Former State Senator John Sullivan named Illinois’ next Agriculture Director


A former State Senator who represented a portion of Galesburg will be Illinois’ next Director of the Department of Agriculture.Democrat John Sullivan, was the 47th District State Senator from 2003 to 2017 until his retirement.

His seat was won by Republican Jil Tracy who holds the seat currently.

Gov-Elect J.B. Pritzker is naming Sullivan as Ag Director Thursday after serving for the past several months as Pritzker’s co-chair of agriculture on the transition team.

Following retirement, Sullivan returned to his family’s business, Sullivan Auctioneers in Hamilton, Illinois, an auction and real estate business.

He had served as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee in the Senate.

Sullivan will replace Raymond Poe who was appointed by outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

A previous version of this story read that Don Moffitt was the current Assistant Director of Ag, but he in fact retired in 2017.