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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

SPRINGFIELD—Dr. Russell Dohner represented the people of Rushville, western Illinois and physicians across the state by serving as the grand marshal for the 2013 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade.

The 88-year-old doctor has been treating western Illinois patients since he first opened his Rushville office in 1955. Dohner charges patients $5 for every visit — regardless of his expenses. Many patients donate to a running collection: covering the costs of anyone who cannot afford to pay. His office is open seven days a week, and he does house calls.

"If someone comes in and they can't pay $5 I'm glad to take care of them, because what I'm there for — is to take care of the people," Dohner said. "I'm a general practitioner: I do whatever I can to help people."

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) has known Dohner for years.

"Multiple generations have gone to see Dr. Dohner. He's a remarkable man," Sullivan said. "He stands for everything you would want to see in a doctor: He's hardworking, he's compassionate, he's thoughtful, he's caring, he's involved with the community."

Dohner is a World War II veteran and a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School.


MACOMB – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) met with members of the Macomb Area AARP on Tuesday at the Old Dairy restaurant in Macomb. Sullivan (right) and Nick Pano, legislative director for the State Universities Annuitants Association, discussed recent legislation concerning retirees and answered constituents' questions.

sullivan0709SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is now the final state in the nation to allow concealed carry. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in a bipartisan fashion to override the governor's veto of House Bill 183.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) voted for the override.

"Concealed carry is not only the will of the people but now — thanks to this vote — the law of the land in Illinois," Sullivan said. "It has been a long journey, but Illinois finally becomes the 50th state to allow concealed carry."

Earlier in the day, the House voted 77-31 to override the governor's veto. The Senate vote was 41-17, and HB 183 now becomes law.

On June 25, Senator Sullivan visited the DaVita Dialysis Center in Quincy. He toured the facility and met with patients and employees.


sullivan-75x75SPRINGFIELD – Today, Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the Senate- and House-approved concealed-carry legislation.

"I'm disappointed but not surprised with the governor's actions today on the concealed carry legislation," State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said.

"He has ignored the will of the people, the courts and the General Assembly. I will work strenuously to see that the veto is overridden so Illinois, even though last to do so, will finally allow concealed carry."

The legislation, House Bill 183, now returns to the House to accept or override the governor's veto. A simple majority is required to accept the changes in the governor's amendatory veto, and a three-fifths majority to override. The Senate would then need to concur—or agree—with the House's action.

sullivan-75x75MACOMB  – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) will move his Macomb district office to a new location this week. The district office, which handles constituent outreach for the northern counties in the 47th Senate District, will be moving to 1601 W. Jackson St., Suite 105, in Macomb — next to Jackson Street Market.

The Macomb office will be closed Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, during the moving process. The office is set to reopen Monday, July 1, although phone and email services may experience some disruption Monday. Constituents are encouraged to call the Quincy district office at (217) 222-2295 if they are unable to reach the Macomb staff during the move.

The Macomb office will keep its current email address — This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it — and phone number, which is (309) 833-5526.

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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

Macomb Office:

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