05062021CM0272rSPRINGFIELD – To fulfill the state’s commitment to invest in working families, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) expressed strong support for the proposed $1.8 billion tax relief plan to provide relief for residents through financial recovery.

“Fiscally responsible budgeting has put Illinois on a path to an equitable future,” Crowe said. “By providing direct relief to taxpayers, Illinois is offering financial support to students, first responders and homeowners.”

The plan outlined Friday would directly deliver relief checks valued at $100 per person and $50 per child to state taxpayers making $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointly – sending money to 97% of taxpayers. A household of four could see a $300 check. Homeowners could also see an additional $300 property tax relief check.

To address inflation and the rising prices at the pump, the plan also suspends the state’s portion of the gas tax increase for six months. Parents could see additional relief at the store from Aug. 5-Aug. 14 under a plan to also wipe out the state sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies to give consumers an economic boost as they go back-to-school shopping.

“Since joining the Senate, I’ve advocated for Illinois to adopt a similar plan to Missouri’s tax break weekend on school supplies,” Crowe said. “By eliminating the sales tax for 10 days, we can attract shoppers to Illinois to support our small businesses and grow local economies while providing additional relief to families.”

The comprehensive proposal also includes increased tax credits for teachers and volunteer first responders. Senator Crowe is working with her colleagues to advance on the proposal – Senate Bill 1150 – by the scheduled April 8 adjournment.

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053021HAO00345MARYVILLE – Small businesses in Jersey, Madison and St. Clair counties were awarded more than $1.2 million in funding from the Back to Business program thanks to advocacy and support from State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“We’re starting to see businesses move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, there are still some needing support to fully recover,” Crowe said. “The Back to Business grant program is vital to supporting thousands of small businesses across Illinois.”

The B2B grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan.

So far – thanks to strong support from Senator Crowe – DCEO has provided $200 million in B2B grants to small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas. With nearly $50 million left to go, more businesses will have the opportunity to get a share of the relief funds.

“Support is critical to the health of our small business community,” Crowe said. “I’m happy to see so many businesses across the Metro East take advantage of this opportunity.”

Grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis. Visit the DCEO website for more information on the B2B program or check the status of an existing application by logging into the portal.

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020822HAO00097MARYVILLE – With strong support from State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville is slated to receive funding for the Certified Recovery Support Specialist Success program to create behavioral and mental health education opportunities for students.

“Our state’s behavioral health industry relies on skilled, dependable workers,” Crowe said. “By creating education opportunities for mental health professionals at SIUE and throughout the state, Illinois is working to provide better quality care for individuals in recovery, give students hands-on experience and strengthen the workforce.”

The Illinois Department of Human Services awarded $4 million in grants to 11 colleges and universities throughout the state to support the CRSS Success program. Through the program, students can experience working in mental health capacities, substance treatment services, mobile crisis teams and more.

Additionally, the program incentivizes post-secondary education for up to 600 students with experiences in mental health or substance use recovery. Students can receive funding for assistance with tuition, textbook costs, childcare, application fees and transportation.

“Affordability is a critical element for students exploring higher education programs,” Crowe said. “By investing in students at Illinois universities, our state is working to support the young professionals most likely to contribute to our behavioral health workforce.”

A full list of colleges and universities offering the CRSS Success program is on the IDHS website.

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021622CM0571 CHSPRINGFIELD – To streamline the detection process and determine hereditary risks for breast and ovarian cancers for women in Illinois, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced legislation Wednesday 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 would be on track to provide peace of mind 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 verified, significant threats to a woman’s health, and preventative medical steps can be taken once the risks are determined.”

House Bill 5334 passed the Senate Insurance Committee Wednesday and moves for further consideration before the full Senate.

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