Sen. Scott Bennett

CHAMPAIGN – Prairie Rivers Network (PRN) presented State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) with the PRN Outstanding Public Servant award on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 in recognition of the Senator’s continued commitment to being an environmental advocate.

“I am honored to be recognized on behalf of Prairie Rivers Network,” Bennett said. “This organization works to protect water, heal land and inspire change, and I am grateful to work with them on environmental issues that we face in Illinois.”

The award honors elected officials and public servants that not only advocate for good environmental policies, but also see the problems facing Illinois and become part of the solution.

Bennett’s Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, which was signed into law this summer, made him a prime recipient for this award. Bennett championed this legislation to be proactive about the hazardous coal ash pollution threatening Illinois lakes, rivers and streams. Negotiations included PRN and they were a substantial ally in the process.

“This award is a testament to the work we have accomplished together,” Bennett said. “I look forward to continued collaborations with this organization on issues that will help protect our environment.”

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RANTOUL - The Village of Rantoul will receive a $750,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to renovate and expand the Forum Fitness Center in Rantoul, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Thursday.

“The Forum Fitness Center offers a variety of sports and workout options to residents in our community,” Bennett said. “This grant will help improve the facility and attract new members to the center.”

Improvements to the exterior of the building include installation of new windows and double doors. Building expansion will feature a 3,000-square-foot group fitness addition. Interior improvements include installation of new electrical services in the cardio room. Renovations include the installation of a new HVAC system for the gymnasium and the locker rooms.

“Funding to renovate facilities like the Forum Fitness Center in Rantoul will give residents the opportunity to take advantage of local recreation,” Bennett said. “The commitment from our state’s leadership to ensure families and individuals have access to public recreational spaces is truly outstanding.”

The Village of Rantoul has been selected to receive one of eight grants from IDNR’s Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act grant program, totaling more than $10.1 million in grants.

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SPRINGFIELD – To make insulin more affordable for citizens in Champaign and Vermilion counties, State Senator Scott Bennett moved to cap patients’ out-of-pocket costs at $100 for a 30-day supply.

As lawmakers prepare to return to Springfield next week for the fall veto session, insulin will be a major topic of interest. Bennett is a co-sponsor of legislation that would make Illinois the second state to cap insulin copayments. 

“The price of insulin has tripled over the span of a decade and diabetics are resorting to desperate measures due to the price spike,” Bennett said. “You can’t just cut back on insulin. Patients deserve affordable access to this life-saving prescription drug, and they can’t wait.”

The American Diabetes Association reports there are more than 30 million Americans who have diabetes, with 1.25 million having Type 1 diabetes. The condition requires daily administration of insulin to survive.

This legislation, Senate Bill 667, also directs Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office to investigate reasons for rising prescription insulin costs and to ensure consumer protections in their pricing. The attorney general’s office will issue a one-time report detailing its findings and make public policy recommendations for controlling and preventing overpricing of prescription insulin.

“Nobody should be forced to decide between paying for food or their medication,” Bennett said. “I will continue to work with the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 667, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) to ensure this becomes law.”

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DANVILLE – On Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) celebrated 190 years with the First Presbyterian Church in Danville.

Bennett attended the service and events to celebrate the significant milestone and presented a Senate Recognition to Pastor Ann Schwartz to commend this occasion.

“This place of worship and congregation has a tremendous history,” Bennett said. “I was delighted to participate in this celebration with the church community and recognize them in their place of worship yesterday.”

First Presbyterian Church was founded by eight charter members on March 7, 1829, shortly after the village of Danville became the Vermilion County seat in 1827. It was the church of Abraham Lincoln when his duties as an attorney brought him to Danville. The church is now an official Lincoln historical marker.

Today, First Presbyterian Church offers a variety of leadership opportunities in their community and devotes its ministries to serving, teaching and worshipping.

“This church continues to be an active, welcoming and vital place of worship,” Bennett said. “I congratulate the pastors, members and staff on their anniversary and their desire to be good and faithful servants, both in their church and in the community.”

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Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

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201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
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Springfield, IL 62706
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