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RANTOUL - The Village of Rantoul will receive a $750,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to renovate and expand the Forum Fitness Center in Rantoul, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Thursday.

“The Forum Fitness Center offers a variety of sports and workout options to residents in our community,” Bennett said. “This grant will help improve the facility and attract new members to the center.”

Improvements to the exterior of the building include installation of new windows and double doors. Building expansion will feature a 3,000-square-foot group fitness addition. Interior improvements include installation of new electrical services in the cardio room. Renovations include the installation of a new HVAC system for the gymnasium and the locker rooms.

“Funding to renovate facilities like the Forum Fitness Center in Rantoul will give residents the opportunity to take advantage of local recreation,” Bennett said. “The commitment from our state’s leadership to ensure families and individuals have access to public recreational spaces is truly outstanding.”

The Village of Rantoul has been selected to receive one of eight grants from IDNR’s Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act grant program, totaling more than $10.1 million in grants.

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SPRINGFIELD – To make insulin more affordable for citizens in Champaign and Vermilion counties, State Senator Scott Bennett moved to cap patients’ out-of-pocket costs at $100 for a 30-day supply.

As lawmakers prepare to return to Springfield next week for the fall veto session, insulin will be a major topic of interest. Bennett is a co-sponsor of legislation that would make Illinois the second state to cap insulin copayments. 

“The price of insulin has tripled over the span of a decade and diabetics are resorting to desperate measures due to the price spike,” Bennett said. “You can’t just cut back on insulin. Patients deserve affordable access to this life-saving prescription drug, and they can’t wait.”

The American Diabetes Association reports there are more than 30 million Americans who have diabetes, with 1.25 million having Type 1 diabetes. The condition requires daily administration of insulin to survive.

This legislation, Senate Bill 667, also directs Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office to investigate reasons for rising prescription insulin costs and to ensure consumer protections in their pricing. The attorney general’s office will issue a one-time report detailing its findings and make public policy recommendations for controlling and preventing overpricing of prescription insulin.

“Nobody should be forced to decide between paying for food or their medication,” Bennett said. “I will continue to work with the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 667, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) to ensure this becomes law.”

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CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) sponsored a resolution to recognize Oct. 13 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Illinois.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, other than skin cancer. Thousands of families across Illinois are affected by metastatic cancer, also known as Stage IV or advanced breast cancer.

“This day is designated to increase awareness of the disease,” Bennett said. “Despite the advances made in cancer treatment, metastatic breast cancer still remains incurable.”

Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer occurring when it has spread beyond the breast and to another part of the body — typically the bones, liver or brain. In Illinois alone, it is expected that 11,560 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society.

“Metastatic breast cancer unfortunately cuts the lives of too many people in Illinois and leaves long term effects on families,” Bennett said. “Today we have the opportunity to shed light on the devastation cancer brings to communities throughout the state. I encourage residents to work with their health care providers to create a health plan and get screened regularly.”

For additional information, Bennett urges residents to contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 800-232-4636.

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CHAMPAIGN – Senate Agriculture Chairman Scott Bennett hosted a Taiwanese delegation at his family farm on Sept. 24 in Ford County to celebrate the $2.2 billion commitment to purchase Illinois soybeans and corn over the next two years.

“Illinois is a leading producer of soybeans and corn,” Bennett said. “Earlier this summer, I met with Taiwan government officials and agricultural business leaders to talk about why they should purchase soybeans and corn from Illinois.”

Bennett said he wanted to personally introduce the delegation to Illinois agriculture. Illinois and Taiwanese associations signed two $1.1 billion agreements to purchase Illinois crops between 2020 and 2021.

The Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association and the Illinois Soybean Association signed a letter of intent for Taiwan to purchase between 96 million and 97 million bushels of soybeans. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board and the Taiwan Feed Industry Association signed a letter of intent for Taiwan to buy equivalent to 197 million bushels of corn and 0.5 million MT of corn co-products.

“This was a great opportunity for the delegation to see the quality and production process of Illinois soybeans,” Bennett said. “Taiwan is a prime location to send soybeans and corn, and I am happy to support Illinois farmers in the process.”

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