Welcome to my legislative website. I am proud to serve as the State Senator from Illinois’ 48th District. I hope you’ll find this site a useful resource in keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in our district and in Springfield. Please contact any of my offices with questions or ways I can better serve you.

It is my honor to represent you in Springfield.

State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

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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Untitled design2CARLINVILLE –  State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) today joined officials from Golden Apple and Blackburn College for the announcement and signing ceremony of the Golden Apple Accelerators Program, a new teacher residency and licensure program to more quickly prepare highly-qualified teachers in areas of the state where they’re most needed, including Central Illinois.

The Accelerators program is recruiting college seniors not already in a teacher preparation program and those looking to change careers who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Candidates must commit to four years of teaching in Southern, Central or Western Illinois.

In the program’s first year, 50 candidates will begin their training in the summer of 2020, earn their teaching license by summer of 2021, and enter the profession of teaching in the 2021/22 school year.

“The promise of public education starts with bright and highly-qualified classroom leaders. While we work to address the root causes of our teacher shortage, the Accelerators program will help usher talented young professionals into the Central and Southern Illinois classrooms that need them the most,” Manar said. “I was proud to advocate for this innovative new partnership in the General Assembly, and I know it will have a positive impact on Illinois students for years to come.”

The program is part of a series of initiatives proposed by Manar to remedy Illinois’ teacher shortage. Manar drummed up bipartisan support to include $750,000 in funding for the Accelerators teacher residency program in the fiscal year 2020 budget.

Blackburn College hosted the event at its Lumpkin Learning Commons. Speakers included State Senator Andy Manar, Golden Apple President Alan Mather, Blackburn Interim President and Provost John McClusky, Regional Office of Education (ROE) No. 40 Superintendent Michelle Mueller, Blackburn Professor and Former Golden Apple Scholar Michelle Stacy, and Blackburn Education Department Chair Cindy Rice.

 “The teacher shortage crisis demands our immediate attention as it poses a real threat to the future of students in every corner of our state, especially the most vulnerable who are from economically challenged communities with underfunded and under-resourced schools,” said Golden Apple President Alan Mather. “There is no greater priority facing the education community today, and as an organization that has successfully championed this work, we are positioned to meet this head on and are very excited to count Blackburn College and ROE 40 among our partners.”

“Partnering with Golden Apple to address the Illinois teacher shortage crisis is a natural fit for Blackburn and our excellent Education program,” said John McClusky, the recently-appointed Interim President of Blackburn College. "As the only student-managed work program in the nation, Blackburn has always sought to find innovative solutions for systemic problems. That’s why we are excited and honored to join with Golden Apple on the 'Accelerators' program to help solve Illinois’s teacher shortage. Students deserve excellent teachers and Golden Apple is a proven leader in the space."

The Accelerators program will provide a one-year residency and training program, allowing immediate additional teaching assistance to understaffed districts while preparing the new teachers for classroom work.

Golden Apple is partnering with Blackburn College, Eastern Illinois University and ROEs 3, 13, 39, 40 and 47. Partnering ROEs will provide a valuable residency placement to an Accelerator; place a mentor teacher from the district with the Accelerator; allow for appropriate release time to complete university coursework; and hire and offer career development resources for the Accelerator in the two years following the residency.

Program participants will receive:

  • A $30,000 stipend to apply towards coursework or housing as they pursue their teaching license
  • Teaching licensure within 15 months
  • A one-year residency and training program in a targeted partner school district in Southern, Central or Western Illinois 
  • Coursework at a partner university
  • Job placement in a partner school district in Southern, Central or Western Illinois
  • Instruction from award-winning educators
  • Mentoring support for the first years of teaching
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