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The world is in turmoil and with good reason. The state of Illinois has its own troubles, with no budget in place and many suffering due to unfunded programs especially for our most vulnerable populations.

It only added insult to injury when Gov. Bruce Rauner declared that Illinois would not accept Syrian refugees — as if he even had the right to make such a declaration.

Then, just when I was about to throw in the towel and give up, I heard some encouraging news about an Illinois politician who is actually putting his money where his mouth is.

I was unaware until recently that state Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, has not taken a paycheck from the state and has said he will not until the Illinois budget crisis is resolved.

That means that he has not had a paycheck since June and he is the father of 2-year-old twins.

Some may balk and say that he can afford it but really, I am beyond impressed that not only is he doing this, but without fanfare or taking credit.

Sen. Bennett, you will not only have my vote but you also have my respect. You provide a bright spot during dark times.

TERI McCARTHY

Urbana

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