Manar defends Pritzker’s budget, explains teacher shortage, backs Dirksen-Londrigan

Capitol Connection

ILLINOIS (WCIA) — State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined Capitol Connection to discuss a number of issues before lawmakers left for Spring Break. 

Manar, a downstate Democrat, explains how his plan could help recruit more teachers to Illinois classrooms — even if it comes at an added cost to the state.

Senator Manar challenges his critics to explain why they would oppose raising the minimum wage for teachers.

Manar defends Governor Pritzker’s plan to skip more than $900 million in pension payments, but acknowledges the controversial measure faces an “incredible challenge” before it can become part of the upcoming fiscal year’s state budget. 

The Bunker Hill Democrat was previously rumored as a potential 2018 candidate who was testing the waters to possibly run for Congress in the 13th District, but he never officially jumped into the race. Now, he says he’s officially backing Democrat Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan in her second challenge to unseat Republican Congressman Rodney Davis.

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