Co-ops honor Sen. Manar with public service award

andy-manar-award-img_5499During a special award ­ceremony held at M.J.M. Electric Cooperative, Inc., on August 31, Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (left, D-Bunker Hill) received the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award from AIEC President/CEO Duane Noland. The award was made in recog­nition of Sen. Manar’s dedicated public service to all ­citizens of the state of Illinois and for ­outstanding ­contributions to the rural electrification program.

Noland said, “Senator Manar has been a great friend and supporter of electric cooperatives and our ­members, and a dedicated public ­servant to the 48th district and all of Illinois. He understands the importance of rural issues, including rural electric cooperatives, ­education and agriculture.”

“I’m pleased to be one of the many who go to Springfield and carries, with a loud voice, your issues and everything you stand for,” said Sen. Manar upon acceptance of the award. “I love my hometown and plan to stay in my ­hometown. Everyone knows the story of young people who want to leave their towns to go find oppor­tunities ­elsewhere. I’ve ­dedicated a lot of my life to make sure there’s more opportunities in small towns, ­especially the ones I represent.”

The 48th Senate District includes the service ­territories of M.J.M. Electric Cooperative, Inc., Shelby Electric Cooperative, and Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative Co.