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BENLD – Benld-area residents are invited to join State Senator Andy Manar for a senior resource fair Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The event will take place between 10 a.m. and noon at the Benld Civic Center, 201 E. Center Ave. It is free and open to the public.

The event will feature on-site driver’s license renewals, information about how to save money on utility bills and more. Seniors will be able to ask questions and obtain information from a variety of service and health care providers, state programs and local groups. They also can take advantage of free and discounted health screenings.

More information about available services:

  • Driver’s license and state ID renewals at the Illinois Secretary of State’s mobile unit
  • Health screenings and information presented by the Macoupin County Public Health Department and local hospitals. Most screenings will be free of charge, but some may require a nominal fee.
  • Updated information for veterans from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Macoupin County Veterans Assistance Commission
  • Updated information for seniors from the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Details about lowering utility bills from the Citizens Utility Board
  • Information about unclaimed property held by the Illinois treasurer
  • Information from the Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Additional representatives available from Illinois Valley Economic Development Corp., Macoupin County Public Transit and others
  • Staff from Senator Manar’s office will be available to answer questions about Medicaid, state government operations and more.

For more information, call 217-782-0228 or 618-585-4848 or visit SenatorAndyManar.com.

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LibraryShelvesDECATUR – The Decatur Public Library is the recipient of a $14,600 mentoring grant from the Illinois secretary of state, State Senator Andy Manar announced.

The grant was awarded through the 2019 Project Next Generation program, which is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop skills needed to use technology and find success through project-based learning. Mentors also help with developing life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Decatur is one of 31 public libraries in the state to receive the grant.

“I appreciate the secretary of state’s continued support for public libraries and underserved youth in Illinois,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “Because of this grant, at-risk children in Decatur will get a leg up. They will be able to improve their grades, build their confidence and develop the kinds of skills that will help them now and later when they go on to college or enter the job market.”

In all, the secretary of state awarded more than $526,000 in Project Next Generation grants statewide. The money is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “I established this innovative program when I first became secretary of state to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/PNGgrants.

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ChildLibrary350SPRINGFIELD – Lincoln Library, the public library in Springfield, is the recipient of a $10,759 mentoring grant from the Illinois secretary of state, State Senator Andy Manar announced.

The grant was awarded through the 2019 Project Next Generation program, which is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop skills needed to use technology and find success through project-based learning. Mentors also help with developing life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Lincoln Library is one of 31 public libraries in the state to receive the grant.

“I appreciate the secretary of state’s continued support for public libraries and underserved youth in Illinois,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “Because of this grant, at-risk children in Springfield will get a leg up. They’ll improve their grades, build their confidence and develop the kinds of skills that will help them now and later when they go on to college or enter the job market.”

In all, the secretary of state awarded more than $526,000 in Project Next Generation grants statewide. The money is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “I established this innovative program when I first became secretary of state to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/PNGgrants.

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UISCampusSPRINGFIELD – A new venture that will connect downtown and the nearby University of Illinois campus as part of a heralded statewide innovation network is an example of what’s possible when the state starts investing in its young people and their future, State Senator Andy Manar said today.

“Not only is this a step toward UIS having a more significant presence downtown – something local officials have discussed for years – it is the first of many incredible things to come for the capital city as a result of this project,” Manar said.

“I am pleased to have had role in making this a reality, and I look forward to watching the exciting changes that are about to unfold in Springfield.”

State, local and university officials are announcing this morning that the Innovate Springfield business incubator will become part of UIS, giving the university a significant downtown presence for the first time in its history.

In addition, UIS will become a hub of a statewide innovation network that is intended to connect universities and foster entrepreneurship in various fields. The network is a project of the University of Illinois-led Discovery Partners Institute, a center where faculty, students and companies will collaborate on research that leads to new products and businesses.

Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who represents downtown Springfield in the state Senate, was instrumental in bringing the success of Innovate Springfield to the attention of University of Illinois leaders.

“This endeavor represents the same kind of resilience and can-do thinking that for 200 years has propelled Illinois to the top in agriculture, food sciences, computer technology, health care innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Manar, in a nod to the state’s bicentennial this year.

“Illinois can continue to blaze trails for the next 200 years, too. An earnest investment in our universities and colleges is an earnest investment in our young people, our workforce and our future.”

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