URBANA- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) toured Urbana Early Childhood School and Prairie Elementary with Dr. Donald D. Owen, Superintendent of Urbana School District #116.

This tour is part of an initiative by Bennett to meet with all of the superintendents in the 52nd State Senate District to discuss their opinions on finding a school funding formula to make school funding more equitable throughout Illinois.

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Bennett read The Cat in the Hat to Urbana Early Childhood School ages 3 to 5.

PICTURE Bennett meets with Vermilion County business leadersSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) met with local business leaders and representatives from Danville Area Community College (DACC), Vermilion Advantage and the Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA).

The importance of maintaining and building a secure labor force in Vermilion and Champaign counties was weaved into the discussion throughout the day. DACC partners with Alcoa in Danville to create a specialized training program for future Alcoa employees. The training program allows students to be workforce ready immediately after graduation.

"Alcoa appreciates Sen. Bennett's commitment to working with the manufacturing community to bring new jobs and opportunities for Danville. We quickly found that he has passion and a commitment to the Champaign and Vermillion County area and to make it an example in regards to manufacturing throughout the state,” said Ray Morgan, operations manager at Alcoa Danville. “Alcoa is a leader in the automotive and aerospace industry with this facility 100% dedicated to automotive.”

Bennett will introduce legislation this year to establish a career and technical education incentive program this session. The goal would be to alleviate workforce shortages in Illinois.

“Danville Area Community College and Vermilion County business leaders have done a great job of fostering a relationship to create a stable workforce in our community,” said Bennett. “We need to replicate this model throughout the state to ensure Illinois’ workforce meets the demands of our economy.”

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College Goal Sunday WorkshopThe primary goal of ISAC's outreach efforts is to help families navigate the steps of the college admission and financial aid processes. They offer or participate in a number of college fairs, financial aid nights and FAFSA completion workshops.

For a list of items to bring to a FAFSA completion workshop or a complete list of ISAC workshops hosted throughout the state, visit ISAC's Outreach Calendar.

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Bennett named to key rail panelSPRINGFIELD — State Senator Scott Bennett (D – Champaign) was appointed this week to represent Illinois on the Midwestern Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC).

“Affordable and rapid transportation throughout Illinois, especially Champaign-Urbana to Chicago, is vital for economic development and job creation in our community,” said Bennett. “Champaign-Urbana has a lot to offer. We need to continue to work toward making our community easily accessible to ensure everyone is able to take advantage of our community’s amenities.”

MIPRC brings state leaders from across the nation together to advocate for coordinated passenger rail improvements. Members currently include Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

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Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
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Danville, IL 61832
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Springfield, IL 62706
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