BrattenManarAndrew Bratten and Ben Manar were special guests of State Senator Andy Manar at the Illinois Capitol on the final day of the legislative session May 31.

Bratten, 8, is the son of Lisa and Steve Bratten of Bunker Hill.

Ben Manar, 8, is the son of Andy and Trista Manar of Bunker Hill. Both boys are students at Wolf Ridge Elementary School and play on the Bunker Hill Blue Jays youth baseball team.

During their visit, Andrew and Ben toured the Capitol and joined Senator Manar on the floor of the Senate while he presented legislation for a vote.

Pictured: Ben Manar, 8, (left) and Andrew Bratten, 8, both of Bunker Hill, join State Senator Andy Manar on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, on the floor of the Illinois Senate.

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MichaelYoungMichael Young, an elder at the Main Street Church of the Living God in Decatur, delivered the invocation to the Illinois Senate on May 31, the final day of the legislative session.

“We ask you to let us to come together with the things that we need to make a greater Illinois be great again,” Young said in offering an opening prayer and words of encouragement to lawmakers. “We ask you, let these minds in here to come together, that Illinois will stand up and stand out to meet the needs of the people.”

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) invited Young to deliver the invocation.

Pictured: Michael Young (right), an elder at the Main Street Church of the Living God in Decatur, joins Senator Andy Manar for a photo on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, on the floor of the Illinois Senate.

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PastorWoodPastor Jeremy Wood, who just marked his 14th year as pastor of First Congregational Church of Bunker Hill, delivered the invocation to the Illinois Senate on May 22.

“Keep ever in our hearts and minds those that we are called to serve, so that our state might be a place where all experience happiness and hope and healing,” Wood said in offering an opening prayer and words of encouragement to lawmakers.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) invited Wood to deliver the invocation.

On Friday, Wood celebrated his 14th year as pastor of First Congregational, a role he began on June 16, 2003.

Pictured: Pastor Jeremy Wood (center) and Betty Zarges, both of Bunker Hill, join Senator Andy Manar for a photo on Monday, May 22, 2017, on the floor of the Illinois Senate.

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BrigidDunn05242017Brigid Dunn, who will be a freshman at Carlinville High School in the fall, joined Senator Andy Manar at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield for Manar’s senator for the day program.

Dunn, 14, is the daughter of Matthew and Jackie Dunn of Carlinville.

She visited the Capitol on May 24 and accompanied Manar to committee hearings; meetings, including an interview Manar did with a Chicago Tribune reporter about Senate Bill 1, the school funding reform legislation he later advanced; and onto the Senate floor where lawmakers debated legislation.

Dunn is a voracious reader and was a member of her middle school’s scholastic bowl team, which won regionals during the most recent school year. Her favorite subjects in school are English and social studies. She is the oldest of four children in her family, including Megan, 12, and Patrick and Matthew, both 11.

Manar talked to Dunn about her interests and what it was like for her to move from Chicago to Carlinville when she was in the fourth grade.

 

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