11082017 Manar Kenzie Adams 350HSPRINGFIELD – Nokomis High School senior Kenzie Adams was welcomed to the Illinois State Capitol by Senator Andy Manar on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Adams was at the Capitol during the second week of the General Assembly’s fall veto session. She is the daughter of Jamie and Jerad Volkmar of Nokomis.

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SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) welcomed members of the Decatur Leadership Institute to the Illinois State Capitol this month.

The Decatur Leadership Institute, a project of the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, was established in 1985. The institute’s goal is to develop citizen leaders to serve the Decatur and Macon County communities, create positive change in the community, strengthen relationships among future leaders and public servants, and offer a behind-the-scenes look at government, business and municipal operations.

Pictured: Senator Andy Manar and members of the Decatur Leadership Institute gather for a photo on the floor of the Illinois Senate on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Senator Andy Manar was a panelist at an Oct. 20 Citizens Club of Springfield discussion about the status of school funding reform in Illinois.

Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat who spearheaded legislative efforts to enact the Illinois' first school funding overhaul in more than 20 years, was joined by Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gill and Ball-Chatham Superintendent Douglas Wood.

Manar updated the audience on the status of implementing the new school funding law and offered a look back at the more than four-year effort to pass the major reform, reflecting that for him it became "very much an exercise in listening" to other people, including colleagues in the Legislature, to experts in education policy and to parents and taxpayers in communities statewide.

Manar said he intends to turn his attention next to the teacher shortage that is affecting communities throughout Illinois, a situation he described as a "full-fledged crisis."

10092017 Manar North Mac 350VIRDEN – Senator Andy Manar visited North Mac Elementary School recently as principal for the day.

Principal for a day visits, coordinated by the Illinois Principals Association, offer state lawmakers the opportunity to spend time with students and school administrators to learn more about day-to-day operations, the challenges school districts face and the successes they’ve experienced.

Manar’s visit to North Mac Elementary included pop-in visits to classrooms, where he read with students or learned about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design, math) projects they’d been working on.


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