ManarColeman350DECATUR — The future of education in Illinois was on the minds of many of the students and residents who met with Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) at Richland Community College in Decatur during its biennial Engage Your Government event on Tuesday.

The college hosted the two-hour meet-and-greet as an opportunity for people to get to know a variety of government officials, ask questions and express their opinions.

Concerns shared with Manar largely centered on education, including dwindling state support for colleges and universities in Illinois; uncertainty about the state’s Monetary Award Program, which offers tuition assistance to low-income college students; and the status of Manar's ongoing push to reform the way Illinois funds its K-12 public schools.

Among the students Manar spoke with was Karl Coleman, a freshman in poiltical science from Decatur and a member of Richland's Student Government Association (pictured above).

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