manar120313rSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly passed major changes to the state’s pension systems earlier today despite the opposition from several central Illinois lawmakers including State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). Manar released the following statement regarding his opposition to the proposal crafted by legislative leaders.

“Our state's pension crisis has been three decades in the making.  The problem caused by past choices of governors and legislators of both parties is owned by all of us today.  Regardless, until we fix it as a State, we will continue to struggle to move our economy and our state's long-term viability forward. 

Today’s passage of Senate Bill 1 failed several critical tests in addressing the crisis.  Key parties were left out of the process, and the constitutionality of the measure is deeply suspect which will without question result in even more uncertainty and cost as this legislation is tied up in court.

Read more: Statement: Manar opposes pension proposal

Manar Senate Floor ADMrSPRINGFIELD – On Tuesday, State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) passed legislation that will create hundreds of new jobs throughout the state, keep ADM's global headquarters in Illinois and promote the growth of ADM’s North American headquarters in Decatur.

“I am pleased to announce that the Senate approved bi-partisan legislation that will create and protect jobs in Decatur and across Illinois,” Manar said. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the business community, Mayor Mike McElroy and the City of Decatur, the Chamber of Commerce and local officials, a potentially crippling loss of jobs has turned into a very positive outcome for the city of Decatur and the state of Illinois.”

ADM announced in September its intentions to relocate its world headquarters and sought state incentives to keep it in Illinois.  Manar noted that he 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.

Read more: Manar passes measure to create hundreds of jobs, keep ADM global headquarters in Illinois

Manar Wilsonville Grant PresentationRWILSONVILLE – The Village of Wilsonville will soon have new additions to the local park thanks to an AT&T community award given to the Wilsonville Community Outreach program on Tuesday. Village officials joined members of the Wilsonville Community Outreach program, Macoupin County officials and State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) to receive a $1,500 grant from AT&T for playground equipment. Manar’s office contacted AT&T to nominate the Wilsonville Community Outreach program for the grant.

“This was an all-hands-on-deck approach with local officials working with my office to secure the grant,” Manar said. “There are many state and private funds available for community-based projects, so I encourage any local official or community organization to reach out to my office if we can provide any assistance in helping to secure a grant.” 

The Village of Wilsonville matched the AT&T grant, and several individuals have made private contributions.

Ryan Marucco Sen  ManarrSPRINGFIELD – The Village of Stonington was recently awarded a $450,000 state grant to help cover the cost of moving and replacing a main water line that runs from the village wells to the water treatment facility. State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) worked with Village Trustee Ryan Marucco to secure the grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)’s Community Development Assistance Program, which is responsible for investing in improvements to municipal water and sewer systems throughout the state.

After hearing of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner events, Marucco contacted Manar about hosting an event in Stonington to discuss some issues the village needed help with.

“This past summer, Ryan asked me to host a Capitol on Your Corner event in Stonington to talk with officials and residents about local issues and projects the village was interested in starting,” Manar said. “One issue that was brought up during the event was the need to replace several water lines in Stonington.”

Read more: Stonington to get $450,000 for new water lines thanks to local and state officials

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