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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.

Sincerely,
ManarSig
State Senator Andy Manar
48th Legislative District

manar120313rSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly passed major changes to the state’s pension systems earlier today despite the opposition from several central Illinois lawmakers including State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). Manar released the following statement regarding his opposition to the proposal crafted by legislative leaders.

“Our state's pension crisis has been three decades in the making.  The problem caused by past choices of governors and legislators of both parties is owned by all of us today.  Regardless, until we fix it as a State, we will continue to struggle to move our economy and our state's long-term viability forward. 

Today’s passage of Senate Bill 1 failed several critical tests in addressing the crisis.  Key parties were left out of the process, and the constitutionality of the measure is deeply suspect which will without question result in even more uncertainty and cost as this legislation is tied up in court.

When I was first elected, a little over a year ago, I promised voters in the 48th district I would not take a pension.  I promised I would not vote to support a budget that skips a pension payment.  I have kept those promises.  I co-sponsored Senate Bill 2404 back during the spring legislative session, because it was a carefully considered piece of legislation that offered constitutionally viable, comprehensive pension reform.  I remain positive that we can come to a workable solution that better meets the constitutional requirements while offering reasonable protections for both retirees and taxpayers, but this bill isn't it.  For my colleagues and I, the work continues.”

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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

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