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Sincerely,State Senator John Sullivan47th Legislative District
SPRINGFIELD—Legislation giving residents of Illinois Veterans Homes the right to appeal expulsion decisions received final approval from the Senate on Sunday.
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) introduced the proposal that grew out of a case earlier this year where a veteran, Euguene Zalazinski, would have been forced out of the Quincy Veterans Home without an appeal or hearing.
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved legislation, Senate Bill 836, sponsored by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) that updates the FOID and concealed-carry acts.
The legislation stemmed from the case of Brent Nicholson, a Quincy native and lifelong hunter whose FOID card was revoked by the state after 13 years. Nicholson has a mild intellectual disability, and the 2013 law that allowed concealed carry in Illinois prevented people with mild disabilities who seek services from the state from possessing or using firearms.
Nicholson and his family brought this issue to the attention of Sullivan, who introduced and championed the legislation.
“If someone is competent and qualified to safely use a firearm while hunting, government shouldn’t take away that right. This balances our Second Amendment rights with public safety and ensures safe, responsible use of guns,” Sullivan said.
SPRINGFIELD—A proposal allowing Illinois veterans between the ages of 35 and 40 to apply to become firefighters was approved by the Illinois Senate on Tuesday.
State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) introduced the proposal in the House, and Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the legislation in the Senate.
“I was glad to see the Senate pass this bill which honors both our veterans and our aspiring firefighters,” Moffitt said. “If a person who wants to be a firefighter passes the age limit for taking the fire service exam because they are serving in our armed forces, the least we can do is give them some additional time to take the fire exam for their service to our country.”
“Our veterans will have another opportunity to serve the community if they so choose,” Moffitt said. “In addition, our fire departments will potentially benefit by being able to hire firefighters who are highly trained and have many very useful skill sets.”
SPRINGFIELD—Local officials from across Western Illinois and the state testified about the effects on state universities and colleges of a proposed 40 percent cut to Amtrak funding during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday.
Retired Macomb Mayor and current Amtrak board member Tom Carper, Spoon River College President Curt Oldfield, Western Illinois University Admissions Director Andrew Borst and Go West Transit Director Jude Kiah testified before the Senate Higher Education Committee.
SPRINGFIELD –Students from Hamilton High School presented their work on 3-D design and animation to State lawmakers during the 2015 Capitol Tech Day on Thursday. The students demonstrated how this technology helps develop skills for college and careers.
State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) met with the students during their exhibition.
“It’s so impressive to see what students can do when they’re given tools and the freedom to use them. I appreciate them taking their time to come to the Capitol and share their work by showing the importance of technology in education,” Sullivan said.
SPRINGFIELD – A proposal to let farmers use a recycled coal byproduct as a fertilizer was approved by the Illinois Senate on Wednesday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the legislation that allows farmers to use synthetic gypsum on their fields.
Gypsum is a naturally occurring mineral most commonly mined and used for sheetrock or gypsum board. Synthetic gypsum is chemically identical to natural gypsum and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency as a safe, effective fertilizer.
“This is a win-win for the environment. Allowing farmers to use synthetic gypsum for fertilizer helps cut down on erosion and conserve water. And it has the added benefit of letting us repurpose a byproduct of our coal industry,” Sullivan said.
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