Bennettfirstbill4.16.15SPRINGFIELD- Rantoul may soon receive the $38.9 million it needs to finish reconstruction of the Lincoln's ChalleNGe campus at the old Chanute Air Force Base.

Construction has been halted due to the state budget impasse. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) fought for funding to continue construction on this long-anticipated project.

“Lincoln’s ChalleNGe is a phenomenal program that has a proven track record of helping thousands of young people throughout our state,” Bennett said. “It’s about time we give them the resources they need to continue the fine work they do every day to improve lives in our communities.”

Senate Bill 2047 also includes additional funding for area schools to allow them to open their doors on time this fall. Gifford schools will see a 37 percent increase in funding.

Area schools will see the following increases in funding:

Rantoul City School District 137    $503,931
Rantoul Township High School District 193                 $163,790
Gifford Central Consolidated School District 188    $54,889

“Education is the best tool we can give our children,” Bennett said. “Schools need to open in time. Teachers need resources to do their job. This legislation accomplishes that.”

Bennett pushed for a bipartisan agreement with the governor and his Republican colleagues to find a compromise everyone can support.

“We do our best work when we find a way to work together,” Bennett said. “My hope is that this is the beginning of a new approach that will yield results, not political fights.”

Senate Bill 2047 passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The legislation now moves to the governor’s desk for consideration.

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