Susan Morrison formerly served as a Taylorville principal, U of I state director

SPRINGFIELD – A Carlinville woman’s appointment to the Illinois State Board of Education could be finalized as soon as next week after a Senate panel gave the nod to her nomination Thursday.

“Susan Morrison is uniquely well qualified to serve on the State Board of Education, and she will bring the important perspective of downstate and rural school districts to its discussions,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who sponsored her appointment before the Senate Executive Appointments Committee.

“I have every confidence in her abilities, and I know she will offer excellent guidance and advice to the board.”

Morrison, who has extensive experience in education and school administration, is a constituent.

Manar is vice chairman of the Executive Appointments Committee, which reviews the governor’s nominations and makes a recommendation to the full Senate based on the nominee’s qualifications for the position to which he or she has been nominated.

The Senate Executive Appointments Committee voted 7-0 to recommend Morrison for the State Board of Education. The governor announced her appointment in July. The committee’s recommendation now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

Morrison was chief education officer and deputy superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education. Prior to that, she was state director for the University of Illinois and a principal and curriculum director for the Taylorville School District. She has a bachelor’s from Cornell College and a master’s in education administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Her appointment would expire Jan. 9, 2019.

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SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Richland Community College students to the Illinois Capitol Thursday, April 12.

The students were in Springfield for community college student advocacy day. This annual event is coordinated by the Illinois Community College Board.

Richland students who visited with Senator Manar were Eddie Boliard, Doniquea Luter, Lee Trimble, Nash Usher and Taylor Vidmar. They were accompanied by Alex Berry, director of student development at Richland Community College.

Pictured: Front row (left to right): Taylor Vidmar, Lee Trimble and Doniquea Luter. Back row (left to right): Nash Usher, Eddie Boliard and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

Measure will help stabilize rural communities as consumer shopping habits evolve

ManarPharmacy2017 350SPRINGFIELD – An effort to protect rural and downstate communities by ensuring distant online retailers are playing by the same rules as local brick-and-mortar retailers advanced out of the Senate Tuesday.

The measure requires out-of-state retailers that do business with Illinois customers to collect a use tax under two conditions: their cumulative gross receipts exceed $100,000 or they have more than 200 separate transactions with customers in Illinois.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is a chief cosponsor of the initiative, Senate Bill 2577. It passed the Senate 39-10 with bipartisan support.

He represents central Illinois communities that have been hard hit by job losses and declining sales tax revenue for road and sewer projects as long-standing brick-and-mortar retailers have shuttered because of online competition and changing consumer habits.

“Out-of-state corporations are gaming the system. It’s hurting the small and mid-size retailers our communities rely so deeply upon for goods, services, jobs and revenue,” Manar said. “Online shopping, while good and convenient for rural consumers, has contributed to a tidal wave of brick-and-mortar store closures, job losses and sales tax declines that have local mayors and county boards extremely concerned. I share their worries.”

Federal law requires retailers with a physical storefront to collect the sales tax required by the jurisdiction where the business is located. If the retailer has a physical presence in a state, it must collect applicable state and local sales tax from customers, regardless of where the sales originates.

However, if it does not have a presence in a particular state, it is not required to collect sales taxes.

As consumer shopping habits shift online, local governments are finding their sales tax collections – money often used for local infrastructure improvements – on the decline or stagnant.
Manar stressed that SB2577 is an effort to level the playing field, not a tax hike.

“As the economy and consumer habits change, it’s vital that state government is vigilant and changes with them,” Manar said. “If we don’t try to rectify this imbalance, I don’t want to imagine what some of our rural communities will look like in a few years.”

Manar and Cauley 350SPRINGFIELD — Nathan Cauley, 18, of Bunker Hill was State Senator Andy Manar’s senator for the day at the Illinois Capitol Wednesday.

Cauley is the son of Mike and Wendy Cauley.

He is a senior and is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, drama club, improv club and youth group. He plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to study computer science.

Cauley accompanied Manar to an Illinois Department of Corrections budget hearing, helped him welcome FFA members from around the state to the Capitol and joined Manar on the Senate floor during passage of the senator’s DIPG Awareness Day legislation.

Click below to watch a video of Manar talking with Cauley about living in Bunker Hill, his visit to the Capitol and his future plans.

Also on Wednesday, Manar was joined by members of the Bunker Hill High School FFA chapter, who visited the Capitol for Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day. This annual advocacy day brings FFA students, farm, agricultural commodity organizations and other ag interest groups to Springfield to meet state lawmakers, share the ag community’s priorities for the year and offer feedback about policies concerning agriculture, business, conservation, education and more. Read more.



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