Members of Illinois General Assembly revive Historic Preservation Caucus to protect state’s heritage

SPRINGFIELD – More than 60 members of the Illinois General Assembly have joined forces to revive the Historic Preservation Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to protecting the state’s historic sites, buildings and artifacts.

The caucus will promote legislation and budgets that ensure the taxpayers of Illinois get the most from their state’s unique heritage. Leading the caucus, which last met in 2010, are Sen. Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, Rep. Rich Brauer, R-Springfield, and Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton.

“Our history in Illinois is rich, and our sites and structures should be preserved and appreciated,” Althoff said. “The kind of economic development that stems from our historical sites and structures is valuable. The caucus recognizes and will work to promote that.”

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Manar Jennifer WatsonrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is calling for the creation of a task force to address the growing problem of heroin use among teenagers in Illinois.

“There has been a recent upward trend in heroin use in the last decade, especially among young, rural teenagers,” Manar said. “This alarming pattern needs to be addressed.”

Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson indicated that she has seen a staggering increase in heroin use over the past two years.

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Manar HeadshotrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill) is cleaning up inconsistencies in the tax code that negatively impact Illinois’ coal industry. House Bill 2918 brings uniformity to the sales tax exemption on certain types of coal exploration equipment. This important exemption helps to encourage the growing industry of coal exploration in Illinois.   

“The Illinois coal industry is a tremendous economic engine for downstate Illinois,” said Manar. “We need to be encouraging industries like this one to grow and create jobs here in Illinois, not impeding them with irregularities in our tax code.”

When a long-standing sales tax exemption for coal and aggregate exploration equipment expired in 2003, specific pieces of equipment were no longer covered. The General Assembly renewed this exemption in 2012, but there were inconsistencies due to the gap in coverage. HB 2918 addresses the gap, applying the sales tax exemption retroactively but not at any additional expense to the state. The Department of Revenue will not issue refunds but will only eliminate any outstanding balances that resulted from this inconsistency.

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Manar Logan  Luke HannerrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) passed Senate Resolution 218, which designated April 25, 2013, as World Autism Awareness Day in Illinois. World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing health crisis as autism has risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United States. Nearly 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder.

Logan Hanner of Bunker Hill was the honorary sponsor for SR 218 and was recognized by Senator Manar and members of the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

Picture: Luke Hanner (Left) with son Logan and Senator Andy Manar

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