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State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

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DECATUR – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) reaffirmed the state’s commitment to supporting access to early childhood education, after school programs, and child care at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. The press conference followed a tour of the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur’s child care facility, which opened this week for its 2020 summer camp program.

Manar spoke to the decision to protect funding for child care and community-based providers in the state’s recently-passed fiscal year 2021 budget.

“We are able to reopen child care facilities and community-based providers, because we prioritized that funding in the budget this year,” said Manar, who chairs the Illinois Senate Appropriations II Committee and serves as a lead budget negotiator for the Illinois Senate majority party. “We chose not to slash and burn programs that support youth and at-risk youth, which would be detrimental to communities like Decatur. We made that choice, and I know it was the right decision.”

“I think average folks think that budget is a pretty boring thing to talk about, but a budget is a moral document,” Pritzker said. “The investments we make of who we are as a people here in the state. It’s an expression of what we believe in.”

Manar also highlighted the importance of making sure youth programs can sustain their mission for the duration of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. He pointed to the work of the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur Executive Director Shamika Bond and her staff as an example of a group that consistently serves as a positive force in the lives of underserved families who are most vulnerable to the economic fallout related to COVID-19.

“COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. It will be part of our lives for months to come without question. In order to combat that the disease, we have to make sure community level providers have the funding for adequate resources and staff,” Manar said. “That means funding programs like Teen REACH and giving resources to Shamika Bond and her staff, so when parents go back to work, there’s an option for children to experience a productive atmosphere. The governor and I are proud to support them, because we know they pay dividends for children in Decatur.”

“During these devastating times, we stayed true to our mission by continuing to serve the youth in our community by providing after-hour meals, mentorship, and we continued with recognition,” Bond said. “We were afraid of the unknown. We were afraid of each other, but most importantly, we were afraid for those children that needed us most. Our children more than ever need leadership, guidance and support.”

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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