Manar08132017SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner today passed on signing a commonsense law that would save taxpayers millions of dollars in late payment fees because he believes it’s an attempt to “micromanage” state agencies.

It’s another example of how the governor sends mixed messages to the people of Illinois, said Senator Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat and the sponsor of House Bill 3649, the proposed Debt Transparency Act, which Rauner vetoed.

“One day Gov. Rauner rails about waste, fraud and abuse in Springfield. The next day, given an opportunity to do something about it, he punts,” Manar said. “It’s maddening.

“Illinois taxpayers shell out $2 million a day in late payment fees and interest because of the state’s bill backlog. This law simply would ask state agencies to help the comptroller manage that debt better by reporting every month on the bills they owe to vendors.”

Illinois’ bill backlog today stands at $14.7 billion. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza was a driving force behind the legislation.

In addition to micromanagement, Rauner’s reasons for vetoing the legislation included that it’s “time-consuming” and too burdensome because of “asymmetries in technology and variances in the input and calculation of the required information.”

Manar said transparency and accountability aren’t rocket science.

“The only asymmetry we’re dealing with is the amount of complaining versus the amount of action coming out of the governor’s office,” he added.

Rauner vetoed additional Manar-sponsored legislation on Friday, including:

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PANA – Pana-area senior citizens can learn how to protect themselves and their bank accounts from scam artists and fraudulent businesses during a special workshop this month.

A consumer fraud seminar for senior citizens will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28 at the Pana American Legion, 405 E. First St., Pana. The event is free and tailored to senior citizens, who frequently are targeted by unscrupulous telemarketers, online scams and door-to-door salespeople.

Workshop guests will learn:

  • how to protect themselves, family members and friends from a variety of deceptive practices and common scams that prey upon senior citizens and the elderly;
  • how to avoid identity theft;
  • how to check their credit report;
  • how to file a consumer fraud complaint; and more.

The event is sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), Pana Mayor Don Kroski and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

For more information, call Manar’s district office at 618-585-4848.

What: Consumer fraud workshop for senior citizens
When: 10:30 a.m. until noon Monday, Aug. 28
Where: Pana American Legion, 405 E. First St.

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Manar07042017SPRINGFIELD — Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Rauner’s media event in central Illinois today:

“Gov. Rauner should be building bridges with lawmakers so that he can become the governor who finally signs education funding reform into law. But instead of seizing the chance to cement his legacy as a reformer, he’s making demands in front of TV cameras.

“Gov. Rauner promised to overhaul the worst school funding formula in the country to the benefit of all Illinois schoolchildren. He promised to be the education governor. Unfortunately, he is more interested in spouting divisive soundbites than in solving the real problems that grip Illinois.

“Given his repeated pledges to veto this historic and vitally important legislation – despite his reported support of 90 percent of what’s in the bill – of course we are doing everything we can to protect it from his poor judgement.

“Gov. Rauner has never contacted me directly regarding his alleged problems with Senate Bill 1. It is clear to me today that he intends to use the children of Illinois as leverage for his political agenda when he could be working out a compromise to accomplish a much-needed and long-awaited reform. I am saddened and discouraged by his display today.”

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FileCabinetsSPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Senate passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) to direct the Illinois auditor general to investigate an unnecessary, $2.4 million warehouse lease deal signed by the Rauner administration at a time of unprecedented financial crisis.

Manar's legislation, House Joint Resolution 63, also puts a stop to new lease agreements during the auditor’s review. The Senate voted unanimously, 46-0, on Wednesday to adopt the resolution.

“I think this kind of wasteful spending during a historic budget crisis is going to be a legacy of the Rauner administration,” Manar said. “While lawmakers are struggling with fiscal questions about how to balance the state budget, the administration is making decisions every day to waste money on fees, procurement and leases that are absolutely unnecessary.”

The Springfield building, a former furniture store, could have been purchased for $750,000, but the five-year, six-figure lease deal was inked after the state received only one bid. The relationships between the seller of the property, the purchaser of the property and the chairman of the state’s Procurement Policy Board have come under intense scrutiny.

The property is being used to store state records. Since that lease came to light earlier this year, at least two more questionable and expensive state leases have come to light.

“The people I represent ask the basic question, ‘Why can’t you fix all of this government waste to help manage the state’s finances?’ I think that’s a valid question. Over the past six months we've gotten no answers from the Rauner administration,” Manar said. “Republicans and Democrats all came together to pass this resolution today. We hope to get to the bottom of this and send a strong message to the administration.”

The resolution was sponsored in the House by Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills).

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