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Measure sponsored by Manar requires governors to be accountable for their own payroll

SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 60 percent of employees currently working for the governor’s office are paid by state agencies with funds intended for priorities such as economic development, public safety and child protection.

The practice of “offshoring” governors’ payroll costs within state agencies would come to an end under a good-government measure sponsored by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) that already has garnered bipartisan support among lawmakers. The legislation, called the Truth in Hiring Act, is an initiative of Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza.

“Every time a governor shifts a new, unexpected six-figure salary onto a state agency’s plate, dollars that had been prioritized for important purposes are being diverted to a paycheck instead,” Manar said.

“Governors should understand the importance of being transparent about their expenses. Taxpayers who foot the bill for government, and frankly the lawmakers who determine the appropriations for state agencies, deserve that accountability.”

Offshoring has been utilized by Illinois governors, Democratic and Republican, for years to make it appear their office budgets are smaller than they actually are. Examples of offshoring include paying an education advisor to the governor $250,000 from the Department of Human Services budget or a deputy chief of staff to the governor $140,000 from the Illinois State Police budget.

The most recent payroll data for the state shows that only 44 of 102 employees in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office are paid from the governor’s budget. The rest – 58 staffers – are hidden in other agencies’ payrolls. If the governor were accurately reporting all the people working in his office, he would have to disclose his office budget is more than $10 million, instead of the $4.9 million budgeted for the current fiscal year.

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GIRARD – State Senator Andy Manar will host traveling office hours in Girard the evening of March 22 to allow residents a convenient opportunity to seek help with matters related to state government.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Girard Municipal Building, 111 W. Madison St.

Constituents will be able to ask questions about navigating Illinois government and seek assistance regarding state agencies and programs. Appointments are encouraged but not required. To schedule a time, call Senator Manar’s Bunker Hill office at 618-585-4848. Walk-in visits are welcome during traveling office hours.

Constituents who need help with an issue but are unable to make it March 22 are welcome to call or visit Senator Manar’s district offices any time throughout the year to speak with a staff member. The locations and phone numbers are:

  • Bunker Hill office, 115 N. Washington St. – 618-585-4848
  • Springfield office, 119A Capitol Building – 217-782-0228
  • Decatur office, Macon County Office Building, 141 S. Main St., Suite 502 – 217-429-8110
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Declares March 2018 Social Work Month in Illinois

Emotion350SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois grapples with how to address such pressing challenges as violence, addiction, poverty and equal rights, an army of social workers is there to offer help and guidance.

In fact, more than 20,000 licensed social workers are employed throughout Illinois to help people in times of crisis. They work in school districts, colleges and universities, state and local government, social service agencies, the military, health care and mental health organizations and private practices.

Senate Resolution 1371, sponsored by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), declares March 2018 Social Work Month in Illinois. It was adopted by the Senate Thursday.

“This resolution recognizes the accomplishments of social workers who are in our school districts, in our government buildings and working in private employment every day,” Manar said.

“They are there to help children and adults on their worst days – to cope with grief and uncertainty, to overcome abuse and addiction, to recover from a disaster when all seems lost, and to gather the courage to face down discrimination and bullying.”

This year’s Social Work Month theme is “Social Workers” Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” According to the National Association of Social Workers, the profession is expected to grow faster than average during the next seven years, with more than 649,000 people employed as social workers by 2024.

Social workers are the largest group of providers of mental health services in Illinois, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the largest employers of social workers holding advanced degrees.

Mary Garrison, professor of social work at Millikin University in Decatur, said NASW is honored to have Manar sponsor a resolution for Social Work Month 2018.

“This year's theme supports the efforts of Illinois’s 20,000 licensed social workers and Senator Manar to work actively to meet the needs of those facing barriers of injustice and impacted by abuse, neglect, poverty, addiction and mental illness,” she said. “Illinois social workers thank Senator Manar for recognizing our professional efforts to ensure rights for all through engagement, intervention and advocacy.”

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Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner was in Washington, D.C., to watch the proceedings in a U.S. Supreme Court case over whether non-union workers who enjoy benefits and wages negotiated by that union should be required to pay for that representation.

Of course they should. But Bruce Rauner thinks otherwise. He’s supporting an effort to overturn that protection and he is there watching the case.

He’s also lobbying Congress to strip away the pension protections in the Illinois Constitution so he can slash retirement security for workers and retirees. He can’t get any state support for his unconstitutional ideas in Illinois so he’s out in Washington trying to get Congress and the Trump White House to give him an easy way out rather than own up to the responsibilities.

I will oppose this in Springfield. I need you to call your member of Congress and tell him or her how wrong Gov. Rauner is on this issue. Don’t let Congress wipe out Illinois’ constitutional protections for workers’ retirement security. Click here to look up your congressional representative.

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