Manar08132017SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar’s commitment to public service and his ability to talk openly with leaders on both sides of the aisle earned him this year’s Dawn Clark Netsch “Straight Talk” award from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.

Manar was presented with the award Monday night. It is given annually in honor of Netsch, who was an ICPR board member and public servant who spent decades working on behalf of Illinoisans as a state senator and state comptroller.

The award acknowledges her legacy as a straight talker who was known for her ability to tell it like it is.

A tireless advocate for schools and voter access, Manar was presented with the award because of his outstanding efforts on major legislation this year, including school funding reform and automatic voter registration.

“I am honored to receive the ‘Straight Talk’ award from ICPR, but it must be said that neither of these historic reforms was successful because of the work of one individual,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “They each passed because I had the help and support of countless state legislators, passionate advocates and grassroots organizations.”

Sarah Brune, executive director of ICPR, said that, like Netsch, Manar’s approach to government can serve as a model for honesty and openness for leaders today.

“Manar’s commitment to public service and his ability to talk openly with leaders on both sides of the aisle recall the tireless spirit of the late Netsch,” Brune said. “ICPR congratulates Senator Manar on his successes this year, and we look forward to working with him on important initiatives moving forward.”

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform was founded in 1997 by the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon and former Lieutenant Gov. Bob Kustra. Its mission is to initiate reforms and promote public participation in government; address the role of money in politics; and encourage integrity, accountability and transparency in government. Among its areas of focus are campaign finance law, government ethics, judicial selection and voter education.

RedFlagsSPRINGFIELD – The cancellation of a no-bid consulting contract inked by the Rauner administration in violation of state procurement law raises other red flags about the state’s Medicaid managed care program, Senator Andy Manar said today.

“In my mind, all this does is raise more questions about the Rauner administration’s handling of the overall $60-plus billion managed care contract. I think taxpayers are owed some explanations,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat and chairman of a Senate appropriations committee.

The state’s chief procurement officer on Tuesday voided the multi-million-dollar no-bid consulting contract between the Rauner administration and Chicago-based McKinsey & Co. The contract was for services related to the state’s Medicaid managed care program.

The process of contracting with insurance companies to be part of the state’s Medicaid managed care system has been cloaked in secrecy while costs ballooned without explanation. Manar said he and other state senators will be looking for answers from the administration during a Senate hearing at 11 a.m. Friday in Chicago.

The hearing will be streamed live at

BloodPressure350SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar will embark on a tour of every hospital and federally qualified health clinic in his Senate district this week.

The tour will highlight the importance of rural health care in Illinois and call attention to the need for continued investment in this vital sector of the economy. Manar (D-Bunker Hill) will tour facilities, learn about advancements and challenges in providing health care in central Illinois, and speak with hospital officials about regulatory challenges that could be addressed through legislation.

For example, officials at two of the hospitals will showcase their work in telehealth and how it’s being used to link patients with providers in underserved and rural areas of the state.

Additionally, the senator will focus on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on rural and downstate health care, the gains hospitals and clinics have made under the ACA and the implications that a roll-back could have on the delivery of services and employment in the region.

The three-day, 14-stop tour begins Tuesday morning. The schedule is below:

Tuesday, Nov. 28
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Taylorville Memorial Hospital
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Crossing Healthcare, Decatur
1-2:15 p.m. – St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur
3-4 p.m. – Decatur Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, Nov. 29
9-10 a.m. – Pana Community Hospital
Noon-1 p.m. – Central Counties Health Center, Springfield
1:30-2:45 p.m. – St. John’s Hospital, Springfield
3-4 p.m. – Memorial Medical Center, Springfield

Thursday, Nov. 30
7:30-8:30 a.m. – Carlinville Area Hospital
9-10 a.m. – Maple Street Clinic, Gillespie
10:30-11:30 a.m. – St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield
12:15-1:15 p.m. – Hillsboro Area Hospital
2-3 p.m. – Staunton Community Memorial Hospital
3:30-4:30 p.m. – SIHF Health Care, Bunker Hill

Media is welcome at each location. For details about specific tour stops, contact Jayette Bolinski at 782-1064 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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SHIPMAN – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) toured CHS in Shipman this month to learn more about the farmer-owned cooperative and its growth as a major employer in Macoupin County.

Manar toured the business Nov. 13 with Dennis Wieseman and Regan Wear from CHS and Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association.

Pictured: Senator Andy Manar, Regan Wear from CHS and IFCA President Jean Payne tour the CHS operation in Shipman.


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