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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.

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State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed Springfield High School senior Micah Jackson to the Capitol on Tuesday as part of Manar’s Future Leaders program and to recognize him for being named Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois Youth of the Year for 2019-2020.

Accompanying Jackson was Tiffany Mathis, who was appointed Executive Director and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois in January.

“The Boys & Girls Club is such a positive force in this community. Cultivating young leaders and preparing them to succeed is some of the most important work we can do,” Manar said. “The impact of Tiffany Mathis and professionals like her is evident to anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting students like Micah Jackson.”

 manar jackson2Jackson, 17, shadowed Manar for the day, joining him in committee meetings and on the Senate floor where he met other state lawmakers and observed them as they debated and voted on legislation.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois is so grateful to Senator Manar for selecting our Youth of the Year Micah Jackson to spend the day as a Senate page,” Mathis said. “Senator Manar’s continued support of our organization and the youth we serve further highlights the important role that Boys & Girls Clubs play in students’ lives all across the state.”

Manar presented Jackson with a Certificate of Recognition for his achievement and conducted a one-on-one interview – a tradition of Manar’s Future Leaders program. The two discussed Jackson’s rise into a leadership role among his peers and his plans for the future.

“Visiting the Senate was a great opportunity for me to see how government works on a daily basis and how many different people are involved in the process,” said Jackson, who is interested video game design and will begin pursuing a degree in graphic design from Lincoln Land Community College next fall.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois, Inc. operates in 9 locations and serves roughly 900 children and teens, providing character building activities, academic assistance programs, and healthy activities. The organization’s programming is geared towards delivering measurable outcomes that help students become responsible citizens in our community, lead healthy lives, and reach their full potential.

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SPRINGFIELD – Over half of Illinois residents are burdened by the high cost of health care and prescription drugs, according to a new Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey (CHESS), commissioned in January 2020 by Protect Our Care Illinois and Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The survey found that 54% of respondents are either “worried” or “very worried” about affording the cost of prescription drugs, and 28% of Illinois adults have rationed or gone without medication due to the skyrocketing cost of prescription medication.

“These findings signal the degree to which the prescription drug industry is failing to serve the health of patients, while those responsible face zero consequence,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill). “It puts the onus on every legislator to be a part of a solution that delivers serious transparency and accountability to an industry besieged by profiteering and exploitation of working families.”

The data was announced today at joint press conference with Healthcare Value Hub Director Lynn Quincy, Senator Manar, State Representative Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago), and advocates from the Protect Our Care Illinois coalition. Guzzardi and Manar also announced new legislation, House Bill 3493, to establish the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which would review data on drug prices and set new payment limits for state-regulated plans.

“This new consumer health survey confirms what we have known for a while: people in Illinois are being crushed by the cost of health care and prescription drugs, and they are looking to state government to address this huge issue. We have to do something now to provide relief to Illinois families,” said Rep. Guzzardi, who chairs the House Prescription Drug Affordability and Accessibility Committee. “When it comes to tackling drug costs, 86% of survey respondents endorsed the creation of Prescription Drug Affordability Board to examine the evidence and establish acceptable costs for drugs – and I’m committed to bringing that type of oversight to Illinois.”

The findings revealed that both liberal and conservative Illinoisans showed high support for legislative solutions to address price gouging and bring heightened transparency to the prescription drug industry.

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

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Macon County Office Building
141 S. Main St., Suite 502
Decatur, IL 62523
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Bunker Hill, IL 62014
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