Bennett urges residents to wear face masks

Published: Tuesday, August 04, 2020 12:53 PM

bennett masks 080420CHAMPAIGN - State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is reminding residents to wear face coverings to help slow the spread of coronavirus. 

“You can keep yourself and others around you safe and healthy by wearing a face mask,” Bennett said. “In the grocery store and other places where social distancing may be difficult, wearing a mask can add an extra layer of protection.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), everyone over the age of 2 who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one in a public place when unable to maintain a safe distance from others. 

Masks should cover your nose and mouth, fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, and include multiple layers of fabric.

“No one is immune to this virus,” Bennett said. “Please continue to follow the health and safety guidelines put in place by the public health experts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.” 

For more guidance on use of masks, Bennett encourages residents to visit the IDPH website at

Holmes announces $1.59 million in road and bridge improvements this year for the 42nd District

Published: Monday, August 03, 2020 03:44 PM

road const 080320AURORA – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) is pleased to see nearly $1.6 million in Aurora-area road construction projects slated for this year as part of the state’s ongoing multi-year construction plan.

“This is the right time to see improvements to area infrastructure,” Holmes said. “These Rebuild Illinois projects will create new, well-paying jobs when we need them most; they will also facilitate commerce and transportation, while making needed updates to roads that will improve public safety.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s multi-year plan includes projects to improve the state’s infrastructure over the next six years. These projects were selected based on such criteria as pavement and bridge conditions, traffic volumes and history of accidents. They will create thousands of jobs statewide at a time when many Illinoisans are still struggling with unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Projects slated for Holmes’ district include:

  Description                                                                                                                                                         Year/Investment

Montgomery Road at Waubonsee Creek: This multi-phase project begins with construction engineering to then replace the bridge; it includes replacing superstructure, widening and resurfacing the road, sidewalks and railings.

2021: engineering and construction



Farnsworth Ave at Indian Creek: This year’s phase is preliminary engineering for major bridge repair to begin next year, which will open up the waterway.

2021: engineering


2022-26: construction


US 34 (Ogden Ave. from Rickert to Feldott, Naperville: This year’s phase is land acquisition for another phase beginning next year to relieve a bottleneck and accident-prone area, with added and extended left turn lanes, resurfacing and bicycle and pedestrian traffic accommodation. 

2021: land acquisition


2022 – 2026: construction



When construction is underway, motorists should anticipate delays and may wish to seek alternate routes. Holmes encourages drivers to obey posted construction zone speed limits and watch out for workers on construction projects.

IDOT’s complete Multi-Year Plan can be found on its website.

Bennett encourages child care providers to apply for grants

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 03:57 PM

childcare mask 073020CHAMPAIGN – To ensure parents returning to work can trust their children are in good hands, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging child care providers to apply for Child Care Restoration Grants to help their businesses cope with pandemic-related losses. 

“Working parents need child care to do their jobs,” Bennett said. “While child care providers are dealing with the consequences of this crisis, this grant will help them safely reopen after months of financial distress.” 

Cullerton: We must support local child care providers

Published: Thursday, July 30, 2020 03:49 PM

childcare mask 2 052920VILLA PARK — To support the reopening of local child care providers after months of financial distress, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is urging providers to apply for Child Care Restoration Grants.

“I know residents like to send their children to facilities that are clean and adhering to safety guidelines during this pandemic,” Cullerton said. “As workers head back to work they should have the assurance that their children are safe and happy. This grant will allow child care services to reopen while giving them the support to keep children safe.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services is distributing $270 million in available funding to assist child care providers across the state with reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Licensed child care providers that meet the eligibility criteria may apply for Child Care Restoration Grants. 

“Child care facilities serve as an essential support to help parents and caregivers enter and stay in the workforce,” Cullerton said. “It is our duty to ensure local child care providers will be able to weather the economic hardship of this pandemic so residents can safely go back to work as the state’s economy gets back on track.”

To be eligible for the grant, child care providers must: 

  • Have a current license from the Department of Children and Family Services to care for children,
  • Be open and caring for children at the time of application,
  • Be able to demonstrate a “business interruption” from their pre-COVID capacity, and
  • Submit a complete application with all required documents.

Applications are open from now until Aug. 14. To learn more and apply, child care providers should visit

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