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To the people of the 51st District:
As each election season approaches, every elected official must take time to reflect and self-examine before seeking another term.  After many moments of reflection and discussions with my family, I have decided that, after seven terms as your representative from the 51st District, I will not seek reelection in 2016.  The time has come for me to return to private life at the end of my current term and move on to different adventures.
Over the past thirteen years, it has been an honor to represent you through the many significant moments in our State’s history.  Many decisions have not been easy, particularly with mounting fiscal problems and entrenched corruption.  I am stepping away with pride, having fought to represent your interests throughout all of it.
I believe it is important to put new voices in Springfield.  I agree with Governor Rauner that term limits are a necessary reform towards making Illinois great again in order to ensure that our government remains what Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it should be: of the people, by the people, and for the people.  With that, rather than win reelection and then allow my successor to be appointed, I believe that it is better for the will of the people to be heard in an open election.
I plan to spend my time after leaving office with the people who have sustained me throughout my time as state representative: my family.  My family is the center of my life, and has been the inspiration for my career in public service. My great-grandfather served as a state representative from McHenry, my father has been an active member of the Mundelein community on both the Mundelein High School Board and the Village Board, and my mother has served for years as a librarian at the Fremont Public Library.  My wife, children, parents, and grandparents, as well as my sisters and their families, have been my top supporters through it all.
When I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes two years ago, I realized that I needed to make changes in my life so that I can be there for my wife and young children, Trish, Kaileigh, and Finn, as they have been here for me.  I look forward to serving many more terms as a husband and father.
It has been the honor of my life to serve as your representative in Springfield.  I look forward to spending the remainder of my term working with Governor Rauner to make Illinois a better place, and continuing to be your friend and neighbor in the years to come.
Sincerely,
Ed Sullivan
 Today, State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) spoke at the ribbon cutting and launch of AT&T’s new Connected Community properties program through their new fiber-optic GigPower technology. The ribbon cutting marks the introduction of new faster than-ever internet and connectivity offerings from AT&T to communities in Lake County.

“The introduction of this new technology from AT&T marks another great step forward toward improving the inter-connectedness of our communities,” said Sullivan. “This doesn’t just open up more information, more quickly at our finger-tips, but also sets the framework for more business opportunities to continue to grow and rebuild our local economy.”
Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 2042 yesterday, which appropriates money for the pass through of federal dollars without adding to the state’s budget deficit. The clean bill allows the state to provide some services to the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

“Governor Rauner supported and signed this clean pass through bill because it will help those in need without adding to the state’s budget deficit,” Director of Communications Lance Trover said. “While the Governor continues to work on passing a balanced budget with structural reforms to maximize how much we can invest in our schools and important social services, some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens will be able receive additional support.”
State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) has filed House Resolution 713 which calls on the Illinois Auditor General to conduct a comprehensive performance audit of Planned Parenthood and its affiliated organizations in Illinois. In light of recent controversy, Sullivan said the audit was necessary to ensure Illinois taxpayer dollars aren’t being used for any illegal activity under the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act, which prevents the illegal sale of human organs and body parts.

“Ensuring women’s health and the health of families is a very important issue. This is why the State of Illinois funds a number of organizations and programs to accomplish that goal,” said Sullivan. “However, when any organization entrusted to accomplish that goal is suspected of the buying and selling of body parts, we need to have a thorough review of our involvement with a group like that. The taxpayers and families of this state deserve it at the very least.”
House Republicans with law enforcement experience were central to the successful effort to implement a host of law enforcement reforms in the form of SB 1304 and signed into law as Public Act 99-352 on Wednesday, August 12.

The measure, which was worked out with substantial input from police officers, prosecutors, and criminologists, includes provisions intended to sharply increase the number of body cameras (“bodycams”) worn by Illinois police officers as part of their uniforms. This measure responds to concerns raised by the overwhelming level of negative media stories surrounding law enforcement around the nation during the summers of 2014 and 2015.
The Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act mandates that school with athletic programs develop rapid-response concussion emergency action plans that will enable medical help to be obtained and prompt care available in cases of actual or suspected head injuries. Parallel mandates are placed on youth sports leagues and on park districts that organize youth sports activities. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and other affected groups will develop rules and policies to implement the new law, which went into effect immediately and will apply to the 2015 high school football season.
As the FY16 budget showdown continues, House Republicans took the lead in keeping a federal only pass through bill on track, ensuring approximately $5 billion in federal dollars will flow to state agencies and service providers. SB 2042, as amended in the House on Wednesday, August 12, will appropriate federal funds given to Illinois for specific state programs mandated or strongly encouraged by Washington, D.C. The Governor has signaled his support for a “federal funds” budget bill.

Despite overwhelming passage in the Senate, the original SB 2042 almost failed in the House due to a late amendment added by House Democrats that attempted to hold these federally-funded programs “hostage” to the overall budget impasse. In the end the majority party yielded and allowed the original federal funds appropriation bill to be voted on by the full House with a handful of Republican suggested additions related to homeland security.