senator Sullivan, Rep.Tracy, and Rep. Hammond recently met in Peoria with representatives of the Hunt‐ Lima Drainage and Levee District; the Army Corps of Engineers; the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Illinois Farm Bureau; the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri River Association (UMIMRA); and Klingner & Associates. The legislators are working together with the stakeholders to create a more transparent and defined permitting process for when levee improvements are needed. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 2012 UMIMRA Annual Conference.

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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