031511br0486-rThank you for visiting my website.

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

Senator Sullivan was recently honored with the Friend of Conservation award from the Northwest Central Land Use Council 2 for his continued dedication to conserving Illinois' natural resources. Representatives from the group presented Senator Sullivan with a plaque in his office in Springfield.


seal.jpgSenator Sullivan strongly opposes Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to create a statewide registry for handguns. Emanuel's proposal mirror's a plan already in place in Chicago that requires gun owners to register each gun for a fee and to renew that license every five years for an additional fee.



“I will continue to fight for the right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms—a right protected by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” said Senator Sullivan. “And I will work diligently to stop Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s anti-gun legislation.”


Click below to read the full news release.




seal.jpgToday, Senator Sullivan kept a promise he made last fall to make sure a panel studying the role of Regional Offices of Education (ROEs) submits its findings in time to affect next year's budget. Senate Bill 2566, passed unanimously today by the Senate, will require this panel to make its report four months earlier--by April 1, instead of by August 1.

To read the news release, click "Read More."


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State Senator John Sullivan recently passed a measure following through on a promise he made to local governments during last fall’s veto session in regards to Regional Offices of Education (ROEs).

Governor Quinn used his veto to eliminate funding for ROEs last year, including money to pay the salaries of the state’s 44 elected Regional Superintendents. In response, Sen. Sullivan was able to pass a bill to temporarily fund the program in the fall veto session by using a small percentage of funds intended for local governments. The measure also created a commission to study and review the role of ROEs to find a more permanent solution.

The commission was scheduled to report its findings by August 1, 2012. In the course of debate over the temporary fix, the point was raised that this deadline wouldn't allow the commission's findings to be incorporated into the crafting of next year's budget. Sullivan promised to address this problem right away in the spring legislative session.

To ensure that the commission’s findings will be incorporated in this year’s budget talks, Sullivan this week made good on that promise and passed a measure that moves up the reporting date four months earlier – by April 1, instead of by August 1.

Click here to read the press release, or click below to download a complete timeline of these events.


Thanks in part to funds received through the State's Capital Bill, the City of Griggsville's sewer construction project is underway. Mayor Goewey recently took Senator Sullivan by a construction site to see the progress. See photos, below:

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