022322CM0196SPRINGFIELD – To increase microchip production and attract companies to invest in Illinois, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) supported legislation in the Senate to create a series of tax credits to uplift the semiconductor industry.

“The United States relies on microchip imports to fulfill local manufacturing needs, and the pandemic has intensified the nationwide shortage,” Crowe said. “To maintain our supply chain, the MICRO Act provides an opportunity to serve local production, build the industry in Illinois and create job opportunities for residents.”

In partnership with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the proposal creates the Manufacturing Illinois Chips for Real Opportunity (MICRO) Act to provide a range of tax credits for semiconductor, microchip and component part manufacturers to support new employee training while also encouraging companies to develop operations in underserved communities and energy transition areas.

Nationally, the semiconductor chip supply chain has been fragile for years and has hindered manufacturing across the U.S. For economic security, the measure incentivizes bringing chip manufacturing back to local production. 

“Illinois and American-made products are essential to our strong economy,” Crowe said. “To ensure operations continue, attracting the semiconductor industry to Illinois creates new opportunities for economic development.”

Senate Bill 3917 passed the Senate Thursday and moves for further consideration in the House.

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021622CM0034SPRINGFIELD – To offer support to mothers who are survivors of sexual abuse while giving birth, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced an initiative through the Senate Wednesday to allow parents to remove the physician’s name from a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

“When giving birth, women trust their physician to offer support, guidance and encouragement on one of the happiest, most memorable days of her life,” Crowe said. “Unfortunately, there are multiple cases where mothers endure sexual assault and abuse in the process, and this measure aims to remove the disgraced physician’s name from the child’s birth certificate.”

In Illinois, the short form birth certificate does not include the physician’s name. Under Crowe’s proposal, a parent or 18 year old child can request a long form birth certificate with the physician’s name removed. The redacted certified copy of the birth certificate does not replace the original certificate.

“Mothers who endure sexual abuse during childbirth are oftentimes hesitant to speak out, yet they endure longstanding, emotional trauma,” Crowe said. “To offer a small sense of relief, this initiative empowers survivors to receive a certificate free from shame and allow an opportunity to recover, process and heal.”

Senate Bill 3163 advanced from the Senate Wednesday and moves for further discussion in the House.

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Crowe Extended Constituent Service HoursMARYVILLE – To encourage residents to visit her office with comments and concerns, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is extending her office hours next week to accommodate the schedules of working Metro East families.

“With residents and businesses struggling to access recovery resources after the pandemic, my staff is available to bridge the gap. We are offering direct help on Thursday for an extended amount of time,” Crowe said. “I encourage anyone who needs assistance, has ideas or just wants to talk to attend.”

To allow residents the opportunity to access state services and discuss legislative matters directly, Crowe’s Maryville office, located at 35 Executive Plaza Court, will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. The office is typically open weekdays until 4:30 p.m.

Appointments are encouraged, but not required and can be made by calling (618) 251-9840.

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021022HAO00556SPRINGFIELD – Several state senators joined the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Thursday to unveil a package of proposals to support, fund and provide law enforcement officers with resources to serve and protect communities.

“Our brave members of law enforcement bear the brunt of the state’s criminal justice system,” said State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon). “By working in collaboration with the Illinois Sheriff’s Association and the Fraternal Order of Police, we have identified key areas for improvement to support our officers and look forward to discussing the measures.”

The package aims to provide solutions to several of the problems law enforcement officers are facing including assisting departments with new grant opportunities, providing departments with additional tools to investigate crimes and helping departments utilize resources to address inmate mental health concerns.

Additionally, in an effort to prioritize equal pay in the criminal justice system, an initiative would require counties to pay sheriffs at least 80% of the state’s attorney’s salary.

“Public safety demands and increased expectations for law enforcement continue to put pressure on offices, but unfortunately, funding to support this rise in responsibility doesn’t coincide,” said Jim Kaitschuk, Executive Director of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. “To ensure offenders are held accountable and officers are protected, new grant opportunities are needed to keep operations running smoothly without lapses in the criminal justice system.”

Two initiatives aim to fund grants in support of hiring, retaining and training law enforcement officers as well as mental health and substance abuse counseling for incarcerated and recently discharged individuals. Grants can also be used by departments to provide mental health care for officers, purchase safety equipment and fund projects to improve jail facilities.

 “State investments in law enforcement operations would allow departments to purchase safety equipment, fund facility improvements and provide mental health resources to officers,” said State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines). “By also funding an effort to connect incarcerated individuals with substance abuse counseling, we are working to support a successful transition back to society and reduce recidivism while helping ease strain on correctional departments.”

Other provisions included in the proposals would allow law enforcement officers to continue using conversation recording equipment for violent crime investigations and expands the list of serious offenses in which DNA collection is required from an individual at conviction.

“In order to address the growing public concern for safety, police officers need all of the available resources at their disposal to put violent criminals behind bars,” said Shawn Roselieb with the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council. “This package of proposals offers a comprehensive approach to assist with investigations by including valuable components to determine suspects and review evidence as quickly as possible.”

To improve roadway investigations, a new proposal would expand the state’s Expressway Camera Program to include highway camera improvements in an additional fifteen counties outside Cook, including the Metro East.

“Our communities benefit when law enforcement officers are able to quickly identify and question violent crime suspects,” said State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “By expanding the state’s Expressway Camera Program to improve safety on more, high-volume roadways, investigators would have access to review additional information and could expedite case outcomes.”

The package is a combined effort from state senators Scott Bennett, John Connor, Rachelle Crowe, Tom Cullerton, Bill Cunningham, Suzy Glowiak Hilton, Mike Hastings, Linda Holmes, Patrick Joyce, Steve Landek, Meg Loughran Cappel, Julie Morrison, Tony Munoz, Laura Murphy, Steve Stadelman and Doris Turner.

Legislation is expected to be finalized in the coming days.

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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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