E-learningCHAMPAIGN – School districts in the 52nd Illinois State Senate District are set to receive nearly $1.5 million in funding to give students in Champaign and Vermilion Counties more reliable access to technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Senator Scott Bennett is glad to see area schools receive this assistance to close the digital divide among students in downstate communities.

“During this awful pandemic, it is important that we work diligently to ensure our students are not falling behind academically because they don’t have the technology to actively participate in e-learning,” Bennett said. “As we continue to work to keep our children safe, we also need to ensure they are not missing out on vital learning opportunities.”

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Social Post 9 15 2020CHAMPAIGN - To highlight farm and ranch safety awareness, Senate Agriculture Chairman Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is promoting the 2020 National Farm and Safety Week, taking place Sept. 20-26.

“Farmers face a variety of risks in their work and Farm Safety Week serves as an important reminder to take safety precautions when working on a farm, especially during harvest season,” Bennett said. “Whether you are on the farm or on the road, please take that extra step to protect yourself and those around you.”

In light of the pandemic, this year’s National Farm Safety Week is honoring farmers facing tough times head on by using the theme "Every Farmer Counts."

According to the National Education Center for Farm Safety, the will acknowledge, celebrate and uplift farmers and ranchers who have encountered many challenges throughout the pandemic, yet continue to work hard to provide the food, fiber and fuel that we need.

A variety of online webinars will be available throughout the week that shed light on several farm-related topics, including mental health. Bennett is drawing attention to not only the physical risks of farming this week, but the mental health needs for farmers as well.

To raise awareness about the mental health resources available for farmers, Bennett spearheaded the Farm Family Resource Initiative and successfully secured state funding for the initiative in the last two legislative sessions.

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Services Development is overseeing the initiative and intends to launch a hotline to assist with farmer and farm-related issues in the coming weeks.

census 091120DANVILLE – With the 2020 Census entering the final stages of its count, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) are reminding Vermilion County residents to complete the census for their household. 

“As the census draws to a close, I would encourage folks in Vermilion County to take a few minutes to complete the census so our community receives the resources and representation it deserves,” Bennett said. “Until there’s a 100% response rate, schools, roads, hospitals and other critical community services could be negatively affected. I encourage you to participate in the 2020 Census and get counted before the Sept. 30 deadline.”

Across Vermilion County, participation in the 2020 Census is lower than in the 2010 Census. Only 65.3% of Vermilion County residents have completed their census forms this year, as opposed to 70.2% of residents in 2010.

Marron says he is encouraging residents in the 104th district he represents in East Central Illinois to make sure they are counted, noting communities lose out on funding and representation for every person that does not fill out the census.

"September 30, 2020, is your last day to make sure you are counted in the census. The process is simple and completed online in about 10 minutes total," Marron said. "The census count affects the number of Federal tax dollars that make their way back to our communities. An accurate count also ensures that the residents of East Central Illinois will have adequate representation going forward for the next ten years."

The census is now safer, more secure and just as confidential. Filling out the form is crucial, as data from the 2020 Census will be used to draw new congressional district maps, helps determine how federal funds flow into states and provides information that will affect communities across Illinois for the next 10 years.

“Completing the Census is one of the most fundamental ways our citizens can invest in our community!  It only takes a few minutes to answer nine quick questions, and the return on investment for doing so is amazing,” Danville Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said.  “Remember, not only do we lose approximately $1,400 for every person who doesn't reply, but our congressional representation is directly dependent on folks being accurately counted in our community. Therefore, if you haven't already done so, please complete your census response today!”

Residents can complete the census for their household at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.



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