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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

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.

mapsmallSPRINGFIELD – A recent Illinois Department of Transportation inspection discovered safety issues with the 60-year old U.S. 67 bridge over the Illinois River at Beardstown.

IDOT has restricted the bridge to a 15-ton weight limit and is detouring vehicles heavier than 15 tons north to Havana or south to Meredosia.

"This has created a very difficult situation for commuters that will have a negative economic impact—especially on many businesses and area farmers. Realizing this hardship, IDOT has taken aggressive action to fix the problem as soon as possible," State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said.

"I commend the partnership between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the City of Beardstown for recognizing the urgency of this situation and their willingness to expedite this project for the safety of all motorist," Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) said.

"Our primary concern is the safety of the drivers who use this U.S. 67. We have a plan in place to address the immediate safety issues this winter, and our hope is to secure funding and begin long-term repairs in 2015," said Deputy Director, Region 4 Engineer Roger Driskell.

IDOT is proceeding with temporary repairs, which are tentatively scheduled to begin Dec 1. These repairs should be done within a month, weather permitting. IDOT will also be pursing an emergency contract for long term repairs, which should be completed this summer.

Once the emergency repairs are finished, the weight restriction will be lifted. Properly permitted vehicles with overweight loads will still need to use the detour routes.

Sullivan, Hammond and the department are requesting approval for emergency funding to speed up the process to complete permanent repairs. Drivers should expect the bridge to be under construction most of next year.

Until the long term repairs are completed, the department will continue to monitor the bridge and may have to re-instate the 15-ton load limit.

sullivantransMACOMB — State Senator John Sullivan, state lawmakers and the advocacy group Transportation for Illinois Coalition held three meetings across western Illinois on Tuesday discuss improving transportation funding.

The meetings in Quincy, Macomb and Galesburg brought together government officials, business leaders, community groups and labor organizations to cover how to improve roadway maintenance.

"We had great discussions about how to improve funding for our roads, bridges and highways. These conversations will hopefully pave the way for long-term job creation and infrastructure upkeep for our communities and the state," Sullivan said.

The sponsoring group TFIC highlighted areas of concern with Illinois roadways and outlined potential solutions. TFIC is made up of businesses, consumer groups, organized labor, units of government and community organizations.

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macomb101014MACOMB – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) joined Governor Pat Quinn, state lawmakers and local officials Friday to announce $35 million of investment to complete the first section of the Macomb Bypass.

The money will fund continued construction and paving of a two-lane, six-mile stretch of highway linking U.S. 67 and Illinois 336/110.

The new highway will be the final link in the 584-mile Chicago-Kansas City Expressway that will bring more commerce and interstate business into western Illinois.

"I'm very pleased to see another piece of the Chicago to Kansas City expressway investment become reality. When completed, this 50 year project will connect western Illinois to the rest of the country, and this $35 million investment will improve our transportation infrastructure, create construction jobs and invigorate our area's economy," Sullivan said.

The $35 million will also finance the construction of additional bridges and overpasses along the corridor. The bypass will serve as a two-lane highway until the southbound lanes of the expressway are built.

Friday's announcement is the result of years of work by state and local governments, area businesses and non-profit organizations, specifically through the work of the Tri-State Development Summit, which brings together stakeholders from Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.

Illinois Farm Bureau representative Ryan Corey, Hammond and Sullivan pose with the IFB’s Friend of Agriculture Award during Smiles Day in Rushville.

RUSHVILLE – The Illinois Farm Bureau awarded State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) the Friend of Agriculture Award for their continued support of Illinois' farming community.

Local farm bureau trustees chose Sullivan and Hammond for the award based on their strong voting records and their support of legislation that significantly improves Illinois agriculture.

"As a farmer himself, Senator Sullivan has been a tremendous voice, leader and advocate for agriculture in the state of Illinois. His work ethic in Springfield is a true reflection of the hard working men and women of his rural district," IFB's Director of State Legislation Kevin Semlow said. "Representative Hammond has also worked diligently on many important issues to the farming community, and she has proven herself very valuable to the agriculture industry."

"To be recognized as a "Friend of Agriculture" is truly gratifying – especially knowing the decision was made by local county Farm Bureau leaders and members," said Sullivan. "I'm grateful to receive this award."

"It is an incredible honor to receive this award. Illinois farmers work tirelessly to provide their products to consumers across the globe. They deserve our support," Hammond said.

The IFB presented both lawmakers the award during Rushville's homecoming celebration, Smiles Day, on Friday.

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Springfield Office:

417C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-2479

Quincy Office:

926 Broadway, #6
Quincy, IL 62301
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1601 W. Jackson St., Suite 105
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 833-5526