MAP veto reactionSPRINGFIELD – On Friday afternoon, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a spending plan that would have funded the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants that go to college students who need help paying for school. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and his colleagues approved the legislation late last month.

"I don't understand how denying needy college students access to financial aid turns our state around," said Manar. “The governor had the opportunity to make some changes to the proposal, which would have given the legislature a chance to find a middle ground. His actions today showed no willingness to compromise.”

Read more: Manar responds to governor’s veto of MAP funding bill

page menendezSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed Dominic Menedez to the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

Dominic is a 7th grader at Williamsville Jr. High, and spent the day with Manar as part of the Senate’s page-for-a-day program.

budget reactSPRINGFIELD—Following the governor’s budget address, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) reiterated the need for a more equitable way to fund Illinois’ schools.

“While I acknowledge the governor’s intent to fully fund schools, the governor should acknowledge that an increase in dollars doesn’t distinguish his leadership from the mistakes of the past when it comes to education funding. We can’t afford to go another year with a broken school funding formula,” Manar said. “The governor has a real chance to lead by changing the school funding formula to reflect student need so that Illinois’ education dollars are spent wisely.”

Read more: Manar responds to governor’s budget address

DECATUR— The 62nd annual Farm Progress Show welcomed an extra 150,000 people to Decatur this week. The three-day expo brought international agribusiness leaders, thousands of customers and millions of dollars of economic impact to Decatur and Central Illinois.

State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomes influx of visitors and the added attention for Decatur.

“These companies come from around the world to showcase their work unveiling new innovations, and Decatur is at the heart of it. Farming and agribusiness is the largest component of Illinois’ economy and this is an example of that strength,” Manar said.

Manar toured the exhibits, watched presentations by industry representatives and saw new developments in agricultural technology with other lawmakers Wednesday.

“There are over 600 vendors and attendees who come from around the country and the world. They get hotel rooms, eat at local restaurants and visit city businesses,” Manar said.

The 2.3 million square foot Progress City USA that houses the Farm Progress Show every-other year was recently expanded because of increased demand by vendors. It is the nation's largest trade show.

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