CommitteepicturersSPRINGFIELD- In light of the budget impasse, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) has filed paperwork to forego his pay until there is a budget in place to protect essential programs in Illinois.  

People who work or receive services from important programs such as child care assistance programs, in-home health care for seniors and people with disabilities and services for veterans’ are faced with few choices without a state budget in place.   

“I stand up in solidarity with the hard working men and women in our community who provide essential services to our most vulnerable populations. It is unjust for elected officials to continue to take home their pay while in-home child care providers struggle to keep their doors open and seniors are forced to choose between picking up their prescriptions or keeping their lights on at night. These are real people with real responsibilities forced to make difficult decisions,” said Bennett.

Bennett noted that the Senate passed a budget on time prior to the May 31 deadline however, that budget was vetoed by Governor Rauner.

In an effort to prevent a state government shutdown and maintain services, the Senate passed a one-month budget this month to allow more time for negotiation between the Senate, House and Gov. Rauner. The governor has already publically announced his plan to veto a temporary budget plan.

“I support a balanced budget and understand cuts need to be made, but I cannot support balancing the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable populations- our seniors, veterans, children and the disabled,” said Bennett. “My hope is the governor will come to the table and be part of the solution. We cannot afford for him to use our budget to gain political points by forcing working families into dire situations.”

July14mobile driver2aCHAMPAIGN – Working to bring state services to residents in Champaign-Urbana, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) are hosting the Secretary of State’s Mobile DMV for additional dates: July 15, July 16 and July 17.

Date: July 15 to July 17

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Services available:

•    Renewal, replacement or correction of driver’s licenses and state ID cards
•    Vehicle sticker sales
•    Passenger, B-Truck and motorcycle license plates
•    University of Illinois collegiate license plates
•    Organ and tissue donor registration
•    Vehicle title and registration
•    Parking placard for persons with disabilities
•    Driver’s license renewal

mobile driver2CHAMPAIGN– Working to bring state services to residents in Champaign-Urbana, State Senator Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and Representative Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) are hosting the Secretary of State’s Mobile DMV June 22 through June 25.

Date: June 22 through June 25

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Services available:

•    Renewal, replacement or correction of driver’s licenses and state ID cards
•    Vehicle sticker sales
•    Passenger, B-Truck and motorcycle license plates
•    University of Illinois collegiate license plates
•    Organ and tissue donor registration
•    Vehicle title and registration
•    Parking placard for persons with disabilities
•    Driver’s license renewal

Senator Bennett

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Dear Friends,

 

The key to growing our economy is a well-trained workforce. If we want to turn things around for our middle class we need to work towards making college more affordable.

 

Tomorrow, the Senate’s Committee of the Whole will meet to discuss the skyrocketing cost of college.

 

Frankly, Governor Rauner’s 30 percent cut to higher education funding is unacceptable. We have been fortunate enough to have such a vital resource as University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in our own backyard. This institution is a vital economic engine and incredible research source that continues to grow and diversify our economy.

 

If you would like to listen to this crucial discussion, please click here or visit www.ILGA.gov roughly around 12:30 p.m. We will hear from a series of speakers on the importance of college affordability in Illinois.

 

Did you know?

 

According to Voices for Illinois Children, Governor Rauner's budget proposal could amount to a $2,200 cut per full-time, public university student. This is devastating news for students and middle class families in Illinois. The report also found with the suggested 30 percent cut, full-time, public university students could see an 18 percent increase in tuition and fees on average when compared to the 2013-2014 school year.

 

Take a second to tell us your story...

 

This legislative session, I started a petition to stand up to Governor Rauner’s $209 million cut to UIUC. If you haven’t already, please take a second to sign our petition. Please also take this opportunity to share your story: tell the General Assembly and Governor Rauner what cuts to higher education would mean to you and our community.

 

Sign My PetitionI have appreciated hearing from more than 500 people on the importance of higher education funding and the importance of making college more affordable. I voted for House Bill 4146 that would give MAP grants to an additional 15,000 students in the upcoming school year. Their stories and names helped me persuade my colleagues on the importance of higher education funding.

 

College affordability is a defining component in our state’s policies. By providing an affordable path for a rewarding college education, we are giving our young people the tools to graduate with success-- not mountains of debt.

 

No student should be discouraged from attending college due to financial need.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call one of our offices or send me an email.

 

Sincerely,


Scott Bennett
Senator Scott Bennett
52nd District – Illinois

 

 

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45 E. University, Suite 206 • Champaign, IL 61820

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Danville Office

101 W. North Street • Danville, IL 61832

217-442-5252 (Phone)

 

Springfield Office

218B State House • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-2507 (Phone)

 

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Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
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Danville, IL 61832
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Springfield, IL 62706
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