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Manar announces new health center in Decatur

Published: Monday, November 03, 2014 12:58 PM

p-manarOn Monday, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced an investment of $3 million from the state to build a new community health center in Decatur.

The community health center is planned for the Wabash Crossing neighborhood and will provide greater access to health care for low-income and high-risk patients of Macon County.

“A major factor in successful communities is residents’ access to quality and affordable health care,” Manar said. “This investment not only improves the quality of life for residents who surround the facility, but it will have a positive impact on the entire city and region as a whole.”

The $3 million investment is through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Millions invested for I-74 Mississippi River bridge construction

Published: Monday, November 03, 2014 12:57 PM

QC-I74-bridge-jacobsMOLINE – Senator Mike Jacobs announced today a $10 million investment to construct the new I-74 Mississippi River bridge linking Illinois and Iowa in the Quad Cities.

“The region needs this type of investment not only for the good paying jobs it brings, but because the expansion and infrastructure upgrade will lead to economic growth that benefits everyone. I’m proud to advocate for this type of project," Sen. Jacobs said.

The Mississippi River bridge project continues improvements to the roads on the already existing and over-crowded six-lane bridge.

Jacobs advocated for this project as a continuation of his efforts to improve infrastructure and create jobs in the Quad Cities. The project will ease commuting traffic and create more than 5,000 construction jobs through 2020.

The existing bridge will still remain open until the new one is complete.

Manar secures funding to replace damaged fire hydrants

Published: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:51 AM

Downtown Charlottesville fire hydrantRWORDEN – Worden city officials recently discovered that 11 fire hydrants in various locations around the city were damaged and needed to be either repaired or replaced. Looking for possible solutions Worden Mayor Preston Hall acted quickly by bringing the problem to the attention of State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).  

“After we identified the problem I sought the advice of Senator Manar,” Mayor Hall said. “He was very responsive to our request for assistance and quickly worked with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to identify an infrastructure grant so we could get repairs underway.”

Biss to host higher education forum

Published: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:48 AM

Biss100On October 27 at 7 p.m., I'll be joined by Morty Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, and Merrill Irving, Associate Vice President of Continuing Education, Training and Workforce Development at Oakton Community College. Together we will be discussing the cost of higher education -- trends, implications and potential action steps.

We stress the importance of pursuing a higher degree to our students, yet the cost is difficult for most families, and prohibitive for others. I know this is an important issue for many members of our community, and I'm eager to share with them the insights of this terrific panel.

I hope you'll be able to join us! The details are below, and the rest of our Critical Issues Series schedule is here.

Event details:

  • What: Excellence and Access: Higher education for a 21st century economy
  • Date: October 27
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hardin Hall, Rebecca Crown Center, 633 Clark Street, Northwestern University, Evanston

Please call our office at 847-568-1250 with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

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