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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.

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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

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.

sullivan-75x75As many of our communities continue to recover from this spring's flooding, I would like to relay some important recovery-related information.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved nearly $7 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents and businesses in Illinois affected by the severe storms, winds and flooding between April 16 and May 5. The SBA loan program covers all applicants including homeowners, renters and businesses.

July 9 is the deadline to file a disaster loan application.

Loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.

The Illinois Emergency Management Association urges everyone who might qualify to apply regardless of how serious the damage was.

If your personal property and/or real estate has been damaged, you can apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure website.

Additional details on Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be found by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To be considered for additional assistance, you should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by mobile device at m.fema.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.

Remember the deadline to apply for the disaster loan is July 9.

Please call or contact my office if you have additional concerns or issues.

forbysullivanSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and members of the Illinois Senate, on a bipartisan vote of 45-12 passed House Bill 183 and approved concealed-carry legislation in Illinois.

"After years of hard work, I'm very pleased the Illinois Senate has come together to pass reasonable concealed-carry legislation that allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional rights," Sullivan said.

House Bill 183 states that the Illinois State Police shall issue a concealed-carry license to any qualified applicant. A qualified applicant must be at least 21 years old, have a valid FOID card, not have a history of violent crime and undergo a fingerprint and background check.

The legislation restricts carrying a firearm in certain public areas — such as schools, hospitals, colleges, bars, casinos and other government buildings. Private businesses may also prohibit firearms by posting a sign.

House Bill 183 creates a "safe harbor" that allows a licensed person to transport a firearm in his or her vehicle and store it there when entering a restricted area.

The license fee is $150 and is valid for five years. Applicants must undergo 16 hours of training — both in the classroom and on a firing range. It would also be illegal to carry while intoxicated.

The House voted 89-28 passing the same bill Friday, sending concealed carry to the governor.

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Contact Info

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