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

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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BUNKER HILL - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) will host an open house at his Bunker Hill office in conjuction with the Christmas Walk sponsored by the Bunker Hill Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Dec. 7.

What: District Office Open Hours & Christmas Walk sponsored
When: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7
Where: 115 N. Washington St., Bunker Hill
Who: Event is open to the public

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The following guest column by Senator Andy Manar was published in the Alton Telegraph on Nov. 21, as well as in other area newspapers.


This summer, my colleagues and I traveled the state to talk to regular citizens affected by the skyrocketing cost of insulin, a crippling financial burden for thousands of families in Illinois, and to garner support for legislation to make Illinois the second state in the country to cap the price of insulin. We knew it would be a tough fight against powerful special interests, which is why grassroots supporters from all across Illinois who spoke up against the abuses of the pharmaceutical, pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), and insurance industries were so critical.

Last week, the overwhelming majority of Democrats and Republicans in the legislature came together and approved Senate Bill 667, which caps the price of insulin at $100 per month, sending a clear message that our state will no longer allow the industry unfettered profiteering that takes advantage of people living with diabetes by charging exorbitant prices for life-saving insulin.

Make no mistake: this landmark moment would not have happened without the brave individuals who stepped up and shared their stories and the ordinary people, of all ages, in every corner of the state who picked up the phone to tell their legislators to support the bill.

At a time when public trust in the democratic process is dwindling and wealthy special interests seem to have an increasingly firm grip on public policy outcomes, the passage of Senate Bill 667 is a clear reminder of what regular people can achieve through grassroots advocacy.

Grassroots advocacy isn’t simply a feature of our democracy. It’s a fundamental pillar of a government designed to work for all of its citizens.

Ordinary working-class people don’t have deep networks of lobbyists in the Capitol looking out for our interests. Our influence lies in our collective voice, and it’s up to us to demand change when the status quo is no longer working.

While Senate Bill 667 is a monumental step forward, the cost of insulin is only one small piece of a deeply flawed prescription drug industry that is set up to maximize profits at the expense of working families. We must follow the example of Senate Bill 667 and continue the fight to ensure that all Illinois families, not just those with diabetes, are never again forced to ration or go without life-saving medication.

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Insulin Costs in IL

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