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CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is pleased to congratulate the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on receiving a $50,000 grant to improve its internet access and speeds.

The funding is part of the state's Regional Engagement for Adoption and Digital Equity program, which looks to expand digital access to communities throughout Illinois.

“High speed internet is a necessity for economic growth and our ability to help bridge the digital divide,” Bennett said. “This investment will give us the ability to deliver a high-quality education and give the U of I the opportunity to make a huge difference in our community.”

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 32593654 lCHAMPAIGN — To counteract summer learning loss, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is launching a Summer Book Club for children and young people who live in the 52nd State Senate District.

“Reading through the summer months keeps young minds engaged,” Bennett said. “Reading can be fun, and this program will give kids a kick-start.” 

The Summer Book Club requires students to read eight books of their choice during the summer break, record the names of the books on a form and return the form to Bennett’s office by Aug. 11. Everyone who completes the Summer Book Club will receive a gift card and certificate from Senator Bennett. 

“Reading as little as 10-15 minutes a day can help keep students’ minds sharp and on track for the next school year,” Bennett said. “I encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity and participate in this book club during the summer months.” 

To receive a book club form, visit to download and print the form. Parents can also call Bennett’s Champaign office at 217-355-5252 or Danville office at 217-442-5252 to request a copy by mail.

Bennett urges interested residents to call his office with any additional questions.

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CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is pleased to see Fitch Ratings has revised its outlook on Illinois’ General Obligation bonds from negative to positive, a direct result of responsible spending.

“I’m glad to see Fitch Ratings raise Illinois’ financial outlook and this is a sign that the actions we’ve been taking are fiscally responsible,” Bennett said. “We have worked hard over the past couple of years to put Illinois on a path toward fiscal responsibility.”

Fitch’s is the third ratings agency to upgrade the state’s forecast, in addition to Standard and Poor’s, and Moody’s.

According to Fitch’s analysis, the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year provides Illinois a stable foundation for further financial improvement. Recent debt payments and a reduction of nearly a billion dollars in spending since 2020—without sacrificing funding for pensions, K-12 or higher education—suggest responsible budget management and movement toward fiscal stability.

Fitch’s full analysis is available here.

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CHAMPAIGN – Area fire departments will benefit from a portion of $3.3 million in equipment grants awarded to Illinois communities, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Tuesday.

“First responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” Bennett said. “These equipment grants come at a critical time for local fire departments and will allow them to replace outdated gear that no longer meets current standards.”

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established by the Office of the State Fire Marshal to provide grants of up to $26,000 to support small firefighting and ambulance equipment purchases. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments and EMS providers across the state through the program.

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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

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507