State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) received the “Legislator of the Year” award from the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF), the Illinois Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Extension Partners. At ceremonies in Monmouth on Friday and at the Schuyler County Fair in Rushville on Tuesday, representatives of the three groups recognized Sullivan for his commitment to agriculture and rural Illinoisans.
“In Illinois, agriculture is not just another industry or interest group; it’s a way of life,” said Sullivan, who is the State Senate’s only active farmer. “I understand the vital role agriculture plays in job creation, economic growth, and strong communities. I’m honored to receive this award today, and I will continue to work with farmers in western Illinois and throughout the state to strengthen agriculture and the many sectors of our economy that depend on it.”