Crowe joined by governor, lawmakers in 56th Senate District to commend state’s efforts

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 11:15 AM

crowe 073019 2COLLINSVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomed Gov. JB Pritzker and other area legislators to the 56th District to celebrate a list of accomplishments this past session.

“The state was able to make some much needed updates to current laws that are felt throughout the Metro East,” Crowe said. “Today was about showcasing those ideas and meeting with the people our legislation will affect.”

Crowe was joined by Gov. JB Pritzker, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia), state Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville), state Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) and state Rep. LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis) and state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) at the Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville to applaud Illinois’ expansion of sports betting allowing racetracks to benefit from revenue by gaming machines.

crowe 073019 1Next, officials traveled to Southern Illinois University’s campus in Edwardsville for the governor to sign House Bill 2239 into law, allowing both student trustees to be voting members of the Southern Illinois University Board. This measure aims to give both the Edwardsville campus as well as the Carbondale campus a voice in decision-making.

“Student voices matter. That, at its core, is why we’re amplifying the student voice on the Board of Trustees, offering each major campus equal say in board affairs no matter the date or time of year,” Gov. JB Pritzker said.

Finally, members of the group met at a ribbon cutting for Alton Works, taking the first step in a revitalization initiative to attract business and economic development to downtown Alton.

”I want to thank the governor for spending the day with us in the district, making a priority of the Metro East and downstate Illinois,” Crowe said. “We are proud of our area and can’t wait to see how we will improve it in the future.”

crowe 073019 3(L-R) Photo #1 – Rep. Bristow, Rep. Hoffman, Rep. Stuart, Gov. JB Pritzker, Rep. Greenwood, Sen. Crowe and Sen. Belt address the crowd at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville Tuesday afternoon.

Photo #2 – Members of the SIU board and lawmakers look on as Gov. JB Pritzker signs HB 2239 into law, effective immediately, at SIU’s Edwardsville campus Tuesday afternoon.

Photo #3 – John (left) and Jayne (right) Simmons welcome lawmakers to a ribbon cutting ceremony at Alton Works in downtown Alton Tuesday afternoon.

Governor signs Crowe’s initiative to protect personal genetic data

Published: Friday, July 26, 2019 02:39 PM

crowe 031919SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents’ genetic testing results will now be protected under a new state law passed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and signed by Gov. JB Pritzker today.

“As technology advances, we have to update our laws to reflect ways it can be improperly used, and the personal data of private citizens is being used inappropriately every day,” Crowe said. “Keeping genetic information confidential is crucial to protecting a person’s right to privacy.”

The legislation prohibits companies that provide direct-to-consumer commercial genetic testing, such as and 23andMe, from sharing any test results with health or life insurance companies without the consumer’s consent.

The number of people who have had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy tests more than doubled during 2017 and exceeded 12 million in 2018. Last year, an estimated 1 in 25 American adults sought out testing of personal genetic data.

House Bill 2189 is effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Crowe announces literacy grants for Lewis and Clark Community College

Published: Friday, July 26, 2019 12:43 PM

books 072619GODFREY – Lewis and Clark Community College will receive a total of $113,300 in state grants, State Senator Rachelle Crowe announced today.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White awarded the grant through the Adult Literacy Grant Program, which helps learners develop and enhance their reading, math, writing and English-language skills.

“Ensuring all adults have adequate resources in literacy and other English-language skills provides them the support they need to lead successful lives,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “I am grateful that the secretary of state continues to prioritize theses significant programs.”

Lewis and Clark Community College will be receiving $63,300 for Project READ and $50,000 for the Alton Area Family Literacy Program for a total of $113,300.

A total of 14,352 learners will be served by adult literacy programs around the state. A total of 6,086 volunteer tutors will provide training for learners putting them on the path to lifelong learning. Adult literacy projects help adults who read below the ninth-grade level or speak English at a beginning level to improve their reading, writing, math or use of English as a new language.

“An estimated 2.1 million Illinois residents need adult literacy and/or English-language instruction,” White said. “I am pleased to provide funding for 113 local literacy projects that will allow adult learners to achieve their utmost potential in the upcoming year. I will continue to do all I can to ensure that every citizen of this state has access to quality literacy programs.”

In total, the secretary of state’s office awarded $5.6 million in grants to adult literacy programs around the state.

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Crowe announces mentoring grant for Mississippi Valley Library District

Published: Friday, July 26, 2019 08:57 AM

crowe 051619COLLINSVILLE – The Mississippi Valley Library District is the recipient of a $19,264 mentoring grant from the Illinois secretary of state, State Senator Rachelle Crowe announced.

The grant was awarded through the FY20 Project Next Generation program, which is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop skills needed to use technology and find success through project-based learning. Mentors also help with developing life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

The Mississippi Valley Library District is one of 29 public libraries in the state to receive the grant.

“I commend the secretary of state’s continued effort to support our underserved youth,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “Putting more money into public libraries gives local children access to resources that improve their skills and confidence in the classroom.”

In all, the secretary of state awarded more than $464,000 in Project Next Generation grants statewide. The money is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “I established this innovative program when I first became secretary of state to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”

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Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs; Subcommittee on Capital (AP); Subcommittee on Tort Reform (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Sub. on the Const.& Redistricting (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com. (Chairperson).

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart