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SPRINGFIELD — Communities in State Senator Andy Manar’s (D-Bunker Hill) district will see more than $357 million in funding for road and bridge projects over the next six years as part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Multi-Year Improvement Program announced Monday in Springfield.

Senator Manar joined Governor Pritzker, IDOT officials and other state leaders Monday afternoon to unveil the details of IDOT’s Multi-Year Plan, which marks a historic investment in Illinois infrastructure and is the centerpiece of Gov. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois plan.

Manar led negotiation efforts on the capital infrastructure bill on behalf of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.

“Ultimately, this was a cooperative effort between Democrats and Republicans, between business and labor, and between individual members of the legislature from every part of the state,” Manar said. “Today’s announcement would not have been possible without the leadership of Governor Pritzker and Secretary Osman, and the expertise of the IDOT staff.”

The capital infrastructure plan, which will invest $23.5 billion in improving and expanding roads and bridges statewide, is more than double the size of the previous year’s Multi-Year Plan. Projects outlined in the plan will cover 4,212 miles of roadway and 9.2 million square feet of bridge deck statewide over the next six years.

“Beyond repairing roads and fixing bridges that are in desperate need of repair, this bill, Rebuild Illinois, outlined by today’s Multi-Year Plan is going to put thousands of people to work across all parts of Illinois. This helps every corner of our state’s economy,” Manar said. “This is a sustainable program that’s going to be paying dividends to the people of this state for years to come.”

The $357 million investment in Senate District 48 will cover 110 infrastructure projects over the next six years. Seventeen of the 110 projects are set to begin in 2020.

A complete list of upcoming projects in Manar’s district can be found here.

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Pharmacy Award

(Pictured are pharmacists Lauren Young from Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy, which operates in Decatur and the surrounding area, Dave Faulk, who operates Sav-Mor Pharmacies, and Byron Barry from Pharmacy Plus, which operates in Girard and several other locations.)

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Pharmacists Association honored State Senator Andy Manar last week with its Honorary Co-President Award for his work on behalf of local pharmacists in Illinois.  Manar has ushered through legislation that has positively impacted pharmacies in rural and underserved communities.

“The rising costs associated with prescription medication are hurting consumers and pharmacists alike, and that’s why I’ve focused on doing everything I can to protect Illinoisans from out of control drug expenses and keeping local, independent pharmacists in business,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “It’s an honor to be recognized for that work and I want to thank the Illinois Pharmacists Association for selecting me for this award.”

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09252019AH0009BENLD – Senior citizens from around Macoupin County joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) Wednesday for a free senior resource fair.

The event featured an opportunity for seniors to take advantage of free and discounted services from health care providers as well as state and local groups, such as health screenings and on-site drivers’ license renewals.

“In rural areas like Macoupin County seniors are often forced to drive dozens of miles to obtain the services they need,” Manar said. “These senior fairs allow us to bring all of these services to one convenient location, and that can help save these individuals both time and money.”

The event in Benld is the first of three senior fairs Manar is hosting this fall. The remaining senior fairs will be held in Taylorville and Decatur.

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09232019CM0409ALTON – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) gathered with fellow state lawmakers and diabetes health advocates in Alton Monday to urge support for a new measure aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of insulin.

“Because of out of control insulin costs, people right here in Illinois are being forced to make impossible decisions like whether to buy groceries or purchase medication to keep them alive,” Manar said. “This is the direct result of corporate greed and it’s time to take a stand against drug companies that are lining their pockets at the expense of individuals who rely on their products to survive.”

Senate Bill 667, introduced by Manar, would cap out of pocket insulin expenses at $100 for a 30-day supply.

Manar was joined by State Sen. Christopher Belt (D-Centreville), State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) to push for the legislation’s passage and hear from individuals who have been directly impacted by rising insulin costs.

“It’s been 10 years since the insulin I need to survive was only $800. Now it cost $1800,” said Megan Blair, a single mother who has experienced firsthand the consequences of rising insulin costs. “Something needs to change. Something has to be done about this.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are over 30 million Americans who have diabetes, 7.4 million of which require prescription insulin every day to survive. However, the increasing costs associated with the medication have led many patients to ration their supply or seek care outside of the country.

“Unfair insulin costs are taking a toll on individuals who are forced to pay exorbitant prices for a medication they simply can’t live without, and this problem is particularly serious for African-Americans, who are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes,” Belt said. “It’s time to start prioritizing the health and well-being of Illinoisans over corporate profit.”

The legislation would make Illinois just the second state in the country to cap out of pocket insulin expenses. Colorado became the first to do so earlier this year.

The legislation has also garnered the support of several advocacy organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Illinois Pharmacists Association and AARP.

“AARP Illinois supports this measure on behalf of our 1.7 million members, many of whom have told us about the hardships they face in paying for their prescription drugs,” said State Director Bob Gallo. “We commend Sen. Manar, Rep. Guzzardi, and other legislators for recognizing that everyday Illinois residents are having to make heartbreaking choices about whether to pay for medicine or other basic necessities with their fixed incomes. And we hope that SB 667 will be a stepping stone to getting further reforms that will lower the cost of prescription drugs for everyone.”

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