Manar Zoe Committee 2 5 7 13 2rSPRINGFIELD – A new license plate aimed at raising money for cancer research will soon be made available after the governor signed into law a measure creating the Curing Childhood Cancer license plate earlier this week.

The measure, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill), was initiated by a local Decatur family whose daughter, 8-year-old Zoe Pramuk, was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia in 2010. Zoe finished two years and three months of intense chemotherapy treatment in December 2012 and is now cancer-free.

“When I met Zoe and her family for the first time, I was immediately inspired by Zoe’s energy and positive outlook,” Manar said. “They worked to turn this unfortunate ailment into something positive that will help other families affected by cancer.”   

Read more: Manar works with young cancer survivor to pass law

Senator Manar

June, 2013

Dear Friends,


I came to Springfield with an agenda: find and enact common sense reforms to make state government more efficient and effective, and tackle those issues most important to central Illinois families.


In my first spring legislative session as your State Senator, I was able to begin this work. We’re still waiting for a few major issues—like a compromise on comprehensive pension reform and the signing of concealed carry legislation—to be resolved.


But here are a few of the things we were able to accomplish this spring:

Read more: Newsletter - June

052813br0566rSPRINGFIELD – Earlier today, Governor Quinn used his constitutional authority to veto and recommend changes to House Bill 183, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, which allows and regulates the carrying of concealed firearms in public places.

State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) – who supported the measure in the Senate – released the following statement:

“The bill we sent to the governor passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support,” Manar said. “And it was not just representatives from southern and central Illinois who voted in favor of it, but Chicago and suburban lawmakers did as well. I think that level of support was the result of months of negotiations and compromise by both sides and it’s disappointing that the governor decided now to weigh in. However, I am confident that we have the numbers to override the governor’s veto.”

001010813br0213edCrIllinois is facing some tough budget challenges. But as the saying goes, every challenge is an opportunity in disguise. We should seize this opportunity to root out waste, inefficient spending and create greater efficiency through reform.

One of the areas of state government most in need of increased accountability and reform is the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The core mission of the agency is to create and retain jobs and foster economic development in Illinois.  It oversees more than 65 state and federal grant programs and maintains offices in 10 foreign countries.  It has an operating budget of $1.7 billion.

To be sure, many DCEO programs have had a measureable impact on our economy, creating jobs and retaining businesses in Illinois.  There is little question that the agency’s mission is worthwhile and important to our economy.

Read more: Fundamentally Changing Illinois’ Approach to Economic Development

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