small biz 110520CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging local businesses to take advantage of Back to Business grants before the Oct. 13 deadline.

The B2B program allocates $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars for small businesses experiencing COVID-19 losses, and grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, our small business owners worked overtime to survive this economic hardship,” Bennett said. “I am thrilled to see businesses in our district receive more than $1 million in B2B grants in the first wave, and it’s vital that more businesses apply before the deadline.”

Eligible businesses are encouraged to apply by visiting the DCEO website. To help restore operational losses incurred during the pandemic, the B2B program will provide grants ranging in size from $5,000 to $150,000, commensurate with losses experienced.

To help local businesses take advantage of B2B grants, Bennett and his staff will be available to assist business owners with their applications at his upcoming remote office hours from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Rantoul Public Library, located at 106 W. Flessner Ave.

Bennett encourages residents to reach out to his office at 217-355-5252 or visit with questions and concerns.

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URBANA – To raise awareness and to promote prevention of rising consumer fraud and identity theft, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is inviting Champaign County residents to participate in a community-wide shred event.

Bennett is partnering with the Urbana Free Library to host a free document shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, in the eastern parking lot of the former Urbana Civic Center on East Water Street.

“The secure disposal of old and unneeded financial records is an important part of protecting yourself from fraud and identity theft,” Bennett said. “I encourage families to take advantage of this free community shred event to safely dispose of unwanted papers containing personal information.”

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08.11.2021 Rantoul Office Hour 2RANTOUL – To give more residents the opportunity to voice their comments and concerns, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is offering remote office hours at the Rantoul Public Library, located at 106 W. Flessner Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from noon to 1 p.m.

“Feedback and input from the people I represent is extremely important to me,” Bennett said. “My staff and I can offer a variety of services, like help with unemployment claims, FOID cards, state resources and much more. I encourage folks to stop by over their lunch hour.”

These office hours serve as an opportunity for residents to speak directly with Bennett’s staff to receive help with casework and other issues at the state level.

“The work I do every day is to help folks in our community,” Bennett said. “I encourage anyone who needs assistance, has ideas or just wants to talk to attend.” 

Future remote office hours events will be announced on Bennett’s Facebook page, as well as on his website, Residents can also contact Bennett’s office for assistance at 217-355-5252 or


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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

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311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
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