04132019 ManarIEAaward

State Senator Andy Manar was honored with the Illinois Education Association’s Friend of Education award for his commitment to public schools in Illinois.

"I am humbled to receive this award from the IEA," Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, said. "It is my honor as a state senator to advocate every day for the things that matter to public education – fair school funding, eliminating the teacher shortage, boosting student success and drawing positive attention to educators who deserve respect and appreciation for the work they do. Thank you to the IEA for being a partner in those efforts."

Manar was nominated for the award by IEA member Karen Gall who teaches in Mount Olive, which is in the Senate district that Manar represents in Springfield. Gall presented Manar with the award at the IEA’s Representative Assembly in Rosemont on April 13. The RA is the IEA’s largest gathering and is also the governing body of the IEA. There are 1,200 IEA delegates, guests and state dignitaries who attend the . 

"Senator Manar is a champion of public education and a tireless advocate for our students and schools,” IEA President Kathi Griffin said. “He is out in our communities listening to our educators and making sure their voices are heard at the Statehouse in Springfield. Because of his commitment to providing more for our students and schools, the Illinois legislature passed historic school funding reform. Senator Manar continues to fight for legislation that will fix the teacher shortage crisis and will help ensure that every child has access to a high-quality public education no matter where they live.”

Pana pharmacy added as drop-off location


BUNKER HILL – State Senator Andy Manar is teaming up with local authorities again this year to host a convenient opportunity for residents to drop off unwanted and unused medications at area independent pharmacies.

The event will take place between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 27 at 13 pharmacies throughout Macoupin and Montgomery counties and in Pana.

This is the third year for the free, public event.

“Every year we put out the call for people to help us fight opioid abuse by turning in unwanted and unused medications. And every year they exceed our expectations,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “I invite people to once again take advantage of this opportunity to clean out those medicine cabinets and clear off those counter tops so we can keep opioids out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”

Macoupin County drop-off sites:

  • Bunker Hill: Michelle’s Pharmacy, 809 S. Franklin St.
  • Carlinville: Michelle’s Pharmacy, 274 N. Broad St., and Sullivan’s Drugstore, 920 W. Main St.
  • Gillespie: Michelle’s Pharmacy, 120 S. Macoupin St., and Sullivan’s Drugstore, 113 S. Macoupin St.
  • Mount Olive: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 105 W. Main St.
  • Staunton: Sullivan’s Pharmacy, 101 E. Main St.
  • Virden: Sav-Mor Pharmacy, 105 E. Jackson St.

Montgomery County drop-off sites:

  • Hillsboro: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 325 S. Main St.
  • Litchfield: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 320 E. Union Ave.
  • Nokomis: Sav-Mor Pharmacy, 110 E. State St.
  • Raymond: Sullivan’s Drugstore, 801 N. Obannon St.

Pana drop-off site:

  • Sav-Mor Pharmacy, 34 S. Locust St., Pana

Accepted items: prescription drug waste, controlled drugs Schedule II-V, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, drugs from individuals and households, transdermal patches, liquid, ointment, and items containing sodium bicarbonate or effervescent compounds that must be dissolved with water first.

Not accepted: hazardous materials, hazardous pharmaceuticals, medical/infectious waste, sharps/needles/syringes, drugs or waste from hospitals and health facilities, radioactive items, ignitable materials and aerosols.

Co-hosting the events are Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl, Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson, Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins and Montgomery County State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings.

With continued opioid, heroin and prescription drug abuse throughout Illinois, including in rural communities, it is important that people responsibly dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, public health and law enforcement authorities warn.

April 27 is National Drug Takeback Day. For those who can’t participate that day, there are permanent, year-round drop-off sites at many local police departments, sheriff's offices and pharmacies.

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar’s plan for the state to offer a $750 natural disaster tax credit to people affected by a 2018 central Illinois tornado outbreak was approved by the Senate this week.

The credit would be available in tax year 2019 for people and small businesses in counties that were declared a state disaster area by the governor following the Dec. 1, 2018, tornado outbreak that devastated Taylorville and surrounding areas. More than 20 people were injured in the storm, which included an EF-3 twister, and hundreds of structures were damaged or destroyed.

“I appreciate my colleagues across the state recognizing the importance of a tax credit like this for people in my district who continue to rebuild their lives after a natural disaster,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “Anything the state can do to help and support the people of Christian County has an impact.”

The measure passed with bipartisan support and no opposition on Thursday. It must be approved by the House before it can go to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

SenManarApril2019SPRINGFIELD – With Illinois’ teacher shortage crisis worsening in many parts of the state, the Illinois Senate today approved Senator Andy Manar’s plan to phase in an increase to the state’s minimum mandated wage for teachers.

Senate Bill 10, which has statewide bipartisan support, incrementally increases to $40,000 the minimum salary that school districts must offer teachers. The increases would begin in the 2020-2021 school year and would occur over four years, reaching $40,000 in the 2023-2024 school year.

Current state law mandates a minimum salary of only $10,000 for teachers with bachelor’s degrees. The law has not been updated since 1980.

“We have a critical shortage of teachers in Illinois, and the minimum salary we offer them is a key factor in being able to attract more young teachers into the profession. This is a reasonable, incremental plan to address the shortage,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

The legislation includes a directive for the professional review panel – which was established under the evidence-based school funding formula overhaul – to offer recommendations to lawmakers for how to help underfunded school districts cover costs associated with the increase prior to implementation of the minimum.

According to a recent report by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, 85 percent of schools surveyed are experiencing difficulty filling teacher positions – up from 78 percent in 2017. The shortage is worse in central and southern Illinois.

Manar said a higher minimum salary reflects the state’s respect and support for teachers, as well as the education required to be a teacher and the work they do in classrooms.

“Professional educators should not be living below the poverty level, but that’s exactly what’s happening in communities all over the state,” he said. “We expect teachers to solve all the problems of the world, and we hold them accountable for that. It’s time we pay them appropriately for it.”

Manar’s teacher minimum wage measure passed in both houses of the Legislature last year with bipartisan support but was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The House passed a measure similar to Senate Bill 10 this week.


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