07232018 Manar Leg of Yr SWCD 350SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar received the 2018 legislator of the year award from the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The award was presented during the organization’s annual meeting in Springfield Monday, July 23.

“This recognition is an honor. Agriculture is our state’s No. 1 industry, and it’s impossible to put a price tag on the work of soil and water conservation districts – especially in downstate Illinois. I am proud to advocate on their behalf in Springfield,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat.

Manar is chairman of one of the Senate’s two appropriations committees and is one of the General Assembly’s budget negotiators. He also sits on the Senate’s Agriculture, Labor and Education committees.

Pictured: Steve Stierwalt, board president of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) during the organization’s annual meeting in Springfield Monday, July 23, 2018.

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Manar August Trav Off Hrs 600W

BUNKER HILL – State Senator Andy Manar will host evening office hours in Macoupin, Montgomery and Madison counties in August to allow residents a convenient opportunity to seek help with matters related to state government.

The times, dates and locations are:

  • Monday Aug. 13 – 5-6:30 p.m. at Worden Village Hall, 115 E. Wall St.
  • Monday, Aug. 13 – 7-8:30 p.m. at Dorsey Community Center, Bohlen Avenue
  • Tuesday, Aug. 21 – 6-7:30 p.m. at Hillsboro Municipal Building, 447 S. Main St.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22 – 6-7:30 p.m. at Carlinville City Hall, 550 N. Broad St.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 6-7:30 p.m. at Nokomis City Complex, 22 S. Cedar St.

Constituents will be able to ask questions and seek assistance with issues involving state agencies or programs. Walk-in visits are welcome. Appointments are encouraged but not required. To schedule a time, call Senator Manar’s Bunker Hill office at 618-585-4848.

Constituents who are unable to make it to these office hours but need assistance with an issue may call or visit Senator Manar’s district offices any time throughout the year to speak with a staff member. The locations and phone numbers are:

  • Bunker Hill office, 115 N. Washington St. – 618-585-4848
  • Springfield office, 119A Capitol Building – 217-782-0228
  • Decatur office, Macon County Office Building, 141 S. Main St., Suite 502 – 217-429-8110
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SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Andy Manar toured the Mission of Mercy dental clinic Friday in Springfield, where hundreds of adults and children with limited financial resources and other barriers to routine dental care were able to receive free treatment.

More than 1,000 volunteer dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, dental students and other volunteers from all over Illinois set up a two-day large-scale dental clinic at the Bank of Springfield Center in downtown Springfield. They provided free basic dental services, including cleanings, fillings, extractions and partial dentures to patients who began lining up outside the building overnight Thursday so they could be treated as soon as the doors opened at 6 a.m.

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Friday was the first day of the clinic, which will continue Saturday. As of noon Friday, dental professionals already had treated about 500 patients. During the course of the two-day clinic, they expect to treat 2,000 patients and offer about $1 million in free dental care. Patients are not required to pre-register or make appointments. Treatment is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

One-hundred portable dental chairs, equipment, lights and units were set up to treat patients. Separate areas with more privacy were set up for extractions and anesthesia. There also were separate areas for cleanings and lab work.
This is the fifth year for the event, which takes place at locations around the state every two years. It is organized by the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation.

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During a tour of hospitals and federal qualified health clinics in the 48th Senate District last fall, Senator Manar repeatedly heard from health care providers that access to dental care is a significant problem in rural parts of the state, where it can be difficult to find a dentist who accepts Medicaid and where those who do have lengthy waiting lists.

Illinois has some of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates in the nation.

For more information about the Mission of Mercy, visit its website and its Facebook page.

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Governor broke 100-year precedent by failing to ensure downstate representation on panel

0517ManarSPRINGFIELD – Appointments to the Illinois Commerce Commission – the panel that approves electric rates and monitors railroad crossing safety – would be geographically balanced to ensure the interests of rural and downstate taxpayers are represented under a measure introduced today by State Senator Andy Manar.

Senate Bill 3626 requires that at least two commissioners on the five-member panel live outside of Chicago and the collar counties. Of the remaining three members, one would be appointed from Chicago, one from the suburbs and one would be an at-large member who could live anywhere in the state.

“The consumers I represent in the Senate work hard and want to know someone will represent their interests when the state approves electric rates or fails to address problems with rural cell phone coverage. The families in my district want to trust their teenagers will be safe driving home at night because someone on the ICC board understands the dangers of rural rail crossings where the corn is high,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat.

“But right now, the 4.5 million Illinoisans who live outside of Chicago and the collar counties have no one representing their interests on this commission.”

For the first time in a century, no downstate member sits on the Illinois Commerce Commission, the powerful five-member state panel that regulates utilities, approves utility rates, licenses trucking and towing companies and oversees railroad safety and crossing improvements.

Since taking office in 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed five members to the commission; none live outside of Cook and DuPage counties.

In May, Manar, who is vice chairman of the Senate Executive Appointments Committee, was the only committee member to vote no on two of Rauner’s pending appointments to the commission: D. Ethan Kimbrel and Anastasia Palivos. Kimbrel’s recommendation was forwarded to the full Senate for approval, and Manar was the only senator to vote no. The appointment was approved 45-1. Palivos’ recommendation did not go to the full Senate for a vote in May.

Senate Bill 3626 does not change the existing requirement that no more than three commissioners can be of the same political party at the time of appointment. Commission terms are five years.

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