BUNKER HILL – Following the passing of former state Senator and Carlinville mayor Deanna Demuzio, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) released the following statement:

“I met Deanna Demuzio on a hot summer evening in 1995 at the Macoupin County Fair. I was in college—her husband Vince took a liking to me and invited me to the fair with him to watch the queen pageant.  I was nervous that night driving to Carlinville from Bunker Hill. This was way out of my comfort zone, and I didn’t know the Demuzios, and they really didn’t know me.  Vince was late getting to the fair, so I found myself roaming aimlessly around the entrance to the grandstand—the only person wearing a pair of khakis and a polo shirt in the blazing heat.  That must have made me stick out like a sore thumb. Debating in my head how long I should stick around, a woman walked up to me as if she was on a mission. Armed with a smile, she said in the most pleasant of voices, ‘You must be Andy. I’ve heard so much about you.’ She handed me my ticket and said ‘follow me.’ As we made our way through the grandstand, Deanna must have sensed my nerves were shot. But I suddenly felt at-ease. Immediately, I was struck by her warmth and grace, her smile, her ability to make me feel comfortable. I think that was perhaps her greatest attribute, and that’s how I will always remember her.  She was such a caring person.

“Deanna Demuzio was a central figure throughout my life – always there to help, inspire, and mentor. And I by no means was alone in that regard. Deanna was admired by so many. She was a trailblazer, and her name is synonymous with Carlinville and Macoupin County. Deanna was a fierce advocate for the things she believed in and represents the best that we all strive to be as public servants.  Words cannot fully encapsulate all that she has given to causes greater than herself over the course of her lifetime. 

“My deepest sympathies go out to Stephanie, and the entire Demuzio family.

“Rest in peace my friend. I will miss you. We all will miss you.”

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STAUNTON – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was joined by Governor JB Pritzker at Madison Communications in Staunton to announce $50 million in funding through the Connect Illinois broadband expansion program’s second round of grants today.

“Lack of reliable access to quality internet service affects every facet of life in Downstate Illinois, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only widened the existing gap between us and the rest of the state,” Manar said. “We continue to prioritize broadband expansion in the state budget, because it is the starting point for effective remote learning, dependable telehealth care services, and growing small businesses to revitalize the downstate economy. I want to thank Governor Pritzker for his steadfast partnership in continuing to push this important issue in Springfield."

With the help of a $4.2 million broadband expansion grant to Staunton-based Madison Communications, the first round of Connect Illinois grants jumpstarted the process of providing improved access to high-speed internet for approximately 9,283 businesses, farms, households, and other institutions in Macoupin and Madison Counties. This was one of 28 projects that supported over 26,000 new or improved connections throughout the state.

The second round of Connect Illinois grants will allow for up to $5 million per project and calls for a matching component, which requires companies to dedicate funding that will accelerate the delivery of broadband investments.

“Connect Illinois is the largest and best crafted state matching grant program for broadband development in our nation’s history,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “It leverages state dollars to bring federal and private dollars in, more than doubling the number of dollars getting put to work to upgrade our digital infrastructure and delivering demonstrable change to people’s lives and real opportunity for new business development and new jobs. The ability to plug in to the digital revolution revolutionized the lives and livelihoods of so many Illinoisans before COVID-19 – and the lack of fast internet access had unacceptable consequences for too many of our residents. Connect Illinois is about giving all our communities access to 21st century digital connectivity for health care, education, and economic opportunity.”

Funding for the Connect Illinois program is made possible through Rebuild Illinois, the state’s historic, bipartisan $45 billion statewide construction program, which dedicates $420 million to broadband infrastructure.

The application for this round of grants will remain open through February 2021. More information on this grant program can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website.

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DECATUR – Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) demonstrated their commitment to the success of the City of Decatur by taking an afternoon tour of several local businesses and social service centers.

Manar, who serves as the Chair of the Senate Appropriations II Committee and a lead budget negotiator for the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus, emphasized the importance of providing support to communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

“Throughout the day, we saw firsthand the value provided to Decatur by the vibrant local business and social service communities, but we also saw the immense difficulty COVID-19 has caused them,” Manar said. “I’m thankful for the partnership of Lt. Gov. Stratton, who understands the need for long-term, equitable solutions in our communities.”

"I’m thrilled to be in Decatur today visiting businesses and listening to the needs of residents. It is also my goal to build engagement around the 2020 Census in order to help residents of Macon County get the representation they deserve while maximizing the dollars we get back from the federal government," Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton said. "Illinois is working hard to be counted!"

Manar and Stratton made several stops throughout the day, which included dropping off food donations at the Good Samaritan Inn, holding a lunchtime roundtable discussion on the further investment of resources for Decatur’s youth at TKG’s Wing Heaven, discussing increasing access to mental health services for the Black community at Cole Counseling Services, and visiting J. Morris Enterprises, a local Black-owned business incubator. 

The day was capped off by a press conference to promote participation in the 2020 Census.

“While lawmakers will continue working diligently in the coming months to provide Decatur with the resources it needs to succeed, people in the community can do a very small thing to help as well,” Manar said. “In order for these local businesses and social service centers to continue providing their high level of service, everyone needs to take ten minutes to fill out their census. This action will decide what Decatur looks like for the next decade.”

Residents can fill out their census form at www.my2020census.gov.  

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Business Interruption Grant Webinar2 To ensure businesses in 48th District with the information they need to apply for Business Interruption Grants (BIG) through the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Staate Senator Andy Manar will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 PM.

This webinar will be focuses on helping African-American owned businesses in Central Illinois, and in order to help reach as many business as possible, local leaders in Springfield and Decatur have been enlisted to help spread the word.

Registration is required for participants. Register and access the webinar here: https://bit.ly/34b5Eqj

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