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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 […]

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 […]