07152019CW0043aCHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) visited the Eden Park Illumination factory in Champaign on Tuesday to announce a $15 million investment to construct two new manufacturing training academies at downstate community colleges.

Bennett was joined at the event by Gov. JB Pritzker and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Erin Guthrie.

“Manufacturing is an important pillar in many of our communities and infuses new dollars into our economy,” Bennett said. “This is a critical investment that will help rebuild our economy as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Funding for the new training academies will be distributed by DCEO. The agency is seeking proposals from community colleges to provide cutting-edge training programs that will equip students for an array of high-paying skilled manufacturing jobs that require specialized training.

These academies are a key part of the governor’s five-year economic growth plan, providing training to Illinoisans pursuing high-demand jobs, including machinery mechanics and computer numerically controlled machine operators and programmers.

Applications for the grants will be accepted from community college districts or coalitions of community college districts outside Cook County and the surrounding collar counties.

For more information, visit DCEO’s website.

10.28.2020 FFRI Zoom

SPRINGFIELD – Area farmers who need someone to talk to about the everyday stresses of farming and pandemic-related challenges now have a new resource. A new helpline (1-833-FARM-SOS) will connect farmers to health professionals and services through the Farm Family Resource Initiative.

In addition to the helpline, the initiative offers ongoing outreach, education and training to rural partners working to improve the health and safety of farm families. Free webinars and trainings on psychological signs of stress and Mental Health First Aid offer program participants skill-building tools to meet the needs of rural clients and farmers.

“Small farms are the core of our state’s economy, and farmers are on the front lines to provide food for our communities. The reality of this pandemic is that a new layer of stress has been put on farmers and farm families,” said Senator Scott Bennett. “The Farm Family Resource Initiative and helpline will give farmers additional support to help folks recognize and navigate these times.”

Initiated through the legislative leadership of Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), the Farm Family Resource Initiative is a joint pilot program of SIU School of Medicine and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The SIU School of Medicine’s Center for Rural Health and Social Services Development is leading the effort to build a statewide network of support and resources for Illinois farm families, starting in six counties: Christian, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Morgan and Sangamon.

“The Farm Family Resource Initiative educational opportunities and the helpline are a few of the ways that SIU is fulfilling its rural health mission for social accountability in central and southern Illinois,” said Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, Dean and Provost of SIU School of Medicine.

Read more ...

farm hotline 102620

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) will hold a joint press conference with state and community leaders to announce a new hotline that will connect farmers to health professionals and services through the Farm Family Resource Initiative.

“Small farms are the core of our state’s economy, and farmers are on the front lines to provide food for our communities. The reality of this pandemic is that a new layer of stress has been put on farmers and farm families,” said Bennett. “The Farm Family Resource Initiative and new helpline will give farmers additional support to help folks recognize and navigate these times.”

At the press conference, Bennett will be joined by Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II, Southern Illinois University System President Dr. Daniel Mahony, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Dean & Provost Dr. Jerry Kruse, Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert Jr. and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton.

Read more ...

flu shot clinics

CHAMPAIGN – To help reduce the spread of flu this winter, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting drive-up flu shot clinics in Champaign, Danville and Rantoul.

“This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s extremely important to protect yourself from the flu,” Bennett said. “These clinics will give residents of the 52nd District the opportunity to safely and conveniently get their flu shot.”

Bennett is partnering with Walgreens to host three clinics in the area:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27 in the back lot of the Illinois Terminal, 45 E. University Ave., Champaign
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center, 320 W. Flessner Ave., Rantoul

Each clinic will be held from 3 - 6 p.m.

The flu vaccine clinics will be held outdoors in a drive-up format to allow appropriate social distancing. Masks will still be required, and safety precautions will be in place to promote a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Participants are required to bring their insurance card and photo ID to receive a flu shot.

“Increasing the number of people who are vaccinated can help reduce the number of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths,” Bennett said. “By pulling together, we can lessen the strain on our hospitals and health care workers this flu season and save lives.”

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, Bennett reminds residents to continue to wear a mask, wash their hands often and watch their distance.

For more information, contact Bennett’s Champaign office at 217-355-5252 or his Danville office at 217-442-5252, or visit SenatorBennett.com.

Subcategories

COVID19 Resources

COVID19 Updates

 
Newsletter Sign-up
  1. First Name(*)
    Invalid Input
  2. Last Name(*)
    Invalid Input
  3. Your Email(*)
    Please let us know your email address.

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