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Fleeing accident scene to carry harsher penalties under new Crowe law

Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 11:54 AM

car accident 081919SPRINGFIELD – A measure that imposes stricter penalties on distracted drivers who cause a fatal accident and flee the scene without reporting it championed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) was signed into law last week.

“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 have to discourage it,” Crowe said.

Crowe’s measure adds 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.

Senator Crowe and the Madison County’s State’s Attorney’s Office partnered up to shape this legislation to ensure justice for victims and their loved ones.

“Our office sees the devastation a family goes through after losing a loved one unexpectedly in a car accident, and then as it worsens when justice isn’t served to the driver who refused to report the crash,” said Crystal Uhe, Madison County First Assistant State’s Attorney. “Sen. Crowe worked tirelessly with us to craft this measure to address this growing issue, and we couldn’t be more proud to have a hand bringing those accountable to their consequences.”

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

Senate Bill 1750 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Crowe supports new laws to help sexual assault survivors monitor their own cases, increase benefits for surviving spouses of slain officers

Published: Friday, August 16, 2019 12:13 PM

crowe 022019SPRINGFIELD – Legislation requiring a secure, electronic database to simplify the process of accessing all the communications between sexual assault victims and the many other parties involved in investigating their cases was signed into law today. This initiative is co-sponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

“Sexual assault investigations are complicated, and survivors are trying to keep track of everything during this time-sensitive process while also undergoing terrible personal trauma,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “This program will allow secure conversations and status updates for all involved throughout a complex process. This is one more way we can empower survivors.”

The plan, Senate Bill 1411, specifies that survivors, health care facilities, law enforcement agencies and the State’s Attorney’s office are “stakeholders” with access to the files in question. The state will fund the program using moneys for crime labs and through additional funding for Illinois State Police.

“Our strong commitment to prosecuting sex offenders must be complimented by the very best support systems for sexual assault survivors. The criminal justice system can be challenging for victims to navigate- especially for those who have suffered such severe trauma,” said Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney. “This law represents big progress toward providing real support for survivors at a time when the need it most. I am grateful to Senator Crowe for her tireless dedication to fighting for victims of crime with common sense reforms.”

Senate Bill 1411 is effective immediately.

Another measure signed into law today, Senate Bill 1183, allows proceeds from the issuance of Police Memorial Committee license plates to be used for grants and scholarships for spouses of police officers killed in the line of duty.

“There’s a good chance a widowed man or woman will want to further their education in order to provide for their family,” Crowe said. “This initiative gives them a chance to get back on their feet with help from a grateful public whose fees are already going toward supporting the memory of their loved ones.”

Currently, only children can receive this benefit. Senate Bill 1183 is effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Crowe named co-chair on new Property Tax Relief Task Force

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 02:49 PM

prop tax house 072219SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe will serve as a strong voice for Metro East residents as co-chair on Illinois’ new state task force, to study how to relieve the burden of high property taxes, the Glen Carbon Democrat announced today.

“I’m looking forward to researching property taxes and reporting back with comprehensive solutions,” Crowe said. “This burden affects the majority of adults in Illinois, and I commend my colleague and friend, Senator Andy Manar, for passing this legislation.”

The Task Force will make recommendations for the development of administrative, electoral, and legislative efforts at property tax relief.

“This task force is one of the first steps in that process and I’m confident that by bringing Democrats and Republicans together to talk about this issue, we’ll be able to work together to find the solutions we need,” State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

In addition to lawmakers like Crowe, the Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget will also work together on the task force.

The initiative was created by Senate Bill 1932, in a unanimous vote in both the House and Senate. The task force’s first report is due Dec. 31, 2019.

Medical cannabis expansion, supported by Crowe, signed into law

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 04:03 PM

crowe 030419SPRINGFIELD – In response to her district’s opioid crisis, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored an initiative to expand Illinois’ medical cannabis program. It was signed into law this week.

“By expanding access to medicinal cannabis, we are giving those with an opioid prescription another option to manage their pain,” Crowe said. “Opioids are highly addictive when abused, and this program will offer qualifying individuals an alternative.”

Earlier this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health successfully launched the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program to give patients access to medical cannabis in exchange for their opioid prescription.

The legislation also expands access to the medicinal cannabis program. It gives nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants the authority to certify a patient’s eligibility for medicinal cannabis. Currently, only doctors have this authority.

The initiative also adds 12 qualifying debilitating medical conditions, bringing the total number of conditions to 54.

Senate Bill 2023 is effective Jan. 1, 2020

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Committee of the Whole; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart