localWOOD RIVER – Frustrated by the disregard for small businesses failing in downstate, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has partnered with a group of state lawmakers to demand a resolution.

Crowe raised concerns in a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker after numerous complaints from small business owners and workers weren’t deemed essential or allowed to operate in his extended stay-at-home order through the end of May.

“While big-box stores continue to flourish under the state’s social distancing guidelines, our locally-owned businesses haven’t been given the same opportunity,” Crowe said. “With the guidance of the state’s health professionals, it’s time to take a serious look at allowing our small businesses to operate with the same conditions.”

She was joined by other senators in sending the formal letter emphasizing to the governor’s office that local business owners are eager and willing to operate under his original guidelines, such as requiring face coverings and sanitation, keeping patrons six feet apart and only allowing a limited number of guests to shop at a time.

“Our government and business owners alike must start working together to continue responsibly serving the public to prevent further financial strain,” Crowe said.

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HorseshoeMadison.2881.H.360600State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) partnered with other downstate senators Monday by sending a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker, to express concern that, in the face of this pandemic, many of the state parks were excluded from the list of parks set to reopen earlier this month.

Some of the state’s most beautiful attractions will remain vacant this spring unless they take the necessary steps to reopen all state parks so all Illinoisans have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. People across the state are facing unprecedented challenges, sacrificing their livelihoods, as well as their connections with friends and loved ones to do their part to fight this virus.

For the sake of public health and Illinois' residents, the group urged to reopen the following state parks for the remainder of the Stay at Home Order:

  • Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
  • Horseshoe Lake State Park
  • Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Frank Holten State Recreation Area
  • Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

The letter acknowledged appropriate social distancing and other commonsense measures need to be kept in place, but it makes no sense to keep some parks open and close others.

People value the time they spend in parks, whether it be walking their dog, riding a bike or simply enjoying nature. Access to fresh air and exercise is crucial for all Illinoisans, especially during this stressful time. For that reason, safely and responsibly using the state’s open spaces should continue to be encouraged at all parks, not just some.

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covid 19New testing site in Wood River ready to schedule appointments
WOOD RIVER – Furthering its efforts to expand testing services to Metro East residents, SIHF Healthcare has opened another fully-functioning collection site in Wood River, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) are encouraging people to call for an appointment if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
 
“Reporting the most accurate number of cases allows local and state health officials to determine Illinois’ guidelines in reopening the state,” Crowe said. “Creating better access to testing services is also critical to getting resources for treatment and recovery stages in the fight against COVID-19."
 
"SIHF has been filling an essential need in this region by providing accessible COVID-19 testing in various locations, including Granite City and a new testing site in Wood River," Bristow said. "I commend the medical community in the Riverbend Region for working together quickly in order to address the various needs of our area and locally provide these critical services and tests.”
 
Residents experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call 618-646-2596 to be screened. Phone lines are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to SIHF.
 
Wood River is home to the fourth testing site in the SIHF network and is located at 230 Old St. Louis Road. Other sites are in Granite City, Belleville and East St. Louis.
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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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