cub danville oct20DANVILLE- State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting experts from the Citizens Utility Board to conduct a free clinic where local consumers can learn ways to reduce their gas, electric and landline telephone bills.

The event will feature free one-on-one analysis from CUB experts on gas, electric and landline phone bills, information on spotting billing errors and incentives designed to help people improve energy efficiency.

To receive counseling participants are advised to bring their gas, phone and electric bills for a one-on-one consultation by CUB representatives.


Date: Tuesday, October 20
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Danville Public Library (319 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL)

Please register please click here or call Bennett’s Champaign office at (217) 355-5252.

092815RT0071CHAMPAIGN- Illinois families worried about the financial security of loved ones living with disabilities will soon have another resource to promote their independence.  

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and Treasurer Michael Frerichs joined area advocates to raise awareness of a new law that will create a tax-exempt plan to help individuals and families save money to cover expenses for people living with disabilities. Senate Bill 1383 creates the Illinois Achieving a Better Life Expectancy Act (ABLE Act), which creates accounts similar to tax-advantaged college saving plans where income earned in the account is not taxable.

“This initiative will help ensure our loved ones will live their lives with respect and dignity,” Bennett said. "Without resources like this, many people with disabilities don’t have the opportunity to be financially independent.”

Carl Webber, parent and board member of Developmental Services Center will certainly take advantage of this new program. Before the ABLE program, without complicated documents, people living with disabilities could not receive benefits and retain significant assets.

“Until the creation of the ABLE program, there weren’t any financial resources available. This forced people living with disabilities to rely on the state for extraordinary expenses and for assistance after parents and responsible family members were gone,” Webber said. “This program will be a huge source of relief to families. There will be assistance available to address emergency situations and to provide support after parents and responsible family members are no longer available to provide necessary financial assistance.”  

The Treasurer’s Office will be responsible for the administration and implementation of ABLE accounts in accordance with federal rules and regulations. ABLE accounts are similar to 529 college saving plans with earnings that are tax-advantaged federally.

“Now that the ABLE Act has become law in Illinois, the Treasurer’s Office is proud to take the lead in implementing the program and advocating for families that will utilize ABLE accounts,” Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said. “The ABLE Act will make a tremendous difference for individuals with disabilities, giving them a tool to achieve financial stability, independence, and peace of mind to live their lives with dignity.”

This legislation comes after the federal government passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 with bipartisan support. Virginia was the first state to enact the program since the federal legislation was passed.

“DSC is pleased to be hosting this press conference with Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Senator Scott Bennett to share information about the ‘Achieving a Better Life Experience’ (ABLE) Act and helping to make individuals and families in Champaign County aware of the possibilities it offers,” said Dale Morrissey, chief executive officer of Developmental Services Center.

wave usa flag 1383225090826CHAMPAIGN –State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs are raising awareness about efforts to provide financial independence for people living with disabilities.

Bennett’s initiative, the ABLE Act, was recently signed into law in Illinois, creating a tax exempt plan to assist individuals and families in saving money to cover the expenses for people living with disabilities.

The Treasurer’s Office will be responsible for the administration and implementation of ABLE accounts in accordance with federal rules and regulations. ABLE accounts are similar to 529 college saving plans with earnings that are tax-advantaged federally.

A news conference will be held on Monday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the Developmental Services Center (1304 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL).

WHO:  Scott Bennett, Illinois State Senator
Michael Frerichs, Illinois State Treasurer
Sarah Thompson, parent of an adult child with developmental disability and Parent Liaison, Child and Family Connections of Central Illinois, Office #16
Carl Webber, parent of an adult child with developmental and intellectual disabilities and Board Member, Developmental Services Center
Dale Morrissey, Chief Executive Officer, Developmental Services Center

WHAT: Senator Bennett and Treasurer Frerichs will join parents and advocates for disabled individuals to discuss the ABLE Act.

WHEN: Monday, September 28 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Developmental Services Center at 1304 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL.


field agriculture farm cerealsCHAMPAIGN- Studies have shown 44 percent of the men and women joining the military come from rural areas and may have a farming background.

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging returning veterans to take advantage of tools and resources available to help them follow their dreams of starting a farm in Illinois.

“Our veterans have worked diligently to protect our freedoms and keep us safe,” Bennett said. “It’s important for them to know that whether they are new to farming or grew up in a farming community, there are resources available to aid their transition into agribusiness.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced an expanded collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense to improve outreach with returning service men and women. The USDA offers a variety of programs including loans, grants, training and technical assistance to veterans interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

Since 2009, the USDA has provided $438 million in farm loans to help more than 6,482 veterans grow their farming businesses across the country.

For more information, area residents can call Bennett’s full-time constituent office at (217) 355-5252 or visit

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