BUNKER HILL – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement today regarding the passing of former Illinois State Senator Art Berman:

“Art Berman will be remembered as a champion in Illinois for equity in public education. As a former policy staffer for members of the Senate Democrats, it was during his tenure leading the Education Committee in the Illinois Senate that I first came to understand the monumental political and policy challenges of school funding reform.

“Years later, Senator Berman served as a trusted advisor during my sponsorship of many pieces of legislation to advance school funding reform. I recall him pointedly saying to me over the telephone when I told him that Governor Rauner had all but thwarted our ongoing efforts: ‘Do not stop. Do not give up.’

“Senator Berman’s unfaltering voice for equity during his tenure in the Illinois Senate carved a path for the passage and implementation of SB 1947—The Invest in Kids Act—in the summer of 2017. He will be deeply missed.”

SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker-Hill) joined WMAY's Jim Leach on Thursday to provide an overview of the state's budget scenario and how lawmakers are dealing with revenue shortfalls amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The two also discussed legislative oversight of Gov. Pritzker's COVID-19 response and reopening plan, and challenges to the state's unemployment system and remote learning.

Manar is the chair of the Illinois Senate Appropriations II Committee and a lead budget negotiator for the Illinois Senate Majority.

The legislature is expected to approve a budget in the coming days.

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Get Hired Illinois connects job seekers and employers.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has partnered with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Department of Employment Services to launch Get Hired Illinois, a new portal designed to connect workers of all levels and backgrounds with available job and career training opportunities across the state. Employers can upload jobs, virtual career fairs and training opportunities to the page, which currently features nearly 60,000 available opportunities in a variety of industries. 

Coursera can help you develop career skills for free.

Beginning in June, Illinois residents will also have free access to online workforce development courses through Coursera, an online platform that provides workers with resources for professional development. These programs can help Illinoisans navigate new career pathways, with a focus on the Information Technology field. After completing online training, participants will have the opportunity to continue in their studies at a local community college or university, or to connect with employers through their local workforce boards. Illinoisans will be able to access Coursera through Illinois WorkNet starting June 1.

Serve your state while making extra income.

You don’t have to be a doctor or nurse to help out during the COVID-19 crisis. As the state ramps up contact tracing efforts to control the spread of the virus, Gov. Pritzker has predicted that Illinois may need over 3,800 workers in the coming weeks and months. If you think you may be interested in working as a contact tracer for IDPH, fill out this form.

The U.S. Census Bureau is continuing to hire census workers across the country. Field operations have resumed in select locations, with social distancing and other safety measures in place to protect the health of both workers and the public. Apply for a position with the 2020 Census here.

Many essential businesses — including banks, drugstores, grocery stores and online delivery services — are also hiring workers to meet increased demand. Contact businesses near you directly to find out their needs.

ezgif.com cropBUNKER HILL – To support local efforts to battle COVID-19, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) partnered with John Deere, the United Auto Workers, and the Illinois Manufacturers Association today to deliver 300 face shields to local agencies in Macoupin, Montgomery, and Christian Counties.

Face shields are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by medical personnel that protect the wearer's entire face from hazards such as flying objects, chemical splashes, or potentially infectious materials.

Manar distributed the face shields to the Macoupin County Public Health Department Maple Street Clinic and the Montgomery-Christian Emergency Management Agency.

“Both of these agencies are pillars of the Central Illinois region’s COVID-19 response and reopening plan. Their leadership and staff have gone above and beyond to provide high-quality care and services to local families,” Manar said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to support their efforts and help make sure they have the supplies they need to stay safe. Thank you to John Deere, the United Auto Workers, and the Illinois Manufacturers Association for their partnership.”

As the only drive-thru testing center within a 40-minute drive, the Macoupin County Public Health Department in Gillespie has emerged as the center of the COVID-19 response for communities between Springfield and the Metro East.

Manar said he is continuing to search for private sector partners to help local efforts in the 48th District.

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