Bennett promotes career and technical programs SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Scott Bennett’s (D-Champaign) measure to address computer science education studies in Illinois was signed into law today.

While touring Vermilion County companies, Bennett continued to hear about hiring struggles in the region.

“There are real jobs here at home,” Bennett said.  “However, our workforce isn’t always able to meet the needs of our local employers.”

House Bill 5720 creates the Taskforce on Computer Science Education to analyze the current state of computer science education in Illinois and make recommendations to increase computer science education in Illinois schools.

While touring Watchfire Signs in Danville, Bennett took some time to meeting with AnnMarie Cross, Director of Human Resources who is having problems finding qualified job applicants with a computer science background.

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bennett traveling rantoul rsRANTOUL - Working to bring state services to residents in Rantoul, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and his staff will be at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday, August 9.  

Bennett’s office holds office hours the second Tuesday of every month to assist residents with state and local issues.

Bennett’s staff will be present to help Rantoul residents with concealed carry applications, inquiries with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, health care, veteran or disability issues, Medicare paperwork, foreclosure prevention assistance and much more.

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Area senator appointed to new agriculture leadership positionCHAMPAIGN - The Senate’s Committee on Agriculture will be seeing a new face in leadership. An announcement from Agriculture Committee Chairman Bill Cunningham appoints State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) as Vice-Chairperson of Agriculture.

“Senator Bennett has continued to show a passion for promoting agriculture throughout his community and the state,” Cunningham said. “He understands the important role agriculture plays in our state’s economy and will be an asset to the committee as vice chairman.”

Bennett has been serving on the committee for the last two years. He is excited for an opportunity to steer and promote agriculture policies in the senate.

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wave usa flag 1383225090826CHAMPAIGN- Illinois National Guard members will soon be able to receive veterans status on Illinois identification cards thanks to State Senator Scott Bennett’s initiative that was signed into law today.

Senate Bill 2173 addresses complaints from National Guard members not being classified as veterans since they had not been called to active duty by the President of the United States, Congress or the Governor of Illinois.  

“It’s our duty to honor the sacrifices made by our veterans regardless of their rank or what branch of military they are in,” said Bennett, a Champaign Democrat. “This is one simple step we can take to work toward giving veterans benefits they deserve.”

Senate Bill 2173 also clarifies that the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs will certify and verify the status of veterans for Illinois identification cards.

“Our veterans have served to protect our values, now, in turn, it is our job to honor the sacrifices they have made,” Bennett said. “We need to do whatever we can to honor our nation’s veterans.”

Senate Bill 2173 was signed into law on Friday, July 15 and goes into effect immediately.

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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

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507