Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen released the following statement today regarding the passing of State Senator Scott Bennett:
“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of State Senator Scott Bennett, a man who truly made a difference in the lives of so many people across Central Illinois. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Stacy and his two young children, his extended family, friends, and those in the communities that he served.
“Scott, a fifth-generation Central Illinoisan, was committed to his family and his constituents in Champaign and Vermilion Counties. He was a staunch advocate for resources to enhance education, advance economic development, and improve the lives of our most vulnerable populations. During my time serving as Champaign’s Mayor, Scott was a tireless voice for our region, always willing to help when asked on any issue of importance to the City of Champaign or the community.
“I will miss Scott’s caring, kind manner along with his teasing and wit. He was one of the good guys, always working hard but not taking himself so seriously that he forgot why he was doing the work. Our region is forever changed by his service, and I am changed by his example as a public servant. I will miss him deeply.”