pexels pixabay 38296MARYVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced more than $2 million in state investments to construct bike and pedestrian paths for residents to enjoy and add options for safe transportation in the Metro East.

“Bike paths provide a safe public space for residents, families and visitors to be physically active and enjoy the outdoors,” Crowe said. “These investments will allow residents to enjoy our scenic landscape while offering even more opportunities for safe transportation and recreation.”

Two notable projects in the Metro East include $823,500 to build a shared-use path on Route 157 in Edwardsville, and $1.3 million to complete phase 4 of the Safe Routes to School bike path in Alton. 

Rebuild Illinois is awarding $106 million to 99 projects statewide, including recreational paths and trails, through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). A complete list of projects can be found on ITEP’s website

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04222021CM0238EDWARDSVILLE – In an effort to allow local business owners to voice economic concerns to their state lawmakers, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) will host a subject matter hearing in the Senate Tourism & Hospitality Committee on Thursday at Buckminster Fuller Dome on Southern Illinois University’s campus in Edwardsville.

“While nearly every industry has faced unique challenges over the last year and a half, our state’s tourism and hospitality businesses have suffered extensively,” Crowe said. “With Illinois expected to enter Phase 5 on Friday, it’s critical that lawmakers speak with local business owners to learn how we can help them recover from pandemic-related losses.”

The committee is scheduled to hear testimony from representatives with the Bella Vista Winery in Maryville, Great Rivers & Routes Tourism, AltonWorks, the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Alfresco Performing Arts Center in Granite City, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Breakthru Beverage in Belleville, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

WHAT: Senate Tourism & Hospitality Committee

WHO: Senator Rachelle Crowe, Tourism & Hospitality Committee members and local small business advocates

WHEN: Thursday, June 10 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Buckminster Fuller Dome 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

81 Circle Dr. Edwardsville, IL 62026

To view virtual committee proceedings, visit https://ilga.gov/senateaudvid.asp and click "Watch Live Virtual Committee Video." The link will become available when proceedings begin. 

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06012021CM0522SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has approved a plan led by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to create a state task force designed to review and address discrepancies in laws regarding child physical and sexual abuse.

“In my background as a prosecutor, I have witnessed the effects of abuse on sexual assault survivors, particularly children,” Crowe said. “By creating a task force with the common goal to improve the state’s handling of these incidents, we can defend our children as they undergo tremendous trauma.”

To address concerns in the medical response to child abuse, the Child Sexual and Physical Abuse Task Force will investigate, assess and make recommendations on the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA).

In partnership with the Madison County Children’s Advocacy Center, the task force will study the current SASETA concerning pediatrics and dealing with children who endure sexual and physical abuse. The task force will also ensure child development and medical needs are addressed in the medical response to child sexual abuse.

Doctors, advocacy groups and medical associations will be invited to contribute to the group’s recommendations.

“I have worked closely with the Child Advocacy Center in Madison County for years, and I believe creating a unified task force to recommend treatment solutions will benefit abused children statewide,” Crowe said. “I proudly stood for survivors as a prosecutor, and I plan to continue advocating for their interests as a lawmaker.”

Senate Resolution 58 was adopted by the Senate Monday.

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052620210629SPRINGFIELD – In alliance with advocates from Chestnut Health Systems in Granite City and Centerstone in Alton, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) voted to enhance behavioral health care resources across Illinois.

“Following the pandemic, the availability of quality mental health and addiction services is more critical than ever,” Crowe said. “Implementing a new approach to treatment will help facilitate a more accessible, community-centered health care system in disadvantaged areas.”

Crowe sent a letter to the Legislative Medicaid Working Group in April on behalf of Chestnut Health Systems and Centerstone urging the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services to develop a pilot program for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model. The initiative was included in the proposal passed by the Senate.

The CCBHC model serves all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay, and is used in 40 other states. Providers in the Metro East implemented the program in 2018 and have since seen a decrease in homelessness, hospitalization and emergency room visits among clients.

“Implementing the CCBHC model statewide will have a lasting impact on communities across Illinois,” Crowe said. “I commend Chestnut and Centerstone for taking a proactive role in providing quality health care services to residents, and I’m honored to have been able to support their efforts.”

Senate Bill 2294 passed the Senate Monday.

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