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New Manar law to direct state jobs to Sangamon County

CapitolSWSPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar reinforcing that state jobs should be in the Springfield area became law today.

“Springfield is the seat of our state government, so it is only natural that state jobs should be located there,” Manar said. “I want to thank Representative Jimenez for her hard work on this legislation and dedication to the people of downstate Illinois. This is a measure that has the potential to boost the economy in and around our capital city.”

Under the new law, Sangamon County is now given priority for state jobs if the job doesn’t require a specific geographic location. It does not require current state employees to relocate.

The legislation comes after a 2016 workforce study found that 467 total state jobs could be relocated to Springfield.

The law’s requirements only apply to vacant positions, new positions or positions that become vacant in the future. House Bill 4295 takes effect immediately.

Sen. Andy Manar

Sen. Andy Manar

48th Senate District

Years served:2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations I; Appropriations II (Chairperson); Education; Executive Appointments (Vice-Chairperson); Financial Institutions; Subcommittee on Capital (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Born November 15, 1975, in Bunker Hill; B.A. in History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; past chairman of Macoupin County Board; married (wife, Trista), has three children.

Associated Representatives:
Avery Bourne
Sue Scherer