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State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

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SPRINGFIELD – Marking the first step in the long process in which lawmakers will negotiate the state’s next budget, Governor JB Pritzker delivered his 2020 budget address to the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

While he was pleased with proposed investments in jobs and infrastructure, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker) said he hoped to hear a more thorough commitment to school funding.

“I appreciate the governor’s commitment to funding education, but it is concerning that the proposal leaves open the possibility that our budget may not meet the established progress we expect toward school funding equity. In any case, in any revenue structure, the right to a high-quality public education doesn’t change, nor does our responsibility under the law to see it through.”

Pritzker’s budget supports increased K-12 education funding, yet a significant portion of money needed to satisfy the state’s school funding requirement by law still hangs in the balance.

“I look forward to working with the governor to craft a budget that meets the commitment to currently underfunded schools,” Manar said.

“Beyond that, I was very glad that the governor’s budget proposal advances issues that I view as imperative for a robust downstate economy,” Manar said. “It streamlines the process of starting a small business, maintains strong support for tech education and building trades careers, and sustains our state’s unprecedented investments in rural and downstate infrastructure.”

Pritzker’s budget proposal funds the creation of the One-Stop New Business Permitting Portal, which will centralize and simplify administrative procedures for business licensing and permits. It also supports economic development initiatives like career and technical education programs, and the Illinois Works Jobs Programs that would help downstate residents launch careers in construction and building trades.

The historic Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan, announced last year and currently making headway on roads and bridges through the state, would be fully funded under Pritzker’s recommendation.

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IMG 1754CARLINVILLE – Carlinville school district officials, Mayor Deanna Demuzio, and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed Illinois Governor JB Pritzker to Carlinville Intermediate School last week for a tour of the district’s pre-kindergarten program facilities and a meeting to discuss the governor’s early childhood education goals.

“I’m deeply optimistic about the future of child care and early education in rural communities like Carlinville and the one I grew up in,” Manar said. “We have a governor who is committed to building an early childhood education system that empowers every student in Illinois to start kindergarten off on a strong foot, and I look forward to working with him to make it happen.”

The visit took place as Pritzker gears up to build on the state’s record investment of $100 million in early childhood education programs, which will provide pre-K to 14,000 new children across Illinois. Last month, Pritzker announced a 20% increase to the reimbursement rate for child-care centers and home-based providers in certain rural and downstate communities, including Macoupin County.

"From our aggressive efforts to secure federal funding to our historic investments in early childhood programs and facilities, Illinois will become the best state in the nation for families raising young children," Pritzker declared last month. "We have so much more to accomplish for Illinois families and their children, and this administration will continue investing in the care and education our kids need to succeed."

Manar, the architect of the state’s landmark Evidence-Based Funding reform for K-12 schools in 2017, plans to help push the state’s long-term plan to deliver equitable access to high-quality early childhood education and care services for all children birth to age 5.

In December, Pritzker selected Manar to co-chair the Governor’s Commission for Equitable Funding for Early Childhood Education and Care.

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(13-year old type 1 diabetic Josie Edlefson displays the newly enacted Senate Bill 667)

SPRINGFIELD - The ability of pharmaceutical companies to line their pockets on the backs of Illinoisans with diabetes is coming to an end.

Surrounded by advocates and diabetes patients young and old, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 667, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), making Illinois the second state in the nation to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per month for all patients regardless of the supply they require. The cap applies to commercial insurance plans regulated by the state starting on Jan. 1, 2021.

“I’m deeply grateful for the brave individuals and families, some of whom are here today, who stepped up and challenged the status quo on behalf of millions of people who share their experience,” Manar said. “Their stories propelled Senate Bill 667 through the legislature with bipartisan support by evoking a shared belief that unites us all — the health and humanity of our neighbors isn’t a tool to be leveraged for exorbitant profit.”

Roughly 1.3 million Illinoisans are living with diabetes and rely on insulin to manage their blood sugar levels. Price increases have left many of them struggling to pay for the drug and at risk of deadly consequences.

“After being diagnosed almost four years ago as a type 1 diabetic, I quickly learned that I did nothing to cause this disease,” said Josie Edlefson, a 13-year old with diabetes whose family will be directly affected by the new law. “Because of this law, fewer Americans will have to make the choice to ration their insulin. No one should have to worry about paying for a necessary drug to live.”

The new law also requires the Department of Insurance, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to issue an "insulin pricing report" to the public that details findings on insulin pricing practices and recommendations to control and prevent overpricing of prescription insulin drugs.

“Health care is a right for all, not a privilege and that is why I am so proud that we created an insulin price cap that successfully puts patients above profit,” said Governor Pritzker. “As we work to address the high cost of prescription drug prices that are burdening millions all across our state, this new law is an essential step in fulfilling our promise to put state government back on the side of working families.”

Last fall, Manar worked closely with advocacy groups, including Insulin For All and AARP, to build a grassroots advocacy campaign to generate statewide support for the measure, which led to overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

“We’ve all heard heartbreaking stories from Illinois residents struggling with the cost of prescription drugs,” said Ryan Gruenenfelder, AARP Illinois Director of Advocacy and Outreach.  “This law will undoubtedly help everyday Illinois residents who are being forced to decide whether to pay for insulin or other basic necessities with their fixed incomes.”

Manar is expected to unveil an extensive package of legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs during the upcoming legislative session.

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hillsboro visit(Pictured from left to right: State Senator Andy Manar, Hillsboro Community Planner Jonathan Weyer, DCEO Director Erin Guthrie, Hillsboro Mayor Brian Sullivan, and Atlas 46 General Manage Kyle Anderson)

HILLSBORO – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) this week welcomed Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Erin Guthrie to Montgomery County to meet with Hillsboro Mayor Brian Sullivan and tour Atlas 46, a Hillsboro-based premium manufacturer of high quality nylon tactical products used by construction workers, law enforcement, military personnel, and similar industries.

Following the closure of the Coffeen Power Plant by Vistra Energy, Atlas 46 has been a leading economic driver for Hillsboro and Montgomery County.

“Given all that has happened, I’m excited for what’s in store for Hillsboro and wanted Director Guthrie to see this resilient community firsthand,” Manar said. “DCEO will play a critical role in many infrastructure and job growth projects that are currently in the works.”

“It was a pleasure to meet with Director Guthrie and Senator Manar. When a hardworking community like Hillsboro is able to team up with the state to expand job opportunities and recruit new businesses, the sky is the limit,” Mayor Sullivan said. “I am certain that their assistance will pay dividends for Hillsboro, Montgomery County, and the state.”

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Insulin Costs in IL

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Springfield Office:
119A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 782-0228

Decatur Office:
Macon County Office Building
141 S. Main St., Suite 502
Decatur, IL 62523
Phone: (217) 429-8110

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115 N. Washington, P.O. Box 636
Bunker Hill, IL 62014
Phone: (618) 585-4848