pexels pixabay 54098SPRINGFIELD – To express her respect for the brave men and women who choose to serve their country in uniform, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is highlighting two new laws that strengthen consumer protections and cut down on bureaucracy for military members in Illinois.

“Our state’s military men and women, veterans, and their families endure many challenges in order to keep us safe,” Crowe said. “With these initiatives, Illinois leads the nation in showing appreciation and support for our most courageous heroes.”

Service members and military spouses with nursing, pharmacy or dentistry certifications will be able to return to work in a new community more quickly under House Bill 2776, which requires the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to expedite professional license applications submitted by service members or their spouses within thirty days.

“When families move to the Metro East from other states to work at Scott Airforce Base, it can be a time-consuming process for their families to receive appropriate documentation to start work again,” Crowe said. “By expediting this process, we send a message to incoming military families that we appreciate their service and commitment to our country.”

To prevent service members and veterans from falling victim to misleading marketing and fraud, House Bill 3865 requires private companies that advertise benefits appeal services to publicly disclose identical services are available for free through their county’s veteran service departments.

House Bill 2776 and House Bill 3865 are both effective starting Jan. 1, 2022.

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11132018CM0211MARYVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) issued the following statement after her predecessor, former State Senator Bill Haine passed away:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of a true giant from the Metro East, former State Senator Bill Haine. I had the good fortune to replace Bill in the State Senate in 2019 when he retired. But, I have known him for many years as our professional relationship and friendship began in the Madison County state’s attorney’s office. 

"Bill was a dedicated and committed public servant and an even better person. As a U.S. Army veteran and elected official, Bill was a true leader for our region and worked to ensure quality educational opportunities for students across the state. His legacy and accomplishments, as well as many people’s fond memories of his unwavering strength and courage, will last for many years to come.

"Bill, thank you for everything you have done for the 56th Senate District, the Metro East and the state of Illinois. My condolences to his wife, Anna and family, as he will surely be missed.”

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01132021CM0747SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is highlighting two initiatives signed into law Thursday aimed at advancing safety and improving mental health resources for first responders.

“In order to protect our first responders and other highway workers, drivers should always use caution, slow down and move over when approaching vehicles with flashing lights along the roadway,” Crowe said. “Far too many public servants have lost their lives due to distracted drivers, and Illinois will not tolerate carelessness.”

House Bill 3656, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2022, adds an aggravating factor if a motorist disobeys Scott’s Law while using a handheld cell phone and clarifies a driver’s responsibility for reacting to an oncoming emergency roadside situation.

Senate Bill 1575 requires the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health to create an online resource page with a comprehensive collection of mental health resources specifically geared toward first responders.

The site is expected to launch in January 2022 and will include information on crisis services, wellness, trauma, nutrition, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, violence prevention, suicide prevention and substance use.

“First responders serve our communities under intense pressure, and many of them need assistance in prioritizing their mental health,” Crowe said. “By making resources readily available online, our state is working to ensure all emergency workers have access to support as needed.”

Earlier this year, ISP reported a total of 1,340 Scott’s Law violations during the 19-day period between Feb. 18 and March 7.

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IMG 2225DCEO launching new grant opportunity for small businesses Aug. 18

ROXANA – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced its Back to Business Grant Program, and State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) joined Metro East mayors and state agency heads to discuss its implementation throughout the region.

“With this critical investment in the B2B grant opportunity, our state is working to ensure businesses can operate safely, support opportunities for employees and boost our economy as we rebuild,” Crowe said. “I strongly urge members of the Metro East business community to connect with our government partners to stay informed on available grants and resources.”

The meeting was held on Thursday morning at Roxana Town Hall and also included law enforcement officials, community leaders and stakeholders to discuss upcoming capital projects and additional resources for economic development.

Totaling $250 million, the B2B grant program will assist small businesses financially affected by COVID-19 by awarding funds ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 for operating or staff costs.

The Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission, serving Jersey, Madison and St. Clair counties, and the National Main Street Inc., serving the Alton area, are available to facilitate technical assistance to small businesses wanting to apply.

“Through programs like our new Back to Business grants, ARPA allocation for non-entitlement units, and other upcoming recovery initiatives, the Pritzker administration is committed to mobilizing our share of federal recovery dollars quickly to help businesses and communities rebuild stronger in the wake of the pandemic,” said DCEO Acting Director Sylvia Garcia. “Our regional collaboration will be key as we aim to help people and businesses from every corner of the state to take advantage of these critical recovery dollars and rebuild stronger.”

Applications will be available starting Aug. 18. More information on B2B, how to apply and where to access small business assistance is available at www.illinois.gov/dceo.

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