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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

052214 js 0403SPRINGFIELD – A trio of legislation helping Western Illinois University was approved by the Senate on Thursday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) sponsored the three proposals – all of which were requests from WIU's Board of Trustees.

"It's a privilege to work with the WIU Board of Trustees and Rep. Hammond for the betterment of the University and the Western Illinois Region," Sullivan said.

"Western Illinois University's Board identified these issues are priorities. I am pleased to join Senator Sullivan in advancing them through the legislative process," Hammond said.

HB 5678 - WIU-QC building sale
New facilities at WIU-Quad Cities are planned to open this fall. As the new 94,800 square foot, $4.2 million Riverfront Campus project is completed, WIU plans to sell or lease a former classroom building in downtown Moline.

House Bill 5678 gives WIU the authority to lease, sell or transfer the old building and use the proceeds for construction on the Quad Cities campus.

HB 5681 - WIU-QC annual board meeting
Since becoming an independent campus in 2012, WIU-QC has continued to grow as a vital part of the university. The WIU Board of Trustees began the practice of holding at least one of its quarterly meetings at the quad cities campus.

House Bill 5681 makes the informal practice permanent – requiring the board to hold at least one meeting a year in the Quad Cities.

HB 5679 - High School Feedback System
The third piece of legislation approved by the Senate eliminates an out-of-date program that studied high school students' performance in public universities. The High School Feedback System became law in 1989 and was replaced in 2009.

House Bill 5679 removes references to the old system in state law.

All three bills passed with bipartisan support.

050814CM0459SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate approved a plan Wednesday allowing nurses to provide the highest possible level of care when staffing rural ambulances.

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored House Bill 4523 which allows rural emergency medical services to operate their ambulances at the same level of certification as the nurses who staff them.

"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.

Currently, nurses are only authorized to provide care up to the level that the ambulance they are riding in is certified for. This plan 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. Sullivan's proposal extends the law to include nurses.

House Bill 4523 passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a 57-0 vote. It now goes to the governor for approval.

From left: Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards, Senator Sullivan and Illinois State Police Capt. Robert Elliot pose for a photo after testifying for the “Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway” in March.SPRINGFIELD – George Darnell, a Warren County Sheriff's deputy, responded to a call of suspicious activity in the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1981. He died in the line of duty after being shot and killed by two suspects.

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to honor his memory and his sacrifice.

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored a resolution dedicating a portion of U.S. Route 67 north of Monmouth in Darnell's memory. The mile-long stretch would be designated "Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway," and the Illinois Department of Transportation would post signs.

"Today, the Illinois State Senate honored the memory, service and sacrifice of a dedicated public servant: Deputy George Darnell. Even though his sacrifice happened years ago, it does not diminish the impact and importance of his life," Sullivan said.

Darnell was an 11-year veteran of the Warren County Sheriff's Office and a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2301 and Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth.

He was survived by his wife of 39 years, Eva Darnell, who passed away in 2012, and seven children. He was 61 years old when he was killed.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards and State Police District 14 Commander Capt. Robert Elliot brought this case to Sullivan's attention. Both Edwards and Elliot testified before a Senate committee in support of this resolution in March.

The resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 48, passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a 55-0 vote and now moves to the House for approval.

SullivanWallace051414SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace promoted the use of E-15 fuels during a Wednesday visit to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

"E-15 is a high-performance fuel, and I know a little about high performance," Wallace said. "More people should have the chance to buy fuel that helps Illinois' largest industry: agriculture."

E-15 is a blended biofuel made up of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol. E-15 is available at some gas stations in Illinois but is less common than the 10 percent ethanol blend sold across the state.

"The more ethanol we put into our gas, the more money we put into Illinois' farm economy. By expanding the use of E-15 we promote agriculture, help the environment with lower emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," Sullivan said.

NASCAR has exclusively used E-15 fuel during practice, qualification and races since 2011. NASCAR switched to E-15 to lower emissions and promote the use of biofuels.

A 2013 study reported that since switching to E-15, NASCAR's viewers were 40 percent more likely to support the expansion of ethanol fuels and 50 percent more likely to use ethanol blends in their own vehicles. The switch to E-15 also reduced on-track emissions by 20 percent.

Since his first NASCAR race in 1988, Kenny Wallace has 900 starts, nine Nationwide Series wins and three Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver awards.

WIU042314Last week, State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) was on hand as Gov. Pat Quinn announced $60 million in funding for the construction of The Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Western Illinois University.

"It was truly a personal honor to serve as a lead sponsor and as a lead negotiator of the 2009 capital bill that appropriated the funding for this long-awaited project," Sullivan said. "The Center for Performing Arts will not only create short-term construction jobs, it will also further solidify WIU's role as a cultural center for western Illinois and serve as an economic development engine."


040914 js 0070SPRINGFIELD – Under legislation introduced by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) downstate school districts that have been unable to fill teaching vacancies will be able to hire qualified, recently retired teachers.

The legislation, Senate Bill 3374, passed the Senate on Wednesday with bipartisan support by a 51-0 vote.

"If there is a teaching position that a school is unable to fill, students should benefit from qualified, experienced teachers who are already living in the community," Sullivan said.

The legislation allows retired teachers – who are still certified – to teach in subject shortage areas while still maintaining their eligibility for retirement. Retirees would be exempt from making contributions or receiving any new pension benefits.

Before retirees can return to teaching, the school must have advertised the position for at least three months preceding the beginning of the school term. Additionally, the school district must offer vacancies to qualified teachers who had been honorably discharged during the previous school year.

Senate Bill 3374 now moves to the House.

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