05012019 Manar Vert Const

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar on Wednesday joined a coalition of labor, higher education and health care advocates in calling for vertical construction projects to be included in a comprehensive statewide infrastructure plan.

“Illinois needs cranes on campuses and bulldozers at building sites. Construction projects signal that Illinois is open for business,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who is leading conversations in the Senate about statewide construction priorities.

“Highway and bridge repairs are vitally important, but any statewide infrastructure plan has to balance those priorities with our need for new schools, modern hospitals and 21st century college facilities. There has to be a healthy mix.”

The newly formed Build Up Illinois coalition comprises groups and associations representing K-12 school districts, community colleges, universities, the Illinois hospital system, the Illinois AFL-CIO and affiliated building trades.

“Capital projects put thousands of people to work in every corner of our state while making much needed investments to our aging infrastructure,” said Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. “The 900,000 union members across the state are willing partners in support of a capital plan that addresses needed repairs and upgrades as well as new construction. The coalition is ready to support both lawmakers and the administration in moving a comprehensive plan forward.”

Illinois faces billions of dollars in repairs and new construction requests for schools, public universities, sewer and water systems, roads, bridges and state facilities that occupy more than 8,700 buildings and 101 million square feet of floor space. They serve diverse needs, including prisons, universities, mental health hospitals and state parks.

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04292019 ManarSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar on Thursday challenged the state agency responsible for economic development to focus more of its attention on rural and downstate Illinois communities.

Manar (D-Bunker Hill) noted that there currently are 1,100 vacant jobs in Decatur and not enough workers to fill them. Most of the jobs pay well and come with benefits, he added. He said these kinds of challenges in struggling and impoverished regions of the state deserve more attention.

His remarks were made during an appropriations hearing with the Department of Commerce and Economic Development.

“I think a major challenge for the agency is how it injects itself into rural parts of the state that have seen poverty literally explode over the last decade,” Manar said. “I think it’s a fair criticism of the agency that, under multiple administrations, the rural areas of the state where the challenges are different and more difficult have just kind of been marginalized.”

Manar said a key to job creation and business support downstate is to have economic development experts on the ground in those locations who understand the challenges and are available to help solve them.

“We can’t do foreign trade relationships really well and not do downstate economic development really well and then say we’re successful,” Manar said. “We have to do both equally well to be truly successful.”

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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.”

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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.

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