Manar Carlinville Civics ClassState Senator Andy Manar visited with civics students at Carlinville High School on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Manar was invited by social studies teacher Logan Ridenour to talk to 25 students about representing his constituents, the difference between open and closed primary elections, his journey to becoming a senator, significant legislative accomplishments and more. Afterward, students had an opportunity to ask Manar questions.

Carlinville High School has been recognized as an Illinois Democracy School by the McCormick Foundation because of its emphasis on civics courses and extracurricular opportunities that encourage students to become more involved in local and state issues.

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SPRINGFIELD – The date for evening office hours hosted by State Senator Andy Manar and Springfield’s Ward 3 Ald. Doris Turner has been changed to Monday, Oct. 15.

Manar and Turner will be available to speak with residents about issues and concerns between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the City of Springfield’s Office of Community Relations, 1450 Groth St.

The event originally was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the same location.

Constituents will be able to ask questions and seek assistance with issues involving state agencies or programs. Walk-in visits are welcome. Appointments are encouraged but not required. To schedule a time, call Senator Manar’s Springfield office at 217-782-0228.

Constituents who are unable to make it to these office hours but need assistance with a matter may call or visit Senator Manar’s district offices any time throughout the year to speak with a staff member. The locations and phone numbers are:

  • Bunker Hill office, 115 N. Washington St. – 618-585-4848
  • Springfield office, 119A Capitol Building – 217-782-0228
  • Decatur office, Macon County Office Building, 141 S. Main St., Suite 502 – 217-429-8110

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State Senator Andy Manar received several awards recently for his work on school funding reform and his dedication to public education in Illinois.

The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools presented Manar with its Friend of Education Award for his work in bringing a new school funding formula to Illinois. Manar accepted the award during the organization’s meeting in Springfield.

The association represents leaders of the state’s regional offices of education and intermediate service centers.

09112018 Manar Decatur Schools award 350In Decatur, Senator Manar was presented with a Community Partner award by the board of Decatur Public Schools for his work securing school funding reform. Decatur schools have received an additional $4 million in the first two years of the new formula.

Finally, Senator Manar was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the Macoupin County Retired Teachers Association for his work on the formula overhaul and its positive effects on schools throughout the county.

Manar said he intends to continue being a strong voice for retired teachers to protect the pensions and insurance they worked hard for during their careers.

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COFFEEN – State Senator Andy Manar toured the Coffeen power station Friday to reaffirm his commitment to the plant’s operations, its role in the energy market and the workers it employs.

Participating in the tour and discussion were: Manar; plant manager John Cooley; production manager Kevin Ziegler; maintenance manager Scott Bell; administration manager Joyce Lipe; safety specialist Joe Luckett; Jeff Ferry government affairs director for Vistra Energy, which operates the Coffeen plant; Jerad Volkmar, business manager for Laborers’ Local 1084; and Luke Lyerla, union steward for the Operating Engineers Local 148.

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Manar (D-Bunker Hill) reiterated that he is ready to take whatever steps necessary to work with Vistra Energy to keep the plant part of its fleet of production facilities across multiple states.

“Not only is the Coffeen Power Station critical to energy production in Illinois, it is a major employer in this part of the state and a vital piece of the local economy,” he said.

Volkmar, whose grandfather and father also worked at the Coffeen plant, said the power station provides the kind of well-paying jobs that are needed to support families, local schools and smaller, locally owned businesses.

“Since the coal mines closed down, Montgomery County doesn’t have as many of the kinds of job opportunities it takes to attract families to the area,” he said. “The Coffeen power station keeps families here and pumps money into the local economy. Without it, the county and our schools would be devastated.”

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Manar, whose Senate district includes the Coffeen plant, voted against the so-called “Exelon bill” in 2016, which prioritized Chicago-area energy jobs over downstate energy jobs.

He also has decried the lack of downstate representation on the Illinois Commerce Commission, the powerful board that approves utility rates and monitors railroad crossing safety. He filed Senate Bill 3626, which require geographic balance on the five-member panel. Manar was the only member of the Senate to vote against the governor’s latest appointment to the commerce commission. Since taking office in 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed five members to the commission; none live outside of Cook and DuPage counties. It’s the first time in a century that no downstate member sits on the ICC.

Manar said the spring legislative session will be a critical time for potential legislation related to energy production in Illinois.

“I will continue to have an open line of communication to Vistra, and I will continue to fight to protect jobs in Montgomery County,” he said.

 

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