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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) will hold a joint press conference with state and community leaders to announce a new hotline that will connect farmers to health professionals and services through the Farm Family Resource Initiative.

“Small farms are the core of our state’s economy, and farmers are on the front lines to provide food for our communities. The reality of this pandemic is that a new layer of stress has been put on farmers and farm families,” said Bennett. “The Farm Family Resource Initiative and new helpline will give farmers additional support to help folks recognize and navigate these times.”

At the press conference, Bennett will be joined by Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II, Southern Illinois University System President Dr. Daniel Mahony, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Dean & Provost Dr. Jerry Kruse, Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert Jr. and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton.

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flu shot clinics

CHAMPAIGN – To help reduce the spread of flu this winter, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting drive-up flu shot clinics in Champaign, Danville and Rantoul.

“This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s extremely important to protect yourself from the flu,” Bennett said. “These clinics will give residents of the 52nd District the opportunity to safely and conveniently get their flu shot.”

Bennett is partnering with Walgreens to host three clinics in the area:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the back lot of the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., Champaign
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center, 320 W. Flessner Ave., Rantoul

Each clinic will be held from 3 - 6 p.m.

The flu vaccine clinics will be held outdoors in a drive-up format to allow appropriate social distancing. Masks will still be required, and safety precautions will be in place to promote a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Participants are required to bring their insurance card and photo ID to receive a flu shot.

“Increasing the number of people who are vaccinated can help reduce the number of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths,” Bennett said. “By pulling together, we can lessen the strain on our hospitals and health care workers this flu season and save lives.”

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, Bennett reminds residents to continue to wear a mask, wash their hands often and watch their distance.

For more information, contact Bennett’s Champaign office at 217-355-5252 or his Danville office at 217-442-5252, or visit

National Move Over Day FB

CHAMPAIGN – With National Move Over Day set for Saturday, Oct. 17, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is reminding drivers to move over and slow down when approaching stopped emergency responders, tow trucks, utility, public works, county highway, or maintenance vehicles with warning lights flashing.

“Safety zones are set up to protect men and women working at the scene, but it’s up to drivers to make responsible choices behind the wheel to prevent roadway fatalities,” Bennett said. “To prevent more tragic losses of emergency responders and highway workers, stay alert and move over for workers.”

The state’s “Move Over” (Scott’s) Law, also known as Senate Bill 1862, requires drivers to change lanes when approaching stationary emergency vehicles with their hazard lights activated. If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe, drivers are required to proceed with due caution, reduce their speed and leave a safe distance until they have safely passed the stationary vehicle. Violations can result in a fine of up to $10,000.

“Scott’s Law is intended to save lives and should be observed at all times,” Bennett said. “Do your part and pay attention while driving to protect emergency personnel and construction workers.”

Bennett was the chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1862, which took effect Jan. 1, 2020.

07152019CW0043aDANVILLE - In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is encouraging residents to nominate local female business owners to recognize for their leadership and service to residents.

“October is a month to celebrate and applaud the contributions and successes of female entrepreneurs,” Bennett said. “I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the talented, dedicated and driven women that help make our community great.”

Nominations can be submitted to Sen. Bennett’s office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and providing a name, business title and reason for recognition.

As part of National Women’s Small Business Month, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is hosting a series of webinars specifically targeted to female small business owners to offer support and resources for success. For more information, visit DCEO’s website.

“Our small businesses are critical to our economy, and during this pandemic we have seen them hurting,” Bennett said. “With the holiday season fast approaching, I am encouraging everyone to support local businesses this year by purchasing gift cards, referring friends and engaging on social media.”

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Office Info

Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507