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New Manar law to direct state jobs to Sangamon County

CapitolSWSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar reinforcing that state jobs should be in the Springfield area became law today.

“Springfield is the seat of our state government, so it is only natural that state jobs should be located there,” Manar said. “I want to thank Representative Jimenez for her hard work on this legislation and dedication to the people of downstate Illinois. This is a measure that has the potential to boost the economy in and around our capital city.”

Manar, Costello urge governor to expedite employee back pay

paycheckSPRINGFIELD – Two Illinois lawmakers are calling on the governor to stop dragging his feet on payments to the roughly 24,000 public employees who are owed back wages by the state.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and State Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton) sent a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner this week urging him to expedite the payment of $63.25 million in wages owed to the employees and reminding him lawmakers included money for the back payments in the state budget. The appropriation was included in House Bill 109, which received strong bipartisan support in the General Assembly.

Manar: Litchfield TIF extension vital to local job growth

manar 052818LITCHFIELD – Tax increment financing districts are a key to job creation and a robust economy in many downstate communities, including Litchfield, State Senator Andy Manar said Tuesday after his measure extending the life of the Litchfield TIF was signed into law.

“Aggressive economic development has enabled Litchfield to add jobs and flourish as a community. The TIF district has been a significant factor in that growth,” Manar said. “It’s important that we take steps to extend the life of the TIF so that community leaders can continue building upon the success they’ve already had.”

Senate Bill 424, which Manar sponsored, extends the life of the Litchfield TIF district to 35 years from 23 years. It was created June 2, 1998, and had been set to expire at the end of 2021. Under the law sponsored by Manar, the TIF will not expire until the end of 2033.

The extension gives local officials more time to develop vacant land or eradicate blight to attract new employers and additional jobs to the city.

Manar complimented the city of Litchfield for its continued leadership on economic development.

“The number of positive economic development projects happening in Litchfield is mind-blowing. The residents here should be proud of what they and their city leaders have accomplished,” Manar said.

Manar plan to address statewide teacher shortage becomes law

manar 031418Plan is influenced by input from teachers in 48th Senate District

SPRINGFIELD – Rural and downstate school districts will have more tools to help overcome the challenges of a statewide teacher shortage under a new law that is based on input from central Illinois educators.

The plan, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, was signed into law today. It is influenced by suggestions from teachers in and near Macoupin and Montgomery counties who met with Manar in the fall to discuss the problem and possible solutions.

Sen. Andy Manar

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48th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Higher Education; Committee of the Whole; Executive Appointments (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Labor.

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.