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.

Stresses need for private sector involvement in economic development 

Manar GSI TourWSPRINGFIELD – In an effort to gather input from the private sector on ways the state can improve its approach to economic development, State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) has been meeting with local business leaders and touring both small and large businesses throughout the 48th District this summer.

Last week, Manar spent an afternoon touring Grain Systems, Inc.’s manufacturing headquarters located in Assumption. GSI is the largest manufacturer of galvanized steel storage bins in the world.

“You can’t drive very far in Illinois or any region in the U.S. with an agriculture base without seeing a GSI product,” Manar said, referring to the large grain bins dotting the Illinois’ countryside. “That speaks to the quality of their business and product.”

Read more: Manar tours local manufacturing facility

Event part of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner program

Manar GirardrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on September 11 in Kincaid as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.

The event is from 6 to 8 pm September 11 in the South Fork Township Office at 124 Central Ave in Kincaid.

“With summer coming to a close and the fall veto session inching closer, I think it is important to continue spending time with folks from all over the 48th District to hear what’s on their minds and to help me set an agenda for the next legislative session,” Manar said. “I invite everyone to come out and let me know their thoughts on what I should be working on.”

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

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