SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker-Hill) joined WMAY's Jim Leach on Thursday to provide an overview of the state's budget scenario and how lawmakers are dealing with revenue shortfalls amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The two also discussed legislative oversight of Gov. Pritzker's COVID-19 response and reopening plan, and challenges to the state's unemployment system and remote learning.

Manar is the chair of the Illinois Senate Appropriations II Committee and a lead budget negotiator for the Illinois Senate Majority.

The legislature is expected to approve a budget in the coming days.

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Get Hired Illinois connects job seekers and employers.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has partnered with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Department of Employment Services to launch Get Hired Illinois, a new portal designed to connect workers of all levels and backgrounds with available job and career training opportunities across the state. Employers can upload jobs, virtual career fairs and training opportunities to the page, which currently features nearly 60,000 available opportunities in a variety of industries. 

Coursera can help you develop career skills for free.

Beginning in June, Illinois residents will also have free access to online workforce development courses through Coursera, an online platform that provides workers with resources for professional development. These programs can help Illinoisans navigate new career pathways, with a focus on the Information Technology field. After completing online training, participants will have the opportunity to continue in their studies at a local community college or university, or to connect with employers through their local workforce boards. Illinoisans will be able to access Coursera through Illinois WorkNet starting June 1.

Serve your state while making extra income.

You don’t have to be a doctor or nurse to help out during the COVID-19 crisis. As the state ramps up contact tracing efforts to control the spread of the virus, Gov. Pritzker has predicted that Illinois may need over 3,800 workers in the coming weeks and months. If you think you may be interested in working as a contact tracer for IDPH, fill out this form.

The U.S. Census Bureau is continuing to hire census workers across the country. Field operations have resumed in select locations, with social distancing and other safety measures in place to protect the health of both workers and the public. Apply for a position with the 2020 Census here.

Many essential businesses — including banks, drugstores, grocery stores and online delivery services — are also hiring workers to meet increased demand. Contact businesses near you directly to find out their needs.

ezgif.com cropBUNKER HILL – To support local efforts to battle COVID-19, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) partnered with John Deere, the United Auto Workers, and the Illinois Manufacturers Association today to deliver 300 face shields to local agencies in Macoupin, Montgomery, and Christian Counties.

Face shields are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by medical personnel that protect the wearer's entire face from hazards such as flying objects, chemical splashes, or potentially infectious materials.

Manar distributed the face shields to the Macoupin County Public Health Department Maple Street Clinic and the Montgomery-Christian Emergency Management Agency.

“Both of these agencies are pillars of the Central Illinois region’s COVID-19 response and reopening plan. Their leadership and staff have gone above and beyond to provide high-quality care and services to local families,” Manar said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to support their efforts and help make sure they have the supplies they need to stay safe. Thank you to John Deere, the United Auto Workers, and the Illinois Manufacturers Association for their partnership.”

As the only drive-thru testing center within a 40-minute drive, the Macoupin County Public Health Department in Gillespie has emerged as the center of the COVID-19 response for communities between Springfield and the Metro East.

Manar said he is continuing to search for private sector partners to help local efforts in the 48th District.

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Macon County

Crossing Healthcare
City: Decatur
Hours: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily
Requirements: Appointment required and telehealth screening required. Call for testing criteria.
Phone: 217-877-9117

SIU Center for Family Medicine - Decatur
City: Decatur
Hours: 9:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m.,Moday - Friday
Requirements: Must have COVID-19 symptoms, belong to a high-risk group, or be an essential worker with or without symptoms.
Phone: 217-545-5100

Macoupin County

Maple Street Clinic - Macoupin County Health Department
City: Gillespie
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Requirements: Must be screened by one of our Public Health Nurses over the phone prior to being tested. Appointment time will be assigned after going through triage with one of our nurses.
Website: https://mcphd.net/
Phone: 217-313-5078

Madison County

OSF PromptCare Godfrey
City: Godfrey
Hours: 8:00am - 7:00pm Monday - Saturday
Requirements: Must meet testing criteria, and patients must be screened through Pandemic Health or PCP in advance. Must call 1-833-OSF- KNOW in advance to schedule an appointment. Call for testing criteria.
Phone: 833-OSF-KNOW

OSF Alton
City: Alton
Hours: 8:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Requirements: Must meet testing criteria, and patients must be screened through Pandemic Health or PCP in advance. Must call 1-833-OSF- KNOW in advance to schedule an appointment.
Phone: 833-OSF-KNOW

SIHF Healthcare
City: Wood River
Hours: 12:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
Requirements: Telephone screening required in advance or at time of collection. Screening hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CDC and IDPH guidelines used to determine eligibility.
Phone: 618-646-2596

Sangamon County

SIU Center for Family Medicine - Sangamon County Health Department
City: Springfield
9:00am - 3:30pm, Monday - Friday
Requirements: Must be an essential worker, have COVID symptoms, or belong to a high-risk group.
Phone: 217-545-5100

Memorial Respiratory Clinic
City: Springfield
8:00a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily
Requirements: Patients must be symptomatic. Call for details.
Phone: 217-588-4019

There are currently no drive-thru testing sites open to the public in Christian or Montgomery Counties. Residents can be tested at sites in neighboring counties. A complete list of statewide testing sites can be found here.

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