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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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar was honored Wednesday evening to accept an Honorary State FFA Degree during the 90th Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield.

More than 5,000 FFA members, advisors, and guests attended the convention during its three-day run from June 12-14. Among them were students from Taylorville and Pana high schools.

Honorary State Degree recipients are recognized for their outstanding service to agricultural education and FFA programs. The degree is awarded by the Illinois Association FFA. Manar was one of 34 recipients this year.

“It’s an honor to be included among such a fine group of supporters for agriculture and ag education in Illinois,” said Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat. “I am pleased that I can be a voice at the Capitol for K-12 education and rural and agricultural priorities.”

In addition to Manar, the other recipients of 2018 honorary degrees were (in alphabetical order): State Senator Neil Anderson; Don and Gina Birritier, parents of Illinois FFA state president; Congressman Mike Bost, 12th District; Mike Butler, Athens FFA advisor; Dave Clark, retired reporter for The Star Courier; Anna and Jeff Clausen, parents of Illinois FFA state treasurer; Congressman Rodney Davis, 13th District; Katie Eads-Cressey, Youth Education in Agriculture Committee; John C. Edgar, Illinois FFA Center assistant director; Doug Falk, Cuba FFA advisor; Kenny Hartman, ILCAE member; Elliot Hasselbring, Illinois FFA Alumni Council; and Dalton Heavner, state convention volunteer.

Also, Dr. Walt Hurley, UIUC Animal Science Department; Chris and Jody Janssen, parents of Illinois FFA state vice president; Randy Meyer, Nokomis FFA advisor; Ryan Orrick, IACCAI chairman; Karen and Tom Painter, parents of Illinois FFA state secretary; Raymond Poe, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture; Pam and Terry Reeverts, parents of Illinois FFA state reporter; Larry Riden, friend of Illinois FFA; Marianne Shields, assistant to the dean of the SIU COAS; Kirk Stevens, friend of Illinois FFA; Doug Thurnau, St. Elmo FFA advisor; Darin Walter, friend of Illinois FFA; Jenny Webb, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education; Kaitlyn Weitekamp, ILCAE member; and Julie Wollerman, regional superintendent.

Pictured above (left to right): (seated) Julie Wollerman, Larry Riden, Kirk Stevens, Marianne Shields, Darin Walter, Jenny Webb, Kaitlyn Weitekamp; (standing) Doug Falk, Dave Clark, Neil Anderson, Kenny Hartman, Randy Meyer, Andy Manar, Dr. Walt Hurley.

 

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Pictured: State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), recipient of a 2018 Honorary State FFA Degree, is joined by Pana High School FFA students during the 90th Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. From left to right: Ivy Stewart, 16; Chase Temmen, 16, FFA chapter president; Amanda Hall, 16, FFA chapter secretary; Manar; Grace Sims, 17; and Alex Weitekamp, 16.

 

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Pictured: State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), recipient of a 2018 Honorary State FFA Degree, is joined by Taylorville High School FFA students during the 90th Illinois State FFA Convention in Springfield on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. From left to right: Duncan Beck, 18; Ryan Held, 18; Manar; Abel Gunn, 17; and Ellie Tippitt, 18. All four students are recent graduates of Taylorville High School.

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05152018 Manar Williams NelsonSPRINGFIELD -— State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed two central Illinois high school students to the Capitol last week as his senators for the day.

Meggan Williams, a junior at Staunton High School, and Noah Nelson, a senior at Taylorville High School, joined Manar in Springfield on Tuesday, May 15.

Williams is the daughter of Jeff and Tammy Williams. She is involved in dance and volleyball. While at the Capitol, she toured the building, accompanied Manar to committee hearings and joined him on the Senate floor for a busy afternoon of debate and votes on key pieces of legislation.

Noah Nelson is the son of Ed and Teresa Nelson. His interest in politics, journalism and current events led him to accept an invitation to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the fall, where he plans to study political science. Nelson also joined Manar on the Senate floor.

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