071315 rt 0085CHAMPAIGN- Local in-home childcare provider, Holli Finley Gomes serves as a second mother for ten children in the Champaign-Urbana area.  She takes care of the children as if they were one of her own.


As the budget impasse continues, child care providers have been left to wonder whether the state aid that they rely on to operate will be available when they need it. Governor Rauner has repeatedly targeted the Child Care Assistance Program for cuts under his budget proposals, and with the absence of a budget the funding for the program is still uncertain.


State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) visited Finley Gomes, a child care provider for 15 years, to see what is at risk for her. Finley Gomes lives in Champaign and operates an at home child care center that provides children with educational games and quarterly field trips.  

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Finley Gomes doesn’t know what working parents would do without child care services. She fears some parents would be forced to leave kids at home with an older sibling where they face safety issues and lose out on important educational opportunities. 


“The child care assistance program gives people an opportunity to get back on their feet by providing people with child care whether they go back to school or are working,” said Bennett. “This vital and affordable program allows people to work while keeping their children safe.

CommitteepicturersSPRINGFIELD- In light of the budget impasse, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has filed paperwork to forego his pay until there is a budget in place to protect essential programs in Illinois.  

People who work or receive services from important programs such as child care assistance programs, in-home health care for seniors and people with disabilities and services for veterans’ are faced with few choices without a state budget in place.   

“I stand up in solidarity with the hard working men and women in our community who provide essential services to our most vulnerable populations. It is unjust for elected officials to continue to take home their pay while in-home child care providers struggle to keep their doors open and seniors are forced to choose between picking up their prescriptions or keeping their lights on at night. These are real people with real responsibilities forced to make difficult decisions,” said Bennett.

Bennett noted that the Senate passed a budget on time prior to the May 31 deadline however, that budget was vetoed by Governor Rauner.

In an effort to prevent a state government shutdown and maintain services, the Senate passed a one-month budget this month to allow more time for negotiation between the Senate, House and Gov. Rauner. The governor has already publically announced his plan to veto a temporary budget plan.

“I support a balanced budget and understand cuts need to be made, but I cannot support balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable populations- our seniors, veterans, children and the disabled,” said Bennett. “My hope is the governor will come to the table and be part of the solution. We cannot afford for him to use our budget to gain political points by forcing working families into dire situations.”

July14mobile driver2aCHAMPAIGN – Working to bring state services to residents in Champaign-Urbana, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) are hosting the Secretary of State’s Mobile DMV for additional dates: July 15, July 16 and July 17.

Date: July 15 to July 17

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Services available:

•    Renewal, replacement or correction of driver’s licenses and state ID cards
•    Vehicle sticker sales
•    Passenger, B-Truck and motorcycle license plates
•    University of Illinois collegiate license plates
•    Organ and tissue donor registration
•    Vehicle title and registration
•    Parking placard for persons with disabilities
•    Driver’s license renewal

mobile driver2CHAMPAIGN– Working to bring state services to residents in Champaign-Urbana, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) are hosting the Secretary of State’s Mobile DMV June 22 through June 25.

Date: June 22 through June 25

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Services available:

•    Renewal, replacement or correction of driver’s licenses and state ID cards
•    Vehicle sticker sales
•    Passenger, B-Truck and motorcycle license plates
•    University of Illinois collegiate license plates
•    Organ and tissue donor registration
•    Vehicle title and registration
•    Parking placard for persons with disabilities
•    Driver’s license renewal

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