SIU-Edwardsville hosting first regional discussion

SPRINGFIELD – Details have been finalized for a series of regional Illinois Senate hearings about local construction needs in communities around the state.

Dates, times and venues for the hearings are:

  • 3 p.m. Monday, March 4 – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Morris University Center, Madison Room, 6 Hairpin Drive, Edwardsville
  • 1 p.m. Monday, March 18 – Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St., Decatur
  • 3 p.m. Monday, April 8 – Bradley University, Peplow Pavilion inside the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 – Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
  • 1 p.m. Monday, April 22 – Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin

During Monday’s hearing in Edwardsville, state senators will hear from area mayors, local highway commissioners, economic development officials, and representatives from higher education, transportation and labor.

The chairmen of two key Senate committees – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), Appropriations II, and State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Transportation – will oversee the discussion. State Senators Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia) are expected to participate.

Documents provided to senators during the hearing will be uploaded to a publicly accessible portal at this link.

Additional hearings and town hall meetings on statewide construction needs may be added to the schedule.

SPRINGFIELD – Local mayors, county officials, education leaders and residents will have a chance to weigh in on a statewide construction plan during a series of public hearings this spring.

The dates and locations of the hearings are as follows:

  • Thursday, Feb. 21 in Springfield
  • Monday, March 4 in Edwardsville
  • Monday, March 18 in Decatur
  • Monday, April 8 in Peoria
  • Tuesday, April 16 in Chicago
  • Monday, April 22 in Elgin

More information about times and exact locations will be available at a later date.

The hearings will be jointly hosted by members of the transportation and budget committees of the Illinois Senate.

Lawmakers will consider existing construction plans and accept recommendations for local projects as they determine the best path forward to improve roads, highways, bridges, sewer systems and more throughout the state.

“I think we can all agree that when it comes to roads and bridges, there isn’t a county in Illinois that doesn’t need some kind of critical investment,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), chairman of the Senate Appropriations II committee, which helps determine spending priorities for the state.

“We want to lay a groundwork for what we believe can be a comprehensive statewide construction program that lawmakers can vote on later in the spring legislative session.”

Illinois has not passed a capital bill in a decade. In 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Illinois a C- grade, saying the state’s transportation infrastructure shows signs of deterioration and faces increasing vulnerability.

 “A comprehensive plan to fix our dilapidated transportation system in Illinois is long overdue,” said State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “I look forward to working with all interested groups to develop the best possible solution to enhance our state’s infrastructure.”

02202019 Manar IFB ALOT

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar welcomed members of the 2019 Illinois Farm Bureau ALOT – Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow – class to the state Senate Wednesday.

Among the members visiting the Capitol was Jon Griffel of Carlinville, who farms near Gillespie.

For more information about the program, visit

Pictured: Members of the Illinois Farm Bureau ALOT class visited the Illinois Senate with State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Manar is on the far left and Jon Griffel of Carlinville is pictured at the far right.

02202019 Manar Pana Minister 350SPRINGFIELD – The Rev. Joel Jackle-Hugh of the United in Faith Church in Pana delivered the invocation to the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) invited Jackle-Hugh to the Senate. United in Faith Church is located at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana.


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