IL licenseplate 090820CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is joining Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to urge the public to conduct transactions online when possible instead of visiting a driver services facility.

“Using the secretary of state’s online services can not only save you a trip to the facility, but also cut down on crowds and reduce the time it takes for visitors who need to do business in person,” Bennett said. “Until more people in our community are vaccinated, I encourage all drivers to utilize the online portal when possible so we can protect the staff and each other from the spread of COVID-19.”

Online transactions can be conducted at the secretary of state’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

The secretary of state offers a wide range of services online, including purchasing license plate stickers and renewing driver’s licenses and ID cards.

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CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced Monday that $7 million in local infrastructure funding will be distributed to local governments as part of the Rebuild Illinois program, and State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is pleased to announce that Champaign County will receive a portion of those funds.

“Creating a designated truck route in Champaign County will not only help manage traffic, but will provide a safer driving experience,” Bennett said. “This funding will also boost jobs during these tough economic times and ensure our community has the necessary resources to attract business, regulate growth and improve local quality of life.”  

This grant is made possible through IDOT’s Truck Access Route Program, which allows counties, municipalities and townships to apply for assistance in upgrading roads to accommodate 80,000-pound trucks and become designated truck routes. IDOT will provide Champaign County with $900,000, which will be used for connecting U.S. 45 truck routes.

“Illinois is the country’s transportation hub, with freight activity a cornerstone of the state’s economy,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “At IDOT, we want our local partners to have the necessary tools to manage traffic safely and spur even more job creation and economic growth.”

The City of Danville also received $80,000 through the Rebuild Illinois program to fund the Fairchild Street project.

A complete list of projects can be viewed here.

pexels photo 5211427CHAMPAIGN – To help address the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is announcing that school districts in the 52nd District will receive an estimated $128,207,491 in additional funding.

“Parents have spent most of this pandemic focusing on how their kids will continue learning and how the pandemic will impact their future,” said Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Scott Bennett. “Teachers have adapted to every obstacle thrown their way this past year, and I’m thrilled to see the state do right by our students with this additional funding.”

The funding comes as part of the most recent federal COVID-19 relief packages. Schools, students and parents have overcome challenges that no one could have imagined before the pandemic began, including remote and hybrid learning, digital connection issues, new processes for receiving state and federal aid that normally flow through schools, and more.

Local school districts are set to receive the following amounts:

  • Champaign CUSD 4 - $36,243,908
  • Urbana SD 116 - $20,321,748
  • Thomasboro CCSD 130 - $1,468,270
  • Rantoul City SD 137 - $9,109,926
  • Gifford CCSD 188 - $255,934
  • Rantoul Township HSD 193 - $3,590,051
  • Prairieview-Ogden CCSD 197 - $282,448
  • Westville CUSD 2 - $4,183,015
  • Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUD 4 - $4,061,656
  • Oakwood CUSD 76 - $3,203,006
  • Danville CCSD 118 - $45,487,529

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Bennett HealthyFoodDrive Flyer

DANVILLE – In an effort to replenish the stock at The Dwelling Place for homeless and at-risk individuals in Vermilion County, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and Robinson Chiropractic are reminding residents to make a donation to their healthy food drive by Wednesday, March 31.

“With more people experiencing financial strain and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for food has dramatically increased,” Bennett said. “This increased demand has impacted community organizations like The Dwelling Place, so I encourage you to support the center and donate today, if you can.” 

According to The Dwelling Place, over 16,000 Vermilion County residents live in poverty and are at risk of homelessness, and over 500 children of school age are identified as homeless. Individuals and families who seek assistance for food are often in search of healthier options.

Bennett’s office will be collecting individually wrapped dried fruit, nuts, pumpkin seeds, granola bars, cheese and crackers, peanut butter and crackers, fruit roll-ups, protein bars, Del Monte fruit cups, applesauce cups, and nonperishable food items. Expired food items will not be accepted.

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Champaign Office:
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Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
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Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

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Springfield, IL 62706
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