Back to School Tax Holiday 2022CHAMPAIGN– The state’s 10-day tax holiday on school supplies begins today, Aug. 5. Working families and teachers can expect to have reduced shopping costs ahead of the upcoming school year, thanks to support from State Senator Scott Bennett.

“Purchasing school supplies each year can become a financial burden for both teachers and working families,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “This back-to-school tax holiday will make shopping for school supplies more affordable and will allow teachers and students to be prepared for the upcoming school year.”

The law lowers the state tax rate on school supplies and eligible clothes and footwear from 6.25% down to 1.25% for 10 days, which begins today and will run through Aug. 14, 2022.

“Not only does this tax break provide lower costs of supplies, but it supports Illinois small businesses by encouraging residents to shop local,” Bennett said. “As a father, I know how expensive this time of year can get. Join me in taking advantage of this tax holiday.” The law also created an up to $500 tax credit for educator’s out-of-pocket expenses for school supplies.

Public Act 102-0700 took effect with the governor’s signature on April 19, 2022 and was fully implemented with the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget on July 1, 2022.

040522HAO00903CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett recently announced that three school districts in the Champaign County will receive $50,000 each as recipients of the 2022 School Maintenance Grant Program.

“The safety of our children begins with the improvement of our infrastructure. It is imperative that our children are provided with a safe, healthy and stable learning environment,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “Each grant will provide the necessary funding to properly build the learning environment our students deserve.”

School district awarded the grant include Thomasboro CCSD 130, Rantoul City SD 137, and St Joseph CCSD 169.

A total of $30 million in 2022 School Maintenance Grants was dispersed to school districts across the state. Funding received from the grants will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of educational facilities.

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CHAMPAIGN – To kick off Parks and Recreation Month, State Senator Scott Bennett announced funding for investments in four local parks and forest preserves in Champaign County.

“Parks are a great resource that offers many benefits to everyone in our community,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “OSLAD grants allow our park districts to stretch tax dollars to improve our parks to better serve residents.”

Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program grants are administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and support local park projects. When combined with local matching funds, the latest OSLAD grants provide more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

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drivingMRCHAMPAIGN – With Independence Day right around the corner, State Senator Scott Bennett is joining law enforcement officials in reminding people to celebrate safely and drive sober.

“Unfortunately, the holiday weekend can create dangerous driving situations when individuals choose to drive while impaired,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “I encourage everyone to celebrate responsibly by booking a safe ride home or designating a sober driver if your celebrations include alcohol.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation launched a multimedia safety campaign – “It’s Not a Game” – that drives home the message there are no extra lives, no respawns and no second chances to get it right when you are behind the wheel.

Last year in Illinois during the July Fourth holiday period from July 2-5, there were 22 car wreck fatalities, which is the highest total in the last five years. Officials are urging residents to plan ahead to prevent a tragedy.

“Illinois State Police Troopers will be out in full force over the holiday weekend looking for impaired drivers,” said Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly. “Driving while impaired due to alcohol or drugs can be a costly decision that puts your life and the lives of other people on the road in danger. Be responsible this Fourth of July and don’t lose your independence by losing your license or your freedom by going to jail.”

The Fourth of July “It’s Not a Game” campaign is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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