Susan Morrison formerly served as a Taylorville principal, U of I state director

SPRINGFIELD – A Carlinville woman’s appointment to the Illinois State Board of Education could be finalized as soon as next week after a Senate panel gave the nod to her nomination Thursday.

“Susan Morrison is uniquely well qualified to serve on the State Board of Education, and she will bring the important perspective of downstate and rural school districts to its discussions,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who sponsored her appointment before the Senate Executive Appointments Committee.

“I have every confidence in her abilities, and I know she will offer excellent guidance and advice to the board.”

Morrison, who has extensive experience in education and school administration, is a constituent.

Manar is vice chairman of the Executive Appointments Committee, which reviews the governor’s nominations and makes a recommendation to the full Senate based on the nominee’s qualifications for the position to which he or she has been nominated.

The Senate Executive Appointments Committee voted 7-0 to recommend Morrison for the State Board of Education. The governor announced her appointment in July. The committee’s recommendation now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

Morrison was chief education officer and deputy superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education. Prior to that, she was state director for the University of Illinois and a principal and curriculum director for the Taylorville School District. She has a bachelor’s from Cornell College and a master’s in education administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Her appointment would expire Jan. 9, 2019.

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SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Richland Community College students to the Illinois Capitol Thursday, April 12.

The students were in Springfield for community college student advocacy day. This annual event is coordinated by the Illinois Community College Board.

Richland students who visited with Senator Manar were Eddie Boliard, Doniquea Luter, Lee Trimble, Nash Usher and Taylor Vidmar. They were accompanied by Alex Berry, director of student development at Richland Community College.

Pictured: Front row (left to right): Taylor Vidmar, Lee Trimble and Doniquea Luter. Back row (left to right): Nash Usher, Eddie Boliard and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

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Manar and Cauley 350SPRINGFIELD — Nathan Cauley, 18, of Bunker Hill was State Senator Andy Manar’s senator for the day at the Illinois Capitol Wednesday.

Cauley is the son of Mike and Wendy Cauley.

He is a senior and is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, drama club, improv club and youth group. He plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to study computer science.

Cauley accompanied Manar to an Illinois Department of Corrections budget hearing, helped him welcome FFA members from around the state to the Capitol and joined Manar on the Senate floor during passage of the senator’s DIPG Awareness Day legislation.

Click below to watch a video of Manar talking with Cauley about living in Bunker Hill, his visit to the Capitol and his future plans.

Also on Wednesday, Manar was joined by members of the Bunker Hill High School FFA chapter, who visited the Capitol for Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day. This annual advocacy day brings FFA students, farm, agricultural commodity organizations and other ag interest groups to Springfield to meet state lawmakers, share the ag community’s priorities for the year and offer feedback about policies concerning agriculture, business, conservation, education and more. Read more.


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State Senator Andy Manar met with representatives from area hospitals at the Capitol Thursday to learn more about initiatives they’ve undertaken to improve the quality of care they offer their patients, families and communities.

Thursday was the Illinois Hospital Association Quality Advocacy Showcase, now in its third year. Leaders from more than 90 hospitals and health systems statewide were on hand for the event.

Manar spoke with Mandy Sebeschak, respiratory services team leader, and Amanda Payne, performance excellence internal champion, from Hillsboro Area Hospital (pictured above) about an initiative at the hospital to prepare employees for what to do in an emergency involving an armed intruder.

04122018 Manar Hospitals 4 350Employees engaged in a realistic drill and learned such things as how to determine when to evacuate or when to hide, where to meet after evacuating the building, where to hide when sheltering in place, and what to arm themselves with while hiding.

Sebeschak and Payne said the hospital invested $3,000 in the training for an estimated savings of $18 million.

Manar also met with a representative of St. John’s Hospital about its initiatives to reduce health care-related Clostridium difficle infections.

And he learned from Kristy Cesaretti (pictured below), emergency department nurse manager at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, about the hospital’s efforts to manage aggressive patient behavior in the emergency department.

Additional hospitals in Senate District 48 represented at the showcase include:

  • St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield – eliminating health care-associated infections for 24 months;
  • St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur – reducing falls for high-risk patients;
  • Hospital Sisters Health System – improving acute stroke care;
  • Memorial Medical Center in Springfield – reducing the length of stay with an expedited therapy consultation;
  • Memorial Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke Center – improving care for stroke patients across central Illinois;
  • Memorial Behavioral Health – improving access to appropriate behavioral health services; and
  • Memorial Health System – engaging patients and families in their care.


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