030513br0274rSPRINGFIELD – The Senate State Government and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Development is holding a hearing Monday, March 18 in Decatur to discuss a proposal sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) aimed at restructuring the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – the lead state agency responsible for economic development in the state. The purpose of the hearing is to gather information regarding the state’s role in economic development; more specifically, how the state can become more responsive to the needs of the business community and improve its methods for attracting new businesses. 

Who: Senators Manar (D–Bunker Hill), Bush (D–Grayslake) and Barickman (R–Bloomington). Angela Griffin, President/Coles Together in Mattoon, Il; Terry Denison - President/ Jacksonville Area Economic Development Corp.; Greg Webb, VP State Government Relations; Archer Daniels, Midland (ADM) Company; Michael J. Farmer, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Springfield.

What: Senate State Government and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Development Hearing on Senate Bill 2

When: Monday, March 18 at 10 a.m.

Where: The National Sequestration Education Center room at Richland Community College – 1 College Park, Decatur, IL

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il-pop-growth-chart-030113rAt nearly 12.9 million people, Illinois’ population stands at an all-time high.Census2
But for some reason, many people think the state is losing people.

In response to continued questions and faulty reports, Senator Andy Manar is trying to set the record straight and provide the public with the real facts.

When the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2010 headcount for Illinois, the state had 12,830,632 residents, up more than 411,000 from the previous census in 2000. That’s akin to adding a city the size of Atlanta, GA.

And the Census Bureau says the state is still growing. The latest estimates put Illinois’ population at 12,875,255, up more than 44,000 people since the 2010 count.

People often confuse Illinois’ recent loss of a congressional district with a loss of population. That's simply not the case.

Despite the thousands of new residents, Illinois lost a congressional district because it did not grow as fast as some other states. There are a limited number of congressional seats, and after the census they are awarded to the states on a proportional basis. As a result, Illinois -- the fifth largest state -- often loses out to smaller states that experience sudden, drastic population growth.

Here are some useful charts and websites for finding facts about Illinois population:

Read Senator Manar's 3/13 Letter to the Editor in the State Journal-Register

State Journal-Register coverage of Springfield and Illinois population growth

U.S. Census Bureau

Illinois Census 2010




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Firearms Working GrouprSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) invited Macoupin County Sheriff Don Albrecht and Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider to speak during last week’s Firearms Working Group meeting hosted by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

“It’s important for members to understand the impact that concealed carry and other firearm proposals have on local sheriff and police forces,” Manar said.

Both Albrecht and Schneider spoke about their counties’ process for dealing with FOID card requests and offered suggestions on provisions they would like to see in a concealed-carry proposal.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined other downstate lawmakers in signing on as a co-sponsor to the Family and Personal Protection Act, Senate Bill 1284 – a bill that would allow licensed residents to carry a handgun on them or in their vehicle.

Both Democratic and Republican senators have joined together to help push for the passage of SB 1284.  

Illinois is the only state that does not have some form of concealed carry. However, that is subject to change following the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in December that the state’s ban on carrying a weapon in public is unconstitutional and gave lawmakers 180 days to pass a concealed-carry bill.

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