03102021CM0220SPRINGFIELD – To offer financial relief to struggling wine makers, the Illinois Senate adopted a measure championed by State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to lower licensing fees for first-class manufacturers.

“Wineries are unique small businesses providing service to residents and visitors throughout the entire state,” Crowe said. “By re-implementing the previous licensing fees, we can offer financial support to wine operators as they work to recover following pandemic-related burdens.”

Read more: Crowe champions measure to offer relief to wine makers

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021622CM0029SPRINGFIELD – With strong support from State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), the Illinois Senate advanced legislation Wednesday to allow centerfire, single-shot rifles to be used during deer season.

“Deer hunting is a vital wildlife management tool and a popular recreational activity throughout the state,” Crowe said. “By expanding the legal firearms used during deer season to include single-shot rifles, Illinois is joining other Midwest states and giving more options to hunters.”

Under current law, the only approved ways to take a deer during firearm season are with a shotgun, a handgun or muzzleloader.

House Bill 4386 will provide deer hunters with more options during deer hunting season in Illinois. The change also removes a barrier that oftentimes prevents younger sportsmen from participating and properly learning how to deer hunt: recoil. Centerfire rifles have substantially less recoil than traditional shotguns and muzzleloaders.

“This initiative will help ensure the next generation of sportsmen can safely participate in deer hunting,” Crowe said. “By expanding accessibility for young hunters, we can help grow the sport’s popularity and prevalence to residents of all ages.”

House Bill 4386 now moves to the governor for further consideration.

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040522CM0452SPRINGFIELD – To streamline the detection process and determine hereditary risks for breast and ovarian cancers in women, the Illinois Senate approved a plan championed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to require insurance companies to cover the cost of genetic testing kits.

“Early detection through genetic testing is essential for women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancers,” Crowe said. “By offering genetic testing at no cost, Illinois could offer comfort and stability to individuals who are at the most risk.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the genes most commonly affected in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. About 3% of breast cancers, approximately 7,500 women per year, and 10% of ovarian cancers, an estimated 2,000 women per year, result from inherited mutations.

Once a test is recommended by a health care provider, Crowe’s proposal requires insurance coverage for costs associated with genetic testing for the BRCA1 and 2 genes. The measure applies to Illinois residents with individual or group insurance policies issued on or after Jan. 1, 2024.

In current law, the Illinois Insurance code requires individual and group insurance health plans to cover annual cancer screenings for women who have tested positive for BRCA1 or 2 mutations. However, the code does not require health insurance plans to cover the gene mutation testing. Some insurance companies have specific genetic testing criteria or do not cover genetic testing in certain situations, even when considered medically appropriate.

“By codifying the coverage into law, Illinois would create a consistent, reliable process for genetic mutation testing for at-risk women,” Crowe said. “Hereditary breast and ovarian cancers pose significant threats to women’s health, and preventative medical treatment can be implemented once the risks are determined.”

House Bill 5334 moves for final consideration by the governor.

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040422CM0056SPRINGFIELD – With strong leadership from State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), the Illinois Senate Democrats joined police advocates Monday to unveil a legislative package aimed at supporting law enforcement officers and improving the state’s criminal justice system.

“Every minute of every day, police men and women work to protect us. They catch criminals, break down their networks, and ensure justice is served against those who violate law and order in our neighborhoods,” Crowe said. “Our brave members of law enforcement show up for us, and Illinois is continuing to show up for them by creating new grant opportunities, retaining quality officers, offering investigative resources and more.”

To help promote fair compensation across the state, House Bill 4228 requires a county sheriffs’ salary to equal at least 80% of the county’s state’s attorney’s salary. House Bill 3863 creates the Law Enforcement Recruitment and Retention Fund to support departments through the hiring and training processes and help retention strategies.

Body cameras are critical for keeping officers safe as well as improving evidence quality and reducing liability for agencies. House Bill 4608 allows for video retention for evidentiary value and allows grant funds to be used for data storage costs.

In an effort to improve the correctional system and reduce recidivism, House Bill 4364 creates the Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention Fund to allow the Department of Human Services to offer grants and programs in county jails for incarcerated individuals or people who have been recently discharged.

House Bill 3893 extends a sunset date to allow investigators to continue recording conversations for qualified sex and drug offenses from Jan. 1, 2023 to Jan. 1, 2027.

“In my previous experience as a violent crimes prosecutor, I worked closely with law enforcement to go through evidence, testimonies and other information in serious cases,” Crowe said. “Hiring, training and retaining quality officers is one of the strongest ways to ensure officers are safe, residents are protected, and communities are secure.”

The package has support from the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois State Police.

The Senate is scheduled to adjourn April 8. 

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