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Lincoln’s Challenge construction project back on after passage of stopgap budget

RANTOUL — It’s been a little more than a year since construction stopped, frozen as it were, on the new Lincoln’s Challenge Academy campus because the Illinois General Assembly and Gov Bruce Rauner could not agree on a budget.

Work is expected to resume on the project after the passage of […]

Senator Bennett Launches Re-Election Bid

State Senator Scott Bennett says he feels he has hit the ground running since being appointed 10 months ago. He officially launched his bid Wednesday to retain his seat in next year’s election.

[Senator Bennett is in center in photo, with Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer on left and State Treasurer Michael […]

Tax-exempt savings accounts coming for people with disabilities

CHAMPAIGN–For parents like Sarah Thompson, making sure their children are taken care of can be a daunting thought.

“As I get older and he gets older that becomes more of a concern,” said Thompson.

Sarah’s son was born prematurely, leaving him with an array of special needs that require constant care and […]

Chambana Dad to Know: Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett was recently appointed State Senator from the 52nd district of Illinois, which encompasses most of Champaign-Urbana and Danville, after the seat was vacated by new state treasurer Mike Frerichs. Bennett will serve the two years remaining on Frerichs’ current term.

A native of Central Illinois who grew up in […]

Illinois lawmaker pushes for changes to child sexual assault law

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Every year hundreds of people come through the doors of Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling. Around 50 of them are adults and they say were sexually abused as a child.

“We see a lot of adult survivors and it comes up often,” said Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling Executive Director […]

Higher-ed relief emerging in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — With at least three bills now in the mix, legislative supporters of higher education funding expressed renewed optimism Tuesday that a short-term budget resolution could be near, possibly by the end of the week.

But the fact that there are so many options could be problematic for cash-strapped colleges […]

Senator Bennett Starts Petition To Try To Stop Budget Cuts

Illinois Sen. Scott Bennett is trying to stop the governor from slashing the U of I’s budget, and he’s beginning to fight that battle with a stack of paper and a list of names.

Bennett, who is from Champaign, where the University of Illinois’ main campus is located, has started a […]

Bennett advances bill to create the Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus

State Senator Scott Bennett, D-52, advanced House Bill 821 Wednesday to help combat sexual assault.

According to a press release from the Illinois Senate, Bennett advanced the bill in order to give more protections to Illinois students.

Bennett, the chief sponsor of the bill, said he experienced many sexual violence proceedings in […]

Bennett to seek full term in 52nd

SAVOY — Democrat Scott Bennett, the former prosecutor appointed to the state Senate last year to replace State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, formally announced Wednesday that he will run for a full term in 2016.

So far, Bennett doesn’t have a Republican opponent in the 52nd Senate District, which includes most of […]

Sen. Bennett introduces new bill to aid graduates

The promise of a career can often ease the burden of student debt many young graduates feel. However, student debt can actually keep students from working in their chosen career.

Currently, licensing agencies can revoke professional licenses from students who default on student loan debt.

To protect recent graduates, State Sen. Scott […]