010522CM0128MARYVILLE – Twenty-six additional small businesses in the Metro East were awarded more than $1 million in pandemic-related aid, thanks to support from State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“To help our small business community recover from the pandemic, we created the Back to Business grant program to offer relief from some of the financial strains,” Crowe said. “We know businesses continue to struggle through the different COVID-19 variants, and we’re providing assistance with this program.”

The Back to Business grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget. So far – thanks to strong support from Crowe – DCEO has provided $111 million in B2B grants to nearly 3,000 small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas.

The latest B2B announcement awarded 26 businesses in the 56th Senate District more than $1 million combined in funding. Since the grant program was created, 33 businesses have been awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $175,000 to help them cover the costs of safely staying open through the ongoing pandemic. Businesses were located in Jersey, Madison and St. Clair counties and ranged from hotels to restaurants and more.

“As communities implement ways to recover from the ongoing pandemic, small businesses need our support,” Crowe said. “Financial recovery is vital to our economy. By shopping locally, we can all play a role in helping our neighbors get back to normal.”

Businesses will continue to be notified of their application status throughout the next few weeks until all the funds are exhausted. Visit the DCEO website for more information on the B2B program and view a full list of grantees here.

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pexels element digital 1370298MARYVILLE – To provide support to local libraries for pandemic recovery, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced six facilities across the Metro East will be awarded nearly $175,000 in state grants to enhance their services.

“Local libraries are a vital resource for continued education and growth,” Crowe said. “This grant ensures libraries are equipped to serve all community members, especially individuals at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and who have safety concerns during the pandemic.”

The Illinois Secretary of State’s initiative aims to respond directly to difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant provides funding for libraries to modify services, transform spaces and develop resources for their local recovering workforce and to ensure all operations can be provided safely and effectively as the pandemic continues.

The following library districts in the Metro East will receive funds:

  • Bethalto Public Library: $25,000
  • Caseyville Public Library: $23,500
  • Hayner Public Library, Alton: $24,317
  • Illinois Heartland Library, Edwardsville: $25,000
  • Mississippi Valley Library, Collinsville: $25,000
  • Six Mile Regional Library, Granite City: $50,000

Approximately $172,817 in funding was granted to libraries in the 56th Senate District. For a full list of libraries receiving a grant, click here.

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010522CM01651MARYVILLE – Madison County residents impacted by the December tornado now have an extension to file their taxes, and State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is pleased to see they will have additional time to get their affairs in order.

“Our community bravely faced a natural disaster that struck our community last month,” Crowe said. “During this difficult time, people affected by this devastating storm should focus on recovery for themselves and their families.”

The tax relief announced Thursday will postpone filing deadlines and relieve certain late payment penalties for those hit by storms starting Dec. 10, 2021. Individuals and businesses will have until May 16 to file returns and pay any income taxes originally due during this period, including 2021 individual income tax returns due April 18, and various 2021 business returns normally due March 15 and April 18.

Taxpayers affected by the extension can defer making fourth-quarter estimated tax payments, normally due Jan. 18, and instead include it with the 2021 return they file by May 16.

If filing a return via postal mail, taxpayers should write “Tornado-December 2021” on the top of their returns in red. If filing electronically, taxpayers must notify the department that their return will be delayed by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They should provide their full name, account number (if using a social security number, only include the last four digits), mailing address, and an estimate of when they believe they can file or pay their taxes.

“I hope the extra time allotted to prepare, file and pay state taxes will be helpful,” Crowe said.

Tax filing relief is now available to taxpayers who live or have a business in Bond, Cass, Coles, Effingham, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike and Shelby counties.

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pexels kelly l 2382848MARYVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced a $1.7 million investment in state funding to help improve the infrastructure at St. Louis Regional Airport.

“The St. Louis Regional Airport offers high-quality services to pilots and travelers alike,” Crowe said. “These funds will help maintain and develop the area to help workers thrive and contribute to our region’s success.”

Projects will include planning, construction, reconstruction, development and improvement of the airport to increase safety and efficiency. Communities also will benefit from increased aviation access, good-paying jobs during construction and long-term opportunities for workforce expansion.

Among the projects to receive funding, the St. Louis Regional Airport is set to receive $765,000 to improve the aviation fuel facility as well as $990,000 to rehabilitate the parking lots.

“The St. Louis Regional Airport is a strong economic driver of our region and supports hundreds of jobs in the Metro East,” Crowe said. “These funds are an investment to uplift working people in our community after pandemic-related hardships.”

A full list of recipients can be viewed by going to https://idot.click/rbi-airport-program-awards.

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