12.14.19 Wreaths Across America

DANVILLE – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) gave the keynote speech during the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Danville National Cemetery Sunday.

“I am proud to take part in this stirring event each year,” Bennett said. “It allows us to all come together to celebrate the lives of our fallen soldiers that allow us to relish during this time of year.”

Wreaths Across America is an annual event that pays tribute to our veterans each year in December. More than 1,600 ceremonies are held across the country in which community members gather to honor and remember heroes that have come before us and to teach the younger generation the value of the sacrifices that were made for us to live freely.

Bennett spread the mission of the organization – to honor, remember and teach – by placing wreaths on the graves of veterans. He encouraged community members to strive to show their appreciation year-round, and not only on Memorial Day, Veterans Day or on special occasions.

“We have an obligation to stay invested in our veterans’ futures,” Bennett said. “To those that made the ultimate sacrifice – it is up to us to carry on their legacy by living our lives with the character traits and values that make up a soldier.”

There were 1,867 wreaths sponsored at the 2019 ceremony. Wreaths Across America accepts wreath sponsorship throughout the year. You can sponsor a wreath by visiting wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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RANTOUL – Local residents were given the opportunity to participate in discussion and get questions answered thanks to a town hall hosted by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

Senator Bennett concluded his series of town hall meetings Wednesday night at Rantoul Township High School, giving attendees the opportunity to voice their concerns and receive a legislative update from fall veto session.

“The town halls continue my efforts to maintain an open dialogue with my constituents about what I am doing to represent them while in Springfield,” Bennett said. “Last night was a great opportunity to provide an update on issues we have been working on.” 

The General Assembly tackled a number of important issues during veto session this past month, including ethics reform, capping insulin costs and strengthening coal ash pollution protections.

Bennett passed legislation through the Senate that addressed unresolved issues with the coal ash legislation that would keep coal ash out of the water. The legislation now indicates who is responsible for conducting cleanup in the event of a coal ash spill – and how those involved in cleanup will be protected from exposure to toxic chemicals.

“If members of the community are willing to take time out of their day to attend a town hall meeting, I want it to be as informative and worthwhile as possible,” Bennett said.

Bennett encourages area residents to attend his upcoming joint office hour with State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) on Dec. 12. Bennett, Marron and their staff will be available to assist with constituent services on the second Thursday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce (120 E. Sangamon Ave., Rantoul).

To stay up to date on events Senator Bennett’s office is hosting this winter, he urges residents to visit SenatorBennett.com.

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GOERGETOWN – Local residents were given the opportunity to participate in discussion and get questions answered thanks to a town hall hosted by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) Tuesday.

Senator Bennett continued his series of town hall meetings Tuesday night at Georgetown City Hall, giving attendees the opportunity to voice their concerns and receive a legislative update from fall veto session.

“The town halls continue my efforts to maintain an open dialogue with my constituents about what I am doing to represent them while in Springfield,” Bennett said. “Last night was a great opportunity to provide an update on issues we have been working on.” 

The General Assembly tackled a number of important issues during veto session this past month, including ethics reform, capping insulin costs and strengthening coal ash pollution protections.

Bennett passed legislation through the Senate that addressed unresolved issues with the coal ash legislation that would keep coal ash out of the water. The legislation now indicates who is responsible for conducting cleanup in the event of a coal ash spill – and how those involved in cleanup will be protected from exposure to toxic chemicals.

“If members of the community are willing to take time out of their day to attend a town hall meeting, I want it to be as informative and worthwhile as possible,” Bennett said.

An additional town hall meeting will be held Nov. 20 at Rantoul Township High School (200 S. Sheldon St., Rantoul). Bennett looks forward to presenting a legislative update and urges residents to visit SenatorBennett.com to stay up to date on events his office is hosting this winter.

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CHAMPAIGN – Local residents were given the opportunity to participate in discussion and get questions answered thanks to a town hall hosted by State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) on Monday.

Senator Bennett kicked off his series of town hall meetings with State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) Monday night at the Illinois Terminal, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss their concerns and receive a legislative update from fall veto session.

“The town halls continue my efforts to maintain an open dialogue with my constituents about what I am doing to represent them while in Springfield,” Bennett said. “Last night was a great opportunity to provide an update on issues we have been working on.” 

There are a number of important issues the General Assembly tackled during veto session this past month, including ethics reform, capping insulin costs and strengthening coal ash pollution protections.

Bennett passed legislation through the Senate that addressed unresolved issues with the coal ash legislation that would keep coal ash out of our water. The legislation now indicates who is responsible for conducting cleanup in the event of a coal ash spill – and how those involved in cleanup will be protected from exposure to toxic chemicals. Ammons will carry the bill through the House early this spring.

Additional town hall meetings will be held on Nov. 19 at Georgetown City Hall (208 S. Walnut St., Georgetown) and Nov. 20 at Rantoul Township High School (200 S. Sheldon St., Rantoul).

Bennett looks forward to presenting a legislative update and urges residents to visit SenatorBennett.com to stay up to date on events his office is hosting this winter.

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