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Scott Bennett’s law signed to deal with rape test backlog

Landmark legislation signed into law Friday puts in place requirements for law enforcement agencies designed to improve the response to sexual assault crimes and encourage victims to come forward.The law also will address the Illinois State Police’ department’s nearly decade-long backlog of rape kits by removing a barrier in the […]

Bennett: “Schools need to open their doors on time this fall”

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers approved what is primarily a short-term spending plan Thursday, although one of the people who negotiated it — Gov. Bruce Rauner — declined to even call it a budget.

But Rauner did sign the spending bill (SB 2047) early Thursday evening, about four hours after the Senate […]

Scott Bennett endorsed by Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer

DANVILLE — Tammy Duckworth said Sunday that the U.S. needs to invest more in education and infrastructure and keep American businesses from moving overseas.

Duckworth, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in the Nov. 8 election, spoke at a “We Are the Change” event sponsored by the Vermilion County […]

Not all Lawmakers are created Equal

In response to a letter last week stating that Illinois lawmakers have failed us, I have to disagree that not all lawmakers have and that many are trying to do the right thing.

I know because I live next to Scott Bennett, an Illinois state senator. I have watched Scott for […]

State Senator Scott Bennett Appointed Vice-Chair of Agriculture

The Illinois Senate’s Committee on Agriculture Chairman Bill Cunningham has appointed State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) as Vice-Chairperson of Agriculture.

“Senator Bennett has continued to show a passion for promoting agriculture throughout his community and the state,” Cunningham said. “He understands the important role agriculture plays in our state’s economy and […]

Scott Bennett’s New Legislation Seeks to Help Local Industries

A bill sponsored by State Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign designed to help industries find qualified help has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. House Bill 5720 creates the Taskforce on Computer Science Education to analyze the current state of computer science education in Illinois. The bill also […]

Bennett fights to ensure National Guard members get veterans status

ILLINOIS — A bill, signed into law Friday, goes into effect immediately to bestow veteran status on members of the Illinois National Guard.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D) drafted the initiative after complaints members of the National Guard were not classified as veterans since they had not been called to active […]

Scott Bennett honored to be part of 2016 Georgetown Dedication of Mural

“A project like this brings the community together. Thank you for letting me be a part of this dedication.” – Sen. Scott Bennett

The old Interurban Railway Station was chosen to be the first of six murals painted in prominent places around town where they will have high visibility.

By noon on […]

Vermilion County schools win under plan supported by Bennett

Vermilion County schools will receive $4.9 million more under a new plan being assembled in the Illinois Senate. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) supports legislation to increase education funding for Vermilion County students and allow schools to open their doors on time this fall.

For example the following school districts would see […]

New law makes changes in investigation and prosecution of rape cases

A new law in Illinois will strengthen the rights of sexual assault victims.

The new law, signed Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, was the result of changes proposed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan and came after a BND investigative report in February 2015 called Violation of Trust.

The new law provides victims […]