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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

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.


SPRINGFIELD – A newly signed state law allows nurses to provide the highest possible level of care when staffing rural ambulances.

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) sponsored the legislation – HB 4523 – in an effort to improve rural emergency care. It allows rural emergency medical services to operate their ambulances at the same level of certification as the nurses who staff them.

"With this legislation becoming law, the level of emergency medical services that may be provided in rural Illinois will be significantly improved. I commend Senator Sullivan for his leadership in the Senate in passing this bipartisan legislation. As a result, even more lives will be saved." Moffitt said.

"In some rural areas of the state an ambulance ride can last up to an hour. It only makes sense to allow nurses certified at a specific level to provide the highest level of care during the ambulance ride," Sullivan said.

Previously, nurses were only authorized to provide care up to the level that the ambulances they are riding in are certified for. Sullivan and Moffitt's new law allows rural, pre-hospital registered nurses to provide the same level of care they are trained to give.

A law passed last year permitted other paramedics to provide care at their highest possible level. The new law, signed Tuesday by the governor, simply extends the law to include nurses.

The new provisions regarding nurses take effect Jan. 1.


MONMOUTH. – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), Warren County and area law-enforcement officials, Illinois State Police and a large crowd of family members and friends of slain Warren County Sheriff's Deputy George Darnell came together Thursday for the dedication of the Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway north of Monmouth.

"Today, we honor the service and sacrifice of a dedicated public servant: Deputy George Darnell. Even though he was killed 33 years ago, time does not diminish the impact of his sacrifice and the importance of his life," Sullivan said.

MemorialSign2This May, the Illinois Senate and House approved legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 48, dedicating a one-mile stretch of U.S. Route 67 in Warren County to the memory of Darnell, who was killed in the line of duty in 1981.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards began the ceremony and introduced the speakers. When speaking of Deputy Darnell, Sheriff Edwards said, "He gave all that he had for this community".

Edwards, along with State Police District 14 Commander Capt. Robert Elliott, originally brought this case to Sullivan's attention. Both Edwards and Elliott testified before a Senate committee in support of the resolution in March.

Retired Sheriff Gary Higbee followed Edwards. Higbee was a colleague and close friend of Darnell. He vividly recounted the events surrounding Darnell's death and the subsequent investigation. "We miss him and my heart goes out to all of his family," Higbee added.

The sign that marks the memorial highway is six miles north of Monmouth on U.S. Route 67, very close to where Darnell was killed.

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