SPRINGFIELD – Following through on a commitment made last fall, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) filed the required paperwork to forgo participation in the General Assembly Retirement system.

“That was not an empty promise I made. It was a commitment that showed I am serious about solving our state’s budget issues,” Manar said. “We cannot focus on helping other core state services like education, health care and public safety without addressing our state’s pension issue in a balanced way.”

The state's annual pension fund payment is expected to increase by about $1 billion, to nearly $7 billion, in the next fiscal year. That's more than 16 percent of the state's general funds budget, up from 6 percent in 2008.

Manar also voluntarily chose not participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement System while serving as the county board chairman in Macoupin County and mayor of Bunker Hill.

“It’s about being consistent. We faced similar budget issues in Macoupin County. I chose not to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement System because I was committed to getting the county’s fiscal house in order. ”

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Manar Chamber MeetingrSPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) met with members of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday to discuss Senate Bill 2 – a bill aimed at restructuring the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

“The state has to do a better job of encouraging new business growth as well as attracting new businesses to Illinois,” Manar stated during his presentation. “I think the state can meet those tasks by restructuring the agency to be more focused and responsive to the needs of the business community.”

Manar explained that the current structure of the department falls short in addressing unemployment and job creation and pointed to the disparity among unemployment numbers as a reason to make changes to the agency.

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) joined other freshman members on Wednesday for the second meeting of Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s Firearms Working Group.  

As one of only two members who represent districts in the southern portion of the state, Manar looks forward to being a voice for the region in the discussions.

“I think we all recognize that there is a geographical divide when it comes to discussing the rights of gun owners in Illinois,” Manar said. “I’m glad that we have members in the group from different areas of the state and I look forward to representing central and southern Illinois residents in these meetings.”

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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) announced today that he has opened two legislative offices located in different regions of the 48th Senate District.

“These offices are an important resource for constituents in the district,” Manar said. “If a resident is having issues dealing with a state agency or would like access to a state resource, they simply need to reach out to one of the office locations.”

Manar also noted that these offices are an important communication resource to proactively keep citizens informed on issue that affect them.

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