Manar Carlinville Civics ClassState Senator Andy Manar visited with civics students at Carlinville High School on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Manar was invited by social studies teacher Logan Ridenour to talk to 25 students about representing his constituents, the difference between open and closed primary elections, his journey to becoming a senator, significant legislative accomplishments and more. Afterward, students had an opportunity to ask Manar questions.

Carlinville High School has been recognized as an Illinois Democracy School by the McCormick Foundation because of its emphasis on civics courses and extracurricular opportunities that encourage students to become more involved in local and state issues.

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Manar and Hale 350HSPRINGFIELD – The Rev. Samuel W. Hale Jr., who recently retired as pastor of Springfield’s historic Zion Missionary Baptist Church after more 34 years, was honored with a proclamation from the Illinois Senate.

State Senator Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat whose district includes Zion Missionary Baptist, presented the proclamation to Hale during a retirement celebration Sunday, Aug. 26.

Hale became the 33rd pastor of Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 E. Laurel St., in April 1984.

“We congratulate The Rev. Samuel W. Hale Jr. on his distinguished ministerial career and his devotion to the people of Springfield, and wish him well as he begins his retirement,” the proclamation reads.

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Proclamation: McRoberts had positive, lasting influence on a generation of students

06302018 McRoberts and Manar 350HPANA – Retired Pana High School Principal Gayle McRoberts was honored with an Illinois Senate proclamation acknowledging her nearly two decades of service to public education and the Pana community.
State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) presented McRoberts with the framed proclamation during a retirement party Saturday, June 30, at the Pana Country Club.

The proclamation acknowledges McRoberts, who was the longest-serving principal in the history of Pana High School, for having a positive, lasting influence on an entire generation of Pana students and notes that her daily presence at the school will be missed.

It goes on to congratulate her for her distinguished service to public education and the people of Pana, and wishes her well as she begins her retirement.

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DECATUR – State Senator Andy Manar toured Mueller Co. in Decatur Wednesday to learn more about the manufacturer and issues of importance to the industry in Illinois.

Mueller Co. is a 160-year-old company with deep roots in Decatur. It was founded in 1857 by Hieronymus Mueller, and many of his patents continue to be in use today.

Mueller currently is one of the largest producers of valves and brass components for water systems. The company employs about 600 workers. Its foundry in Decatur is one of the largest brass foundries in the nation.

Manar toured the site with Mueller Co. plant manager Jim Clark. They were joined by Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association; Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County; and others.

Manar is a Bunker Hill Democrat, chairman of the Senate Appropriations II Committee and a member of the Senate Labor and Education committees.

Pictured above: Mueller Co. plant manager Jim Clark (second from left) leads State Senator Andy Manar, Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association and Decatur economic development official Ryan McCrady on a tour of the factory Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (From left to right: Denzler, Clark, Manar, McCrady)


06202018 Manar Mueller 2 650Mueller Co. plant manager Jim Clark (middle) shows State Senator Andy Manar and Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association a machine inside the Decatur factory during a tour Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (From left to right: Denzler, Clark, Manar)

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