Senator Bennett

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Dear Friends,

 

The key to growing our economy is a well-trained workforce. If we want to turn things around for our middle class we need to work towards making college more affordable.

 

Tomorrow, the Senate’s Committee of the Whole will meet to discuss the skyrocketing cost of college.

 

Frankly, Governor Rauner’s 30 percent cut to higher education funding is unacceptable. We have been fortunate enough to have such a vital resource as University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in our own backyard. This institution is a vital economic engine and incredible research source that continues to grow and diversify our economy.

 

If you would like to listen to this crucial discussion, please click here or visit www.ILGA.gov roughly around 12:30 p.m. We will hear from a series of speakers on the importance of college affordability in Illinois.

 

Did you know?

 

According to Voices for Illinois Children, Governor Rauner's budget proposal could amount to a $2,200 cut per full-time, public university student. This is devastating news for students and middle class families in Illinois. The report also found with the suggested 30 percent cut, full-time, public university students could see an 18 percent increase in tuition and fees on average when compared to the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Take a second to tell us your story...

 

This legislative session, I started a petition to stand up to Governor Rauner’s $209 million cut to UIUC. If you haven’t already, please take a second to sign our petition. Please also take this opportunity to share your story: tell the General Assembly and Governor Rauner what cuts to higher education would mean to you and our community.

 

Sign My PetitionI have appreciated hearing from more than 500 people on the importance of higher education funding and the importance of making college more affordable. I voted for House Bill 4146 that would give MAP grants to an additional 15,000 students in the upcoming school year. Their stories and names helped me persuade my colleagues on the importance of higher education funding.

 

College affordability is a defining component in our state’s policies. By providing an affordable path for a rewarding college education, we are giving our young people the tools to graduate with success-- not mountains of debt.

 

No student should be discouraged from attending college due to financial need.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call one of our offices or send me an email.

 

Sincerely,


Scott Bennett
Senator Scott Bennett
52nd District – Illinois

 

 

Champaign Office

45 E. University, Suite 206 • Champaign, IL 61820

217-355-5252 (Phone)

Danville Office

101 W. North Street • Danville, IL 61832

217-442-5252 (Phone)

 

Springfield Office

218B State House • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-2507 (Phone)

 

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CHAMPAIGN- 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.


Urbana
Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Urbana Free Library (210 W. Green St., Urbana)
 
Danville
Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Danville Public Library (319 N. Vermilion St., Danville)

Click here to register for the free workshop or call Senator Bennett’s Champaign office at (217) 355-5252.

 

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Vermilion Advantage and State Senator Scott Bennett invite you to participate in a free Unemployment Insurance Workshop.


Unemployment Insurance Workshop Meeting Business Needs
Thursday, June 18 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Danville Public Library | 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville

 

Click here to register for the workshop.

 

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CommitteeHearing5.19.15.3SPRINGFIELD- In an effort to fight looming power bill increases, Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is calling on state and federal regulators to step in and offer relief for thousands of consumers across Central Illinois.

“We need to fight for Illinois residents to ensure they aren’t being forced to choose between keeping their lights on and putting food on the table,” said Bennett who won Senate approval Saturday for the call to action on behalf of consumers.

SR 623 urges an investigation into the causes of the recent price spikes in Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s capacity auction, which resulted in electricity price increases beginning June 1.  Electricity rates for residential customers in MISO territory (most of central and southern Illinois) will increase by $12-$15 per month.  

“I’m calling on regulatory agencies to stand up and take action against these offensive energy prices to keep our most vulnerable populations safe,” said Bennett.

Businesses will also feel the impact of the rate increase. A small grocery store could see monthly increases of up to $400 on its electricity bills, while larger industrial and commercial customers are facing increases that could total millions of dollars annually.

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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