Sec of State drive thru

TILTON – To ensure drivers can renew vehicle registration safely, the Tilton driver services facility is now offering drive-thru license plate sticker renewals, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Tuesday.

“License plate renewals have been a major concern for folks in our area,” Bennett said. “I’m grateful that the secretary of state’s office is giving people a safe and convenient way to renew their vehicle registrations through this drive-thru service.”

The facility will be open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Credit cards and checks will be the only accepted forms of payment, and customers are required to wear masks.

Illinoisans with access to the internet can also renew their vehicle registration stickers and take advantage of other online services at All expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended until June 1, 2021.

“Please renew your vehicle registrations online if you can,” Bennett said. “That will mean shorter lines for people who truly don’t have internet access.”

Bennett also is reminding residents the federal government has extended the REAL ID deadline by one year. The deadline is now Oct. 1, 2021.

Giving Tuesday FB

DANVILLE – Giving Tuesday is Dec. 1, and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is encouraging those who are able to give back to their communities on this charitable occasion.

“As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, so does the need for help from local charitable organizations,” Bennett said. “There’s something everyone can do to help, whether it is donating to a good cause, volunteering your time to help others in our community, or simply showing acts of kindness.”

Giving Tuesday, created in 2012 as a day to encourage people to do good, has since grown into a global movement for charitable giving on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Bennett encourages folks willing and able to consider reaching out to a local charitable organization to ask how they can help. These organizations may include animal shelters, blood banks, or other groups serving children and youth, artists, small businesses, restaurant workers, homeless individuals, and more.

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istockphoto 1062870860 612x612CHAMPAIGN – As snow-and-ice season nears, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) joins the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police in reminding drivers to take steps to prepare themselves to navigate the winter driving season safely.

“Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to check current road conditions before heading out,” Bennett said. “If you don’t need to be on the roads, consider canceling your travel plans. If you can’t avoid driving, plan ahead and make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicle.”

Drivers should be mindful of winter driving skills and build extra time into their schedules in the months ahead. As part of the “Winter Weather – Get it Together” campaign, travelers are encouraged to follow these simple guidelines:

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Small Business Saturday FB

CHAMPAIGN – Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, Nov. 28, and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is encouraging Champaign and Vermilion County residents to keep their dollars in the community by shopping and buying local this holiday season.

“Small businesses have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, making Small Business Saturday more vital than ever,” Bennett said. “I encourage folks to patronize our local businesses during the holiday shopping season to help our community and economy move forward from this crisis.”

Bennett reminds residents that Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small, family-run shops that do so much throughout the year for the community. Bennett added that supporting small does not just mean shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. Residents can show their support through online sales, ordering carryout from a locally owned restaurant or buying a gift card for a friend.

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