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Fire departments can access more resources under Manar proposal

022714 CM 0013csRSPRINGFIELD – In 2004, the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program (FTRLP) was created to provide zero-interest loans of up to $250,000 to fire departments to help cover the cost of purchasing a new fire truck. The price tag of a new truck has increased over the years and lawmakers believe the amount the program can loan should follow suit.

A new proposal passed by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) on Tuesday would increase the amount FTRLP can loan local fire departments from $250,000 to $350,000.

“The original intent of this program was to help ease the financial burden for fire departments, especially smaller volunteer departments,” Manar said. “I believe as the cost of a new truck has increased, so should the money available through the loan program.” 

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How Manar hopes to help fund fairground repairs

Manar2014RSPRINGFIELD – When an underground cable at the Illinois State Fairgrounds failed in early 2008, state officials quickly learned that the entire system supplying power to the sprawling campus on Springfield’s north end was in dire need of replacement.

The repair work cost taxpayers nearly $3 million and the work shutdown the Fairgrounds for months, forcing annual events like boat shows to either cancel or scramble to find new locations. Local media reports pegged the economic loss to the city and businesses in the millions of dollars.

All along, it had been no secret that the power system was on its last legs. But the cash-strapped state simply never budgeted or never had the resources to make the repairs and upgrades until there was an emergency.

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Manar pushes through grant to fix roads in Royal Lakes

Manar Grant Announcement Royal LakesrROYAL LAKES – The Village of Royal Lakes will now have the necessary funds to repair crumbling roads and replace dated culverts and sewage pumps thanks to a $70,000 state grant from the Illinois Jobs Now! program secured with help from State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill).

“These investments will benefit both businesses and residents in Royal Lakes by providing safer roads and improved water flow to prevent erosion,” Manar said. “Meeting this kind of need – improving our crumbling infrastructure – is exactly the intended purpose for these types of grants.”

“The Village of Royal Lakes is grateful to Senator Manar and all those involved for this assistance,” Mayor Selone Williams said. “The safety of our roads has been a major concern for a long time. This funding will bring much needed improvements and quality of life to our residents.”

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Senator Manar, Sheriff Albrecht secure grant for Macoupin County Courthouse

Manar Grant Announcement Carlinville CourthouserCARLINVILLE – “Architectural jewel” is the phrase most commonly used by Macoupin County Sheriff Don Albrecht to describe the 140-year-old courthouse in Carlinville. Unfortunately, the courthouse is in need of some major repairs and the county does not have the funds to cover the cost. So Albrecht and other local officials spearheaded an effort, back in 2010, to find other revenue sources to help cover the costs.

“We just don’t have the revenue stream to cover the costs, so we have to look for funding alternatives,” Albrecht said.

One alternative, in the form of a $100,000 grant, has been secured with help from State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). Albrecht contacted Manar last fall for help to secure a grant to cover the cost of the first phase of restoration to the exterior.

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Manar to host discussion on education funding, other state issues in Taylorville

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 Thursday, Jan. 23 in Taylorville as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.

The event is from 6 to 7:30 pm, January 23 in the Taylorville Township Building at 1620 W. Spresser St.

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 the General Assembly scheduled to convene at the end of January, Manar anticipates the discussion at the January 23 event to focus on issues that need to be addressed this spring.

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Holiday shopping? State Fair Mega Passes available now

holidaymegapass-1The 2014 Illinois State Fair is now offering Mega Passes at a discount price. Here are some details from the Illinois Department of Agriculture:

Purchase your 2014 Illinois State Fair Mega Pass between November 1 and December 31, 2013 to get the lowest price of the season: $55.00 includnig a free lanyard.

January 1 thru July 27 ($65)
July 28 thru August 18 ($75)

 

The Mega pass is good for all of the carnival rides, all of the time, as many times as you like for 11 days of the Illinois State Fair!

For more information or to download the order form, please visit www.illinoisstatefair.info. Gift certificates may be purchased with cash, MC/Visa or by check (through May 31, 2014 only) by:

-  Visiting the Credentials Office in the Emmerson Building located on the fairgrounds between 8 am and 4:30 pm
    Monday through Friday;

-  Calling the Credentials Office at 217-782-6661;

-  Mailing order and payment to address on the order form; or

-  Using the ePAY link on the website ($3.00 convenience fee).

Children do not have to be present for purchase (Photo ids are not taken until after June 16, 2014).

NOTE: Orders (other than walk-ins) received after December 18 cannot be guaranteed delivery prior to Christmas.

   

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48th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture & Conservation; Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Executive Appointments; Higher Education; State Government & Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born November 15, 1975, in Bunker Hill; B.A. in History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; past chairman of Macoupin County Board; married (wife, Trista), has three children.