04102019CW0188SPRINGFIELD – Sections of two Illinois highways will be renamed for fallen Macoupin County soldiers under legislation sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar and approved by the General Assembly this spring.

Senate Joint Resolution 9 designates Illinois Route 159 between Detour Road and Illinois Route 16 in Bunker Hill as “Lance Cpl. Charles Heinemeier Memorial Highway.”

Heinemeier enlisted in the U.S. Marines in May of 1968 and attended his basic training in California. Six months later, he was sent to Vietnam.

The Bunker Hill native was killed in action on August 19, 1969 while serving with the 1st Marine Division in Quang Nam, Vietnam.

Heinemeier was remembered by his fellow soldiers as having a positive attitude even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

“Your son was our morale booster,” Heinemeier’s commanding office wrote to his mother after his death. “We wouldn’t have made it through without him.”

Heinemeier was posthumously awarded three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

“Cpl. Heinemeier is an example to us all with his positive attitude and his commitment to serving our country,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “It’s only appropriate that we honor him and the sacrifice he made on our behalf.”

Manar also sponsored House Joint Resolution 21, which renames part of Illinois Route 16 in Shipman “Sgt. Glenard Jay Gregory Memorial Road.”

Gregory started his tour of Vietnam in May of 1968 and was injured in combat on April 19, 1969. He passed away from his wounds a day later at the age of 20, just days before he was scheduled to return home.

He was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Purple Hear Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Expert Sharpshooter Medal and the Bronze Star.

“Sgt. Gregory was a hero, and his tragic death is a story that was all too familiar during the Vietnam War,” Manar said. “It’s our responsibility to keep his memory alive and remind others of the sacrifice he made in service to his country.”

Gregory is buried in Shipman Cemetery and is honored on Panel 26w, Line 15 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Manar said that constituents including area veterans, relatives, and friends of both Heinemeier and Gregory approached him with the idea of designating the roads.

The resolutions direct the Illinois Department of Transportation to erect signage to appropriately designate both routes as directed by the General Assembly.

05292019CM0351SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed recent Carlinville High School graduate Tyler Behme to the Capitol this May as part of his Future Leaders program.

Behme, 18, is interested in computer programming and reading. He is also an avid golfer. He plans to continue his education at the University of Illinois this fall and his parents are Jeff and Julie Behme.

Earlier this spring, Behme and a group of other Carlinville High School students gave a presentation to Manar about daylight saving time and the benefits of eliminating the time change. After hearing the presentation, Manar committed to introducing the idea in the Senate and the students came to Springfield to give testimony before a committee and answer questions from lawmakers.

During his visit, Behme attended meetings with Manar and accompanied him to the Senate floor where he met other state lawmakers and watched them debate and vote on legislation.

 IMG 1426CARLINVILLE – One of the most historically significant sites in Illinois and seat of Macoupin County government, the Macoupin County Courthouse, is set to receive a $1 million investment for its restoration under the recently passed capital infrastructure plan.

As the only Democratic budget negotiator from downstate, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) advocated for this and other important downstate projects while negotiating this year’s balanced budget and capital plan.

"Macoupin County is my home. I love this place beyond words, and I will always go to bat for the people of Macoupin County. This is just one important piece of a bipartisan balanced budget, and it is important to me that downstate Illinois sees its fair share of investment,” Manar said. “It is my hope that with this investment, along with the leadership of Sheriff Kahl and the County Board, our courthouse will get the repairs needed to preserve our unique history while keeping it operational for generations to come."

Manar also has personal ties to the courthouse, as he served as chairman of the Macoupin County Board from 2003 to 2012.

“This additional funding will be a major boost for one of our county’s most treasured historic sites,” said Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, who worked with Manar to secure the funding. “We have one of the oldest and most beautiful

courthouses in the entire state, and I’m glad to see that the state is committed to preserving a major part of Macoupin County history.”
The Macoupin County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been named one of Illinois’ great places by the American Institute of Architects. Years of delayed maintenance on the building, however, have left it in need of repairs.

“The nearly 150-year-old Macoupin County Courthouse is among the most remarkable National Register-listed buildings in the state of Illinois,” said Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois President & CEO. “Its story is like no other, and its unparalleled architectural, historic and community significance led Landmarks Illinois to make one of our largest grants in 2011 to help the County restore the north stairwell. The State of Illinois and champion Senator Andy Manar are to be commended for investing in the courthouse’s future and the jobs and tourism dollars that it will provide, benefiting the people of Macoupin County.”

The dollar amount of the investment is a nod to the courthouse’s original construction cost in 1870, garnering it the nickname, “Million Dollar Courthouse.”

12072018CM0250TAYLORVILLE – The City of Taylorville will receive $500,000 from the state to help cover the costs incurred from the December tornado of last year.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) got the funding included in the budget in order to help the community rebuild after the disaster.

“I made a promise to Mayor Barry and the people of Taylorville back in December after spending several days with him and first responders following the aftermath of the tornado that the state would do its part,” Manar said. “Today I am delivering on the promise.”

On December 1, 2018, an EF3 tornado tore through the town located in the geographic center of Christian County. According to the Christian County Emergency Management Agency, more than 500 buildings were damaged, with 34 being destroyed and 66 receiving major damage. 26 people were injured, none fatally.

 

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