Fixing the Illinois School Funding Formula

Date(s) - 08/15/17
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Maggiano's Banquets

Hosted by
City Club of Chicago

Fixing the Illinois School Funding Formula

City Club of Chicago

Hon. Jason Barickman and Hon. Andy Manar
moderated by Amanda Vinicky

Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017
11:30 a.m. reception/12:00 p.m. luncheon

Senator Jason Barickman was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2012, and represents the 53rd Legislative District. He has been a leader in the fight to improve the way schools are funded in Illinois and is currently a member of the Governor’s Education Funding Reform Commission.

Previously, he had served in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2011.  Senator Barickman has been honored for his work in the Illinois General Assembly from agriculture and business groups, while also participating in the inaugural class of the Edgar Fellows Leadership Program.

Senator Jason Barickman was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2012, and represents the 53rd Legislative District. He currently serves as the Senate Assistant Republican Leader, Co-Chair of the Legislative Audit Commission, Minority Spokesperson on the Judiciary Committee, and is a member of the Criminal Law, Education, Executive, and Labor committees. He also serves on the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission.

Senator Barickman is a graduate of Illinois State University and the University of Illinois College of Law. He is an attorney with Meyer Capel, P.C., is active in real estate investment and development, and is frequently an adjunct faculty member at Illinois State University.

Senator Barickman was raised on a family farm in Livingston County, and is a proud veteran, having served as an infantry soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard. He and his wife, Kristin, live in Bloomington and have three children.

Hon. Andy Manar

As the current State Senator representing the 48th District in the General Assembly, Andy Manar is leading the charge to overhaul our state’s outdated school funding formula, sponsoring bipartisan legislation to make sure every child has access to a quality education regardless of their ZIP code. He also reformed the state’s lead economic development agency to make it more accountable. Manar’s plan forces the state to prioritize investment in places hit hardest by the recession and makes sure money actually goes toward creating and retaining jobs in Illinois.

Before becoming a member in the General Assembly, Manar served as a Bunker Hill city councilman, Mayor of Bunker Hill and eventually Macoupin County Board chairman. He was encouraged and inspired to enter public service by the late Senator Vince Demuzio.

While serving his community at the local level, Manar advocated fiscal responsibility, bipartisan cooperation, increased communication between taxpayers and elected officials and made job creation one of his top priorities.

Manar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He also maintains Illinois teacher certification and, belongs to numerous civic and charitable organizations. Born and raised in Macoupin County, Manar and his wife, Trista, reside three blocks from where he grew up in Bunker Hill. Together they have three children: Abbie, Will and Ben.

Amanda Vinicky

After a decade as statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Public Radio/NPR Illinois, Amanda Vinicky recently joined WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Tonight” as a correspondent focused on covering Illinois government and politics. Her work has garnered honors from the Chicago Headline Club, the Associated Press, and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. Vinicky graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield’s Political Affairs Reporting Program—which she is happy to speak with any aspiring journalists about it—and holds degrees in journalism and politics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Though Vinicky hails from La Grange, she’s living in Chicago for the first time andwelcomes recommendations for distinctive restaurants, places or events she should check out in the city. You can find her on twitter @AmandaVinicky, where you’ll learn of her love for hot sauce and mustard, and always feel free to drop her a line with a hot story tip, too.


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