030216CM0460RSCHAMPAIGN- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has been tasked with leading the Senate’s committee on Statutes of Limitation. The focus will be on evaluating statutes of limitation for felony criminal sexual abuse and sex crimes against children.

Possible issues with Illinois’ current statutes came to light due to developments involving former Republican U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who admitted in court that he sexually abused teenage boys when he was a wrestling coach in Yorkville.

“The committee will take some time to study and assess pending legislation to figure out whether they are fair and essential,” Bennett said. “It’s important for government to evolve with the needs of the people.”

During Hastert’s trial, Judge Thomas Durkin noted that Hastert avoided serious legal consequences because of current statutes of limitation in Illinois’ state courts.

Statutes of limitation restricts the time during which authorities can charge someone with a crime after it occurs.

This spring Bennett introduced an initiative to remove the statute of limitations for felony criminal sexual abuse and sex crimes against children, which allows for the prosecution of these offenses at any time.

“We need to find ways to better protect our children,” Bennett said. “At times, victims of abuse need time to find courage to address these horrific crimes. Our goal is to give them the option to confront their abuser when they are ready.”

Under current law cases similar to the charges brought against Hastert, victims must report cases of abuse within 20 years after they have turned 18.  

The bipartisan committee will hear Bennett’s measure Senate Bill 3402 along with others.

bennett traveling rantoul hoursRANTOUL- Working to bring state services to residents in Rantoul, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and his staff will be at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday, June 14.  
Bennett’s office holds office hours the second Tuesday of every month to assist residents with state and local issues.


Bennett’s staff will be present to help Rantoul residents with concealed carry applications, inquiries with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, health care, veteran or disability issues, Medicare paperwork, foreclosure prevention assistance and much more.


Area residents are welcome to stop by the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce building to receive assistance with needed services.

Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce Office (120 E. Sangamon Ave. Rantoul, IL)


To view a complete list of upcoming events call Senator Bennett’s Champaign office at (217) 355-5252.

“The best way to find an equitable solution is to get everyone to the table to discuss how we can maintain clean drinking water in central Illinois.”–State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)
 

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SPRINGFIELD- To address the need to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) passed legislation to bring all community and state stakeholders to the table.
 
“It’s our job to protect this valuable resource for our children and generations to come,” Bennett said. “The best way to find an equitable solution is to get everyone to the table to discuss how we can maintain clean drinking water in central Illinois.”
 
Senate Bill 325 creates the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force, which will address the issue of finding a compromise to protect the clean drinking water of the Mahomet Aquifer.
 
The Mahomet Aquifer serves as the primary water supply for 15 counties across central Illinois including Champaign and Vermilion counties.
 
The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force will include legislators as well as community, environmental and waste management representatives appointed by the governor. They will be required to report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly and governor by July 1, 2017.
 
“My hope is by bringing everyone together we will be able to find a long-lasting solution to this problem,” Bennett said. “We have seen the impact contaminated drinking water had on Flint, Michigan. We need to work sooner than later to address this issue.”
 
The bipartisan measure passed the Senate without any opposition and now heads to the House for consideration.

“We need to do whatever we can to engage more people and give them the opportunity to exercise their rights” –State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

042116CM1503RTSPRINGFIELD- Currently there are more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote, but aren’t registered.

To alleviate this problem, Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) cosponsored Senate Bill 250 which would automatically register eligible citizens when they renew their drivers’ license or state ID.

“This is a simple way for us to empower more people to be active in the democratic process,” Bennett said. “We need to do whatever we can to engage more people and give them the opportunity to exercise their rights.”

Statistics have shown currently of all voting-age eligible Illinoisans, 42 percent of black citizens, 57.8 percent of Asian citizens and 33 percent of all females are not registered.  

Under current law eligible citizens are allowed to register when they renew their license or state ID. Senate Bill 250 would change the rule from an “opt-in” system where citizens have to actively register to “opt-out” where they can choose to not register to vote.

Estimates show the annual county-level costs throughout the country for voter registration is at least $1 billion or about one-third of the total county-level cost of administering elections.

Senate Bill 250 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and now moves to the House for consideration.

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