energySPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) supported a groundbreaking piece of legislation Wednesday that would establish Illinois as a national leader in the clean energy sector while preserving and creating jobs throughout the state.

“With the passage of this comprehensive legislation, we are preserving jobs and putting people to work, all while building a cleaner, healthier, more stable environment we all deserve,” Bennett said.
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.

Further, the measure would create the Energy Transition Barrier Reduction Program to support workers impacted by the transition, as well as the Energy Transition Assistance Fund to provide money to workforce development and just transition programs. New wind and solar installations to power communities across the state would also support employees in the energy sector by creating thousands of new jobs, and the long-debated Prairie State power plant would be closed.

“This energy package is vitally important given the enormity of the climate crisis,” Bennett said. “I’m proud to have supported a plan that will make our state more viable for years to come.”

Senate Bill 18 passed the Senate Wednesday.

Senator BennettCHAMPAIGN – New accountability standards for private loan companies will soon be in place across the state, helping students make more informed choices about the loans they take out to pay for college, thanks to a measure led by Senate Higher Education Chair Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

“This new law requires private loan companies to help students better understand the type and amount of grants and loans they qualify for,” Bennett said. “This law also gives students the necessary resources to see how college costs could impact their loan payments down the road and ensure they understand what their student borrowing really means.”

Bennett introduced the Know Before You Owe Private Education Loan Act, which requires private lenders to confirm with a potential borrower’s school that the student’s tuition, housing and other costs are not covered by other sources of financial aid. Additionally, the legislation requires colleges and universities to notify students about their federal loan eligibility before certifying private loans.

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LibraryCHAMPAIGN – Children and families in Champaign and Vermilion County can look forward to upgraded services and programs at their local libraries thanks to more than $275,000 in grants, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Thursday.

“Champaign and Vermilion Counties are home to some of the best libraries in the nation, and this funding will enhance the services and programs available to our community,” Bennett said. “From providing books for children to ensuring access to computers for adults, it’s imperative that we ensure libraries continue to have ample resources.”

The $287,000 received by nine local libraries is part of $18.1 million in grants awarded to 638 public libraries across the state. For more than 40 years, the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants Program has helped public libraries with a low library tax base to ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

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CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) joined local officials and community leaders in Champaign Monday to announce two important developments in the Champaign-Urbana community, including an investment in campus improvements at the University of Illinois and a major transportation infrastructure project made possible by the Rebuild Illinois program.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will receive $140 million in state funds, matched by $52 million in non-state funding for a total investment of $192 million. The funds will be used to construct a new, world-class facility and make large-scale renovations and updates to centrally located buildings.

"The University of Illinois is a pillar of the Champaign-Urbana community, and I'm thrilled to see students returning to campus this fall and see the beginnings of a newly renovated Illini Hall and Altgeld Hall on our campus," Bennett said. “This transformational redevelopment will serve current and future students and help the university continue to grow in the coming years.”

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