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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

SullivanWallace051414SPRINGFIELD – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace promoted the use of E-15 fuels during a Wednesday visit to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

"E-15 is a high-performance fuel, and I know a little about high performance," Wallace said. "More people should have the chance to buy fuel that helps Illinois' largest industry: agriculture."

E-15 is a blended biofuel made up of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol. E-15 is available at some gas stations in Illinois but is less common than the 10 percent ethanol blend sold across the state.

"The more ethanol we put into our gas, the more money we put into Illinois' farm economy. By expanding the use of E-15 we promote agriculture, help the environment with lower emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," Sullivan said.

NASCAR has exclusively used E-15 fuel during practice, qualification and races since 2011. NASCAR switched to E-15 to lower emissions and promote the use of biofuels.

A 2013 study reported that since switching to E-15, NASCAR's viewers were 40 percent more likely to support the expansion of ethanol fuels and 50 percent more likely to use ethanol blends in their own vehicles. The switch to E-15 also reduced on-track emissions by 20 percent.

Since his first NASCAR race in 1988, Kenny Wallace has 900 starts, nine Nationwide Series wins and three Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver awards.

WIU042314Last week, State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) was on hand as Gov. Pat Quinn announced $60 million in funding for the construction of The Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Western Illinois University.

"It was truly a personal honor to serve as a lead sponsor and as a lead negotiator of the 2009 capital bill that appropriated the funding for this long-awaited project," Sullivan said. "The Center for Performing Arts will not only create short-term construction jobs, it will also further solidify WIU's role as a cultural center for western Illinois and serve as an economic development engine."

 

040914 js 0070SPRINGFIELD – Under legislation introduced by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) downstate school districts that have been unable to fill teaching vacancies will be able to hire qualified, recently retired teachers.

The legislation, Senate Bill 3374, passed the Senate on Wednesday with bipartisan support by a 51-0 vote.

"If there is a teaching position that a school is unable to fill, students should benefit from qualified, experienced teachers who are already living in the community," Sullivan said.

The legislation allows retired teachers – who are still certified – to teach in subject shortage areas while still maintaining their eligibility for retirement. Retirees would be exempt from making contributions or receiving any new pension benefits.

Before retirees can return to teaching, the school must have advertised the position for at least three months preceding the beginning of the school term. Additionally, the school district must offer vacancies to qualified teachers who had been honorably discharged during the previous school year.

Senate Bill 3374 now moves to the House.

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Miss Macomb 2014 Lauren Martin visited the Illinois Senate on Tuesday as the guest of State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville).

Miss Macomb 2014 Lauren Martin visited the Illinois Senate on Tuesday as the guest of State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville).

March 6 was the 44th annual Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day at the Capitol, and State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) played host to several FFA groups from high schools throughout the 47th District.

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