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  • manar hi speed railSPRINGFIELD – A proposal creating a commission that will oversee Springfield’s 10th Street Rail Corridor was signed into law Wednesday.

    State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) sponsored the commission that aims to increase transparency and ensure accountability in minority hiring.

    Manar and Scherer credited citizen participation, specifically the Faith Coalition for the Common Good, for this commission becoming a reality.

  • manar museums 8 7 15SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to require the Illinois State Museum system to stay open despite the ongoing budget impasse.

    State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) sponsored the proposal to keep the Illinois State Museum open along with its branch sites: Dickson Mounds, Lockport Gallery, Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and Southern Illinois Art Gallery at Rend Lake and the Illinois Artisans Shop and Chicago Gallery.

    “The Illinois State Museum brings the outside world to Illinois students, families and scientists. There are very real financial and social costs to closing the museum,” Manar said.

    The proposal, Senate Bill 317, requires the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to keep the museums open by law.

    “The strong outpouring of public support for the museum has been the main motivator behind this legislation. People across the state care deeply about this museum and the opportunities and services it provides,” Manar said.

    The Senate approved the legislation Tuesday and now moves to the House for debate.

  • mcguire manar museumsSPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate late Tuesday afternoon voted overwhelmingly to keep the Illinois State Museum and its five branches open. Gov. Bruce Rauner has moved to shutter the headquarters museum in Springfield as well as sites in Chicago, Dickson Mounds, Lockport, and Rend Lake. The vote on SB 317 was 40-9, with an additional 5 senators voting present.

    The legislation’s primary sponsor is Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), in whose district the headquarters museum sits. Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill), whose district includes the Illinois State Museum-Lockport Gallery, is a chief co-sponsor. McGuire explained the benefits of the Lockport site during floor debate on the proposal.

    “The Lockport Gallery not only has aesthetic and educational value,” McGuire said, “it also has economic value.” McGuire said gallery visitors patronize downtown Lockport shops and restaurants. “This increases sales tax revenue and enlarges the property tax base,” he said.

    The measure now goes to the House for approval. On Wednesday, the legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability casts an advisory vote on the Governor’s action to shut the entire Illinois State Museum system.

  • 30436737336 4bc59f3a5c bSPRINGFIELD – Out-of-state online retailers will have to pay their fair share of local sales taxes – just like local companies must do – if they want to do business in Illinois, according to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling today that garnered praise from State Senator Cristina Castro.

    “Times are different now, and a lot of people do their shopping online. It is important that out-of-state businesses are held accountable to their share of state revenues,” said Castro, an Elgin Democrat and the sponsor of a successful bipartisan measure that was contingent upon today’s ruling. That plan was incorporated into the state budget that was signed into law June 4.

    Previously, out-of-state e-commerce retailers do not have to collect a sales tax, a practice that undercuts local retailers and denies revenue for local needs, such as road, bridge and sewer repairs.