support smallMARYVILLE – In an effort to drum up support for local businesses and offer an opportunity for owners to share concerns to improve the state’s response to the global pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced she will accept applications to tour small businesses within the 56th District.

“Although the Southern Region is in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, businesses are experiencing difficulty attracting patrons,” Crowe said. “Even as we’re being mindful of safety guidelines, we need to support these businesses that make our local communities unique. With this tour, I hope to highlight the ways owners are prioritizing safety for their employees and guests, while continuing to offer high quality products and services only found in the Metro East.”

Sen. Crowe said she hopes to tour restaurants, retail, and businesses that provide personal services like spas and salons.

Applications are open, and interested business owners can find the application at Once the application is received, a member of her team will respond with additional details.

Representatives of businesses with questions can call Crowe’s 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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library grantMARYVILLE – To ensure quality education resources for students in the Metro East, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is announcing a state grant for the Mississippi Valley Library District to aid in mentoring programs.

“This grant will provide an opportunity for students needing extra support, especially in the unprecedented times we’re experiencing,” Crowe said. “I commend the state for investing in our youth.”

The Mississippi Valley Library District received a $27,463 grant to support Project Next Generation efforts, a mentoring program for students to develop technological skills, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills such as effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.

The Secretary of State awarded $559,358 in 2021 PNG grants to 28 public libraries statewide, based on districts serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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covid 19MARYVILLE – To protect workers’ rights, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) supported a legislative package to expand protections for employees who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was signed into law by the governor Friday.

“For the unique circumstances workers are enduring on a daily basis, it’s crucial to increase security for them and their families,” Crowe said. “By expanding protections, Illinois shows its commitment to the safety and well-being of its essential workers tolerating the unfavorable conditions in the interest of public health.”

Senate Bill 471 expands disability benefits for some frontline state employees, allows horse racetrack casino, or racino, employees to organize and protects retail workers from assault.

Certain state employees, including firefighters, law enforcement and other members of the public sector, are eligible for an additional 60 days of paid disability leave if their injury recovery has been hindered by difficulties accessing treatment due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Racino employees would also have the opportunity to engage in collective bargaining as a requirement for any horse racetrack with more than 10 employees that wants to expand to include a casino.

“Although previously left out of coverage, employees at horse racetracks, like those at Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville, now have protected collective bargaining rights to have a say in their working conditions, benefits and other issues,” Crowe said.

To recognize the enhanced roles being asked of retail workers, battery of a retail worker would be enhanced to aggravated battery if the worker was performing duties that may include relaying directions for health care or safety, or during a declared disaster or state of emergency due to a public health emergency and for six months after either declaration.

Senate Bill 471 is effective immediately.

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Shred DayMARYVILLE – To aid residents in their quarantine cleaning, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is hosting a shredding event Saturday morning in Granite City with State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville).
“While residents have made an effort to stay home during the pandemic, we wanted to ensure they have access to safe disposal of documents with personal information,” Crowe said. “Organizers of the event will wear proper PPE and observe social distancing, and I thank officials at Granite City High School for coordinating a location.”
The free event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Granite City High School, 3101 Madison Avenue, Granite City.
Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted bank statements, medical records, tax returns, bills, receipts and other documents with personal information to be safely discarded.
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COVID19 Updates

Small Business Tours

Contact Info

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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