Senator John Sullivan

State Senate Candidate in Western Illinois
6:53 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Frese Blames Pension Crisis on Leadership Gap

Randy Frese
Rich Egger
  • Randy Frese news conference and Q-and-A

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.

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Liposarcoma Removed
11:54 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Successful Surgery for Senator Sullivan

State Senator John Sullivan
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.

Surgery for Liposarcoma
2:56 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Cancer Scare for Illinois Senator John Sullivan

State Senator John Sullivan
Rich Egger

Illinois State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said he will take a leave of absence to be treated for a rare form of cancer.

Sullivan said he has liposarcoma. It's a type of cancer that creates a slow growing, painless mass that is usually found in the fat cells of the legs, though it can also be found in the arms, chest, neck, and in the space behind abdominal organs.

Sullivan's office recommends checking the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative website for more information about the cancer.

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Shifting the Burden to Local Schools
3:29 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Sullivan Opposes Pension Reform Plan

State Senator John Sullivan
Rich Egger
  • Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford interviews State Senator John Sullivan about SB 681 and pension reform

Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) support a proposal to shift the pension funding burden from the state to local school districts.

But State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) said there are good reasons to oppose the plan.

“It's a triple whammy for the districts,” Sullivan said. He pointed out:

1) Local districts would be burdened with the responsibility for a major expense.

2) State financial support for school districts continues to decline.

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$2.7 Billion Cut Proposed
11:53 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Senator Anticipates Medicaid Cuts

Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville) addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting in Hamilton.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) says everything is on the table when it comes reforming Medicaid in Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn proposed a $2.7-billion dollar cut to the program in his budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. 

Sullivan told a crowd of 50 during a town hall meeting in Hamilton that some savings can be found through the scaling back of programs and the elimination of waste and fraud.

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