Senator Barickman honored by education and manufacturing organizations

State Sen. Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington) has been recognized for work on education funding reform, while also being honored for his support of manufacturing businesses.

Barickman was recently presented with the “Friend of Education” award from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents.  The award was largely based on the Senator’s work in advancing the concept of an evidence-based model for school funding, which was successfully passed into law. The award was presented to Barickman during his fall Youth Advisory Council meeting, which is a program that invites students from his district to learn more about state government while offering them the opportunity to propose new legislation.

“IARSS recognizes individuals that work to advance educational opportunities for all students in the state of Illinois and Senator Barickman is most deserving of our Friends of Education Award in 2018.  His tireless efforts to enact the evidence-based funding reform ensures that every district has the adequate resources to provide the best possible educational opportunities for their students,” said Regional Office of Education  #17 Superintendent Mark Jontry, who presented Senator Barickman with the award. “Senator Barickman’s Youth Advisory Council program is another example of how he engages students directly to provide them a better understanding of how our legislative process works in Illinois.  He truly is a Friend of Education.”

The Technology and Manufacturing Association awarded Senator Barickman with a 100% rating for his voting record, one of only two Senators to receive a perfect score.

“Manufacturers are a major part of the Illinois economy, providing good paying jobs and economic development for our communities,” said Sen. Barickman. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my work in trying to help grow our manufacturing base and our state economy.”

The TMA rates the voting record of every lawmaker in regard to legislation that affects manufacturers and businesses. Sen. Barickman received a perfect 100 score for 2018, and has a lifetime rating from the TMA of 92.

“Senator Jason Barickman’s voting record demonstrates an understanding of the importance of economic growth and expansion of career choice in Illinois, especially when it comes to manufacturing,” said Steve Rauschenberger, President of TMA. “Senator Barickman is standing up against the intrusive state regulations that are holding back the growth of our business environment.”

The Technology and Manufacturing Association represents nearly 1,000 manufacturers who employ more than 30,000 people, primarily in the Midwest.

Pictured above: Mark Jontry, Regional Office of Education #17 Superintendent, presents Senator Barickman with the “Friend of Education Award.”

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