bennett townhall 0416CHAMPAIGN- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) continues to travel across the 52nd District this month by hosting three town hall meetings in Rantoul, Champaign and Danville.

Area residents can stop by to receive assistance and share concerns on local and state issues.  

Rantoul Town Hall Meeting:
Monday, April 25
5 to 6 p.m.
Rantoul High School, Cafetorium (200 S. Sheldon, Rantoul)

Champaign Town Hall Meeting:
Tuesday, April 26
5 to 6 p.m.
Illinois Terminal Building, 4th Floor (45 E. University Ave., Champaign)

Danville Town Hall Meeting:
Wednesday, April 27
5 to 6 p.m.
Danville Area Community College, Bremer Center: Room 109-10, (2000 E. Main, Danville)

Stay up to date by checking out or subscribe to Bennett’s e-newsletter for more details. If you’re unable to attend a meeting, you can still share your thoughts by contacting his Danville or Champaign offices.

030216CM0460RSSPRINGFIELD- Student loans are the largest source for consumer debt in the United States, surpassing mortgages and credit cards debt.

More than 20 states including Illinois currently have laws in place that suspend professional licenses and certificates in the event a consumer must default on their student loans.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) advanced an initiative to prevent licensing boards from denying, revoking or suspending individual professional licenses due to student loan default in Illinois.

“Taking away someone’s ability to work is counterproductive,” Bennett said. “The fact is if you aren’t able to work, you won’t be able to pay back your loans and will sink further into debt.”

Senate Bill 2236 will put provisions in place to prevent individuals with student loan default from experiencing licenses being denied, revoked, or suspended in 39 professions such as occupational therapists, roofers, teachers, structural engineers, home inspectors and real estate agents.

“We should be empowering people to go to work, not taking away their ability to earn a living,” Bennett said.   

Student loan debt is the only type of debt in the U.S. that is not eligible for bankruptcy except in severe instances.

Senate Bill 2236 passed the Senate’s Committee on Licensed Activities and Pensions and will now move to the full Senate for consideration.

CommitteeHearing5.19.15.3SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) advanced legislation to improve responses to sexual assault and abuse cases in Illinois.

“Our number one goal is to end cases of sexual abuse and assault,” Bennett said. “However, if a case occurs, clear and concise guidelines give victims a comprehensive path to justice.”

Senate Bill 3096 is the result of the work done by the Joint Sexual Assault Working Group. The goal is to improve responses to sexual assault and abuse cases with victim-centered policies and practices that have been demonstrated to minimize traumatization and encourage victim participation in the criminal justice process.

Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. Each year, there are approximately 293,000 victims of sexual assault.

Senate Bill 3096 does two things.

First, it outlines the information that must be included in a police officer’s report, as well as what information needs to be made available to victims.

Secondly, the initiative outlines procedures for collection of sexual assault kits from hospitals to ensure victims’ rights are protected.

Senate Bill 3096 passed the Senate’s Committee on Criminal Law with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.


cub danville mar29DANVILLE- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting experts from the Citizens Utility Board to conduct a free clinic where local consumers can learn ways to reduce their gas, electric and landline telephone bills.

The event will feature free one-on-one analysis from CUB experts on gas, electric and landline phone bills, information on spotting billing errors and incentives designed to help people improve energy efficiency.

To receive counseling participants are advised to bring their gas, phone and electric bills for a one-on-one consultation by CUB representatives.


Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Danville Public Library (319 N. Vermilion St., Danville)

Please click here to register for the free workshop or call Senator Bennett’s Danville office at (217) 442-5252.  


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Office Info

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