CommitteepicturersSPRINGFIELD- In light of the budget impasse, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has filed paperwork to forego his pay until there is a budget in place to protect essential programs in Illinois.  

People who work or receive services from important programs such as child care assistance programs, in-home health care for seniors and people with disabilities and services for veterans’ are faced with few choices without a state budget in place.   

“I stand up in solidarity with the hard working men and women in our community who provide essential services to our most vulnerable populations. It is unjust for elected officials to continue to take home their pay while in-home child care providers struggle to keep their doors open and seniors are forced to choose between picking up their prescriptions or keeping their lights on at night. These are real people with real responsibilities forced to make difficult decisions,” said Bennett.

Bennett noted that the Senate passed a budget on time prior to the May 31 deadline however, that budget was vetoed by Governor Rauner.

In an effort to prevent a state government shutdown and maintain services, the Senate passed a one-month budget this month to allow more time for negotiation between the Senate, House and Gov. Rauner. The governor has already publically announced his plan to veto a temporary budget plan.

“I support a balanced budget and understand cuts need to be made, but I cannot support balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable populations- our seniors, veterans, children and the disabled,” said Bennett. “My hope is the governor will come to the table and be part of the solution. We cannot afford for him to use our budget to gain political points by forcing working families into dire situations.”

mobile driver2CHAMPAIGN– Working to bring state services to residents in Champaign-Urbana, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) are hosting the Secretary of State’s Mobile DMV June 22 through June 25.

Date: June 22 through June 25

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Services available:

•    Renewal, replacement or correction of driver’s licenses and state ID cards
•    Vehicle sticker sales
•    Passenger, B-Truck and motorcycle license plates
•    University of Illinois collegiate license plates
•    Organ and tissue donor registration
•    Vehicle title and registration
•    Parking placard for persons with disabilities
•    Driver’s license renewal

CHAMPAIGN- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting experts from the Citizens Utility Board to conduct a free clinic where local consumers can learn ways to reduce their gas, electric and landline telephone bills. 

The event will feature free one-on-one analysis from CUB experts on gas, electric and landline phone bills, information on spotting billing errors and incentives designed to help people improve energy efficiency.

Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green St., Urbana)
Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Danville Public Library (319 N. Vermilion St., Danville)

Click here to register for the free workshop or call Senator Bennett’s Champaign office at (217) 355-5252.


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Vermilion Advantage and State Senator Scott Bennett invite you to participate in a free Unemployment Insurance Workshop.

Unemployment Insurance Workshop Meeting Business Needs
Thursday, June 18 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Danville Public Library | 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville


Click here to register for the workshop.


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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