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Senator Andy Manar News

Manar announces new health center in Decatur

p-manarOn Monday, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) announced an investment of $3 million from the state to build a new community health center in Decatur.

The community health center is planned for the Wabash Crossing neighborhood and will provide greater access to health care for low-income and high-risk patients of Macon County.

“A major factor in successful communities is residents’ access to quality and affordable health care,” Manar said. “This investment not only improves the quality of life for residents who surround the facility, but it will have a positive impact on the entire city and region as a whole.”

The $3 million investment is through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

 

Manar secures funding to replace damaged fire hydrants

Downtown Charlottesville fire hydrantRWORDEN – Worden city officials recently discovered that 11 fire hydrants in various locations around the city were damaged and needed to be either repaired or replaced. Looking for possible solutions Worden Mayor Preston Hall acted quickly by bringing the problem to the attention of State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).  

“After we identified the problem I sought the advice of Senator Manar,” Mayor Hall said. “He was very responsive to our request for assistance and quickly worked with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to identify an infrastructure grant so we could get repairs underway.”

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Manar: Talk is cheap, time for reform

092914CM0431RSPRINGFIELD – Today, Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) applauded the action that members of the state House of Representatives have taken to advance the merits of Senate Bill 16, even as a small contingent advanced House Resolution 1276, which opposes the plan for fair funding of education across the state.

“The resolution denouncing Senate Bill 16 is as empty as the halls of hundreds of schools that have been closed due to the unwillingness of the General Assembly to reform an old and broken system,” said Sen. Manar.

“Platitudes that pay lip service to problems in our educational system without advancing clear solutions are a disservice to the reform process and the students waiting for true leadership on their behalf,” he continued.

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Manar cuts through red tape to increase veteran funding

“These veterans put their lives on the line to protect our futures, we should do everything we can to help them with their futures.” - State Senator Andy Manar

VeteransRSPRINGFIELD – Additional financial support for area community colleges enrolling veterans is on its way because of the support of State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). With the recent restoration of funds used to reimburse local community colleges for the cost of a veteran’s tuition, schools will now have greater success and fewer obstacles when enrolling former service members.

In recent years, the state budget has failed to reimburse some community colleges for the cost of offering Veterans’ Grants. In the past, some community colleges were given priority over others for this valuable program. Senator Manar believes it’s important that community colleges in Central Illinois receive the same treatment as every other community college in the state.  

Manar successfully restored a $42,000 grant to each of the community colleges serving the 48th Senate District in Central Illinois. The restoration of these funds will lead to greater educational opportunities for veterans and to more aggressive outreach by local community colleges, including Richland Community College, Lincoln Land Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College.

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Manar and Scherer join Workforce Investment Solutions to highlight summer youth employment programs

Manar2014RDECATUR – For the second summer in row, local youth have benefited from summer employment programs overseen by Workforce Investment Solutions. The programs at Homework Hangout and Youth with a Positive Direction are funded by grants secured by State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) and Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur).

The grant awarded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity provides Decatur-area youth with summer employment opportunities that range from landscaping to food service to construction. Since 2013, more than 400 kids have found summer jobs through these programs.

“This year we’ve had 213 kids benefit from the programs offered through Homework Hangout and Youth with a Positive Direction,” said Robyn McCoy, director of Workforce Investment Solutions. “When school lets out for the summer, area youth need the opportunity to learn about different career paths and feel the personal reward of earning their own money.”

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Manar’s initiative to expand access to life-saving epi-pens in schools becomes law

EpiPenRSPRINGFIELD – A new law designed to make Illinois’ schools safer for students and staff was signed by the governor today. The most important part of the law, an initiative of Attorney General Lisa Madigan, State Sen. Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill) and Rep. Michelle Mussman (D–Schaumburg), is expanded access to life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors or epi-pens. Epi-pens are used to treat a person in anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction.

“More and more children are being diagnosed with food allergies, with peanuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat as the most common triggers,” Manar said. “Ensuring timely access to this life-saving medication can mean the difference between life and death for a child.”

The law allows trained school employees and volunteers to administer an epi-pen to anyone at the school. The law sets training requirements for school personnel, and with parental consent allows a student to carry and administer their own epi-pen as well as their asthma medication.

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48th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture & Conservation; Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Executive Appointments; Higher Education; State Government & Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born November 15, 1975, in Bunker Hill; B.A. in History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; past chairman of Macoupin County Board; married (wife, Trista), has three children.