For state lawmakers, the summer months represent a break from the hustle and bustle of the state Capitol. The time away from Springfield gives lawmakers more time to meet with area residents, updating them on recent action in Springfield, as well as listening to their concerns and suggestions. 

For State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill), this summer represented a time to connect with area residents and local leaders and discuss the issues facing Central Illinois and the state.

In the Community

PHOTO RELEASE- Senator Manar hears community concerns as Capitol on Your Corner program visits EdinburgRPHOTO RELEASE-Senator Manar hears community concerns as Capitol on Your Corner visits DecaturRSenator Manar continued his popular “Capitol on Your Corner” program over the summer, holding events in Benld, Decatur, Edinburg and Springfield.

The events allow for an open dialogue between area residents and Senator Manar, as well as an opportunity to update residents on developments in Springfield.

Since taking office, Senator Manar has held 38 “Capitol on Your Corner” events throughout the 48th District.

Manar also hosted three senior fairs over the summer months in Decatur, Gillespie and Taylorville, bringing together state and local agencies in one convenient location for area seniors. Most events offered health screenings, fraud prevention information and other important resources.

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Continuing the Push for Education Reform

081914SS0110RAfter successfully passing an overhaul of Illinois’ school funding system in the Senate in May, Senator Manar continued his push to have the proposal brought to a vote in the Illinois House.

Manar was recently joined by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good in calling for the House to vote on the proposal. Faith Coalition for the Common Good is an organization whose purpose is to unite congregations with other faith-based and community organizations to identify common issues of concern in Central Illinois.

“The way Illinois funds public education is broken, but we have an opportunity to fix it,” said Pastor T. Ray McJunkins, the coalition’s president. “Senate Bill 16 more adequately and equitably provides for the needs of students and educators. In short time the Illinois House has the opportunity to bring this state one step closer to a more equitable system.”

Manar’s plan would streamline the current hodgepodge of funding sources into one funding formula that would account for school districts ability to raise funds locally. It received bipartisan support when it passed the Senate in May.

Investing in Infrastructure

CTA Blue LineThe tornado that swept through the Mt. Olive area last spring damaged three city-owned buildings in the business district of the community. Thanks to a nearly $200,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, all three buildings will be demolished.

“This project is possible because of the leadership of Mayor Skertich and local officials,” Manar said. “I am pleased that we were able to come together, advocate effectively for state resources and help the Mt. Olive community take a positive step forward.”

082514SS0079RMayor John Skertich expressed gratitude on behalf of the city. “Since the day after the tornado hit, we have had representatives from the state of Illinois in our community to assist us in the rebuilding process. This grant will benefit the citizens of Mt. Olive and enable future economic development in the community,” Skertich said.

A $625,000 grant secured by Senator Manar for infrastructure upgrades in Staunton will translate into more jobs for the community.

Staunton-based TDS Transport Inc. currently employs 53 workers and expects to add 13 full-time jobs upon completion of the infrastructure improvements. The improvements include the installation of water and sewer lines and the construction of a street in a location adjacent to TDS Transport Inc.

Securing Funds for Youth Summer Work Programs

DecaturYouthProgramRFor the second summer in a row, Decatur youth benefited from summer employment programs overseen by Workforce Investment Solutions.

A $500,000 grant, awarded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, covered wages and other expenses, helping youth learn valuable job skills that they will carry with them in the future.

Senator Manar and Representative Scherer (D – Decatur) were able to secure the DCEO grants to Homework Hangout and Youth with a Positive Direction.

“Before the summer of 2013, Decatur youth didn’t have access to the same opportunities as other kids around the state,” Manar said. “Anyone will tell you that your first summer job can make a positive difference in your life trajectory."

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