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SPRINGFIELD – Danasia Nelson, a freshman at Douglas MacArthur High School in Decatur, joined Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) at the Illinois Capitol Wednesday as his page for the day.

Nelson, 14, is enrolled in honors classes at school and enjoys playing volleyball and following politics. Accompanying her to Springfield was her aunt, Lisa Stanley of Decatur.

Manar talked with Nelson about her interests and her goals for the future in the video below.

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Manar Mason Manufacturing Tour 350 1DECATUR – Senator Andy Manar toured Mason Manufacturing in Decatur recently to learn more about issues of importance to the manufacturing industry in Illinois.

Mason Manufacturing produces shell and heat tube exchangers, pressure vessels, columns and tanks that are used in a variety of processing industries, such as refineries, ethanol plants and food production. The company, at 1645 N. Railroad Ave., employs more than 50 people, including highly trained fabricators and welders.

Manar (D-Bunker Hill) toured the plant Nov. 1 with Bob McKinley, president of Mason Manufacturing, representatives of the Illinois Manufacturing Association and State Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur).

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GILLESPIE – A 19-year-old Dorchester soldier who died in Vietnam in 1967 will be remembered Monday during a special highway-dedication ceremony.

A section of Illinois 16 from Stagecoach Road to Gillespie will be designated the Pfc. Gary Wayne Price Memorial Highway to honor Price, a 1966 Gillespie High School graduate who was killed in action May 6, 1967, just a month after beginning his tour of duty in Vietnam.

Senators Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Sam McCann (R-Plainview) sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 32 calling for the highway designation in the soldier’s honor. Members of Price’s family live in Bunker Hill.

What: Designation of the Pfc. Gary Wayne Price Memorial Highway
When: 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13
Where: Gillespie Municipal Building, 115 Macoupin St., Gillespie

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11012017 Manar EHS video production class 350DECATUR – State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) joined students in Gayle Bowman’s video production class at Eisenhower High School for an interview Wednesday afternoon.

Students conducted the interview with Manar, asking questions about education funding reform, working with the governor, investing in state universities, economic development in Decatur, social media’s role in government, and what it’s like to be a state senator.

Students also were responsible for filming the interview and producing the video, which will be broadcast on Channel 22, Decatur Public Schools’ 24-hour cable television station.

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