05092018 Manar Keele McConnell 350SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Andy Manar welcomed Madison Keele, a senior at Nokomis High School, and Emma McConnell, an eighth-grader at Lutheran School Association of Decatur, to the Capitol last week as his senators for the day.

Keele, 18, of Nokomis is the daughter of Brent and Amanda Keele. She follows politics closely, enjoys reading and art, and has a passion for language. She will attend Cornell University in the fall, where she plans to double major in government and Russian. She intends to go to law school after earning her degrees.

McConnell, 13, of Oreana is the daughter of Gary McConnell and Heather McConnell-Smith and Kevin Smith. She plays soccer and is involved in choir, Girls Who Code, and St. John’s Youth Group. She enjoys reading and writing.

Keele and McConnell visited the Capitol on Wednesday, May 9. While there, they toured the building and accompanied Manar on the Senate floor for a busy afternoon of debate and votes on key legislation.

Each teen spoke with Manar for a video about their experience at the Capitol, their education, their interests and their plans for the future. Watch their videos below.

 

Madison Keele and State Senator Andy Manar senator for a day video

 

Emma McConnell and State Senator Andy Manar senator for a day video

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05082018 Manar Young 350SPRINGFIELD – Elder Michael Young of the Main Street Church of the Living God in Decatur delivered the invocation to the Illinois Senate on Tuesday, May 8.

“Lord, I ask that you bless this 100th General Assembly and everyone under the sound of my voice. Lord, I ask that the decisions made today will make the cities and towns of Illinois prosperous, peaceful and safe,” Young said in offering an opening prayer and words of encouragement to lawmakers.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) invited Young to deliver the invocation. Main Street Church of the Living God is located at 2000 N. Main St. in Decatur.

Pictured: Elder Michael Young of the Main Street Church of the Living God (left) and State Senator Andy Manar on the floor of the Illinois Senate, Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

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05012018 Manar Madison Sapp 650

State Senator Andy Manar welcomed two area students to the Capitol this week as senators for the day.

On Tuesday, he was joined by Madison Sapp, 14, an eighth-grader at Meridian Middle School. She is the daughter of Josh and Mary Sapp of Decatur. She is involved in dance, softball and scholastic bowl.

While at the Capitol, Sapp toured the building, accompanied Manar to committee hearings and joined him on the Senate floor for a busy afternoon of debate and votes on key pieces of legislation.

 

05022018 Manar Andrew Miller 650 On Wednesday, Andrew Miller, a senior at Southwestern High School in Piasa joined Manar at the Capitol.

Miller, 18, of Jerseyville is the son of Chelsea Miller. He is involved in band, scholastic bowl, drama club and plays the violin. He will attend Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in the fall and plans to study political science.

While at the Capitol, Miller accompanied Manar to a meeting about a challenge facing rural independent pharmacies and joined him on the Senate floor for a busy afternoon of debate and votes on key pieces of legislation.

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04252018 Manar and Jackle HughSPRINGFIELD – Pastor Joel Jackle-Hugh of the United in Faith Church in Pana delivered the invocation to the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, April 25.

“Lord, as the Senate of Illinois once again gathers to serve the people of the state, may their decisions be guided by what you see as right. May the people of Illinois come with vastly different experiences. But if we can look past those differences and discern your will, we will be able to govern as you see fit,” Jackle-Hugh said in offering an opening prayer and words of encouragement to lawmakers.

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) invited Jackle-Hugh to deliver the invocation. United in Faith Church is located at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana.

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