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SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was honored today with the Jim Guilinger Legislative Award by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education for his efforts to expand and promote agricultural education in Illinois schools.

The award was presented individually to a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including State Representative Norine Hammond, State Senator Dave Syverson and former State Representative Don Moffitt.

“Agriculture is a driving force of our state’s economy. It’s imperative that we do everything we can to strengthen and expand agricultural education and expose our students to the many promising careers offered in this industry,” Manar said. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done, and I’ll continue to use my voice to advocate for strong investments in the next generation of farmers and agricultural workers to ensure Illinois remains a world leader in agricultural production.”

Manar has been a staunch supporter of agricultural education in Illinois and led the fight to protect agricultural education programs and funding against budget cuts by the Rauner administration during the 2015-2017 budget impasse.

ILCAE is an advocacy group focused on legislation, funding, and promotion of agricultural education and serves as an advisory council for the initiatives of the Agricultural Education line item.

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

The Decatur Leadership Institute is a program facilitated by the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce that helps prepare local leaders to meet the present and future challenges facing the Decatur region.

“I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with this group of leaders and contribute, in a small way, to their understanding of the policy-making process and overall experience with program,” Manar said. “It was clear from our conversation that they’re a sharp and motivated collection of professionals representing a diverse range of organizations invested in Decatur’s future. I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish as graduates of the program in the coming years.”

The group’s visit was the last of 14 once-a-week sessions for the program’s current class.

“After touring local businesses and organizations in Decatur for the past 12 weeks, it made sense to end our DLI visits at the Capitol where we got to see how advocacy, business interests, and local leaders all play a part in creating state laws and policies,” said Melanie Bilbrey-Snively, a program participant and Marketing Specialist at Decatur Earthmover Credit Union. “It was great to see leadership in action.”

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SPRINGFIELD – Throughout American history, only 32 individuals have lain in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol, an honor reserved for the most esteemed American military heroes and statesmen. A resolution approved unanimously today by the Illinois Senate seeks to extend that privilege to the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II as a tribute to all 16 million Americans, often referred to as the “Greatest Generation,” who served in our Armed Forces from 1939 to 1945.

Senate Joint Resolution 50, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), would urge President Trump and the United States Congress to take all necessary measures to ensure the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II be offered a state funeral, including, but not limited to, the option to lie in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol.

“An understanding of the Greatest Generation’s immeasurable sacrifice is something that all Americans share, and it’s something that has the power to unify Americans in a way that transcends our current divisions,” Manar said. “It would block out the political noise of the day and bring us together in reverence of the intrepid Americans who fought and died to ensure that the United States remains a beacon of hope and a blueprint for democracy across the globe.”

The President of the United States has the sole authority to designate a state funeral, while Congress reserves the authority to allow an individual to have their remains lie in state in the rotunda of the United States Capitol.

Of the 353 Americans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of heroism during World War II, only two are alive today: Charles H. Coolidge of Tennessee and Woodrow Williams of West Virginia.

The Medal of Honor, presented by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is conferred upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through acts of heroism at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged against an enemy of the United States.

SJR 50 will now move to the Illinois House for consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – With Gov. Pritzker’s signature, pharmaceutical companies would have a harder time lining their pockets on the backs of Illinoisans with diabetes.

The General Assembly today approved Senate Bill 667, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), which would cap co-payments for insulin at $100 per month for all patients regardless of the supply they require. The cap would only apply to commercial insurance plans regulated by the state.

“Thanks to countless grassroots advocates and the brave individuals who stepped up and shared their testimonies, the Illinois General Assembly just sent a clear message that our state will no longer allow pharmaceutical companies to take advantage of Illinoisans living with diabetes by charging exorbitant prices for lifesaving insulin medication,” Manar said.

SB 667 also requires the Department of Insurance, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, to issue an "insulin pricing report" to the public that details findings on insulin pricing practices and recommendations to control and prevent overpricing of prescription insulin drugs.

“The votes in the House and Senate are proof that through grassroots action, you can effectuate positive change in state government against pharmaceutical companies, PBM’s, and insurance companies that have armies of lobbyists in this building watching out for their profits,” Manar said. “When ordinary people speak up and demand change, we can make it happen.”

The price of insulin has drastically increased in the United States in the past several years. According to a 2016 analysis, the price of the drug tripled between 2002 and 2013.

1.3 million Illinoisans are living with diabetes and rely on insulin to manage their blood sugar levels. Price increases have left many of them struggling to pay for the drug and at risk of deadly consequences.

According to a study by the Yale School of Medicine, 1 in 4 patients with diabetes are forced to ration their insulin due to soaring costs.

The measure will make Illinois the second state in the country to cap insulin payments.

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