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Sincerely,State Senator John Sullivan47th Legislative District
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) visited with 8th graders at Dallas City Elementary School on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Sullivan discussed state politics and government during their social studies class.
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Illinois state agencies have taken steps to alleviate this winter's propane shortage.
The shortage is caused by a combination of the unusually long and severe winter, repairs on a major propane pipeline and increased propane use for drying corn and other grains.
To help increase the state's supply of propane, federal and state agencies have waived certain regulations permitting propane truck drivers to haul heavier loads, operate longer hours and bypass meter inspections.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is offering a $1,000 increase in the Low Income Energy Assistance Program to eligible households for purchasing propane.
Likewise, this increased benefit is available to newly eligible applicants that sign up for LIHEAP. Click here for more information on how to apply for LIHEAP.
The department is also temporarily waiving the $75 fee for LIHEAP applicants who use propane for home heating. Information about local LIHEAP administrators can be found here.
The Illinois Attorney General is reviewing propane supply and pricing issues. Suspected fraud and price gouging can be reported to the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Bureau at 1-800-243-0618 or by email at
Over the weekend, State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) visited Western Illinois University's annual Farm Expo and spoke to the crowd for what is the largest student-run agriculture show in the United States. (click to enlarge photos)
SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) voted to support the state constitution and protect the retirement benefits of teachers, university personnel and state employees by opposing Senate Bill 1.
The plan to reduce benefits passed both the House and Senate on Tuesday and will become law if the governor signs the bill, which he is expected to do so.
"This proposal has a drastic and negative impact on both current and retired employees, and—I believe—it has serious constitutional issues," Sullivan said. "I understand the enormous need for pension reform, but this isn't it."
The plan slashes cost-of-living adjustments for the retirees, freezes cost-of-living increases for current employees and raises the retirement age of existing employees.
Sullivan said there is a better, fairer way to reduce pension costs. He supported a reform measure this summer, Senate Bill 2404, that saved $50 billion, was a negotiated bill and he believes is constitutional.
"Retirees have planned and saved based on promises from the state. It has to be our job to find equitable solutions without breaking those promises," Sullivan said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we are back here in a year or two voting on a new plan after the courts find this one unconstitutional."
From left: State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rusvhille), Quincy University President Robert Gervais and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) toured Quincy University on Monday. The three discussed potential investments in infrastructure, upcoming technology improvements and the status of the university. They also viewed a presentation by the university's mock trial team.
SPRINGFIELD – A plan to reinstate Medicaid adult dental benefits recently passed the Illinois State Senate and awaits a vote in the House. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) is co-sponsoring the legislation, House Bill 1516, which passed with bipartisan support.
"I've heard from individuals, dentists and health care providers about how the lack of dental coverage for adults has negatively impacted our communities by placing additional pressure on hospital emergency rooms." Sullivan said. "So many medical problems stem from improper dental health. By extending these benefits we can increase prevention and significantly improve people's lives."
A law signed in 2012 cut all Medicaid dental coverage except for emergency procedures. The proposed new law reinstates preventive care that includes fillings, crowns, root canals, dentures and teeth extractions.
"When I saw the human cost of the lack of dental services there was no question in my mind that these benefits needed to be reinstated," Sullivan said.
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