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CHAMPAIGN — To encourage young people to continue learning during the summer, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is launching a Summer Reading Club for students in Champaign and Vermilion Counties.

“Reading through the summer months keeps children engaged,” Bennett said. “Even though school is out, participating in this reading club will keep kids sharp and creative during their summer break.”

The Summer Book Club requires students to read eight books of their choice during the summer break, record the names of the books on a form and return the form to Bennett’s office by Aug. 12. Everyone who completes the Summer Book Club will receive a gift card and certificate from Senator Bennett. 

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Were open signCHAMPAIGN – Nearly 200 businesses in Champaign and Vermilion Counties were awarded more than $8.9 million in combined funding from the Back to Business program thanks to advocacy and support from State Senator Scott Bennett.

“Our small businesses are the heart of our communities,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “These grants are giving our local businesses a much needed boost to get back on their feet as they continue to recover.”

A total of $8.91 million was awarded to 198 businesses in the 52nd District. The B2B grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget.

DCEO has provided $250 million in B2B grants – thanks to strong support from Senator Bennett – to small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on hard hit sectors, such as hotels, restaurants, bars, barbershops and salons, and disproportionately impacted areas.

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CHAMPAIGN – On Wednesday, May 4, Illinois will be celebrating Firefighters’ Day in Illinois thanks to a resolution supported by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

“Firefighters risk their lives every day to keep our communities safe,” Bennett said. “Although firefighters deserve our community’s respect throughout the year, designating a day statewide is important to recognize their efforts and contributions to protecting our communities.”

Firefighters’ Day honors the fearless men and women who not only run toward burning buildings and risk their own lives to save others but are often the first response when medical attention is required in homes and businesses.

“The firefighters of Illinois dedicate their lives to protect and serve others,” Bennett said. “This day will recognize their endless sacrifices.”

The resolution was adopted during the spring legislative session. Bennett encourages Illinois residents to show their support to their local firefighters on May 4.

040522HAO00903DANVILLE – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is thrilled to announce that the Danville Sanitary District is set to receive more than $9.6 million in water infrastructure funding.

“Repairing and upgrading our aging infrastructure is part of our ongoing efforts to protect public health and the environment,” Bennett said. “These funds will go a long way in helping wastewater treatment in our community.” 

The funds come from the Illinois EPA's State Revolving Fund Program, which includes the Water Pollution Control Loan Program and the Public Water Supply Loan Program. These programs provide low-interest loans to fund wastewater, stormwater and drinking water projects.

The Danville Sanitary District will use the funds to replace and update aging pumps and other equipment, as well as adding an energy efficient system that utilizes biogas. This project will help the District produce drainage that is within the limits set forth in their federal wastewater permit.

“Through these projects, our community will make significant strides to protect the environment and our residents,” Bennett said. “I’m pleased to see this program at work for Danville.” 

Projects are funded throughout the state through the Rebuild Illinois program, and recipients will receive an interest rate of 1.11% for both wastewater and drinking water loans. Find more information about Illinois EPA’s SRF program here

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

Danville Office:
201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507