The Illinois Pharmacists Association honored State Senator Andy Manar for his work with local pharmacists in Illinois. Manar has ushered through legislation that has positively impacted pharmacies in rural areas of the State. Manar, who is a Democrat from Bunker Hill, says that the rising costs associated with prescription medication are hurting consumers and he is working hard to fix it. In 2017, Manar fought for the creation of Illinois’ Critical Access Pharmacy Program. This program provides support to small business owners to help keep pharmacies open. Manar has also pushed through legislation to impose regulations on pharmacy benefit managers. Without regulations, it drives up the cost of prescription drugs. Pritzker signed it into law in August. Regional Radio News has already talked with Senator Manar about his work with preventing insulin costs from skyrocketing. Garth Reynolds, who is the executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association says that he is proud to have someone working hard for pharmacies and patients. Senator Manar along with State Representative Greg Harris were awarded the 2019 Honorary President Award.