- Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 04:45 PM
CARLINVILLE – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is honored to receive the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives Public Service Award.
The award was presented to Manar in recognition of his dedicated public service to all citizens of Illinois and for his contributions to the rural electrification program. He was recognized Aug. 31 during a ceremony at M.J.M. Electric Cooperative in Carlinville.
“I am thrilled and humbled to be acknowledged by Illinois’ electric cooperatives,” Manar said. “As a lifelong resident of Macoupin County, I appreciate the importance of energy cooperatives in offering affordable, competitive rates and service to rural Illinois households and businesses.”
Manar supports a variety of issues that are important to electric cooperatives, including state funding for downstate infrastructure, clean coal investment, overhauling Illinois’ school funding formula and economic development.
Manar’s 48th Senate District includes the service territory of three electric cooperatives: M.J.M. Electric Cooperative in Carlinville, Shelby Electric Cooperative in Shelbyville and Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative Co. in Auburn.
Duane Noland, president and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, presented the award to Manar.
“Senator Manar has been a great friend and supporter of electric cooperatives and our members, and a dedicated public servant to the 48th district and all of Illinois,” Noland said. “He understands the importance of rural issues, including rural electric cooperatives, education and agriculture.”
Photo cutline: Senator Andy Manar (left) receives the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives Public Service Award from Duane Noland, president and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, during a ceremony Aug. 31 at M.J.M. Electric Cooperative in Carlinville.