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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

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13th AmendmentSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate commemorated the 150th Anniversary of Illinois’ historic vote to ratify the 13th Amendment and end slavery in America on Feb. 1, 1865.

This week, the senate held a ceremony that included a narrative reenactment and speeches on the historical importance of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Just over 150 years ago, the Illinois State Senate, with bipartisan support, voted to end one of the most terrible injustices in American history—slavery. This was a courageous vote that took place while the civil war raged on,” State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said.


 abingdon meetingSPRINGFIELD – It’s not pretty when the sewers stop working. In Abingdon, if there is a power outage, that’s what happens.

But now, thanks to a $65,000 grant from the state, the city of Abingdon will purchase a generator to run essential equipment in the sewers and sanitation department in case of a power outage.

Representative Don Moffitt (R -Gilson) and Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) represented Abingdon when the construction program was passed, district boundaries changed in 2012.

“I am very pleased that the City of Abingdon has received the first installment of this grant. The grant is from bond sales which have their own dedicated revenue stream. By their actions, the city council have helped to improve the quality of life for their residents by assuring continuous operation of their sanitary sewer system even during a storm and have avoided raising fees or taxes to pay for it,” Moffitt said.

“Certainly monies like these are an invaluable resource to small cities like Abingdon, in order to help upgrade aging infrastructure,” LaHood said. “The new generator in Abingdon will definitely be an asset in times of emergency at the water treatment facility.”


001sullivanSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and his wife, Joan, joined in the celebration and swearing-in ceremony of the 42nd Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, and the state's constitutional officers on Monday.

"I look forward to being a part of a new era for state government where common sense can prevail and bipartisan solutions are implemented to resolve some of our most pressing issues. During my discussions with Governor Rauner and his newly appointed staff, they seem very willing to include everyone in the process and are open to new ideas," Sullivan said.

Sullivan also congratulated Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White, along with the newly elected Treasurer, Mike Frerichs and appointed Comptroller, Leslie Munger.

"With their leadership and proven expertise, I feel confident the state will move forward in a positive direction," Sullivan said.


120414 js 0227SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a plan Thursday allowing the Quincy/Adams County 911 system to take advantage of additional funding to operate its 911 call center.

A bill passed earlier this year made additional funds available to counties with populations less than 100,000 that operate Emergency Telephone System Boards (ETSB). Adams County does not have an official ETSB, instead it is served by a "qualified government entity." Consequently, Adams County could not access the additional funds.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the plan, Senate Bill 3265, which recognizes Quincy/Adams County 911 system's "qualified government entity" status so it can receive an additional $25,000 per year.

"Every eligible 911 system should have the opportunity to access these funds without raising rates on their users," Sullivan said. "This legislation gives Adams County the opportunity to improve its emergency response services for city and rural residents."

Sullivan's proposal passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

bobcat120414SPRINGFIELD – Illinois hunters will have the opportunity to hunt bobcats under a plan approved by the Senate on Thursday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently determined that bobcat populations had reached a level where the number of animals should be managed through public hunting.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) co-sponsored HB 4226, which creates a bobcat season from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15 starting in 2015.

"We have seen a large number of bobcats in western and southern Illinois due—in part— to the restoration of habitat. Conservation practices and effectively managing our natural resources are at the heart of this proposal," Sullivan said.

This bill allows IDNR to create a hunting season in the counties where bobcat populations have grown. The department would also determine the total number of permits to be issued each year.

The proposal passed both the Senate and the House with bipartisan support, and now goes to the governor for his signature.


BLOOMINGTON – Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) was awarded the 2014 Friend of Agriculture Award at the Illinois Commodity Conference held in Normal, Ill. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

"A lot of awards are given out by our commodity organizations every year, but the Friend of Ag Award is special because it comes from the commodity groups collectively," said Alan Adams, President of the Illinois Beef Association. "We feel that it is extremely important to recognize individuals such as Senator Sullivan who are significantly contributing to improving Illinois agriculture."

Sullivan became the Illinois State Senator serving the 47th district in 2002. In this role he was also the chair of the Senate Ag Committee. He was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2008 and has also served on five committees in the Senate.

"As a farmer himself, Senator Sullivan has been a tremendous voice, leader and advocate for agriculture in the state of Illinois," said Kenny Hartman, President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association. "He has worked diligently on many important issues to the farming community, and has proven himself very valuable to the agriculture industry."

Born in Macomb, John grew up on a family farm in Hancock County and was the seventh of 11 children. He is a graduate of Quincy College, where he majored in History and also has earned his Real Estate Salesman's License and his Real Estate Broker's License. Before becoming s State Senator, he was an agricultural loan officer and then a partner in his family auction and real estate business.

"Senator Sullivan's work ethic and his record of working in a bipartisan fashion with his fellow state senators and representatives in Springfield are unparalleled," said Bill Raben, Illinois Soybean Association chairman.

His ability to reach across the aisle earned him the distinction of being selected the "2011 Best Democratic State Senator" by Capitol Fax. His strong voice for downstate Illinois and his common-sense approach earned him the position of Assistant Major Leader in the Illinois State Senate.

He currently lives north of Rushville on the family farm with his wife Joan and has four children: Matthew, Emily, Luke and Mark.

"Illinois agriculture is fortunate to have Senator Sullivan in the General Assembly with his continued leadership and dedication on issues related to agriculture and farm families," said Todd Dail, President of the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

The Friend of Agriculture Award is presented by the Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Milk Producers Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois Wheat Association. The award is given each year to individuals who have contributed significantly to improving agriculture in Illinois. Nominees are submitted by each of the sponsoring commodity groups and selected by representatives of the groups.

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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

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1601 W. Jackson St., Suite 105
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-5526