DUI 090420DANVILLE – With Halloween only days away, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging motorists and adults to take extra precautions this year to keep everyone safe.

“While Halloween celebrations may be different this year, it’s still important to plan for a sober ride home, especially while children are trick-or-treating in the dark,” Bennett said. “If your Halloween festivities are going to involve alcohol, plan ahead.”

Illinois motor vehicle crash death rates are higher this year than last year. As of Oct. 23, 864 Illinoisans have lost their lives in vehicle accidents so far in 2020, according to information from the Illinois Department of Transportation. In an effort to keep motorists and pedestrians safe, law enforcement has increased its efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road.

“I want everyone in our community to have a fun Halloween night, but to also stay safe and make responsible choices,” Bennett said. “A few preventive measures can mean the difference between life and death this weekend.”

Bennett also wants to remind those celebrating to practice appropriate social distancing, keep gatherings to a minimum and never substitute a Halloween mask for a face covering intended to stop the spread of COVID-19. For more guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health, visit dph.illinois.gov/covid19.

10.28.2020 FFRI Zoom

SPRINGFIELD – Area farmers who need someone to talk to about the everyday stresses of farming and pandemic-related challenges now have a new resource. A new helpline (1-833-FARM-SOS) will connect farmers to health professionals and services through the Farm Family Resource Initiative.

In addition to the helpline, the initiative offers ongoing outreach, education and training to rural partners working to improve the health and safety of farm families. Free webinars and trainings on psychological signs of stress and Mental Health First Aid offer program participants skill-building tools to meet the needs of rural clients and farmers.

“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 Senator Scott Bennett. “The Farm Family Resource Initiative and helpline will give farmers additional support to help folks recognize and navigate these times.”

Initiated through the legislative leadership of Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), the Farm Family Resource Initiative is a joint pilot program of SIU School of Medicine and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The SIU School of Medicine’s Center for Rural Health and Social Services Development is leading the effort to build a statewide network of support and resources for Illinois farm families, starting in six counties: Christian, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Morgan and Sangamon.

“The Farm Family Resource Initiative educational opportunities and the helpline are a few of the ways that SIU is fulfilling its rural health mission for social accountability in central and southern Illinois,” said Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, Dean and Provost of SIU School of Medicine.

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farm hotline 102620

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 SenatorBennett.com.

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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