summer book clubMARYVILLE – With a week before the deadline, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) and State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) are encouraging students to participate in their Summer Book Clubs.

“Reading encourages healthy brain development and lifelong learning,” Belt said. “As we near the end of the summer, it’s important to start the school year off right. Turn in your book club forms so we can celebrate the beginning of a new school year.”

Both Summer Book Clubs require students to read eight books of their choice during the summer break, record the names of the books, and return the form to Belt or Crowe’s office by Aug. 11. The senators will provide a prize to all students who complete the challenge.

“Reading encourages children to develop a lifelong interest in books while maintaining comprehension skills as they transition to the next grade level,” Crowe said. “Reading keeps young minds active, and I’m excited to incentivize students to stay engaged until class starts.”

Residents living in Sen. Belt’s district can visit his website to download the form, and residents living in Sen. Crowe’s district can also visit her website. Residents who aren’t sure which district they live in can download either form and return it to the respective district office. The senator’s office will contact each participant with prize information.

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07302021 ISP CROWEMARYVILLE – The Illinois State Police put a new twist on one of their classic patrol cars to celebrate the force’s centennial, and to her show support, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) hosted a showing of the car at her district office in Maryville.

“To pay tribute to the brave men and women who have taken the oath, worn the uniform and vigilantly protected our communities, this special vehicle reminds us of their personal sacrifices over the last 100 years,” Crowe said. “It was an honor to show my appreciation for the Illinois State Police by hosting this car in the Metro East and be joined by members of local law enforcement agencies.”

ISP's official 100th anniversary is April 1, 2022. To vote for Illinois’ entry in the 2021 Best Looking Cruiser Contest, visit the American Association of State Troopers’ website.

Pictured: Community members and local law enforcement advocates with the Illinois State Police car in Maryville on Thursday morning.

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03102021CM0220SPRINGFIELD – To give young people the tools to recognize and prevent opioid abuse, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) created a new law to educate students on the dangers of opioid addiction.

“Students may be prescribed opiates to relieve pain after injuries or surgeries before they can learn the effects of addiction or dependency,” Crowe said. “It’s important that children know the health consequences associated with opioid misuse before entering high school.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 54 Illinois residents ages 15-24 fatally overdosed in 2019, with an additional 581 non-fatally overdosing. Crowe’s law would begin engaging students in age-appropriate discussions on opioid abuse from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Her law extends Illinois’ School Code to require instruction for grade school students to learn effective methods for drug abuse prevention and avoidance, including opioids and other substances.

“Our nation’s opioid crisis continues to devastate families across Illinois,” Crowe said. “The earlier we can talk to students about the dangers of opioids and substance abuse, the better chance we have at preventing addictions from taking form during a child’s developing years.”

House Bill 1162 is effective immediately and will begin with the 2021-2022 academic year.

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042821HAO00233SPRINGFIELD – A new law signed Friday championed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) works to update state practices aimed at protecting older residents.

“Even preceding the pandemic, older residents are a top target for scams, financial exploitation and other abuses,” Crowe said. “To face the growing challenges surrounding abandonment, abuse and isolation, this law creates comprehensive solutions that enact effective change for older Illinoisans.”

Crowe’s proposal includes provisions to enhance protections for older residents by expanding the Adult Protective Services Act to include reports of abandonment. It would also extend the statute of limitations from three years to seven years in cases of theft by deception where the victim is 60 years of age or older or disabled.

The law also strengthens cases of financial exploitation to include potential charges for trusted friends and acquaintances.

“By adding another line of defense for older Illinoisans against financial exploitation and someone they know, the state is taking an active role in protecting their assets,” Crowe said. “Many older residents are vulnerable, and it is critical to have their best interests in mind.”

Under the measure, the Illinois Department on Aging must offer an annual trauma-informed training program for Adult Protective Services employees.

Senate Bill 701 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

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