48th State Senate: Andy Manar
State Senator Andy Manar (D – Bunker Hill) was sworn in today as the Illinois State Senator for the 48th Legislative District.
“I consider it a privilege to represent the residents of the 48th District in Springfield,” Manar said. “The voters of Central Illinois have entrusted me to work together with fellow Democrats and Republicans in balancing our budget, improving education opportunities for our children, and ensuring our business community has the tools necessary to grow and
Manar comes to Springfield after serving as the Chairman of the Macoupin County Board, where his leadership led to a balanced budget at a time of a significant loss in tax revenue due to the closing of several mines throughout the county.
In addition, Manar eliminated costly pension plans for elected officials and helped establish a public‐private partnership between business and government to assist government in adopting smart business practices.
“As a lifelong resident of the 48th District, I am looking forward to fighting to ensure Central Illinois receives the attention and resources necessary for our communities to grow and prosper.”
The 48th Legislative District stretches from Springfield’s east side to Decatur, and runs south to include Montgomery and portions of Macoupin and Madison counties. Senator Manar resides in Bunker Hill with his wife, Trista, and their three children.
96th State Representative: Sue Scherer
State Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) was sworn into office Wednesday as the new state representative for Illinois’ 96th House District. The first term representative expressed her desire to immediately start working on the tough issues facing the state.
“The people of this district have entrusted me with a great and humbling responsibility to make their voices heard in the Capitol,” said Scherer. “Throughout the district, people have shared with me that they want a representative who will get to work fixing this state. There is a lot of work to be done, and there will be no quick fixes. That’s all the more reason why we must get to work immediately.”
She enters her first elected office with a broad legislative agenda focused on helping working families, restoring fiscal discipline to the state budget, and creating and retaining jobs.
“Growing up in central Illinois, I learned the importance of hard work and responsibility,” Scherer said. “Working families can no longer afford to pay for the failures of past politicians in the form of higher taxes and fees. For as long as I have the honor of serving this district, I will work to ensure that the state applies common sense and budget-balancing principles to its decision making, just as our families and businesses must do. I will work to insist that the state devotes only what is necessary to fund those services we need most, and will oppose all attempts by lawmakers to use tax increases on families as an excuse for their inability to spend less than the state takes in.”
Scherer will maintain two full-time constituent service offices in her district, one in Decatur and one in Springfield. These offices will serve parts of Macon, Christian, and Sangamon counties. Scherer will also bring the services of her office to all parts of her district by hosting regular meetings, advisory panels, and satellite office hours.
51st District State Senate: Chapin Rose
Residents of central Illinois will have new representation in the State Senate as Chapin Rose (R‐Mahomet) took the oath of office for his first term.
“I am excited to get to work for the 200,000‐plus constituents in the new 51st Senate District. I valued my time in the Illinois House and look forward to pushing for fiscal sanity in the Illinois state budget process. Our other top priorities must be for pro‐job creation and easing burdensome regulatory policies,” Rose said.
The new 51st Senate District includes all or parts of Piatt, Champaign, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, McLean, Moultrie, Shelby and Vermilion counties. Rose previously served 10 years in the House of Representatives in the 110th district, which covered Champaign, Edgar, Coles, Piatt and Douglas Counties.
Also retaining their positions were Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno.