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“Guaranteeing funding for the future will allow U of I to maintain its position as one of the most prestigious universities in the Midwest and the nation.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois could see a long-term funding plan from the state thanks to legislation before the Illinois Senate. Senate Bill 222 would guarantee five years of funding at a minimum level for U of I if they meet certain metrics.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), whose district includes the University of Illinois, is the legislation’s chief co-sponsor.

“The University of Illinois is not just a school, it is an economic powerhouse for downstate Illinois,” Bennett said. “Guaranteeing funding for the future will allow U of I to maintain its position as one of the most prestigious universities in the Midwest and the nation.”

In exchange for the funding, the university must meet certain requirements relating to tuition, admissions numbers, financial aid and performance.

Senate Bill 222 is currently in the Senate Higher Education Committee.

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“Victims of sexual assault and abuse deserve a pledge that justice does not have an expiration date” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD — Victims of sexual abuse and assault as minors will no longer have to worry about their abuser walking free due to the statute of limitations under a plan being pushed in the Illinois State Senate.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), who introduced Senate Bill 189, said it would remove the statute of limitations for sex crimes committed against minors.

“Victims of sexual assault and abuse deserve a pledge that justice does not have an expiration date,” Bennett said. “With this legislation, we can deliver a message of hope to victims everywhere by guaranteeing their abusers won’t get away because time ran out.”

In previous hearings Bennett held on this legislation, the Attorney General was joined by one of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s victims, Scott Cross, who called for a review of the existing laws.

“Children who suffer sexual assault and abuse often spend a lifetime trying to recover from the violations they have experienced,” Madigan said. “There should be no limitation on the pursuit of justice for felony sex crimes committed against children. We must ensure survivors are able to come forward in their own time and receive the support they need and deserve.”

The crimes included in the legislation are criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual abuse.

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“This isn’t just about funding...[its] is about giving young people a chance to afford college and do great things for Illinois’ future.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois Senate on Tuesday voted for a plan that funds higher education and Monetary Award Program grants. Students, universities and community colleges have been reeling from the effects of the budget impasse for two years now, with some colleges slashing staff and students unable to afford college.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) voted to fund higher education institutions such as the University of Illinois, Parkland College and Danville Area Community College. The bill would also fund MAP grants for lower- and middle-income students.

“This isn’t just about funding our state’s colleges and universities,” said Bennett. “This is about giving young people a chance to afford college and do great things for Illinois’ future.”

The measure was a part of the Senate’s “Grand Bargain” package of legislation designed to end the budget stalemate.

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“It is time to put personal grudges behind us and put a real budget in place.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted to pass parts of its “Grand Bargain” package of legislation meant to end the budget impasse that has plagued the state for nearly two years. The package was negotiated between Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno as a way to end the political stalemate.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) voted with his colleagues to end the impasse.

“It is time to put personal grudges behind us and put a real budget in place,” Bennett said. “The reforms in this package along with much-needed funding for social services and higher education are a good starting point to digging our state out of this hole.”

Measures in the package included gaming expansion, procurement reforms, MAP grant funding and a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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