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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar welcomed area students to the state Capitol Wednesday for Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day, an annual event that connects young people with state government and their elected representatives in Springfield.

“These are the rural leaders of tomorrow,” Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said. “Illinois’ rural cooperatives understand the importance of igniting a passion for public service and problem-solving, because our downstate communities need these young people and their ideas more than ever.”

This is the 59th year Illinois’ electric and telephone cooperatives have sponsored the advocacy day. Nearly 250 students attend each year for a chance to visit the Capitol, meet with their lawmakers and see state government in action.

Manar welcomed area students representing MJM Electric Cooperative in Carlinville. They included Daniel Jarden, Alexis Maguire, Grant Morgan, Allyson O’Malley, Truman Poteat, Olivia Schellingburger and Grace Traylor. They were accompanied by Charlie Peterson. He also welcomed area students representing Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) in Auburn. They included Emily Curry, Kyle Dickman, Riley Meredith, Braeden Scheerer, Abbie Simpson and Hailey Winslow. They were accompanied by Jeff Lancaster and Sandy Lex.


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Pictured from MJM Electric Cooperative: Front row, left to right: Truman Poteat, Grant Morgan, Olivia Schellingburger, State Rep. Avery Bourne, Grace Traylor, Alexis Maguire and Allyson O’Malley. Back row, left to right: Daniel Jarden, Charlie Peterson, State Senator Andy Manar.


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Pictured from Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative: Front row, left to right: Jeff Lancaster, Emily Curry, Abbie Simpson and Hailey Winslow. Back row, left to right: Kyle Dickman, Braeden Scheerer, State Senator Andy Manar, Riley Meredith and Sandy Lex.

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SPRINGFIELD — Ashley Solano, a senior at Sangamon Valley High School, joined State Senator Andy Manar at the Illinois Capitol as his senator for the day last week.

Solano, 19, of Illiopolis is the daughter of Toshia Solano. She was at the Capitol Wednesday, April 18.

During her visit, Solano toured the building, accompanied Manar to appropriations and labor hearings, and joined him on the Senate floor as lawmakers debated and voted on legislation.

Solano is involved in theater, art and basketball at Sangamon Valley High School. She will graduate in May.

Watch Ashley and Senator Manar discuss her visit to the Capitol, her interest in theater and her plans for the future.

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Susan Morrison formerly served as a Taylorville principal, U of I state director

SPRINGFIELD – A Carlinville woman’s appointment to the Illinois State Board of Education could be finalized as soon as next week after a Senate panel gave the nod to her nomination Thursday.

“Susan Morrison is uniquely well qualified to serve on the State Board of Education, and she will bring the important perspective of downstate and rural school districts to its discussions,” said State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), who sponsored her appointment before the Senate Executive Appointments Committee.

“I have every confidence in her abilities, and I know she will offer excellent guidance and advice to the board.”

Morrison, who has extensive experience in education and school administration, is a constituent.

Manar is vice chairman of the Executive Appointments Committee, which reviews the governor’s nominations and makes a recommendation to the full Senate based on the nominee’s qualifications for the position to which he or she has been nominated.

The Senate Executive Appointments Committee voted 7-0 to recommend Morrison for the State Board of Education. The governor announced her appointment in July. The committee’s recommendation now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

Morrison was chief education officer and deputy superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education. Prior to that, she was state director for the University of Illinois and a principal and curriculum director for the Taylorville School District. She has a bachelor’s from Cornell College and a master’s in education administration from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Her appointment would expire Jan. 9, 2019.

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SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Richland Community College students to the Illinois Capitol Thursday, April 12.

The students were in Springfield for community college student advocacy day. This annual event is coordinated by the Illinois Community College Board.

Richland students who visited with Senator Manar were Eddie Boliard, Doniquea Luter, Lee Trimble, Nash Usher and Taylor Vidmar. They were accompanied by Alex Berry, director of student development at Richland Community College.

Pictured: Front row (left to right): Taylor Vidmar, Lee Trimble and Doniquea Luter. Back row (left to right): Nash Usher, Eddie Boliard and State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

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