SPRINGFIELD – After being closed for nearly a month due to a surge of omicron variant cases of COVID-19, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is glad to see the secretary of state and driver services facilities reopening to the public on Jan. 24.

“I appreciate Secretary White prioritizing the health and safety of his employees and customers with the rise in COVID cases,” Bennett said. “The secretary of state’s office has thoughtfully planned out a way to reopen for folks to get the services they need and can complete their transactions safely.”

Driver services facilities operating on a Tuesday-Saturday schedule will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 25 for in-person transactions.

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library 081220CHAMPAIGN – Local libraries in Champaign and Catlin will receive nearly $65,000 in combined grants to grow and enhance their services, thanks to the support from State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

“Our libraries serve as pillars in our communities, bringing people together by providing programs and services,” Bennett said. “These grants will help us preserve these important institutions and support their initiatives to educate and enhance our communities.”

Three area libraries are set to receive a total of $64,469 to respond directly to difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant provides nearly $6 million in funding for libraries to modify services, transform spaces and develop resources for their local recovering workforce and to ensure all operations can be provided safely and effectively as the pandemic continues.

The following libraries in the 52nd District will receive funds:

  • Catlin Public Library District: $14,783
  • University of Illinois: $24,686
  • University of Illinois: $25,000

“Our libraries are in need of more services to help their communities,” Bennett said. “These vital funds will help equip these libraries with the resources to give our students the opportunity to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A full list of libraries receiving a grant can be found here.

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RANTOUL – To make it even more convenient for residents to ask questions and get assistance with state services, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is offering remote office hours in Rantoul throughout the winter.

“These remote office hours will bring my office closer to the people we are here to serve, and I hope they will provide the opportunity to help folks in the community,” Bennett said. “I invite you to stop by over the lunch hour to chat.”

The first remote office hour will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9 from noon to1 p.m. at the Rantoul Public Library, located at 106 W. Flessner Ave. Bennett invites residents to stop by for help with state services or simply to discuss issues facing the community.

“I hope people take advantage of our upcoming remote office hours to receive assistance, share ideas or chat with me,” Bennett said.

Bennett will also host office hours on March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8 in Rantoul. To stay up to date on events Bennett’s office is hosting this winter, residents can visit

senior illinoisans castro 011222CHAMPAIGN – To highlight older adults who have contributed to their communities through service, education, the workforce or the arts, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is asking residents to submit their nominations to the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame.

“The members of the Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame stand as an example to each of us,” Bennett said. “Let’s take this opportunity to acknowledge an older family member, friend or neighbor who goes out of their way to make our neighborhoods a better place by nominating them to the hall of fame.”

The Senior Illinoisan Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding accomplishments in community service, education, the labor force and the arts. Each year, four candidates — one from each category — are inducted.
Eligibility is based on an individual’s past and present accomplishments, and the candidate must be a current Illinois citizen or a former citizen for most of their life. Posthumous nominees are also considered.

Nominations for 2022 inductees must be submitted by June 1. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit

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