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  • State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) greet the crowd in Caseyville Public Library on Wednesday morning.CASEYVILLE – As technology evolves and scammers find new ways to target the older population, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) reminded people of the many ways in which they should protect themselves during the seminar for seniors she hosted Wednesday.

    “Scammers are getting more and more creative over the phone and internet, and are targeting elders’ wallets,” Crowe said. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t trying my best to provide seniors with the skills to fight back.”

    The event was free and open to the public at the Caseyville Public Library on Wednesday. The Attorney General’s Office and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) co-hosted the event with Crowe.

  • Historic statewide construction package signed into law

    Communities across the state will see renewed investment in their infrastructure under a bipartisan construction plan approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker today.

    The $45 billion construction package is the culmination of a three-month negotiation process during which lawmakers traveled throughout Illinois to hear input from local officials, educators, transportation experts and other interested parties.

    “We spent months traveling this state and learned more than I thought possible about the infrastructure needs in various communities,” said State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), who co-chaired the committee charged with developing the construction plan. “The result is a comprehensive package that takes into account the testimony we heard and fairly invests in communities in every corner of the state.”

  • sandbags 062019SPRINGFIELD – Several counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers have been affected by massive flooding in recent weeks. State senators Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia) from the Metro East area of Illinois issued the following statements regarding the state’s comprehensive effort to combat the rising water:

    “It’s overwhelming to see the impact the rivers have had on homes and businesses, but the work of the National Guard, IEMA, elected officials, law enforcement and volunteers proves that Madison County can handle anything,” Crowe said. “The men and women who have bagged sand, kept an eye on levees, supported citizens evacuating and kept everyone safe through this over 100-day progression are the true heroes.”

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  • crowe 050919SPRINGFIELD – Mothers needing donated breast milk would benefit under new legislation carried by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

    The initiative would require insurance companies to cover costs of pasteurized donated human breast milk for mothers in Illinois.

    “Mothers incapable of producing milk should still have access to the benefits and nutrients of milk for their newborns,” Crowe said.

    Under the measure for coverage, the milk must come from a milk bank licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. To qualify, the mother must be unable to produce milk to meet the infant’s needs, and the infant must also be critically ill.

    House Bill 3509 passed the Senate Insurance Committee and will go before the full Senate for further consideration.

  • Senator CroweSPRINGFIELD – Insurance companies would be required to provide heart and lung monitors to children under legislation being carried by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

    This legislation expands health coverage on cardiopulmonary monitors for minors who have had complications in the past and remain at a higher risk for other problems.

    “Putting a price tag on a child’s health is disgraceful,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “Children living with heart or lung conditions deserve the tools necessary to keep them alive.”

    The measure was brought to Crowe by Mary Cope, a resident of Wood River who lost her infant granddaughter, Marlie, after the child was denied a heart monitor. The legislation is named Marlie’s Law in her memory.

    “This bill is about saving lives and ensuring that another family does not have to suffer the same heartache that we have,” Cope said.

    House Bill 3471 was approved by the Senate Insurance Committee today and will go for further consideration before the full Senate.

  • Illinois State Police Forensic Science Center

    CHICAGO – Lawmakers joined members of the Illinois State Police at the Forensic Science Center earlier this week to learn about its evidence collection process.

    State senators Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) were among those in attendance.

    In December 2018, ISP implemented the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to use new developments to assist in the delivery of complete, accurate and timely crime scene evidence collection and forensic laboratory analysis.

  • Sen. Rachelle CroweSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is pushing legislation for stronger sentences on those who intentionally harm a child’s physical, mental or emotional health.

    The measure creates a mid-level offense for a guardian who knowingly deprives a child of food, shelter, supervision and health care.

    “Deliberately punishing a child to the point of starvation is despicable,” Crowe said. “This legislation is critical to holding parents and guardians accountable for their actions for the well-being of the child.”

  • Senator CroweSPRINGFIELD – Distracted drivers who cause a fatal accident and flee the scene face tougher penalties under legislation by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

    Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon, is pushing to add an aggravating factor to sentencing considerations for those who flee after causing a fatal crash because they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs or were distracted by a cell phone or other device.

    “Distracted driving is an epidemic that grows statewide every day,” Crowe said. “This reckless behavior will not be tolerated, and those who do commit such a careless act must be punished properly.”

  • crowe 041019SPRINGFIELD – Non-traditional students seeking vocational training would be eligible for a new scholarship program under legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

    “Public education encourages growth for local economic developments and job markets,” Crowe said. “Our state should be incentivizing trade school for students who want different opportunities for their futures.”

    The legislation establishes an Adult Vocational Community College Scholarship Program, run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. To be eligible, a student must be over the age of 30 and unemployed but actively searching for work.

    The scholarship would be enough to cover the cost of tuition and fees to attend the community college without exceeding $2,000 per recipient per academic year.

    Senate Bill 1167 passed the Senate today and will go for further consideration in the House.

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  • Jason Fernandez, State Senator Rachelle Crowe, Craig McKey and Dan Simmons (l-r)SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) adopted legislation in the Senate today urging Illinois to adopt “buy Illinois” and “buy America” steel policies.

    Senate Resolution 84 recognizes the importance of the steel industry and the jobs it supports in Illinois. This legislation is an effort by Crowe to highlight her region’s vital contributions to the nation’s steel production.

    “Our local communities have been hurt by the shift to using steel from overseas sources,” said Crowe. “Illinois has an abundance of resources to contribute to the nation’s need for steel, so let’s make use of them.”

  • Senator CroweSPRINGFIELD – Non-traditional students seeking vocational training would be eligible for a new scholarship program under new legislation cosponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

    “Our trade students are essential to the future of our economy,” said Crowe. “If we can encourage more people to take advantage of our trade schools when they have the opportunity a little later in life, we’ll be making better use of state resources and helping local job markets.”

    The legislation establishes an Adult Vocational Community College Scholarship Program, run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. To be eligible, a student must be over the age of 30 and unemployed but actively searching for work.

    The scholarship would be enough to cover the cost of tuition and fees to attend the community college without exceeding $2,000 per recipient per academic year.

    Senate Bill 1167 passed the Senate Higher Education Committee today and is scheduled for further debate before the full Senate.

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  • text drive 031219SPRINGFIELD – Distracted drivers who cause a fatal accident and flee the scene face tougher penalties under new legislation by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

    “Distracted driving is potentially fatal and entirely avoidable. We need to send the message that this isn’t acceptable,” said Crowe.

    Crowe’s measure would add an aggravating factor to sentencing considerations for those who cause an accident by being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or distracted by an electronic communication device and then flee the scene.

    Aggravating factors can influence a court’s decision to include an imprisoning sentence or increase the chance for a more severe sentence.

    “Fleeing the scene of an accident is irresponsible, potentially fatal for an injured person at the scene and can slow down the efforts of investigators. We need to discourage it,” Crowe said.

    Senate Bill 1750 was approved by the Senate Criminal Law Committee today and goes to the full Senate for further debate.

  • crowe 022019SPRINGFIELD – To protect senior citizens from the many scams that target them, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is seeking to create a new state task force.

    “We hear of a new scam or someone trying to take advantage of the elderly every day,” said Crowe. “I wanted to make sure we have an educated group of people looking out for our most vulnerable population’s best interests while strengthening our protections for them.”

    The measure creates an Elder Abuse Task Force, consisting of 20 members to investigate the effectiveness of current elder protective services and laws while increasing public awareness of elder abuse and encouraging people to report it.

    Crowe’s legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 13 was approved by a Senate committee today and will go to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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  • Sen. CroweSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe is urging Illinois to adopt “buy Illinois” and “buy America” steel policies – a nod to her region’s vital contributions to the nation’s steel production.

    Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon, introduced a resolution that recognizes the importance of the steel industry and the jobs it supports in Illinois.

    “With all our steel manufacturers in mind, it’s vital that their work be appreciated throughout the state,” Crowe said. “Steel manufacturers employ thousands of hard-working people in my Senate district and across Illinois. We should support their work to keep people employed and create even more jobs.”

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    SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) issued the following statement reacting to today’s budget address by Gov. JB Pritzker:

    “Gov. Pritzker and his budget team made tremendous strides for Illinois today, focusing on our children and the future is something to be celebrated. I commend Gov. Pritzker for his commitment to invest more in both K-12 and higher education institutions.

    Under the proposed budget scheduled to start July 1, 2019, school districts across the state will get $25 million more than required by the new school funding formula – an increase to $375 million from $350 million.

    Higher education will also see a $50 million increase for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) and a $55.2 million increase for public universities’ operating expenses.

    ‘Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and other area public schools have been decimated for too long, and stability must be brought back into our classrooms to invest in our state’s economic growth,’ Crowe said. ‘I appreciate his effort and for sharing my main priority.’

    I look forward to working with Gov. Pritzker on his bipartisan Downstate Revitalization Plan while having discussions on this proposal to agree on a final spending plan that is fiscally responsible to taxpayers.”

  • Sen. Rachelle CroweSPRINGFIELD – Legislation cosponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to increase the minimum salary for teachers passed the Senate Education Committee today.

    “Illinois’ teacher shortage is a problem I’ve seen firsthand in my district. We need to be encouraging our students to enter the teaching profession, and a great first step would be to pay them appropriately,” Crowe said.