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217 Today: Sen. Bennett likes parts of the new state budget but says it wasn’t transparent

State Sen. Tom Bennett, a Republican, represents much of northeastern McLean County, portions of Peoria, Woodford and Tazewell counties and much of east central Illinois.

June 6, 2023

Today’s headlines:

  • The new state budget includes more than $350 million to address homelessness in Illinois as part of the multi-year Home Illinois plan.


  • Champaign County saw a nearly 57%  increase in homelessness this January, according to the most recent Point-in-Time count.


  • A US House subcommittee holds a hearing today on whether automakers should be required to keep AM radio in their vehicles.


  • Illinois is using the remainder of its Volkswagen settlement money to help install more electric vehicle charging stations across the state.

In today’s deep dive, we hear a conversation about the recently approved state budget with central Illinois lawmaker Tom Bennett.

Reporting contributed by Tim Shelley, Jim Meadows, Mae Antar, Alex Degman, and Eric Stock.

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Owen Henderson

Owen Henderson covers arts and culture, as well as LGBTQ issues for Illinois Public Media News. He studied journalism, Spanish and theater at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has worked with Illinois Public Media in various capacities since 2021.

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