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CHAMPAIGN – To help ensure the State of Illinois achieves the goals of the SAFE-T Act, State Senator Scott Bennett filed legislation to clarify language and improve how officials can enforce the law.

“As a former prosecutor, I understand the importance of presuming innocence for individuals before being proven guilty, supporting police and keeping violent criminals out of our neighborhoods,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “Senate Bill 4228 is an effort to improve consistency in the SAFE-T Act and allow law enforcement officials to continue to effectively perform their duties and protect our communities.”

The intent of the law aims to do away with cash bail in an effort to end systemic racism in the criminal justice system. Senate Bill 4228 updates many provisions in the SAFE-T Act by clarifying language to address concerns raised by local law enforcement officials.

Sen. Bennett’s legislation states pretrial release will apply to individuals arrested on or after Jan. 1, 2023. The measure also permits judges to deny pretrial release for any alleged crime if the person arrested poses a threat to the safety of any person or the community.

Sen. Bennett is going to continue to work with all stakeholders, advocates, and his colleagues in hopes of a resolution on these issues during the fall Veto Session.

Where's My RebateCHAMPAIGN – Millions of Illinoisans are waiting to receive their tax rebates as part of the Illinois Family Relief Plan. State Senator Scott Bennett is reminding residents they can easily check their rebate status online.

“Many Illinois residents are set to receive tax rebates that will help with current financial burdens,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “Many have already received their rebates, but if you have not, it’s simple to check the status of it.”

Supported by Bennett, the Illinois Senate championed Senate Bill 157, a bipartisan bill which provides millions of Illinois taxpayers with financial relief – including direct tax rebates. The rebates began to roll out Sept. 12, leaving many to wonder when the funds will arrive.

People who filed taxes will automatically receive their rebate – otherwise they have until Oct. 17 to do so. To check the status of a rebate, click here and select “Where’s My Rebate?” An IL-PIN number is necessary to check the status. To find an IL-PIN number, click here and select “IL-PIN Inquiry.”

Under the law, people who filed 2021 Illinois taxes are eligible to receive up to $700. Individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per independent, with a maximum of three. 

Additionally, people who paid property taxes in 2021 on their primary residence in 2020 – and make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointing – are eligible for up to $300. The rebate will be equal to the property tax a resident was qualified to claim on their 2021 taxes.

“The rebates are intended to help families and individuals with daily necessities,” said Bennett. “Don’t worry if you still haven’t received your rebate. You can check the status online today.” 

For more information on how the funds will be dispersed or to see qualification criteria, people can visit tax.illinois.gov/rebates.

2022StateOfIllinoisTaxRebatesCHAMPAIGN – Illinois taxpayers can expect to see up to $700 in tax rebates in the coming weeks thanks to the Illinois Family Relief Plan, backed by State Senator Scott Bennett.

“In recent years, communities have been struck with financial distress,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “Giving back to these communities so they can start to recover is the right thing to do.”

Supported by Bennett, the Illinois Senate championed Senate Bill 157, which provides millions of Illinois taxpayers with financial relief – including direct tax rebates.

Under the law, people who filed 2021 Illinois taxes are eligible to receive up to $700. Individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per dependent, with a maximum of three. 

Additionally, people who paid property taxes in 2021 on their primary residence in 2020 – and make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointing – are eligible for up to $300. The rebate will be equal to the property tax a resident was qualified to claim on their 2021 taxes.

People who filed taxes will automatically receive their rebate– otherwise they have until Oct. 17 to do so. 

“It is important for families in Illinois to know they are not alone,” Bennett said. “The purpose of these rebates is to help residents with everyday expenses – from buying gas to putting food on the table, and everything in between.”  

For more information on how the funds will be dispersed or to see qualification criteria, people can visit tax.illinois.gov/rebates.

 

Bennett1CHAMPAIGN – To promote economic development and ensure area residents are continuously able to bounce back from the pandemic, Champaign and Vermilion counties will see a combined $225,000 in relief grants thanks to the support of State Senator Scott Bennett.

Through the Research in Illinois to Spur Economic Recovery (RISE) program, the district Bennett represents will see grants to help local governments and economic development organizations develop and create plans to foster relationships with businesses. 

“Many communities in the state have experienced setbacks following the pandemic,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “These grants will help our communities get back on track and move forward.”

Funds distributed to the 52nd District include $150,000 awarded to the Greater Champaign-Urbana Economic Partnership to improve regional market analysis that focuses on office, retail and industrial spaces in the area. Danville will also receive $75,000 in funds that will be used for the economic recovery of the city, and connectivity planning projects in the downtown area.

RISE empowers local governments to create meaningful plans with a focus on specific initiatives and investments that support recovery from the pandemic. The grants, funding through ARPA, will help improve quality of life for community members by taking a comprehensive approach to economic development through supporting the local workforce, improving affordable housing options and more.

For updates on the program or other upcoming economic recovery grant opportunities, please check DCEO's website.

 

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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

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Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507