Scott BennettCHAMPAIGN –State Senator Scott Bennett joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to announce a combined $9 million awarded to Champaign, Danville and Rantoul to revitalize vital parts of the community through Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets Capital Program.

“Downtowns and main streets are the backbones of our communities – from the vibrant local shops to the historical beauty and everything in between,” said Bennett (D- Champaign). “These grants will help our local communities continue to prosper for years to come.”

DCEO announced a total of $106 million in capital grants awarded to revitalize 50 commercial corridors and main streets throughout Illinois. Among those 50 projects are three in the district Bennett represents. Funds have been allocated to redevelop historical downtown buildings in Champaign, revitalize the downtown area of Rantoul, and reconstruct parts of the Walnut Street corridor in Danville.

“Being able to keep the historic roots of our downtown areas while brining certain aspects into the 21st century is remarkable,” Bennett said. “Through the General Assembly’s support of Rebuild Illinois, we have been able to make a difference in communities across the state.”

For more information or to see the full list of recipients, people can visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website.

 

Back to School Tax Holiday 2022CHAMPAIGN– The state’s 10-day tax holiday on school supplies begins today, Aug. 5. Working families and teachers can expect to have reduced shopping costs ahead of the upcoming school year, thanks to support from State Senator Scott Bennett.

“Purchasing school supplies each year can become a financial burden for both teachers and working families,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “This back-to-school tax holiday will make shopping for school supplies more affordable and will allow teachers and students to be prepared for the upcoming school year.”

The law lowers the state tax rate on school supplies and eligible clothes and footwear from 6.25% down to 1.25% for 10 days, which begins today and will run through Aug. 14, 2022.

“Not only does this tax break provide lower costs of supplies, but it supports Illinois small businesses by encouraging residents to shop local,” Bennett said. “As a father, I know how expensive this time of year can get. Join me in taking advantage of this tax holiday.” The law also created an up to $500 tax credit for educator’s out-of-pocket expenses for school supplies.

Public Act 102-0700 took effect with the governor’s signature on April 19, 2022 and was fully implemented with the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget on July 1, 2022.

040522HAO00903CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett recently announced that three school districts in the Champaign County will receive $50,000 each as recipients of the 2022 School Maintenance Grant Program.

“The safety of our children begins with the improvement of our infrastructure. It is imperative that our children are provided with a safe, healthy and stable learning environment,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “Each grant will provide the necessary funding to properly build the learning environment our students deserve.”

School district awarded the grant include Thomasboro CCSD 130, Rantoul City SD 137, and St Joseph CCSD 169.

A total of $30 million in 2022 School Maintenance Grants was dispersed to school districts across the state. Funding received from the grants will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of educational facilities.

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06.29.2022 Kickapoo 1

CHAMPAIGN – To kick off Parks and Recreation Month, State Senator Scott Bennett announced funding for investments in four local parks and forest preserves in Champaign County.

“Parks are a great resource that offers many benefits to everyone in our community,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “OSLAD grants allow our park districts to stretch tax dollars to improve our parks to better serve residents.”

Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program grants are administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and support local park projects. When combined with local matching funds, the latest OSLAD grants provide more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

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