SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar today was named co-chairman of the education transition committee for governor-elect JB Pritzker, further guaranteeing the needs of downstate Illinois are relayed to the incoming administration.

The 35-member Educational Success Committee is the seventh of several working groups of the transition made up of experts who will advise the new administration.

“Educating our children is a foundational obligation of state government, and that’s why I led the charge to update our antiquated K-12 school funding formula to make it equitable for every child,” said Manar (D-Bunker Hill). “We must build on that progress, and that’s exactly what this committee will do. JB and Juliana are laying the groundwork for a cradle to career success network for every Illinoisan.”

Among those named to the committee were Dale Chapman, president of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey; Ed Hightower, executive director of the Mannie Jackson Center for Humanities Foundation in Edwardsville; Jennifer Garrison, superintendent of Sandoval CUSD 501 in southern Illinois; teachers’ union leaders; university administrators; state lawmakers; members of child advocacy organizations; and others.

Earlier this month Manar also was appointed to the governor-elect’s budget transition team.

11092018 Manar IRTA AwardState Senator Andy Manar received the 2018 legislator of the year award from the Illinois Retired Teachers Association this month.

Manar was presented the award during a ceremony Nov. 9. Present was Dave Jokisch, president of the Macoupin County Retired Teachers Association. Also on hand for the presentation were IRTA president Roger Hampton, IRTA legislative chair Bob Pinkerton and others.

“I am humbled to be recognized as the first IRTA legislator of the year. It is truly an honor,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “I’ll always fight for teachers and educators, both in the classroom and in retirement, to protect what their hard work has earned. I appreciate this distinction and look forward to working together in the future.”

Manar received the recognition for his work sponsoring Senate Bill 3046, which allows Teachers Retirement System annuitants the ability to opt back into the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program if they had opted out.

“Senator Andy Manar is a trailblazer for retirees and continues to build an impressive record of public service where he put retirees at the forefront,” Hampton said. “He continues to work to use his voice to raise the status quo and improve the conditions under which retirees live.”

Manar also is working to address the teacher shortage problem in Illinois and supported House Bill 5627, an IRTA initiative to increase the amount of time a retired teacher could teach part-time without impairing his or her retirement status.

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association represents 38,500 retired teachers and their families. It is the sole watchdog for retired teachers in the Illinois Legislature.

11152018 Manar Decatur Leadership Group

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Institute joined State Senator Andy Manar at the Capitol Wednesday.

The program brings together people from Decatur and encourages them to become informed and dedicated citizens in community leadership roles.

Senator Manar updated the group about activity at the Capitol during the first week of the fall veto session and answered questions.

11142018 Manar Lexie Jones

SPRINGFIELD – Lexie Jones, a junior at Rochester High School, joined State Senator Andy Manar at the Capitol Wednesday as his senator for the day.

Jones, 16, is the daughter of Lisa Badger and Jason Jones. She is a longtime choir member and takes dual-credit college courses. She will graduate by 2020 and is considering studying journalism in college. Outside of school, she works part-time at Applebee’s and enjoys hanging out with her 1-year-old yellow Labrador named Luna.

 

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