Bennettfirstbill4.16.15SPRINGFIELD– Taxpayers will have a better understanding of government boards’ work under a new proposed law advanced by Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign).

“We need to engage more people in the democratic process. Making this information readily available will help keep people informed and engaged,” said Bennett.  “We should embrace technology to promote government transparency and accessibility to taxpayers.”

His initiative, Senate Bill 1339, does two things.

First, it requires government boards to post video on their websites of the board meeting within two business days. This would apply to boards where the governor appoints at least one member that is confirmed by the Senate.

“This simply makes it easier for taxpayers to access public information,” Bennett said. “The technology is readily available today to make this possible and affordable.”

Second, Bennett’s proposal would require those boards to post their public meeting agendas at least 72 hours prior to meeting, except in cases of emergency meetings. The current posting requirement is only 48 hours.

SB 1339 passed the Senate with bipartisan support and moves to the House for consideration.

041315 rt 0067CHAMPAIGN- The Illinois State Senate held a joint Appropriations I and II Committee Hearing yesterday to collect testimony about the impact the governor’s proposed budget cuts would have on the Central Illinois economy. Representatives from the University of Illinois, local health care organizations, and the cities of Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul and Danville all attended.

Under the proposal, the University of Illinois faces a 31.5 percent ($208.8 million) funding decrease. University officials testified that the cuts could hurt their ability to recruit top-tier students and staff.

“The University of Illinois is one of the largest economic drivers in the state. Forcing a 31% cut on them will not only impact Central Illinois, but the entire state. We cannot cut so much today that it hurts us tomorrow,” said State Sen. Scott Bennett.

Additionally, proposed cuts to Medicaid reimbursement rates may also have a deep impact on area hospitals.

“Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and Covenant Medical Center are truly an asset to the community – as the region’s health care delivery system and one of its largest employers. That’s why I am deeply concerned that if the governor’s proposed Medicaid cuts are implemented, our future would be threatened,” said Dr. Jared Rogers, CEO of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and Covenant Medical Center.

Local mayors also voiced concerns about the 50 percent reduction in state funding proposed by the governor. Champaign, Urbana, Rantoul and Danville would lose $7.7 million, $3.9 million, $1.23 million and $694,000 respectively. All mayors voiced concerns about being forced to lay off first responders, like police and firefighters.

The Senate will continue to hold hearings around the state regarding the governor’s budget proposal over the upcoming weeks.


SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) continues to travel across the 52nd District this month, hosting town hall meetings in Savoy and Oakwood.

“Good government begins with transparency and accountability. These discussions are a vital part of the legislative process,” said Bennett. “I invite everyone to comeout and let me know their thoughts on budget proposals, upcoming legislation and education funding.”

Click on the below flyers for more information on both events:


bennett townhall savoySavoy Town Hall Meeting

When: April 8 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Location: Savoy Municipal Center (611 N. Dunlap, Savoy, IL)








bennett townhall oakwoodOakwood Town Hall Meeting

 When: April 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Oakwood Village Hall (106 S. Oakwood Street, Oakwood, IL).






In February and March, Bennett held town halls and Capitol on Your Corner (CYC) events in Gifford, Rantoul, Tilton, Champaign, Georgetown, Danville and Urbana. Throughout the next year, Bennett plans to visit every community in the 52nd District.

URBANA – Working to bring state and local resources to residents in Champaign and Vermilion counties, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) is hosting the following events:mobile driverresize

URBANA: Mobile Secretary of State Office Hours
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Urbana Free Library, 210 W Green Street, Urbana, IL

Services available:
•    Renewal, replacement or correction of driver’s licenses and state ID cards
•    Vehicle sticker sales as well as vehicle title and registration
•    Passenger, B-Truck and motorcycle license plates
•    Parking placard for persons with disabilities

DANVILLE: Senior Services Workshop
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Location: CRIS Healthy Aging Center, 309 N. Franklin Street, Danville, IL

Services available:
•    Presentation on financial and health care fraud from the Attorney General’s Office
•    Presentations on services by Melody Ehrlich, Regional Director of Presence Health, Sue Rieche from Community Action Weatherization/Energy and Representatives from CRIS Healthy Aging Center
•    Live Zumba Presentation with Curves Health Club
•    A representative from the Illinois Treasurer’s office will be available to help seniors access the state's I-CASH Database to search for unclaimed property
•    Flu shots will be provided by Walgreens as well as health care information (Please bring along your insurance information).  

RANTOUL: Senior Services Workshop
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Rantoul Recreation Department, 100 W. Flessner Ave., Rantoul, IL

Services available:
•    Presentation on financial and health care fraud from the AARP
•    Flu shots will be provided by Walgreens as well as health care information (Please bring your insurance information)
•    Information on community volunteer opportunities for seniors with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
•    A representative from the Illinois Treasurer’s office will be available to help seniors access the state's I-CASH Database to search for unclaimed property


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