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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed Ava Wiley of Rochester as his senator for the day at the Capitol this week.

Wiley, 13, is a seventh grader at Rochester Junior High School. Her hobbies include soccer, acting and following government and politics. Her mother, Kim Wiley, signed her up to be senator for the day as a Christmas gift.

During Wiley’s visit Wednesday, she toured the Capitol, attended a Senate budget hearing with Manar and accompanied him onto the Senate floor where she watched members debate and vote on legislation about firearms and school funding.

Senator Manar chatted with Wiley about her visit to the Capitol, about being a seventh grader in Rochester and about her interest in politics:

Category: People of the 48th

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SPRINGFIELD — Senator Andy Manar welcomed the Christian County LEADership Academy to the Illinois Capitol.

Members of the LEAD organization — a project of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce and the Christian County University of Illinois Extension — visited March 7.

Christian County LEAD started in 2005. It's an annual program for community leaders who want to become better informed about issues and learn how to use their skills and talents to improve business prospects, family life and their environment. The organization encourages networking, personal growth and enhanced interpersonal skills. The program has more than 200 graduates.

"It's a great program that the chamber runs, and I'm proud to host them every year. Just for about 45 minutes to an hour in the state Senate, and we just have a nice dialogue," Manar told WTIM radio in Taylorville about the group's visit.

"One of the good things about the job is you get to see people in the Senate in the role in Springfield and show them that it's not always just a partisan morass, that there are ways to get along and to advance issues that are important to both Democrats and Republicans."

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02222018ManarCarsonThe Rev. Courtney Carson from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur delivered the invocation to the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Accompanying Carson were Julian Harris, 16, and Karl Coleman, 19, both of Decatur. Harris is a student at MacArthur High School, and Coleman is a student at Richland Community College.

Pictured: Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is joined at the Illinois Capitol Wednesday by the Rev. Courtney Carson (center), Julian Harris (left) and Karl Coleman.

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02212018 Poteat ManarSPRINGFIELD – Truman Poteat, a sophomore at North Mac High School, joined Senator Andy Manar at the Capitol in Springfield as his page for the day.

Poteat, 16, is the son of Brian and Alicia Poteat of Auburn. He visited the Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 21, where he toured the building and accompanied Manar on the Senate floor while lawmakers were in session.

Truman Poteat is an excellent student, earning a 4.3 grade point average on a weighted 4.0 scale the first semester of this schoolyear. He also is a member of the North Mac scholastic bowl team, enjoys playing video games and is a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Category: People of the 48th