Manar Headshotr thumbSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding ADM's announcement to move their headquarters and their subsequent request for tax incentives.

“I’ve had countless conversations with constituents, local officials and community groups who are angered by ADM’s recent announcement of their intention to move their headquarters. I would have preferred to have seen ADM first engage state and local officials to find a way to maintain employment levels in Decatur. 

Now, only eight days later, there is legislation moving in the House of Representatives to give ADM tens of millions to potentially stay in Illinois and move to Chicago.  Not so fast.  Illinois is facing tough times.  Decatur is facing tougher times with the highest unemployment rate in the State. I will oppose any bill and I will urge my colleagues to join me in opposing any bill that results in net job loss in Decatur.

Read more: Statement: Manar on ADM

Manar ADM Intermodal FacilityRDECATUR – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) joined company and local officials to open a new intermodal container facility at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Decatur Thursday. The new facility will enable businesses to tap into the company’s deep transportation and logistics expertise and provide a platform for economic growth in central Illinois.

Manar commended ADM’s commitment to expanding transportation infrastructure in the region.

“The intermodal facility has the potential to be a major driving force for economic development in the region,” Manar said. “This new facility will not only increase ADM’s export capabilities, but it will make expansion into both domestic and international markets for other businesses for more cost-efficient.”

Read more: Manar joins ADM for unveiling of Intermodal Container Facility

091713 nd 0011RSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar joined other state lawmakers, local officials and labor representatives in providing testimony and support to the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) on behalf of the Coffeen Energy Center. The coal facility is in danger of closure if the IPCB does not grant a continued delayed installation of pollution-control equipment.

“We’re just asking for more time in order for these environmental regulations to happen in order to keep these plants open and to keep these people employed,” said Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. “If the plant closes down, it’s hard on the community.”

Ameren, which currently owns Coffeen and four other Illinois coal plants in Southern Illinois, has reached an agreement to sell the power stations to Dynegy, based in Houston. The Pollution Control Board granted a variance to Ameren to delay tougher emissions standards from 2015 to 2020 after the company said it could not afford to upgrade the equipment right now.

Read more: Manar fights to keep Coffeen Energy Center open

081913 js 0104WSPRINGFIELD – The Senate Advisory Committee on Education Funding will meet tomorrow to hear testimony from the Illinois State Board of Education. ISBE will present an assessment it developed in consultation with APA Consulting, a firm that specializes in analyzing public education systems, regarding the current state funding formula  The committee’s hearing will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in Room 212 in the Capitol building.

Manar led the effort in the spring legislative session to create the Senate Advisory Committee on Education Funding (SR0431). The committee is tasked with reviewing the current public education funding distribution system and submitting recommendations for improvement and increased equity to the full General Assembly by Feb. 1, 2014.

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