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SBA to resume taking applications Monday

WOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging self-employed and small business owners to call their banks immediately to start the process for the Paycheck Protection Program.

“Small businesses fuel the Metro East economy, providing numerous unique opportunities and countless jobs to qualified residents,” Crowe said. “People who are self-employed, own a small business or employed by one are taking the biggest financial hit from the pandemic, and hopefully this program can provide some much needed relief.”

SBA will accept applications from approved lenders on behalf of eligible businesses starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 27. Crowe is urging qualified businesses to not wait to apply.

Qualified businesses in one or more of these categories include:

•      Self-employed,

•      Less than 500 employees,

•      Sole proprietor,

•      Independent contractor,

•      Private non-profit 501(C)(19), and/or

•      Veterans organization.

The loan is meant to keep workers of small businesses on the payroll and it will be forgiven if employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.

For more information, visit SBA’s website.

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Student Loan Help FBWOOD RIVER — In an effort to help people struggling to pay their student loans during the unprecedented economic challenges facing the state and country, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is highlighting relief options that could benefit nearly 140,000 Illinois residents.

“During this financially difficult time while millions of people are out of work, they should not be held under the weight of their student debt,” Crowe said. “I urge impacted borrowers to contact their loan providers immediately to discuss options to temporarily wave payments.”

Under the initiative, organized by the governor and Secretary Deborah Hagan of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, people with commercially-owned Federal Family Education Program Loans or privately held student loans who are having a hard time making their payments due to COVID-19 will be eligible for expanded relief.

Borrowers who need assistance are asked to immediately contact their student loan provider to set up a plan.

Relief options are based on a person’s individual needs and include:

  • Providing a minimum of 90 days of forbearance,
  • Waiving late payment fees,
  • Ensuring that no borrower is subject to negative credit reporting,
  • Ceasing debt collection lawsuits for 90 days, and
  • Working with borrower to enroll them in other borrower assistance programs, such as income-based repayment.

    If a person is having problems contacting their student loan servicer, they can contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Division of Banking at 217-785-2900 or the attorney general’s student loan helpline at 1-800-455-2456.
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The Illinois State Police issued new emergency rules to help firearm owners with expired Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) cards and Conceal Carry Licenses during the COVID-19. The rules ease renewal requirements and address the FOID renewal backlog.

What is the impact of the state's disaster declaration on my FOID or CCL expiration date?
Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) card holders and Concealed Carry License (CCL) holders who submit their renewal application will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation and for a period of 12 months following the termination of the disaster, even if their renewal application is/was not submitted prior to expiration.

CCL holders will need to submit proof of their three-hour renewal training within 12 months following the termination of the state's disaster proclamation in order to maintain the validity of their CCL.

What if my FOID Card is revoked during the COVID-19 disaster period?
The Illinois State Police will continue to enforce both FOID card and CCL prohibitors. FOID/CCL card holders who receive revocation notices shall return their FOID/CCL and Firearm Disposition Record form to the Illinois State Police.

I am a CCL holder. How can I complete my three-hour training?
Renewal applications will be accepted without proof that renewal training is completed. CCL licensees will need to submit proof of their three-hour renewal training within 12 months following the termination of the state's disaster proclamation in order to maintain the validity of their CCL license

My FOID card expired last week and I just sent in my renewal. How do these rules affect me?
FOID cards will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation and for a period of 12 months following the termination of the disaster even if a renewal application is/was not submitted prior to expiration.

My FOID card shows that it is expired, but these rules mean that it is still valid. I went to my local dealer and they refused to sell me ammunition and/or a firearm. Why?
Dealers are required to check your FOID card before selling ammunition and/or a firearm. A dealer may decline to sell ammunition and/or a firearm if they so choose. Policies on this issue may vary from store to store. Federal regulations pertaining to the purchase of ammunition and firearms have not changed.

My Illinois DL or ID card is expired, may I apply for a FOID/CCL?
Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, expired DL or ID cards will be treated as valid for the duration of the disaster proclamation and 30 days thereafter.

If my FOID card expired in February, and I just sent in my FOID card renewal application, and the disaster order terminates in August, is my FOID card valid through August of 2021?

I submitted a FOID/CCL application last month. Are new FOID and CCL applications still being processed or only applications for renewal?
New applications are being processed, but you should expect delays. Like all entities, our normal operations have been impacted by COVID 19.

My FOID/CCL expired three months ago, and I haven’t submitted a renewal application as of today. Can I submit my late FOID/CCL renewal application now in order for my expired FOID/CCL to remain valid, or was there a specific time frame I needed to do this in, in order for it to remain valid?
Your expired FOID/CCL will remain valid for the duration of the disaster proclamation plus 12 months. If you fail to file a renewal application during that time frame, your FOID/CCL license will expire once the 12-month period has elapsed.

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100 Anniversary of Womens Voting Rights 2WOOD RIVER – To encourage creativity from students during the state’s Stay at Home Order, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is hosting an art contest in recognition of the historic centennial of women receiving the right to vote. 

“While students are not in their traditional classrooms, it’s important to educate them on the history of women’s suffrage, a significant time in our national history,” Crowe said.

Crowe’s art competition is open to all students in the 56th Senate District, and will be divided into three categories: elementary, middle school and high school. The contest’s theme is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote.

All entries must include students name, grade and school. Students should email a photo of their artwork to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: "Art Contest Submission”. The deadline to submit an entry is May 11.

Once all entries are received, they will be narrowed down to the top three pieces in each category. Crowe will then post the final three in each category on her official Facebook account, where people will be able to choose the winners by “liking” their favorite artwork. The winner’s picture will be displayed in the senator’s office and will also receive a certificate and special prize. Voting will take place from the morning of May 12 through May 14th at midnight with the winners announced on May 15.

For questions related to the art contest or for information on learning resources during school closures, Crowe encourages residents to call her office at 618-251-9840 or visit

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District Offices
35 Executive Plaza Court
Maryville, IL 62062
(618) 251-9840 P

111 N. Wood River Ave., Suite A
Wood River, IL 62095
(By appointment only)
(618) 251-9840 P

Springfield Office
311B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5247 P

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