102021CM0892SPRINGFIELD – To address cases of sexual abuse against mothers while giving birth, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced legislation 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 but 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 Healthcare Access & Availability Committee Tuesday and moves for further discussion before the full Senate.

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pexels life of pix 8092SPRINGFIELD – To celebrate Career and Technical Education students across Illinois, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced legislation to establish February 2022 as Career and Technical Education Month.

“Metro East schools have effectively implemented Career and Technical Education programs in agriculture, business, family science, health, technology and engineering,” said Crowe, a chief co-sponsor of Senate Resolution 698. “CTE programs prepare students for bright futures by providing academic opportunities, real-life skills training and invaluable knowledge necessary to succeed.”

Career and Technical Education, or CTE, are programs designed to prepare students for careers in industries such as finance, health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and education. Coursework includes both academic and technical materials, allowing many students to use their knowledge from the programs to earn industry-recognized credentials or college credits. This makes careers in these fields more accessible for many students who may struggle to complete coursework in traditional academic programs.

Many students have found success with the innovative program. Statewide, around 30,000 students earned college credit from their CTE courses, saving them time and money when earning their degrees. In addition, 97% of Illinois students who complete CTE programs during high school graduate, compared to only 88% from traditional high schools. This year, almost 415,000 Illinoisans are enrolled in CTE programs. 

“CTE programs improve accessibility to growing industries for students of all backgrounds,” said Crowe. “This resolution will showcase the successes students have found thus far, while also spreading awareness of how beneficial these programs can be.”

Senate Resolution 698 advanced out of the Senate Education Committee and moves for further consideration before the full Senate.

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 Working Template COPY Red copy RedSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s budget proposal on Wednesday:
“Increasing funding for public education, making college more accessible, recruiting additional law enforcement officers and supporting other public safety measures all coincide with my priorities in the Senate. Illinois needs a fiscally responsible budget that prioritizes recovery for our communities. 
“As negotiations continue, I will be a strong advocate for the state to invest in students, older residents, law enforcement officers and working families across the Metro East.” 
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RebuildIllinois 8x8 Color 1019MARYVILLE – The Illinois Department of Transportation released $108 million in Rebuild Illinois funding to improve local transit, and with the strong support from State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), America’s Central Port District in Granite City is among the selected recipients.

“As one of the largest freight hubs in the Midwest, America's Central Port District is a key economic driver in Southwest Illinois,” Crowe said. “By funding port projects through the Rebuild Illinois program, the state is investing in transportation infrastructure improvements while creating sustainable jobs for Metro East residents.”

America’s Central Port District received a $21 million total investment from Rebuild Illinois. Plans include $13 million appropriated to support a sediment reduction project in Madison Harbor and $8 million to increase operational efficiency and reduce long-term expenses.

A full list of recipients can be viewed by visiting IDOT’s Long Range Transportation website.

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