Chicago — Building on state guidance issued yesterday to promote social distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Governor JB Pritzker announced that the state of Illinois will close all schools from March 17 through March 30 and implement additional economic measures to reduce the burden on Illinois families. As of now, day care centers will remain open and will follow strict health and safety guidance.
 
“All of these choices have cascading effects for citizens and vulnerable populations when it comes to food access, safety, childcare, and social services," said Governor JB Pritzker. “We’ve seen what happens in places that didn’t move with urgency. I ask all of you not to hesitate to do the right thing for your family, your friends, and your community. One small step at a time, we will get through this together.”
 
“We have seen evidence from influenza outbreaks that community mitigation strategies, such a school closures, have an effect on decreasing the severity of the outbreak,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “By taking these actions now, we hope to slow and limit widespread transmission of this virus, which is essential to ensuring our health care system is not overwhelmed as the disease progresses through our state. School closures will help slow the progression of the virus and we are asking for everyone’s help in reducing the spread.”
 
“This is an unprecedented event in our lifetime, and we will get through this together,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “Our administrators and educators have shown extraordinary leadership during a time of very difficult decisions. Schools closing will affect each community differently, and I want our teachers, our students, and our families to know that the Illinois State Board of Education is open and is here to help.”

 
SCHOOL CLOSURES

 
Following extensive state-level analysis of coronavirus spread in various countries and the social distancing measures that were put in place, the State is taking the precautionary measure of closing all K-12 schools in the state of Illinois from March 17 through March 30. Schools with a spring break that falls outside of this window should move their spring break to within this timeframe.
 
The Pritzker administration is working to ensure critical support functions remain available to students across the state – including their access to food, child care and safe environments.
 
Gov. Pritzker has assured school administrators that the state will issue no penalties as a result of this closure. To provide support to school districts across the state, the Illinois State Board of Education will be fully staffed over the coming weekend and during the closure period to work through individualized issues and challenges in each district. An executive order to provide school districts flexibility during this period is forthcoming.
 
On Thursday, the Illinois State Board of Education was granted a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to continue providing meals to students in non-group settings. Students receiving free and reduce priced breakfasts and lunches will be able to receive grab-and-go meals each day, with some districts having the ability to deliver and others offering parent pick up.
 
The Department of Children and Family Services is working closely with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure emergency and preparedness plans are in place to keep youth in care and staff safe. All DCFS group homes will remain open and take extra safety precautions.

 
ECONOMIC MEASURES

 
The Governor has also announced new economic measures to reduce the burden on Illinois families.
 
Gov. Pritzker and Attorney General Raoul have urged the Illinois Commerce Commission to immediately institute a moratorium on shutoffs for all utility companies across Illinois – including energy, telecommunications and water – until the state disaster proclamation has been lifted. The administration is also requesting changes to payment and collection policies to ensure Illinoisans aren’t saddled with utility debt as a result of COVID-19.
 
The Governor is contacting the leaders of Illinois’ utility companies and urging them to maintain services for all Illinoisans, regardless of their ability to pay, during this public health crisis.
 
The Pritzker administration is working directly with the eight major food banks across Illinois to expand services. The administration is reaching out to food manufacturers to ensure food banks are prioritized and can provide our vulnerable residents the food they need.
 
Earlier this week, the administration filed emergency rules granting workers who are unemployed due to COVID-19 access to unemployment benefits. The rules provide relief to people who may be restricted in the type of work they can perform due to the outbreak.

 
AVAILABILITY OF TESTING

 
The Illinois Department of Public Health is working with state labs and hospital partners to significantly increase testing capability. At this time the administration believes testing can be sufficiently increased to ensure the minimum level of surveillance testing needed to appropriately monitor the spread of the virus.
 
Gov. Pritzker is continuing to pressure the federal government for more tests to allow the state to deploy full surveillance testing.

 
HEIGHTENED VIGILANCE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

 
Vulnerable populations remain a top priority as community spread continues around the state, country and globe. Elderly and immunocompromised residents should take extra caution when attending gatherings of any size and avoid exposure to large groups of people whenever possible. The state has implemented new staffing procedures and strict guidelines restricting visitors at state-operated long-term care facilities and is also working closely with private nursing home and assisted living associations on the adoption of similar guidelines.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should stay home, call their doctor and plan a safe visit for examination. The general public is encouraged to take social distancing practices, including avoiding events of more than 250 people, working from home if possible and maintaining social distance (6 feet) from anyone experiencing symptoms.
 
The Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide COVID-19 hotline and website to answer any questions from the public or to report a suspected case: call 1-800-889-3931 or visit IDPH.illinois.gov.

SOURCE: https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21247

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5WOOD RIVER – In an effort to create more effective communication methods with her constituents, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is sending the following updates from the Illinois Capitol:

  • Crowe introduced Senate Bill 3235 to give active-duty military members living in Illinois free hunting and fishing licenses. Current law sets the fees for fishing and hunting licenses for resident veterans at one-half the license fee for residents.
  • The Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 2325, which would allow fire protection agencies and statewide associations to organize raffles designed to build a stronger and more sustainable fire and EMS system.
  • Earlier this year, Crowe was the first woman in state history to be appointed to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. While leading this week, she supported an initiative to increase protections for identity theft and fraud.
  • Also as chair of the Special Committee on Opioid Crisis Abatement, Crowe has held several hearings allowing government and local agencies to give updates on the opioid crisis and give suggestions on possible solutions. This week, committee members heard testimonies from the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Insurance on the implementation of the 2018 State Opioid Action Plan.
  • March is Severe Weather Preparedness Month, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has started preparations for flood threats to river communities this spring. Crowe is in contact with state emergency officials and will give more details on informational events and tips as become available.

For more information, please reach out to Crowe’s district office at (618)251-9840 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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04102019CM1756WOOD RIVER – Applauding her commitment to empowering women and prioritizing justice for all Illinois residents, members of the YWCA of Alton have selected State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) as a 2020 recipient of the Women of Distinction award.

“As a voice for the Metro East in Springfield, I base every vote and decision on integrity, equality and fairness,” Crowe said. “It is gratifying to be receiving this significant honor alongside so many other inspiring women acting in the best interest of our communities.”

Crowe is one of twelve women selected to be inducted into the YWCA Women of Distinction Academy. Women are awarded for embodying the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Since 1991, the YWCA of Alton have honored and celebrated dynamic leaders who are making a difference in the Riverbend community.

In January, Crowe was the first woman in state history to be appointed to chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She has used her platform to introduce and advance measures concerning women’s rights in court and legal documents, as well as overall public safety.

At the Women of Distinction event, the new honorees will join the prestigious Women of Distinction Academy, a group of more than 300 outstanding female leaders from Madison and Jersey counties.

For additional information on the event, visit https://www.altonywca.com/.

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02252020HAO0128SPRINGFIELD – Hearing reports from agencies to update lawmakers on the implementation of the 2018 State Opioid Action Plan (SOAP), members of the Senate’s Special Committee on Opioid Crisis Abatement met Tuesday under the leadership of State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

“Exploring opioid-related issues from every angle, from expanding mental health services to reporting and treating overdoses, is the only way we will see effective change in our communities,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “By holding these hearings, we’re getting legislators and stakeholders in the same room for the opportunity to create solutions and increase access to opioid prevention, treatment and recovery programs.”

Committee members discussed reported data and statistics with representatives from the Illinois Department of Insurance and the Illinois State Police under the 2018 SOAP guidelines.

One recommendation by officials with the Illinois State Police to help combat the opioid crisis is to update the prescription drug monitoring program to be in real-time. Currently, there is a 24-hour delay for the electronic database, which collects information on substances dispensed in the state.

Details for the next committee meeting are being finalized and will be posted as they become available.

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