001010813br0213edCrSPRINGFIELD – Working to bring state services and free health screenings to seniors in Taylorville, State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a senior citizen fair Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Taylorville Senior Center.

With assistance from the Illinois Department on Aging and Public Health, along with multiple other state agencies, non-profit senior service providers and local hospitals, the fair seeks to offer vital senior services and information in one convenient location.

“We have been hosting these senior citizen fairs throughout the district to help bring state services and health screenings to a location closer to home for most of the district’s senior citizens. I’m grateful to all the providers who are donating their time and resources,” Manar said.

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Manar Education CommitteerSPRINGFIELD – Illinois gets one step closer to comprehensive public education funding reform on Monday with the first official hearing of State Senator Andy Manar’s (D–Bunker Hill) Advisory Committee on Education Funding. The committee’s first hearing will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2013 in Room 212 in the Capitol building.

“Illinois ranks last in the nation for state contributions to K-12 education funding, providing only 32.5 percent of all funds spent on public education. We’re tired of seeing the damage caused by this system play out in drastic budget cuts in school districts across this state,” Manar said. “Not only does this go against the plain language of our state constitution, but more importantly, it does a disservice to our children. Our constitution and our conscience demand we do better, which is why I created this committee: to find a fairer, more equitable way to fund public schools.”

Manar led the effort in the spring legislative session to create the Senate Advisory Committee on Education Funding (SR0431). The committee is tasked with reviewing the current public education funding distribution system and submitting recommendations for improvement and increased equity to the full General Assembly by Feb. 1, 2014.

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Manar GirardrEvent part of Manar’s Capitol on Your Corner program

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) is hosting a discussion on education funding and other state issues on August 15 in Brighton as part of his “Capitol on Your Corner” program.

The event is from 6 to 8 pm August 15 in the Brighton Village Hall at 206 S. Main Street in Brighton.

“After wrapping up the spring legislative session in Springfield, I think it is important to spend time with folks from all over the 48th District to hear what’s on their minds and to help me set an agenda for the next legislative session,” Manar said. “I invite everyone to come out and let me know their thoughts on what I should be working on.”

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Manar HeadshotrSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar’s (D–Bunker Hill) legislation aimed at protecting newborn infants from contracting pertussis (whooping cough) and curbing a recent surge of the respiratory infection in Illinois was signed into law on Monday. A gradual and sustained increase in pertussis has occurred in the United States and Illinois in the past several years. In 2012, health care providers reported 2,026 pertussis cases to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the entire year – and increase of nearly 500 reported cases from 2011. Only four months into 2013 and officials from IDPH have already reported approximately 110 cases of pertussis.

“With the recent increase in reported cases of whooping cough, we need to take extra precaution and utilize preventive measures to reduce the number of infants and family members with infants from contracting this sometimes fatal infection,” Manar said. “If something as simple as informing the families of a newborn child about the seriousness of whooping cough can save a life, then we ought to do it.”

•    Senate Bill 1623 requires the parents or guardians of a child in a neonatal intensive care unit – intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants – be informed of the significance of parents, guardians and immediate family members being immunized against pertussis (whooping cough) to reduce the chances of the disease being transmitted to the newborn child.

•    Senate Bill 1623 also requires that the parents, guardians and immediate family are informed of the locations where they can receive the appropriate vaccine.

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