Manar Cap on Corner PanarSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) announced Girard as the fourth town for his new constituent-outreach program, “Capitol on your Corner”.

To facilitate an open, ongoing dialogue with the people of the 48th District, Manar has committed to regularly visiting towns across the district to meet with constituents and answer their questions as part of a program he’s calling “Capitol on your Corner.”

“People seem to appreciate having the opportunity to offer ideas and opinions on how we should address some of our state’s toughest issues,” Manar said.  “And I have really enjoyed talking one-on-one with people; it gives me a chance to find out what issues and concerns I should be focusing on.”

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DSC 3057rSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) announced Pana as the third town for his new constituent-outreach program, “Capitol on your Corner”.

To facilitate an open, ongoing dialogue with the people of the 48th District, Manar has committed to regularly visiting towns across the district to meet with constituents and answer their questions as part of a program he’s calling “Capitol on your Corner.”

“We have had great turnouts at each of the last two events,” Manar said. “People seem to appreciate having the opportunity to offer ideas and opinions on how we should address some of our state’s toughest issues. And I have really enjoyed talking one-on-one with people; it gives me a chance to find out what issues and concerns I should be focusing on.”

The third “Capitol on your Corner” event is scheduled as follows:

•    9:00 – 10:00am April 6 at the Spring Garden Restaurant in Pana
•    Spring Garden Restaurant – 16 S. Poplar St.

Check in regularly at www.SenatorAndyManar.com for updates on upcoming dates and locations for “Capitol on your Corner.”

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030513br0249rSPRINGFIELD – The Senate State Government and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Development is holding a hearing Thursday, April 4, in Naperville to discuss a proposal sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) aimed at restructuring the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – the lead state agency responsible for economic development in the state. The purpose of this hearing will be to discuss economic development in Illinois as well as hear testimony from business leaders and economic development organizations regarding the role of public-private partnerships in business and economic development.

Who: Senators Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill), Melinda Bush (D–Grayslake) and Michael Connelly (R–Wheaton). Michael Mini – Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; David Hinderliter – Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce; Christine Jeffries – Naperville Development Partnership; Greg Bedalov – Choose DuPage; Mike Evans – Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

What: Senate State Government and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Development Hearing on Senate Bill 2

When: 1 p.m. Thursday, April 4

Where: Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce - Conference Room A - 55 S. Main St. Suite 351 - Naperville, IL

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031313br0287rSPRINGFIELD – Legislation aimed at reducing barriers for school districts wanting to voluntarily reorganize passed out of the Senate Education Committee with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Currently, school districts serving a population of fewer than 5,000 residents have the option to accelerate the school’s reorganization process by dissolving without a referendum vote. Senate Bill 1877, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) would allow school districts with fewer than 750 students to take similar advantage of the speedier process of dissolving by filing a petition – a locally driven process.

Several proposals dealing with school consolidations have been proposed by lawmakers in the past and in 2011 Gov. Pat Quinn proposed consolidating 868 Illinois school districts to no more than 300, a proposal that received little support.   

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