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SPRINGFIELD – Illinois manufacturers will now be honored in the state of Illinois this October, thanks to the help of State Senator Scott Bennett.

Bennett (D-Champaign) championed a measure that declares October Manufacturing Month in Illinois.

“Illinois manufacturers play a significant role in empowering our communities throughout the state and deserve praise for their efforts,” Bennett said. “Our manufacturing industry workers have worked overtime throughout the pandemic producing medical supplies to keep our communities safe from COVID-19, and I am proud of their hard work.”

Recognizing Manufacturing Month in Illinois will bring much-needed awareness to challenges the industry faces by encouraging manufacturers and organizations to address current shortcomings and prepare for its development.

“While this month is designated to celebrate the contributions of manufacturers around the state, their dedication and hard work deserves appreciation year round,” Bennett said. “I urge residents to say thank you to our manufacturers.”

Bennett served as chief cosponsor of Senate Resolution 581. The resolution was adopted with bipartisan support in the Senate on Thursday.

 martwick 102021CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) congratulated local businesses struggling from the pandemic that were awarded grants from the latest round of the Back to Business program awards.

“This is a much-needed award for businesses in Champaign and Vermilion Counties,” Bennett said. “These grants are important because they will help equip our businesses with valuable resources during this time of uncertainty.”

The B2B program allocated $250 million in American Rescue Plan dollars for small businesses negatively affected by the pandemic. Each business received between $5,000 to $150,000 to be used to cover a wide range of operations such as staff and overhead costs.

34 businesses in the district Bennett represents received a combined $2.5 million through the program. Businesses include restaurants, bars, hotels, retailers, arts, barbershops and salons, museums and theaters, and fitness centers, demonstrating the diversity of the local small business community and how many different kinds of businesses are eligible for grants.

“I’m pleased to see so many local businesses receiving aid from the B2B program to help them get through this tough time,” Bennett said. “Now more than ever, we must continue to do everything we can to support our small business community.”

For a complete list of grant recipients, click here.

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DANVILLE – In an effort to support our troops overseas, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has designated his district offices as drop off locations for the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers organization.

“As Veterans Day is just around the corner, I can think of few better ways to honor our military veterans than by supporting those who serve to protect our freedoms today,” Bennett said. “This is a great program that allows our troops to stay connected to their families and is a way we can all support our troops.”

The national program collects new and gently used cell phones and tablets for soldiers and their families. Those with old cellphones, MP3 players or tablets laying around are encouraged to donate them to be refurbished or recycled. Proceeds from those sales are used to send prepaid international calling cards to our troops and to provide emergency funding to veterans. All cell phone donations are tax deductible.

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04222021HAO0325SPRINGFIELD – To keep students safe in school, Senate Higher Education Chair Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) advanced a plan through the Senate Wednesday that would ensure students are protected from grooming and other sexual misconduct.

“Children should be able to turn to their teachers when there’s a problem, and to trust that their teacher is acting in their best interests,” Bennett said. “This legislation will better equip educators if an issue arises, as well as help put a stop to sexual abuse.”

Bennett’s legislation would make it mandatory for schools to develop a sexual misconduct code of conduct, review employment histories, and teach students about grooming and sexual misconduct in sex education. It would also allow for schools to set aside two days of in-service learning for teachers to train on identifying such behavior and publish a resource guide on sexual abuse for parents.

The legislation also aims to educate teachers and school staff about grooming and how to identify the warning signs that a teacher may be sexually abusing a student. The plan would require all schools to complete the teacher training annually by Jan. 31, starting next school year.

“School should be a safe place where kids can feel comfortable,” Bennett said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure our children are protected.”

House Bill 1975 passed the Senate with a vote of 56-0.

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