02252020HAO0128SPRINGFIELD – Hearing reports from agencies to update lawmakers on the implementation of the 2018 State Opioid Action Plan (SOAP), members of the Senate’s Special Committee on Opioid Crisis Abatement met Tuesday under the leadership of State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

“Exploring opioid-related issues from every angle, from expanding mental health services to reporting and treating overdoses, is the only way we will see effective change in our communities,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “By holding these hearings, we’re getting legislators and stakeholders in the same room for the opportunity to create solutions and increase access to opioid prevention, treatment and recovery programs.”

Committee members discussed reported data and statistics with representatives from the Illinois Department of Insurance and the Illinois State Police under the 2018 SOAP guidelines.

One recommendation by officials with the Illinois State Police to help combat the opioid crisis is to update the prescription drug monitoring program to be in real-time. Currently, there is a 24-hour delay for the electronic database, which collects information on substances dispensed in the state.

Details for the next committee meeting are being finalized and will be posted as they become available.

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SPRINGFIELD – Satisfied by the governor’s proposal for a balanced, fiscally responsible budget that increases funding to make the cost of college more manageable for working families, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) released the following statement:

“Increasing the state’s investment in the Monetary Award Program (MAP) while dedicating 15% of the total awards to students wanting to attend a community college, as well as funding a new ‘Illinois Works’ job-training program recognizes the importance of education and vital contributions given by labor and building trades, thus supporting and building the working class.

However, I am concerned at a time when we are searching for solutions to lower property tax bills, there is a possibility this proposed budget won’t fulfill our commitment to properly fund our schools. As budget conversations continue, I will advocate for the state to invest in our children and Metro East communities.”

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02052020CM0248SPRINGFIELD – Recognizing the necessity of the thousands of highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs jet repair companies provide to people in the state, the Illinois Senate overrode the governor’s veto of House Bill 3902 in a bipartisan manner Wednesday.

State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) led the efforts to protect jobs in the Metro East.

“I refused to sit idly by and allow thousands of people to lose their jobs because of a mistake by a former administration,” Crowe said. “Labor workers in the aviation repair industry contribute vital economic growth in the Metro East region and across the state, and this measure is an affirmation of support to them and their families.”

The measure reinstates Illinois’ sales tax exemption for aircraft materials, which expired Dec. 31, 2014.

Since its expiration, the Illinois Department of Revenue audited several privately-owned aviation repair companies and never required them to collect sales tax. The Illinois Aviation Trades Association believes the outstanding tax bill is roughly $50 million.

“Thirty-six other states offer this sales tax exemption to some degree,” Crowe said. “The only way to ensure the aviation repair industry continues to flourish in Illinois is allowing the exemption for companies to compete with others in Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin.”

Crowe believes the exemption should have never expired in the first place and thanks the employees of West Star Aviation in East Alton for bringing this to her attention.

House Bill 3902 passed the Senate 54-1 with bipartisan support.

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04102019CM1731SPRINGFIELD – Bringing a fresh perspective and extensive courtroom experience to a new challenge, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has been appointed to Chair of the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, the first woman in state history.

“I am elated to be chosen as the first woman to lead the chamber in this coveted position,” Crowe said. “I’m excited to get started improving fairness and accountability in the Illinois court system for all people and children in our state.”

Crowe previously served as vice-chairperson of the Judiciary Committee under former State Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago).

“Senator Mulroe mentored me through committee meetings and my first year in office,” Crowe said. “I thank him for his guidance and preparing me to serve Illinois residents effectively in this new role.”

Crowe got her start in law as a prosecutor in the Violent Crimes Unit at the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office before being elected to the Senate in 2018.

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