I happened to have a discussion last week ago with a fellow citizen of Illinois about Senator John Sullivan. It seems that this person didn’t really like that Sullivan is a Democrat, but “he’s a really good guy.” My response was that it really doesn’t matter how good of a guy he is if he votes with the Chicago Democrat machine.
So, it’s interesting that today I find out at Quincy Journal that Sullivan is announcing his reelection campaign with a fundraiser in Chicago. Not Rushville, which is his hometown, but Chicago where his crony Democrats love to congregate.
I didn’t vote for Sullivan. But, when he won, I held out some hope that he wouldn’t be just another typical liberal. After all, he’s from a rural area in West-Central Illinois. He’s from a farming and small-business family. He’s Roman Catholic. It would be tough to be a downstate junior Democrat, I knew. If he didn’t play the game he wouldn’t be given any real power. If he did play the game, he’d go against the interests of his constituents.
So how has he done? Let’s check out his voting record:
Sullivan voted for HB 4154 which exempts state employee performance evaluations from FOIA requests. This seems reasonable, but when you consider the corruption in state government, it’s important to be able to keep an eye on this sort of thing.
He voted against SB 2505 – the 67% income tax increase. This was a smart move on his part.
He voted for HB 3659, the Amazon Tax. This is a small-business killer and a dumb vote.
He voted for SB 744 to expand state-sanctioned gambling in Illinois. Another bad idea. Gambling can be very destructive to people and communities. For the state to encourage it is stupid. It’s especially stupid when the same state pays the police to shut down back-room poker tournaments. It’s all about the gambling revenues – greed, greed, greed.
He voted for HB 1716, which puts a person on a list of “recurrent requesters” if they submit too many Freedom of Information Requests. This is an effort to squash the public oversight of government. Bad vote, John.
He voted against HB 2987 for Project Labor Agreements, which is a good vote for him. Unfortunately it passed anyway, to the glee of the Unions.
He voted Present for SB 1349, which would have reformed Worker Compensation to keep businesses from paying the full amount of compensation when the injury wasn’t 100% caused at work. This should have been a no-brainer.
He voted for HB 1698, which is also Work Comp reform. However, it does not address causation, so businesses still have to pay 100% of compensation regardless of how much of the injury happened on the job. This is keeping work comp insurance rates high and is keeping businesses out of Illinois. Another bad vote.
He voted for SB 7, Education Reform. Good vote. Wish the bill would have gone further, but it’s a start.
He voted for SB 2185, the Dream Act. This helps illegal aliens to pay for college. With unemployment as high as it is, why are we helping illegals to stay here? Bad idea, John.
He voted for SB 1178 to redistrict (actually gerrymander) Illinois. This is a blatant attempt to push solid conservatives into new districts that will cause them to fall to Democrats or at the very least have very tough races. At the same time, it protects Democrats who will be up for election in the next cycle and were facing tough contests. Sullivan showed his true colors on this one, as a liberal helping liberals keep their choke-hold on downstate Illinois.
So, even though Sullivan had a few moments of clarity, overall he voted liberal on most of the important pieces of legislature. Our “really good guy” might as well be from Chicago, since he votes like a Chicago Dem.