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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

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.

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.

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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