04252018 Manar Counseling Group 350SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar was honored to be presented the 2017 McGinn/Clark award for outstanding legislator by members of the Illinois Counseling Association during their visit to the Capitol Wednesday.

Manar received the award for his perseverance and dedication to overhauling Illinois’ unfair school funding formula, as well as his willingness to seek compromise – efforts that culminated in success in 2017 when a new evidence-based formula was approved by both houses of the Legislature and was signed into law.

The award also acknowledges Manar’s efforts to pass Conor’s Law requiring authorities to release anyone under 21 who is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the custody of a responsible adult. The law was prompted by the tragic death of a young constituent.

The award was presented to Manar by professional counselors and graduate students in counseling at Quincy University.

“I am humbled to be thought of in this way, and I appreciate this award very much,” Manar said. “But, truly, it is the school counselors and mental health professionals of this state who deserve accolades for their devotion to helping our children grow into healthy, well-adjusted adults.”

On hand to present the award were Daniel Stasi, executive director of the DeKalb-based Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association; Nadia Johnson, president of IMHCA; Jennifer Froemel, past president of the IMHCA; and Quincy University students ChaRosnese Williams, Andrea Fifield, Veronica Lawson, Tasia Rios, Ashley Juette and Dylan DeClue.

The McGinn/Clark award was established in 1996 to recognize an Illinois legislator who contributes to advocacy, public policy and legislative recognition for professional counselors and clients in Illinois.

The award is named for two women – Pat McGinn and Joyce Clark – who have actively and consistently advocated at all levels of government on behalf of professional counselors. Nominations for the nonpartisan award are open to any current or former Illinois legislator.

Pictured from left to right: ChaRosnese Williams, Andrea Fifield, Veronica Lawson, Nadia Johnson, State Senator Andy Manar, Tasia Rios, Jennifer Froemel, Ashley Juette, Dylan DeClue and Daniel Stasi.

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