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  • manar avr 112916Illinois voters and taxpayers will have to wait for the cost savings and streamlined bureaucracy that would have come with enacting automatic voter registration in the nation’s fifth largest state.

    The Illinois House on Tuesday was unable to follow the Senate’s lead and override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure to enact automatic voter registration and help Illinois maintain its status as a leader in making voting as simple and convenient as possible for its residents.

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  • avr votingAs civic groups throughout Illinois prepare for National Voter Registration Day activities on Tuesday, Senator Andy Manar is reminding people that automatic registration is the best way to ensure all eligible voters are able to have a say in their government.

    The Illinois Legislature in May approved automatic voter registration legislation with strong bipartisan support. However, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the proposal in August even though he previously had expressed support for the concept.

  • manar presser 012016SPRINGFIELD – Illinois must do a better job of prioritizing education funding for students who live in poverty and have special needs, Senator Andy Manar said Wednesday during a meeting of the governor’s commission on school funding reform.

    Even with the additional investment the state made in K-12 schools this year, Illinois is unlikely to move the needle on better educational outcomes because the state does not drive enough dollars to the districts where they’re most needed, Manar added.

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  • avr votingCHICAGO-- With one day left for Governor Rauner to sign or veto bipartisan Automatic Voter Registration legislation, the Just Democracy Illinois coalition  joined the bill’s legislative sponsors to call on Governor Rauner to sign the bill into law on Thursday.

    “Automatic Voter Registration will add eligible Illinois voters to the rolls, make our voting lists more accurate, and save taxpayers money over time,” said Abraham Scarr, Co-Coordinator of Just Democracy Illinois and Director of Illinois Public Interest Research Group. “We urge Governor Rauner to seize this opportunity to modernize voter registration in Illinois.”

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  • Senator Andy Manar (D- Bunker Hill) urges the governor to reopen the Illinois State Museum on June 1 rather than July 1.


  • museum 8 7 15 mrSPRINGFIELD—After months of advocacy and numerous legislative initiatives by Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced a plan to reopen the state museum.

    Following the announcement, Manar issued the following statement:

    “This decision is long overdue. Even though the museum was closed, the employees were still reporting to work every day so we weren’t achieving any savings.

    “Reopening the museum is an easy, common sense decision.”

  • Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) argues in favor of an evidence-based school funding model to reform education funding in Illinois.


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  • Senator And Manar (D-Bunker Hill) shares his final thoughts before voting on his automatic voter registration proposal on the Senate floor.


  • manar 051016SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Andy Manar’s (D-Bunker Hill) plan to re-invest in clean coal would help jolt the industry that has endured a crippling decrease over the years.

    “The coal industry was a major source of income and jobs for the rural parts of our state. When it started to slow down, thousands of jobs were downsized and many mines were closed,” said Manar. “Investing in clean coal technology and creating a system for those companies to partner with local utility companies will give this industry a much-needed boost.”

    The plan, Senate Bill 3426, would create the Clean Coal Technology Development and Utilization Fund and call for greater investments in clean coal producers on behalf of the state. The fund would then be solely used to fund clean coal project investments by the Illinois Finance Authority.  

    In addition, the measure requires that local utility companies utilize energy created by the clean coal sites as a source of power for their customers.

    “This plan is a two-fold investment. It provides the capital to create clean coal projects, as well as the customer base to sustain the projects there afterwards,” said Manar.

    Senate Bill 3426 is currently pending in the Illinois Senate.

  • sandoval sb231Yesterday, the Illinois Senate moved Senate Bill 231 to try and alleviate this problem, and Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) supports education funding reform.

    “For too many children in too many communities, their paths to excellence are blocked by the existing school finance system that shortchanges their schools and fails to provide needed resources," said Senate President John J. Cullerton. "It’s an injustice we’ve tolerated too long. Our students, parents, teachers and taxpayers are tired of the bickering; tired of the impasse. They’re looking for leaders with the courage to step beyond the status quo and do what’s right."

    Senate Bill 231 is an education finance reform bill that will change the way Illinois schools are funded. The new formula replaces the current method by taking into account characteristics of each school district, including low-income pupil count, number of English learners and special education students.

    “This is an important step to make sure low-income and minority students in my district get the education they deserve," said Senator Sandoval, an advocate on school construction, who has worked with Senator Manar for three years on this issue. Chicago Public Schools as well as Lyons, Summit, Argo Community, Berwyn, Cicero and Burbank schools look to benefit from the new formula.

    "Too many districts are struggling under the current way we finance schools in Illinois," Senator Sandoval said. “On behalf of students in my communities and across Illinois, I commend Senator Manar for his leadership on this critical issue. It comes at a crucial time for working families.”

    The bill passed the Illinois Senate and now heads to the Illinois House of Representatives.

  • clayborne techSince 1990, students and teachers from across the state come to the Capitol each spring to provide demonstrations on classroom technology projects for lawmakers. The Illinois Computing Educators annual TECH Day brings school teams to show projects that often focus on improving teaching and learning.

    For Illinois students to succeed, technology must play a role in their education. This ensures their engagement in what their school's resources help them learn and accomplish.