Manar Dr  McFarlin AwardrHILLSBORO – Local dignitaries, state officials, friends and family attended a special reception at the Church Street Pub hosted by HSHS Medical Group to honor Dr. Roger McFarlin for his many years of dedicated service improving health care in Montgomery County.  Roger McFarlin, MD recently earned the 2013 Rural Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA). The award honors physicians who exhibit a special commitment to rural health care.   “One of the biggest health care challenges across our nation is the shortage of physicians who practice in rural settings. IRHA feels it is important to recognize physicians like Dr. McFarlin who have accepted this calling and gone above and beyond the call of duty to make an impact,” said Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director.   Dr. McFarlin, who practices at HSHS Medical Group Family Medicine in Hillsboro, has dedicated more than 40 years of service to his community.

“We appreciate that at a time when he could have chosen to retire, Dr. McFarlin decided to sell his practice to HSHS Medical Group for one reason. He wanted to be sure the citizens of Hillsboro and Montgomery County had access to primary care well into the future,” said Melinda Clark, Chief Executive Officer of HSHS Medical Group. “Dr. McFarlin is a compassionate physician who works tirelessly for his patients. We are proud he’s part of our family.”

Dr. McFarlin also received a Senate Congratulatory Certificate from Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), and State Representative Wayne Rosenthal (R- Litchfield) introduced House Resolution 646 in the General Assembly commending Dr. McFarlin’s contributions to his community.

Read more: Illinois Rural Health Association Join Legislators To Honor Dr. McFarlin

Bill will offer modest incentives, hold ADM accountable for investments in jobs in central Illinois

Manar SJR32rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) today filed legislation that will help create hundreds of new jobs across the state, including Decatur, and keep ADM headquarters in Illinois.

ADM announced in September its intentions to relocate its world headquarters and sought state incentives to keep it in Illinois.  Manar opposed the initial bill filed in the House citing its failure to provide adequate assurances that investments would be made and jobs would be created to offset the loss of jobs and economic activity in Decatur created by the move.

Working with ADM executives and local officials in Decatur, Manar crafted a bill that will allow ADM to keep its headquarters, along with 100 corporate headquarter jobs, here in Illinois.  In addition, ADM will move 100 jobs from other states to Decatur and, over the next five years, is committed to adding or filling 100 full-time positions annually in Decatur.

Read more: Manar proposes legislation to create hundreds of jobs, keep ADM in Illinois

081913 js 0104WSPRINGFIELD – The Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee (EFAC) will meet Wednesday to hear testimony from Jeffrey Wulfson, Deputy Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Mike Griffin, Senior Policy Analyst, Education Commission of the States – both have been involved with school finance reform proposals in other states.

Griffin will provide a report on Colorado’s recent proposal to redesign its school-funding system. As is the goal with State Senator Andy Manar’s committee, lawmakers in Colorado passed reforms to make school funding more equitable and targeted investments in essential areas such as preschool, full-day kindergarten and teachers.

The committee’s hearing will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora.

Read more: Manar’s Education Funding Advisory Committee to hold third hearing

Event part of Manar’s Capitol on your Corner program

Meet and GreetrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on October 10 in Bunker Hill as part of his “Capitol on your Corner” program.

The event is from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm October 10 at the City Hall in Bunker Hill – 801 S Franklin Street.

Manar regularly hosts “Capitol on your Corner” events in communities across the 48th District to meet with constituents and answer questions about state government. But with Manar’s advisory committee currently reviewing school financing inequities, Manar anticipates the discussion at the October 10 event will focus on public education funding in Illinois.

Read more: Manar to host discussion on education funding, other state issues in Bunker Hill


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