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.

11082017 Manar Kenzie Adams 350HSPRINGFIELD – Nokomis High School senior Kenzie Adams was welcomed to the Illinois State Capitol by Senator Andy Manar on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Adams was at the Capitol during the second week of the General Assembly’s fall veto session. She is the daughter of Jamie and Jerad Volkmar of Nokomis.

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SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed members of the Decatur Leadership Institute to the Illinois State Capitol this month.

The Decatur Leadership Institute, a project of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1985. The institute’s goal is to develop citizen leaders to serve the Decatur and Macon County communities, create positive change in the community, strengthen relationships among future leaders and public servants, and offer a behind-the-scenes look at government, business and municipal operations.

Pictured: Senator Andy Manar and members of the Decatur Leadership Institute gather for a photo on the floor of the Illinois Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 7.


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