11092018 Manar IRTA AwardState Senator Andy Manar received the 2018 legislator of the year award from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association this month.

Manar was presented the award during a ceremony Nov. 9. Present was Dave Jokisch, president of the Macoupin County Retired Teachers Association. Also on hand for the presentation were IRTA president Roger Hampton, IRTA legislative chair Bob Pinkerton and others.

“I am humbled to be recognized as the first IRTA legislator of the year. It is truly an honor,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “I’ll always fight for teachers and educators, both in the classroom and in retirement, to protect what their hard work has earned. I appreciate this distinction and look forward to working together in the future.”

Manar received the recognition for his work sponsoring Senate Bill 3046, which allows Teachers Retirement System annuitants the ability to opt back into the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program if they had opted out.

“Senator Andy Manar is a trailblazer for retirees and continues to build an impressive record of public service where he put retirees at the forefront,” Hampton said. “He continues to work to use his voice to raise the status quo and improve the conditions under which retirees live.”

Manar also is working to address the teacher shortage problem in Illinois and supported House Bill 5627, an IRTA initiative to increase the amount of time a retired teacher could teach part-time without impairing his or her retirement status.

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association represents 38,500 retired teachers and their families. It is the sole watchdog for retired teachers in the Illinois Legislature.

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