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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


Macomb ChamberSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) welcomed Macomb area business and community leaders to Springfield on Wednesday.

The Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development Corporation met with Sullivan and other lawmakers to discuss issues facing area businesses and promote the area the city, county and region during the annual Macomb Legislative Day.



ABATE DaySPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) welcomed members of ABATE's Central, Great River and Lamoine Valley chapters during their visit to the Capitol on Wednesday.

The motorcycle rights organization visited Springfield during the group’s annual lobby day. The acronym ABATE stands for: A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education.


Recognizes other historic events during Black History Month

13th AmendmentSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate commemorated the 150th Anniversary of Illinois’ historic vote to ratify the 13th Amendment and end slavery in America on Feb. 1, 1865.

This week, the senate held a ceremony that included a narrative reenactment and speeches on the historical importance of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Just over 150 years ago, the Illinois State Senate, with bipartisan support, voted to end one of the most terrible injustices in American history—slavery. This was a courageous vote that took place while the civil war raged on,” State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said.


 abingdon meetingSPRINGFIELD – It’s not pretty when the sewers stop working. In Abingdon, if there is a power outage, that’s what happens.

But now, thanks to a $65,000 grant from the state, the city of Abingdon will purchase a generator to run essential equipment in the sewers and sanitation department in case of a power outage.

Representative Don Moffitt (R -Gilson) and Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) represented Abingdon when the construction program was passed, district boundaries changed in 2012.

“I am very pleased that the City of Abingdon has received the first installment of this grant. The grant is from bond sales which have their own dedicated revenue stream. By their actions, the city council have helped to improve the quality of life for their residents by assuring continuous operation of their sanitary sewer system even during a storm and have avoided raising fees or taxes to pay for it,” Moffitt said.

“Certainly monies like these are an invaluable resource to small cities like Abingdon, in order to help upgrade aging infrastructure,” LaHood said. “The new generator in Abingdon will definitely be an asset in times of emergency at the water treatment facility.”


001sullivanSPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and his wife, Joan, joined in the celebration and swearing-in ceremony of the 42nd Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, and the state's constitutional officers on Monday.

"I look forward to being a part of a new era for state government where common sense can prevail and bipartisan solutions are implemented to resolve some of our most pressing issues. During my discussions with Governor Rauner and his newly appointed staff, they seem very willing to include everyone in the process and are open to new ideas," Sullivan said.

Sullivan also congratulated Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White, along with the newly elected Treasurer, Mike Frerichs and appointed Comptroller, Leslie Munger.

"With their leadership and proven expertise, I feel confident the state will move forward in a positive direction," Sullivan said.


120414 js 0227SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a plan Thursday allowing the Quincy/Adams County 911 system to take advantage of additional funding to operate its 911 call center.

A bill passed earlier this year made additional funds available to counties with populations less than 100,000 that operate Emergency Telephone System Boards (ETSB). Adams County does not have an official ETSB, instead it is served by a "qualified government entity." Consequently, Adams County could not access the additional funds.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the plan, Senate Bill 3265, which recognizes Quincy/Adams County 911 system's "qualified government entity" status so it can receive an additional $25,000 per year.

"Every eligible 911 system should have the opportunity to access these funds without raising rates on their users," Sullivan said. "This legislation gives Adams County the opportunity to improve its emergency response services for city and rural residents."

Sullivan's proposal passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

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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

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