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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Emma Kelly, a senior at Taylorville High School, to the Capitol this week as his senator for the day.

Kelly, 17, of Taylorville is the daughter of Cheryl Graham. She is a member of the National Honor Society, plays soccer and volunteers at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She enjoys CrossFit and works part-time at Incredibly Delicious in Springfield.

Kelly visited the Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 28. While there, she toured the building and accompanied Manar on the Senate floor for a busy afternoon of debate and votes on key legislation, including veto overrides.

She plans to attend a four-year university after graduation to pursue a career in the field of public health.

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SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Institute joined State Senator Andy Manar at the Capitol Wednesday.

The program brings together people from Decatur and encourages them to become informed and dedicated citizens in community leadership roles.

Senator Manar updated the group about activity at the Capitol during the first week of the fall veto session and answered questions.

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SPRINGFIELD – Lexie Jones, a junior at Rochester High School, joined State Senator Andy Manar at the Capitol Wednesday as his senator for the day.

Jones, 16, is the daughter of Lisa Badger and Jason Jones. She is a longtime choir member and takes dual-credit college courses. She will graduate by 2020 and is considering studying journalism in college. Outside of school, she works part-time at Applebee’s and enjoys hanging out with her 1-year-old yellow Labrador named Luna.

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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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