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"The Illinois Supreme Court is truly blessed to count one of the finest public servants ever to come out of Vermilion County as one of its justices.” - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Courthouse will now be called the Rita B. Garman Vermilion County Courthouse to honor Justice Garman’s accomplishments.

Justice Garman, who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 and the University of Iowa’s College of Law in 1968, served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Vermilion County from 1969 to 1973. Starting in 1973, Garman served as a judge with the Fifth Judicial Circuit, serving as the presiding judge from 1987 to 1995.

Garman then served as an Appellate Judge in the Fourth District from 1995 until 2001 when she was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court. In the Supreme Court, Garman represents parts of Central Illinois from Vermilion County to Adams County.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) served on the bipartisan committee renaming the courthouse and represents parts of Vermilion County in the Illinois State Senate. Senator Bennett released the following statement:

“Few people in Illinois have given back to their community as much as Justice Garman. Her decades on the bench have been marked by her fairness and dedication to the law. The Illinois Supreme Court is truly blessed to count one of the finest public servants ever to come out of Vermilion County as one of its justices.”

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053116CM0025SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted today for a balanced budget that would finally end the two-year state budget crisis. State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) issued the following statement:

“This budget impasse has threatened the very existence of our institutions of higher learning and social service providers. By passing this balanced budget, we can now focus on rebuilding the state of Illinois and ensuring we never tread down this dangerous road again.

“Our work is not done. We must continue to work on reforms that will streamline government and make us more competitive. That is why I stand committed with my colleagues to continue working on reforms to workers compensation and property tax relief.”

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“Cutting insurance benefits for retired teachers is not the right way to balance the budget." - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – Health insurance programs for retired teachers will be cut in the so-called “Capitol Compromise” according to the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. The budget makes a 30 percent cut to the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program, also known as TRIP.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), who opposes the cuts to the program, issued the following statement:

“Cutting insurance benefits for retired teachers is not the right way to balance the budget. Not only is it extremely unfair, it is potentially unconstitutional and will just lead to more litigation instead of a long-term solution for fixing our finances.”

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“If we do not have a concrete plan in place by July 1, it could mean fiscal Armageddon for Illinois.” State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

SPRINGFIELD – Road construction currently under way on Interstates 74 and 57 as well as work on Illinois 49 will halt without a state budget in place by July 1 according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The construction, valued at over $8 million, would be funded in the budget already passed by the State Senate almost one month ago. That budget also includes $23.52 million in funding for road projects in FY18 in the Champaign-Urbana and Danville area.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) hopes that an agreement ending the budget crisis can be made before the June 30 deadline.

“If we do not have a concrete plan in place by July 1, it could mean fiscal Armageddon for Illinois,” Bennett said. “Delayed road construction and capital projects along with potential junk-bond status should be enough for the governor and speaker to place their personal animosity aside and come to an agreement.”

The budget already passed by the Senate also contains funding for capital projects, like upgrades at the Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy in Rantoul.

The Lincoln ChalleNGe Academy, which is officially funded through the Illinois Department of Military Affairs, is a youth intervention program based out of Rantoul. The academy seeks to help high school dropouts gain job and life skills that will lead to a brighter future.

“Some of the kids who go the Lincoln ChalleNGe Academy just need a second chance,” Bennett said. “The best way for the state to guarantee at-risk youth have a future chance at success is to invest in programs like the ChalleNGe Academy that give them the necessary skills to do so.”

The Lincoln ChalleNGe Academy was started as a pilot program after the passage of the 1993 National Defense Reauthorization Act. Currently, 29 states have ChalleNGe Academies.

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