Andy Manar en How Much Would Your School District Lose? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;<a href="">&nbsp;</a></span><a href="">New data</a> suggests just how big a hit most school districts would take if Illinois' income tax rate rolls back as scheduled at the end of the year.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 23168 at How Much Would Your School District Lose? Senator Suggests Switching School Funding Distribution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Critics of the way Illinois funds schools say it's wrong that the quality of a child's education is based largely on her zip code.</p><p>That's because schools are mostly funded by local property taxes. While Illinois takes that into account when determining how much state money to give each district, it's not the predominant factor.</p><p></p><p>A new proposal, backed by Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, would make local need the number one test.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:46:05 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22243 at Senator Suggests Switching School Funding Distribution Manar Introduces Bill Changing School Funding <p>A group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday introduced a long-awaited piece of legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997. The sponsors call the measure the most comprehensive way to ensure equity across the state but say there's still work to do in gaining broad support on the regionally divisive issue.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:29:35 +0000 Associated Press 22184 at Manar Introduces Bill Changing School Funding Fire Damages Senator's Office <p></p><p>State Sen. Andy Manar is setting up temporary office space after fire damaged his district office in the city of Staunton in southern Illinois. &nbsp;<br />Manar is a Democrat from Bunker Hill. He says the fire started about noon on Monday in a business next door to his office in a historic building on Main Street.</p><p>Manar says no one was injured. He did not know the cause or a damage estimate. &nbsp;<br />Volunteer firefighters from Staunton, Gillespie, Mount Olive, Litchfield and Olive responded. Manar says they acted quickly to keep the fire from spreading. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:32:05 +0000 Associated Press 19235 at Fire Damages Senator's Office Manar: Public School Funding Needs Overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois schools have seen state funding cut again and again in recent years. A Democratic lawmaker wants to change how that money is distributed. But it remains to be whether they can get more money in the system.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Andy </span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (D-Bunker Hill) says inequality is basically guaranteed by Illinois' complicated education funding laws. That's because it's based on property taxes, so schools in impoverished areas can struggle to get by.</span></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:21:15 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18371 at Manar: Public School Funding Needs Overhaul Madigan: Resist Temptation To Cave To Corporate Officials' Demands <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A day after Office Depot announced it would stay in Florida rather than move to Illinois, the speaker of the House says Illinois needs to end its practice of offering tax incentives on a case-by-case basis.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:19:54 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14830 at Madigan: Resist Temptation To Cave To Corporate Officials' Demands ADM Unlikely To Get Tax Credit Before End Of Year <p>While much of the attention was focused on pensions, state legislators yesterday also dealt with measures intended to get a trio of companies to call Illinois home. But they only got halfway there.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decatur-based Archer Daniels Midland is shopping for a new world headquarters. The agribusiness giant may well choose Chicago; but it wants a tax break from Illinois, like in a measure approved by the Senate.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:32:43 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14274 at ADM Unlikely To Get Tax Credit Before End Of Year Senator Wants Job Commitment From ADM <p>New legislation would bring jobs to Decatur as a condition for Archer Daniels Midland Company to receive state incentives it wants to keep its headquarters in Illinois.<br />&nbsp;<br />State Sen. Andy Manar introduced an amendment Thursday to require the company<br />to relocate at least 100 jobs from out of state to Decatur and hire at least 100<br />new full-time employees a year in the city for five years.<br />&nbsp;<br />ADM announced earlier this year it will move its 100-employee global<br />headquarters out of Decatur. ADM is reportedly considering Chicago and other Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:32:32 +0000 Associated Press 12100 at Senator Wants Job Commitment From ADM Preview: Fall Veto Session <p>For the first time since a brief special session in July,legislators will begin making their way en masse to Springfield this week, for the fall veto session. The agenda before them is relatively light. The General Assembly will likely debate some budget matters. And there's a hearing on a new type of health care coverage for retired state employees. Amanda Vinicky previews what else is ahead.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:50:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11345 at Preview: Fall Veto Session Interview: State Senator Andy Manar <p>State Senator Andy Manar (D - Bunker Hill) is in his first term serving the 48th District.&nbsp; It stretches from Springfield and Decatur south into Madison County.<br /><br />Before he was elected, Manar spent time as Chief of Staff to Senate President John Cullerton and served as Chairman of the Macoupin County Board.<br /> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:51:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 10612 at Interview: State Senator Andy Manar Senator: Decatur Unemployment Must Be Considered In ADM Tax Breaks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Archer Daniels Midland plans to move its headquarters out of Decatur, state lawmakers are considering whether to award tax breaks to keep the agribusiness giant in Illinois.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a legislative hearing in Chicago, representatives of ADM told lawmakers they wanted incentives worth $1.2 million a year for up to 20 years. In return, the company would keep its headquarters in Illinois, likely in Chicago.</span></p><p>One lawmakers says it&#39;s &quot;essentially blackmailing the state.&quot;</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:32:23 +0000 Brian Mackey 10085 at Senator: Decatur Unemployment Must Be Considered In ADM Tax Breaks Incentive Plan To Keep ADM Headquarters In Illinois <p>A proposed incentive package created to persuade Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its global headquarters in Illinois is sparking debate among lawmakers. &nbsp;<br />The proposal would give ADM a 10 percent break on utility taxes for up to 30 years and an income-tax credit. It&#39;s expected to be discussed at an Illinois House committee meeting Tuesday. &nbsp;<br />ADM announced last week it plans to move its global headquarters out of Decatur. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:39:00 +0000 Associated Press 9979 at Incentive Plan To Keep ADM Headquarters In Illinois Decatur Job Troubles Spur Business Law <p>Thursday's unemployment numbers show Decatur is once again lagging the rest of Illinois. That long-term trend is partly responsible for a new law aimed at changing the way Illinois handles economic development.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Decatur, 13.2 percent of job-seekers can't find work. State Sen. Andy </span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — a Democrat whose district includes Decatur — says that's part of the reason he thought it was time to blow up the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and start over.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:27:44 +0000 Brian Mackey 7730 at Decatur Job Troubles Spur Business Law