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CHAMPAIGN – On Sunday, May 29, Illinois will be celebrating College Savings Day thanks to a resolution led by Senate Higher Education Chair Scott Bennett.

“As parents and children set their sights on the kinds of careers they want to pursue, we want them to know that saving through 529 College Savings Plans can help them get there,” said Bennett (D-Champaign). “College Savings Day is a great reminder that families can achieve their education savings goals.”

College Savings Day celebrates the flexible savings plans that enable entire families to fund their higher education and career dreams. This day raises awareness among parents, teachers and community members of how these unique tools can help support education over a lifetime.

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050522HAO00059CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is celebrating law enforcement officers across the state from May 15 to May 21 as part of Police Appreciation Week in Illinois.

“Our law enforcement officers play an integral role in our communities,” Bennett said. “I’m glad to offer my support and thank these officers during Police Appreciation Week for the work they do to keep Illinois residents safe.”

This week recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of local, state, and federal police officers and their service to the state. Law enforcement officers help prevent crime and provide assistance to those in need amongst an infinite amount of other tasks to encourage civic engagement and an investment in the well-being of all Illinoisans.

“Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly to protect our communities,” Bennett said. “I am continuously inspired by their extraordinary courage and dedication to putting their lives on the line to keep us safe each day.” 

Bennett supported Senate Resolution 914 declaring Police Appreciation Week in Illinois.


SPRINGFIELD – A measure supported by State Senator Scott Bennett to help former foster children get in contact with their former families was signed into law Friday.

“Youth in the foster care system often become very close with their foster families before they are adopted,” said Bennett (D-Champaign), a co-sponsor of the legislation. “These kids deserve access to the family that cared for them as they transition to a new family.”

The new law creates a process allowing former foster children to get in contact with their former foster parents and siblings by utilizing existing search and reunion services provided by the Department of Children and Family Services. DCFS is required to provide youth in care with an explanation of available search and reunion services within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

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SPRINGFIELD – Students with disabilities and their families will receive more information on the resources available to them under a new law supported by State Senator Scott Bennett.

“Our state offers great resources for students with disabilities,” said Bennett (D-Champaign), a chief co-sponsor of the legislation. “We can further assist individuals with disabilities and their families by ensuring they are aware of all the financial services available to them.”

The Achieving a Better Life Experience program aims to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life. Additionally, the program provides secure funding for disability-related expenses to supplement insurance benefits and income.

Senate Bill 3474 requires school districts to provide informational material to the parents or guardians of students with disabilities about the ABLE account program.

“Caring for someone with a disability can become a heavy financial burden,” said Bennett. “The ABLE program sets students with disabilities up for success both in school and after graduation.”

The law is effective immediately.

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