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State Senator John Sullivan
47th Legislative District

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SPRINGFIELD – A newly signed state law allows nurses to provide the highest possible level of care when staffing rural ambulances.

Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) sponsored the legislation – HB 4523 – in an effort to improve rural emergency care. It allows rural emergency medical services to operate their ambulances at the same level of certification as the nurses who staff them.

"With this legislation becoming law, the level of emergency medical services that may be provided in rural Illinois will be significantly improved. I commend Senator Sullivan for his leadership in the Senate in passing this bipartisan legislation. As a result, even more lives will be saved." Moffitt said.

"In some rural areas of the state an ambulance ride can last up to an hour. It only makes sense to allow nurses certified at a specific level to provide the highest level of care during the ambulance ride," Sullivan said.

Previously, nurses were only authorized to provide care up to the level that the ambulances they are riding in are certified for. Sullivan and Moffitt's new law allows rural, pre-hospital registered nurses to provide the same level of care they are trained to give.

A law passed last year permitted other paramedics to provide care at their highest possible level. The new law, signed Tuesday by the governor, simply extends the law to include nurses.

The new provisions regarding nurses take effect Jan. 1.

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MONMOUTH. – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), Warren County and area law-enforcement officials, Illinois State Police and a large crowd of family members and friends of slain Warren County Sheriff's Deputy George Darnell came together Thursday for the dedication of the Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway north of Monmouth.

"Today, we honor the service and sacrifice of a dedicated public servant: Deputy George Darnell. Even though he was killed 33 years ago, time does not diminish the impact of his sacrifice and the importance of his life," Sullivan said.

MemorialSign2This May, the Illinois Senate and House approved legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 48, dedicating a one-mile stretch of U.S. Route 67 in Warren County to the memory of Darnell, who was killed in the line of duty in 1981.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards began the ceremony and introduced the speakers. When speaking of Deputy Darnell, Sheriff Edwards said, "He gave all that he had for this community".

Edwards, along with State Police District 14 Commander Capt. Robert Elliott, originally brought this case to Sullivan's attention. Both Edwards and Elliott testified before a Senate committee in support of the resolution in March.

Retired Sheriff Gary Higbee followed Edwards. Higbee was a colleague and close friend of Darnell. He vividly recounted the events surrounding Darnell's death and the subsequent investigation. "We miss him and my heart goes out to all of his family," Higbee added.

The sign that marks the memorial highway is six miles north of Monmouth on U.S. Route 67, very close to where Darnell was killed.

MONMOUTH. – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), Warren County law-enforcement officials and family members of slain Warren County Sheriff's Deputy George Darnell will be on hand for the dedication of Deputy George V. Darnell Memorial Highway north of Monmouth on Thursday.

This May, the Illinois Senate and House approved a resolution dedicating a one-mile stretch of U.S. Route 67 in Warren County to the memory of Darnell, who was killed in the line of duty in 1981.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards and retired Sheriff Gary Higbee are expected to speak at the ceremony along with Sullivan.

The dedication is open to the public and the press.

DATE:
Thursday, Aug. 7

TIME:
10:30 a.m. (Members of the media can arrive early for equipment setup)

LOCATION:
Intersection of U.S. Route 67 and 260th Avenue (northeast corner) – across from Spring Grove Cemetery Prairie Nature Reserve – 6 miles north of Monmouth

BACK-UP LOCATION (in case of rain):
Countryside Bible Church
824 245th Ave., Monmouth

RUN TIME:
Approximately 20-30 minutes

053014 js 0582SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored in the Senate by State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) that gives financial assistance to 911 services in small, rural counties was recently signed by the governor. The Illinois Commerce Commission forecasts that this measure would give the emergency phone system in every county with fewer than 100,000 people on average an extra $24,000 per year.

House Bill 2453 directs more money to emergency phone services without raising the existing monthly 73 cent fee on cell phones in downstate counties.

"911 call centers in rural counties face daunting financial challenges as they provide emergency call services in geographically large counties that are not densely populated. This legislation gives them additional resources without raising wireless rates for their customers," Sullivan said.

The new law redirects a portion of the current 73 cent fee on cell phones away from the wireless carriers and to 911 systems. An additional 2 cents goes to counties with less than 100,000 people which includes all 11 counties in Sullivan's district.

On June 12, State Senator John Sullivan joined Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and local officials during the groundbreaking ceremony for upcoming improvements to the Colchester District Library. The Illinois State Library awarded a $35,000 Live and Learn Construction Grant to repair the building's exterior.

The library is currently fundraising to upgrade the building's interior.

White, besides being the secretary of state, also serves as the state librarian.

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052314CM1569SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Senate recently approved legislation giving voters living in fire protection districts the opportunity to consolidate with adjoining districts.

State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) sponsored the legislation – House Bill 5856 – to let local voters dissolve their fire protection districts and join neighboring districts.

"Consolidation affords the opportunity to streamline operations, improve efficiency and reduce response times. At the same time, this gives voters the freedom to decide how best to protect their homes and neighborhoods," Sullivan said.

"This legislation guarantees all citizens that there will be no lapse in fire protection since an adjoining fire district must agree to accept the fire district that is proposing to be consolidated," Moffitt said.

Under this legislation, it would take a majority of votes cast in an election to dissolve the existing district. The adjoining district's board of trustees would also need to accept the new territory before the consolidation could take effect.

House Bill 5856 is an initiative of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts.

The Senate approved HB 5856 with bipartisan support in both chambers. It now moves to the governor's desk.

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