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Manar cuts through red tape to increase veteran funding

“These veterans put their lives on the line to protect our futures, we should do everything we can to help them with their futures.” - State Senator Andy Manar

VeteransRSPRINGFIELD – Additional financial support for area community colleges enrolling veterans is on its way because of the support of State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). With the recent restoration of funds used to reimburse local community colleges for the cost of a veteran’s tuition, schools will now have greater success and fewer obstacles when enrolling former service members.

In recent years, the state budget has failed to reimburse some community colleges for the cost of offering Veterans’ Grants. In the past, some community colleges were given priority over others for this valuable program. Senator Manar believes it’s important that community colleges in Central Illinois receive the same treatment as every other community college in the state.  

Manar successfully restored a $42,000 grant to each of the community colleges serving the 48th Senate District in Central Illinois. The restoration of these funds will lead to greater educational opportunities for veterans and to more aggressive outreach by local community colleges, including Richland Community College, Lincoln Land Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College.

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Manar and Scherer join Workforce Investment Solutions to highlight summer youth employment programs

Manar2014RDECATUR – For the second summer in row, local youth have benefited from summer employment programs overseen by Workforce Investment Solutions. The programs at Homework Hangout and Youth with a Positive Direction are funded by grants secured by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) and Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur).

The grant awarded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity provides Decatur-area youth with summer employment opportunities that range from landscaping to food service to construction. Since 2013, more than 400 kids have found summer jobs through these programs.

“This year we’ve had 213 kids benefit from the programs offered through Homework Hangout and Youth with a Positive Direction,” said Robyn McCoy, director of Workforce Investment Solutions. “When school lets out for the summer, area youth need the opportunity to learn about different career paths and feel the personal reward of earning their own money.”

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Manar’s initiative to expand access to life-saving epi-pens in schools becomes law

EpiPenRSPRINGFIELD – A new law designed to make Illinois’ schools safer for students and staff was signed by the governor today. The most important part of the law, an initiative of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, State Sen. Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) and Rep. Michelle Mussman (D–Schaumburg), is expanded access to life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors or epi-pens. Epi-pens are used to treat a person in anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction.

“More and more children are being diagnosed with food allergies, with peanuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat as the most common triggers,” Manar said. “Ensuring timely access to this life-saving medication can mean the difference between life and death for a child.”

The law allows trained school employees and volunteers to administer an epi-pen to anyone at the school. The law sets training requirements for school personnel, and with parental consent allows a student to carry and administer their own epi-pen as well as their asthma medication.

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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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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.