SPRINGFIELD – In place of the usual visit to the Capitol, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) held a virtual interview with Sangamon Valley High School senior Alex Mann this week as part of his Future Leaders Program.

A recent graduate of SVHS, Alex is set to attend Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in the fall, where he plans to obtain a joint degree in paralegal studies and pre-law before pursuing a Juris Doctorate. He says his passion for history is what prompted him to pursue a career in law. His interest in the subject was sparked by his 8th grade history teacher and his father, who serves as the manager of the Sangamon Valley Collection at The Lincoln Library.

Manar’s one-on-one interview – a tradition of his Future Leaders program – focused on Alex’s plans for his future, his approach to the unexpected lifestyle changes caused by COVID-19, such as remote learning, and how he remains hopeful about the future in such unpredictable times.

“It’s not hard to see why Alex’s principal nominated him for the program. He’s a bright and well-rounded student-leader. I was most impressed that Alex holds a perspective on our world grounded in historical knowledge,” Manar said. “He fully understands the societal challenges we face and remains optimistic, because he knows that we’ve overcome greater obstacles. It was inspiring to hear that from a 17-year old student.”

Alex was nominated to the program by Sangamon Valley High School principal Jonathan Field.

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10162019H0110DECATUR – Senior citizens from the Decatur area joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) Wednesday for a free senior resource fair.

The event featured an opportunity for seniors to take advantage of free and discounted services from health care providers as well as state and local groups, such as health screenings and on-site drivers’ license renewals.

“In some cases, senior citizens face financial and logistical barriers to accessing vital care and resources,” Manar said. “Senior fairs allow us to bring these resources to one convenient location and ensure that everyone has access to the services they need.”

The event in Decatur is one of three senior fairs Manar hosted this fall.

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DSC 0057TAYLORVILLE – Senior citizens from around Christian County joined State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) Thursday for a free senior resource fair.

The event featured an opportunity for seniors to take advantage of free and discounted services from health care providers as well as state and local groups, such as health screenings and on-site drivers’ license renewals.

“Seniors often face the challenge of having to travel several miles to access vital services they need,” Manar said. “Hosting these events allows us to bring all of these resources to one convenient location, saving seniors both time and money.”

The event in Taylorville is the second of three senior fairs Manar is hosting this fall. The final senior fair will take place in Decatur on Oct. 16.

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05292019CM0351SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed recent Carlinville High School graduate Tyler Behme to the Capitol this May as part of his Future Leaders program.

Behme, 18, is interested in computer programming and reading. He is also an avid golfer. He plans to continue his education at the University of Illinois this fall and his parents are Jeff and Julie Behme.

Earlier this spring, Behme and a group of other Carlinville High School students gave a presentation to Manar about daylight saving time and the benefits of eliminating the time change. After hearing the presentation, Manar committed to introducing the idea in the Senate and the students came to Springfield to give testimony before a committee and answer questions from lawmakers.

During his visit, Behme attended meetings with Manar and accompanied him to the Senate floor where he met other state lawmakers and watched them debate and vote on legislation.

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