pexels kevin mccartney 774316MARYVILLE – With Veterans Day approaching, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is asking residents to write friendly, encouraging letters in an effort to thank our heroes in veterans’ homes across the state.

“Veterans Day is a time to pay our respects and stand united for all who have served,” Crowe said. “Writing letters to our state’s heroes is a simple way to honor, recognize, and show appreciation to them.”

Operation Rising Spirit is an initiative of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs that encourages communities to write letters to residents in the care of veterans’ homes in Illinois. At a time when isolation is at a record high, the letters are meant to extend friendly affirmation for the bravery and courage of veterans both throughout their service and the pandemic.

The campaign will focus on the veterans’ homes in Illinois, located in Anna, Chicago, LaSalle, Manteno, and Quincy. To send a message to a veteran or a veteran home, visit Send-a-note. Locations for each of the veterans’ homes in Illinois can be found here, if someone would rather send a physical letter.

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pexels sora shimazaki 5668484MARYVILLE – In response to news that Paula Sims — who admitted to killing her two infant daughters in 1990 after claiming they were kidnapped — has been granted parole by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) says she is disheartened by this clear injustice and released the following statement:

“At the time of her trial, Sims created a fabricated story under oath, showed no remorse for murdering her daughters and as a result, worked to delegitimize mothers who suffer from postpartum mental health issues.

“The decision to grant parole to Sims is truly insulting to those whose lives were destroyed by her crimes. To secure justice for victims and protect the integrity of our criminal justice system, individuals must be held accountable for their vile actions.”

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01132021HAO3338MARYVILLE – To recognize the efforts of Metro East small businesses, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is highlighting local recipients of Back to Business grants and encouraging residents to shop local as the holiday season approaches.

“Seven locally-owned businesses were able to demonstrate financial loss from the pandemic, and as a result will receive operating assistance from the state,” Crowe said. “By offering support to small businesses, Illinois is working to provide stability to local economies.”

Awarded a combined $155,000, B2B grant recipients in the 56th Senate District include:

  • Bojac’s Sports Bar in Wood River;
  • Budget Signs, Trophies and Plaques in Wood River;
  • Piasa Body Art in Alton;
  • Lovejoy Weddings and Events in Alton;
  • Subway in Wood River;
  • Quality Inn in O’Fallon; and
  • The Wooden Nickel Pub and Grill in Glen Carbon.

The B2B program allocated $250 million in American Rescue Plan dollars for small businesses hurt financially by the pandemic. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $150,000 and could be used to cover a wide range of operations, such as staff and overhead costs.

“If applicable, try to shop, eat and think local this holiday season,” Crowe said. “Purchasing gift cards, telling a friend about services or simply engaging on social media can support our small business community.”

A full list of B2B grant awardees can be found on DCEO’s website.

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102021CM0892SPRINGFIELD – To demonstrate honor and respect for many of the state’s bravest and most selfless public servants, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) supported a resolution to recognize First Responders Day in Illinois.

“First responders were essential to Illinois residents’ safety during the height of the pandemic last year, with many working overtime despite the risk of possible COVID-19 exposure for themselves and their loved ones,” Crowe said. “Although law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel deserve our community’s respect throughout the year, designating a day statewide is important to recognize their efforts and contributions to protecting Illinois families.”

Under the initiative, Oct. 28, 2021 will be recognized as First Responders Day in Illinois. Senate Resolution 534 was adopted by the Senate Wednesday.

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