Senator John Sullivan

Rich Egger

A measure of particular interest to many downstate educators is the School Funding Reform Act of 2015.  It’s Senate Bill 1, which means it was the first piece of legislation introduced in the Senate this session.

Darin Lahood's Campaign for Congress

Aaron Schock's soon to be vacant congressional seat is attracting the attention of some Illinois politicians.  The Republican is resigning following public scrutiny into his office's spending and use of taxpayer money. He plans to leave office next week.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Reforming public education funding in Illinois is on the minds of many as students return to school and districts face restrictive budgets. 

TSPR's Rich Egger

Public and privately financed construction projects will change and improve the look of downtown Macomb.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and State Representative Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) feel the region won’t be helped or hurt by the state spending plan that begins July 1, 2014.

A western Illinois lawmaker is warning of dire consequences if the temporary income tax increase is allowed to expire.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) said he will call a vote this spring on making the state's temporary income tax increase permanent.

Quinn: Illinois Making a Comeback

Jan 29, 2014
Rich Egger

Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is promoting a progressive agenda for this year.

Sen. Sullivan on Pension Reform Bills

May 8, 2013
Rich Egger

A state lawmaker from Western Illinois says the Senate version of pension reform can make it through both chambers of the general assembly.

Expansion Planned for Rushville Detention Center

Feb 11, 2013
Rich Egger

A facility that houses violent sexual offenders will soon undergo a multi-million dollar expansion.

The Rushville Treatment and Detention facility houses residents classified as sexually violent persons after they finish prison sentences.

Illinois Lawmakers Respond to Gun Law Ruling

Dec 12, 2012
Rich Egger

A federal appeals court is giving the Illinois Legislature 180 days to create a concealed carry law. It cited the Second Amendment in striking down the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons in public.

One western Illinois lawmaker believes the legislature can meet a court-ordered deadline to create a concealed carry law.

Rich Egger

The incumbent for an Illinois Senate seat in western Illinois is John Sullivan (D-Rushville). He is completing his third term in the Senate.

Sullivan said progress has been made during his time in the Legislature but there is more to do, which is why he is running for a fourth term.

Sullivan said NTN Bower in Macomb and Farmland Foods in Monmouth have expanded while he's been in office and Pella brought a new plant to Macomb. He said the state offers job creation incentives and he's worked to make sure some of that money has come to his district.

In The Tri States

Sep 1, 2012

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from August 2012.

During the month, State Senator John Sullivan of Rushville announced he would take a brief leave to be treated for a rare form of cancer, voters went to the polls in Burlington and in northeast Missouri, and Bushnell's mayor announced he would not run for another term.

Rich Egger

Republican Illinois State Senate candidate Randy Frese of Paloma said the state's pension problems are a sign of broken government, which he said was caused by a lack of leadership.

Frese said the pension reform program in Rhode Island could serve as a template for Illinois. He said Rhode Island raised the retirement age, froze the cost of living adjustment (COLA), and implemented a 401K style plan. Frese said the state did so long before it got into a financial hole as deep as the one in Illinois.

Rich Egger

Illinois State Senator John Sullivan's office says he underwent successful cancer surgery.

Sullivan’s doctors say they were able to completely remove the liposarcoma.  They do not recommend any further treatment such as chemotherapy. 

Sullivan announced on August 19 that he would undergo the procedure and would be away from his full-time duties for two or three weeks.  Sullivan also said he had a small growth removed from his lower abdomen four years ago.

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