Manar Grant Announcement Royal LakesrROYAL LAKES – The Village of Royal Lakes will now have the necessary funds to repair crumbling roads and replace dated culverts and sewage pumps thanks to a $70,000 state grant from the Illinois Jobs Now! program secured with help from State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill).

“These investments will benefit both businesses and residents in Royal Lakes by providing safer roads and improved water flow to prevent erosion,” Manar said. “Meeting this kind of need – improving our crumbling infrastructure – is exactly the intended purpose for these types of grants.”

“The Village of Royal Lakes is grateful to Senator Manar and all those involved for this assistance,” Mayor Selone Williams said. “The safety of our roads has been a major concern for a long time. This funding will bring much needed improvements and quality of life to our residents.”

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Manar Grant Announcement Carlinville CourthouserCARLINVILLE – “Architectural jewel” is the phrase most commonly used by Macoupin County Sheriff Don Albrecht to describe the 140-year-old courthouse in Carlinville. Unfortunately, the courthouse is in need of some major repairs and the county does not have the funds to cover the cost. So Albrecht and other local officials spearheaded an effort, back in 2010, to find other revenue sources to help cover the costs.

“We just don’t have the revenue stream to cover the costs, so we have to look for funding alternatives,” Albrecht said.

One alternative, in the form of a $100,000 grant, has been secured with help from State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). Albrecht contacted Manar last fall for help to secure a grant to cover the cost of the first phase of restoration to the exterior.

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Event part of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner program

Manar GirardrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Taylorville as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.

The event is from 6 to 7:30 pm, January 23 in the Taylorville Township Building at 1620 W. Spresser St.

Manar regularly hosts “Capitol on your Corner” events in communities across the 48th District to meet with constituents and answer questions about state government. But with the General Assembly scheduled to convene at the end of January, Manar anticipates the discussion at the January 23 event to focus on issues that need to be addressed this spring.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee (EFAC), which has been tasked with reviewing the current public education funding distribution system, will meet Tuesday in Waterloo. The committee members will hear opening remarks from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and Waterloo Superintendent, James Helton. Discussion on Illinois’ Funding Formula will then be led by Mike Griffin, Senior Policy Analyst for the Education Commission of the States and Illinois Superintendent of Schools, Chris Koch.

The committee’s hearing will take place at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the Waterloo High School, 505 E. Bulldog Blvd, Waterloo. 

Manar led the effort in the spring legislative session to create the Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee (SR0431). The committee is tasked with reviewing the current public education funding distribution system and submitting recommendations for improvement and increased equity to the full General Assembly by Feb. 1, 2014.

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