abuse preventionWOOD RIVER – In recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) wants to remind residents of resources and services available to people experiencing domestic violence or living in fear of it.

“With more people working from home and children not being in school during the COVID-19 pandemic, its critical for everyone to feel safe,” Crowe said. “State officials have prioritized funding these essential emergency services, ensuring access and availability to programs to help domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.”

On Thursday, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced it is launching a $1.2 million plan to increase the capacity of its current statewide network of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan expands the role of the Domestic Violence Helpline by creating a one-stop access point for shelter needs. Survivors may call the helpline directly at 1-877-863-6338 and be connected to shelters through existing Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention (DVPI) shelter services or to emergency shelter through available hotels and motels.

Survivors also may contact their local domestic violence programs for shelter assistance.

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As COVID-19 has spread across the country, other states have followed Illinois’ lead by limiting crowds, closing nonessential businesses, and instituting shelter-in-place orders.

To address the uncertainty and instability many Americans are facing during this outbreak, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides assistance to hospitals, nonprofits, individuals, and businesses.

If you are wondering about what the CARES Act means for you and your community, here’s some information that may help you navigate the legislation:

How will the CARES Act help individuals and families?

  • Individuals who earn less than $75,000 annually will receive a direct payment of $1,200, plus an additional $500 for every qualifying child age 16 or under. Married couples who file a joint return and earn less than $150,000 are eligible for up to $2,400 plus an additional $500 for every qualifying child age 16 or under.
  • Eligible workers will get an extra $600 per week on top of state unemployment benefits to cover lost wages. Part-time, self-employed, and gig-economy workers are newly eligible for benefits.
  • States will receive $3.5 billion in Child Care Development Block Grants to help provide child care to health care workers, first responders, and other essential employees.
  • Federal student loan payments will be suspended until Sept. 30.

What about protections for health care workers and first responders?

  • Over $120 billion in assistance will go to hospitals and health agencies to help them cover COVID-19 expenses, replenish life-saving supplies, and purchase tests.

Will the CARES Act support local and state governments?

  • State and local governments will receive $150 billion to pay for new expenses related to COVID-19. The CARES Act also doubles the amount of FEMA funding available to state governments, local governments, and nonprofits.

What kind of benefits will schools receive?

  • Schools across the country—including colleges and universities—will receive over $30 billion in emergency support.

Will businesses get relief?

  • Small businesses and non-profits will have access to $350 billion in forgivable loans to help them retain employees and pay for expenses like rent, mortgages, and utilities.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering $10 billion in emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief to local business owners. SBA has also established the Debt Relief Program to cover six months of interest payments for small businesses with existing loans.

If you have other questions about the CARES Act, I encourage you to read this summary from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

The COVID-19 outbreak is bigger than Illinois—it’s a nationwide crisis. When we follow recommendations from our top health experts by washing our hands, keeping our distance from others, and staying home as much as possible, we are protecting our fellow Illinoisans and our fellow Americans from this illness.

Updates and guidance on the COVID-19 crisis are available 24/7 from the Illinois Department of Health or at the state’s dedicated COVID-19 response website, coronavirus.illinois.gov.

And as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office with questions and concerns. My staff is working remotely, but we are still responding to calls and emails. You can contact us at 618-251-9840 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stay safe and healthy.

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health resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic

WOOD RIVER – With the number of possible Coronavirus cases increasing daily, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is urging doctors, nurses and other professionals in Missouri to apply for Illinois’ new Out of State Temporary Practice Permits.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has issued a proclamation to allow out-of-state physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and respiratory care therapists to provide care to Illinois residents affected by COVID-19.

“Representing a district on Illinois’ border, it is a priority of mine to get all available health care professionals to cross state lines in order to help our residents suffering from COVID-19,” Crowe said. “There have been an impressive amount applying for temporary licenses already, but my hope is to encourage more to do so.”

Applications for Out of State Temporary Practice Permits are available online at IDFPR’s website here

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It’s no longer “business as usual”—the coronavirus has disrupted many of our jobs, social lives and daily routines. It may seem frustrating, but right now, the most important thing is to stay home as much as possible. According to our leaders and health experts, social distancing could help slow the spread of the virus, protect our most vulnerable citizens and reduce stress on our health care system.

Since the first cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Illinois, Gov. JB Pritzker has been offering daily updates on some of the measures to ensure minimal spreading of the coronavirus.The governor has launched a new website putting all relevant information in one place: coronavirus.illinois.gov. As always, the Illinois Department of Public Healthwill continue to provide updates on the status of the outbreak.

Remember: Transmission doesn’t discriminate. Regardless of your health or age, it is vital that we take the proper precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.For the sake of the health and safety of everyone in our communities, we must all do our part to help contain the virus.

Schools

  • The Illinois State Board of Education is working to provide meals every day to all students, no questions asked. Grab-and-go meals are available statewide for students who need them, and some schools are even offering delivery. Contact your child’s school district for more information.

Restaurants & Businesses

  • Despite school and restaurant closures, Gov. Pritzker assures that essential services—including pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations—will remain open. It’s a good idea to be prepared, but only buy what you really need. Hoarding supplies prevents others from accessing the basics. Experts recommend keeping on hand about what you need for two weeks at a time.
  • All bars and restaurants are closed through March 30. Restaurants will have take-out, drive-thru and delivery options still available.
  • Many grocery stores are offering special shopping hours for seniors. Residents can contact local stores for their specific hours.
  • To provide some relief to local eateries during the coming weeks, Grubhub is suspending commissions and Uber Eats is waiving delivery fees on orders from independent restaurants. Some larger restaurants are offering free delivery. Many delivery services have introduced no- or low-contact delivery options.

Utilities

  • Ameren and ComEd are suspending any disconnections and waiving late payment fees. Other major utility companies, like People’s Gas and Nicor, are suspending disconnections as well.
  • The Illinois Commerce Commission has banned utility service disconnections during the outbreak and has pledged to assess late fees through at least May 1. AT&TComcastSpectrumViasat and others are offering accommodations to those in need of telecom services during the crisis.

Government Services

  • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has extended license expiration dates and continuing education deadlines. Licensees may complete continuing education requirements and other coursework online.
  • The Office of the Illinois Attorney General encourages residents to file a complaintif they notice price gouging on essential items related to the coronavirus outbreak, including hand sanitizer, cleaning products and protective gear.
  • All Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Services facilities are closed to the public through March 31. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration and other transactions will be extended by 30 days. More information and some services are available online.

Economic Assistance

  • The Illinois Department of Employment Security is allowing workers who are unemployed due to COVID-19 to apply for unemployment.
  • The Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance loansfor small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • In an effort to assist eating and drinking establishments impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, effective Thursday, March 19, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is waiving any penalty and interest that would have been imposed on late Sales Tax payments from qualified taxpayers. More information here.

Even as we practice social distancing, we must stick together. Call, text or email friends and family, particularly seniors and immunocompromised individuals, who may feel especially isolated and afraid during this challenging time. Reaching out could save a life.

Continue to check the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website for daily updates. 

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