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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.

It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.

State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

When you go home, tell them of us and say,

For their Tomorrow, we gave our today

--inscription from Fallen Soldiers Memorial

BEARDSTOWN—Students, teachers, veterans and family members gathered together to unveil a memorial commemorating Beardstown High School alumni who died in military service. The Beardstown High School Fallen Soldiers Memorial was dedicated on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial includes three granite tablets containing an epitaph, emblems of five branches of the military and the names of fallen servicemen.

During the dedication, veterans and local officials eulogized some of the former students. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) spoke during the ceremony.

"We are here to celebrate the dedication of this beautiful memorial," Sullivan said. "I had the opportunity to talk about one of those individuals: Charles Burrus."

Sergeant Charles Burrus enlisted in the Army in 1941 prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the 515th Coastal Artillery, stationed in the Philippines. Burrus' unit was the first to engage the Japanese when their forces attacked the Philippines on Dec. 8, 1941.

After three months, U.S. forces in the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese and Burrus was listed as missing in action. He was a participant in the Bataan Death March and died from malaria, malnutrition and dysentery on June 4, 1942.

His family was notified a year later, and his remains were returned to Arenzville.

"The Beardstown community and especially the schools here wanted remember and dedicate this memorial to young people who—starting in World War II all the way up to the current conflict—have participated in some of the major offenses," Sullivan said.

Twenty-four names are inscribed on the Fallen Soldiers Memorial; Burrus was 1 of 17 who died during World War II.

World War II
Robert Allen
Charles Burrus
Roy Chambers
Jack Hagerty
Keith Jokish
Robert Kays
Virgil Livingston
George Mitchell
Willis Munger
Jacques Schweer
Herschel Schaefer
William Townley
Robert Treadway
Albert Brockhouse
Edgar Green
Elmer Moore
Howard Lancaster

Robert Vincent
Robert Johnston

Billy Cook
Robert Fox
Lester Kimble
Samuel Broeker

James Dorsey

DECATUR—State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) visited the Farm Progress show in Decatur on Wednesday. Sullivan toured the exhibits, watched presentations by industry representatives and learned about developments in agricultural technology.

"All the different industries: seed, fertilizer, equipment, precision-ag, computers — it brings it all together," Sullivan said. "Farmers and those involved in agriculture can see the latest and greatest."

The Farm Progress show is America's largest farm technology exhibition. The show features the latest developments in farm implements, seed technology and advances in other areas of agriculture. Vendors and customers from across the United States attended the show, along with international companies and customers.

"It's nice to see the latest technology in agriculture, and this is the place to do it."

sullivan0827GALESBURG– State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) met with residents and representatives of local organizations at a new Galesburg satellite office Monday. The new satellite office serves Galesburg and surrounding areas of the 47th Senate District.

"This office makes it easier for local residents to meet with me," Sullivan said. "It reduces the distances they have to drive for an appointment, and my staff and I will be able to reach more people."

This location is shared with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos. Although the office will not be regularly staffed, Sullivan and his staff will be in the new office part time for scheduled meetings and future office open houses.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling Sullivan's Macomb district office at 309-833-5526.

The office is located in the First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Building, Suite 103, at 117 E. Main St. in Galesburg.

Sullivan (left) met with Josh Gibb (center) and David Pearson (right) of the Galesburg Community Foundation — along with other constituents — during the Galesburg open office hours at the new satellite office. (click photo to enlarge)

sullivanhoursGALESBURG – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) will begin holding office hours in Galesburg. Sullivan will be meeting with constituents from noon to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in his new satellite office in the First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Building.

The public is invited to share issues and concerns with Sullivan. Appointments are not necessary, and constituents will meet with Sullivan in the order they arrive.

Future meetings will by appointment; however, Sullivan plans on hosting additional open office hours.

This part-time office has been added to serve Galesburg and other areas new to the 47th Senate District. The Galesburg location is shared with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos. These office hours are in addition to the Macomb and Quincy district offices.

  • WHEN: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 26, 2013
  • WHO: State Senator John Sullivan
  • WHAT: Galesburg Office Hours
  • WHERE: First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust Building, 117 E Main St., Suite 103, Galesburg, IL 61401


For more information, call the Macomb district office at 309-833-5526.

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.

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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