Senator Bennett


Dear Friends,


The key to growing our economy is a well-trained workforce. If we want to turn things around for our middle class we need to work towards making college more affordable.


Tomorrow, the Senate’s Committee of the Whole will meet to discuss the skyrocketing cost of college.


Frankly, Governor Rauner’s 30 percent cut to higher education funding is unacceptable. We have been fortunate enough to have such a vital resource as University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in our own backyard. This institution is a vital economic engine and incredible research source that continues to grow and diversify our economy.


If you would like to listen to this crucial discussion, please click here or visit roughly around 12:30 p.m. We will hear from a series of speakers on the importance of college affordability in Illinois.


Did you know?


According to Voices for Illinois Children, Governor Rauner's budget proposal could amount to a $2,200 cut per full-time, public university student. This is devastating news for students and middle class families in Illinois. The report also found with the suggested 30 percent cut, full-time, public university students could see an 18 percent increase in tuition and fees on average when compared to the 2013-2014 school year.


Take a second to tell us your story...


This legislative session, I started a petition to stand up to Governor Rauner’s $209 million cut to UIUC. If you haven’t already, please take a second to sign our petition. Please also take this opportunity to share your story: tell the General Assembly and Governor Rauner what cuts to higher education would mean to you and our community.


Sign My PetitionI have appreciated hearing from more than 500 people on the importance of higher education funding and the importance of making college more affordable. I voted for House Bill 4146 that would give MAP grants to an additional 15,000 students in the upcoming school year. Their stories and names helped me persuade my colleagues on the importance of higher education funding.


College affordability is a defining component in our state’s policies. By providing an affordable path for a rewarding college education, we are giving our young people the tools to graduate with success-- not mountains of debt.


No student should be discouraged from attending college due to financial need.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call one of our offices or send me an email.



Scott Bennett
Senator Scott Bennett
52nd District – Illinois



Champaign Office

45 E. University, Suite 206 • Champaign, IL 61820

217-355-5252 (Phone)

Danville Office

101 W. North Street • Danville, IL 61832

217-442-5252 (Phone)


Springfield Office

218B State House • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-2507 (Phone)



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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