Welcome

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.

Sincerely,
ManarSig
State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

il-pop-growth-chart-030113rAt nearly 12.9 million people, Illinois’ population stands at an all-time high.Census2
  
But for some reason, many people think the state is losing people.

In response to continued questions and faulty reports, Senator Andy Manar is trying to set the record straight and provide the public with the real facts.

When the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2010 headcount for Illinois, the state had 12,830,632 residents, up more than 411,000 from the previous census in 2000. That’s akin to adding a city the size of Atlanta, GA.

And the Census Bureau says the state is still growing. The latest estimates put Illinois’ population at 12,875,255, up more than 44,000 people since the 2010 count.

People often confuse Illinois’ recent loss of a congressional district with a loss of population. That's simply not the case.

Despite the thousands of new residents, Illinois lost a congressional district because it did not grow as fast as some other states. There are a limited number of congressional seats, and after the census they are awarded to the states on a proportional basis. As a result, Illinois -- the fifth largest state -- often loses out to smaller states that experience sudden, drastic population growth.

Here are some useful charts and websites for finding facts about Illinois population:

Read Senator Manar's 3/13 Letter to the Editor in the State Journal-Register

State Journal-Register coverage of Springfield and Illinois population growth

U.S. Census Bureau

Illinois Census 2010

 

 

 

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Springfield Office:
119A Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 782-0228
Fax: (217) 557-3930

Decatur Office:
Macon County Office Building
141 S. Main St., Suite 502
Decatur, IL 62523
Phone: (217) 429-8110
Fax: (217) 429-8018

Bunker Hill Office:
115 N. Washington, P.O. Box 636
Bunker Hill, IL 62014
Phone: (618) 585-4848