Mobile SOS Event 002RANTOUL – Motorists who have been unable to visit a driver services facility to renew their driver’s licenses and purchase vehicle stickers will be able to attend a free mobile unit event in Rantoul, sponsored by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) in partnership with the secretary of state’s office.

The free event will be available to motorists Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rantoul Public Library, located at 106 W. Flessner Ave. in Rantoul.

“The secretary of state’s mobile unit is a one-stop shop to help people utilize these important state services,” Bennett said. “I encourage folks to take advantage of this safe and convenient way to renew driver’s licenses or vehicle registration next month.”

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DANVILLE – As another busy harvest season begins, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is reminding all farmers to stay safe as part of 2021 National Farm Safety and Health Week.

Bennett is joining the Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Labor from Sept. 19-25 to spread awareness and emphasize this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week theme: “Farm Safety Yields Real Results.”

“Fall harvest is one of the busiest, and unfortunately one of the most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry,” said Bennett, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “For this reason, this week has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week, which helps raise awareness of the safety and health of present and future generations of farmers and their families.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) supported trailblazing legislation Monday intended to develop Illinois’ renewable energy sector and preserve tens of thousands of jobs throughout the state. 

“The passage of this important legislation is the moment we’ve all been working for,” Bennett said. “This package not only saves and creates thousands of jobs across the state, but puts Illinois on track toward a vibrant, clean and equitable clean energy future.”

The comprehensive energy plan would set Illinois on a path toward 50% renewable energy by 2040 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. The package would cut Illinois’ carbon emissions and enable residents to power their homes and businesses with huge investments in greener electricity.

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 B2BCHAMPAIGN – In an effort to help local businesses take advantage of Back to Business (B2B) grants, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has teamed up with the Small Business Development Center at Champaign County Economic Development Corporation to hold open office hours for those needing assistance with their applications.

“The B2B grant program is essential for our small business community, who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bennett said. “The Champaign Small Business Development Center and I are committed to helping these businesses get back on track—if you have questions about the application process, stop by our open office hours to get the assistance you need.”

The B2B program, administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will award eligible small businesses one-time grants of up to $150,000 to cover operation costs, staff payroll and other expenses in an effort to make up for losses sustained due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $250 million will be distributed.

Bennett and the SBDC will be available to answer questions, provide technical assistance, scan required documents and more at the SBDC office, located at 1817 S. Neil St., Suite 100 in Champaign, at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 16 from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m.

To offer even more opportunities for businesses to get help with their applications, Bennett and the SBDC will also offer these services in the Launch at the Library business center at Champaign Public Library, located at 200 W. Green St., on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The business center regularly offers a walk-in coworking space, seminars, meeting rooms, and other resources for current and prospective business owners.

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