E LearningMARYVILLE – To help provide much-needed resources to students learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts in the 56th Illinois Senate District are set to receive more than $1.1 million in government funding to improve students’ access to e-learning technology.

“As teachers and students adjust to e-learning, many school districts are struggling with the cost of ensuring all students have access to a computer and an internet connection,” Crowe said. “I’m pleased to see the state is committed to relieving taxpayers of these additional costs.”

The Digital Equity Formula Grants, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, are intended to help schools bridge the digital divide. School districts can use the funds to expand connectivity and provide students with devices like computers or tablets.

School districts in the 56th District receiving funds include:

· Bethalto CUSD #8 - $165,087

· Collinsville CUSD #10 - $378,231

· Alton CUSD #11 - $368,590

· East Alton Sd #13 - $67,916

· East Alton-Wood River CHSD #14 - $61,869

· Wood River-Hartford ESD #15 - $65,436

Funding was allocated using a need-based formula. The full list of school grantees can be found on the Illinois State Board of Education website.

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Crowe 9222020GODFREY – To support organizations working on the front lines against the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) donated 5,000 disposable masks to nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the Metro East.

“The safety of older residents and their caretakers is one of the utmost concerns nationally amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Crowe said. “As I considered how best to distribute masks, it was important for me to give priority to individuals at the highest risk for infection.”

All nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the 56th District were sent a letter from Sen. Crowe’s office encouraging requests, and the first eight facilities to respond received 625 masks each. The list of facilities includes:

  • Burt’s Shelter Care Home in Alton,
  • Evergreen Place in Alton,
  • Caseyville Nursing in Caseyville,
  • Stillwater Senior Living in Edwardsville,
  • Asbury Village in Godfrey,
  • Morningside of Godfrey,
  • Integrity Health Care in Godfrey and
  • Fountain View Memory Care in Granite City.

The mask distribution was made possible by Friends of Taiwan and TECO of Chicago.

“Thank you to Friends of Taiwan for the gracious donation and TECO of Chicago for facilitating, as the masks will benefit some of our most vulnerable in Madison County,” Crowe said.

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IMG 7884EAST ST. LOUIS – With the deadline to fill out the 2020 census coming to a close next Wednesday, Metro East legislators and community leaders are urging all St. Clair and Madison County residents to fill out the census to improve the low response rates.

"If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that we’re more successful when we work together," Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. "Help us secure the representation we deserve, support our rural hospitals, public libraries and schools and ensure the next 10 years are full of opportunities for all who call the Metro East home by completing your census."

In St. Clair County, participation in the 2020 census is currently lower than in the 2010 census. Only 67.2% of St. Clair County residents have completed their census form this year, as opposed to 70% of residents in 2010. Seven municipalities in St. Clair County and one in Madison County have a rate of 55% or under. The cities and villages included by name and rate listed are:

  • Washington Park – 33.1%
  • Brooklyn – 39.8%
  • Venice (Madison County) – 47.4%
  • Alorton – 48.6%
  • East St. Louis – 45.7%
  • Centreville – 52.2%
  • Fairmont City – 55.7%
  • Cahokia – 51.8%

“Filling out the census is an easy process and a 100% response rate is critical in sustaining the quality in community assets such as schools, roads and hospitals,” Belt (D-Centreville) said. “Sept. 30 is the last day to get counted and millions of dollars in federal funding is at risk if residents don’t take getting counted seriously. I strongly urge all residents to fill out the census before it’s too late.” 

“As the deadline for the census approaches, it is important more than ever for our community to make sure it receives the resources and attention its people deserve,” Greenwood (D-East St. Louis) said. “Census participation will impact investment decisions for our local schools and job creation for the next decade, so make sure your voice is heard.”

The census is now safer, more secure than and just as confidential as it was in years past. Filling out the form is crucial, as data from the 2020 census will be used to draw new congressional district maps, helps determine how federal funds flow into states and provides information that will affect communities across Illinois for the next 10 years.

The group also reminds students, faculty and staff at local universities and community colleges to fully participate in the census to help the region rebound from the social and economic devastation communities have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 “The results of the 2020 census will play a crucial role in determining the economic future of our community for those who call it home,” said Hoffman (D-Swansea). “At a time when economic uncertainty has surpassed what many of us could have imagined, census participation is especially important because the outcome will impact the availability of federal funds and resources which will leverage economic activity in our communities."

Responding to the census, will help Madison and St. Clair County communities get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs such as Head Start and the National School Lunch Program. 

"In order to secure our share of federal dollars for our local schools, roads and other critical services, we must all be counted in the 2020 census," said Stuart (D-Edwardsville). "It's safe and easy to participate from home, and not too late for your response to influence funding for community resources over the next 10 years. If you've already responded, take a moment to check with your friends, family members and neighbors to make sure they get counted, too." ​

Residents can complete the census by mail or online at https://my2020census.gov

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More than half of funding allocated to downstate communities

restore il 2MARYVILLE – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released program details for the latest round of Business Interruption Grants, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe is asking all businesses in Region 4 affected by mitigation efforts to consider applying.
 
“To provide stability for communities hardest hit economically by the pandemic, Illinois is prioritizing downstate small businesses affected by mitigation efforts for this next round of funding,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “I strongly encourage all small businesses in Region 4 to apply.”
 
Applications for the second round of the BIG program will be available Thursday afternoon and will offer $220 million in funds for small businesses.
 
The latest wave of funding aims to provide relief for several industries:
Downstate Communities – DCEO has committed to ensuring that at least half of all remaining funds, totaling more than $100 million, are reserved for businesses in downstate and rural communities of Illinois.
Disproportionately Impacted Areas - $70 million set aside for DIAs, defined by zip codes identified by the General Assembly for communities that are most economically distressed and vulnerable to COVID-19.
Priority Businesses – Apart from the $60 million for heavily impacted industries, applications from the following types of businesses will be prioritized for review for remaining funds:  businesses directly affected by regional mitigations implemented by the state or local governments, independently owned retail, tourism- and hospitality-related industries including accommodations, and more.
Heavily Impacted Industries - $60 million for heavily distressed industries, such as movie theatres, performing arts venues, concert venues, indoor recreation, amusement parks, event spaces located at banquet halls and hotels, and more.
Agriculture - $5 million of the remainder of funds will be set aside for livestock production disruptions.
 
"To aid in economic relief in the Metro East, 25 businesses in my district were selected as grant recipients for the first round,” Crowe said. “I hope to see several others approved of the same assistance.”
 
DIA's in the 56th District include zip codes: 62002, 62018, 62095 and 62232.
 
For more information, visit DCEO’s website.
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