01112021CM0284SPRINGFIELD – Citing local safety concerns from the Wood River community following an unexpected power plant demolition, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has advanced an initiative requiring property owners to notify communities of demolition plans across the state.  

“It’s concerning to hear blasts within your community without a warning,” Crowe said. “To prevent residents from being caught off guard and aware of potential health concerns, this measure seeks to require plans for power plant demolitions to be made public.”

Earlier this year, residents of the Metro East community were alarmed when explosions were heard from the decommissioned Wood River Power Station without warning.

The initiative amends the Environmental Protection Act by requiring the owner of a coal power plant to notify both the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and populations within 25 miles of the site at least 60 days before commencing a demolition.

Under the proposal, the notice must include details on the scheduled date and time, potential contaminants and any preventative measures implemented to control, mitigate or prevent pollution from occurring.

 “Demolition plans take months to schedule, it’s a simple courtesy to inform the community that will be affected,” Crowe said. “Residents in communities across the state stand to benefit from a notification.”

Senate Bill 1920 passed the Senate Environment Committee Thursday and moves for further consideration before the full Senate.

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Crowe ShredEvent FlyerMARYVILLE – To ensure Metro East residents have a safe option for shredding documents containing personal information, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) are hosting an event in Edwardsville offering free, secure shredding services.

Shredding trucks will be available at Edwardsville High School, located at 6161 Center Grove Road, from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 24.

“The best way to protect yourself and your family from identity fraud is to securely destroy vulnerable documents,” Crowe said. “Take advantage of this free community event by utilizing shredding equipment to safely dispose of documents with personal information, which can protect you, your loved ones or your business against fraud.”

Examples of documents with personally identifiable information that should be safely discarded include bank statements, outdated medical records, tax returns, utility bills, junk mail, credit card applications and receipts.

"Many of us have old documents with personal information piling up at home, and this event is an opportunity for residents to safely and conveniently dispose of them,” said Stuart. “Shredding documents is an easy way to prevent identity theft as you’re getting rid of paperwork you no longer need.”

For more information, call Crowe’s office at 618-251-9840.

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Initiative expands financial options to support apprenticeships, K-12 tuition

03232021HAO0659SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has advanced an initiative to allow families to use funds from qualified tuition plans to cover the cost of K-12 tuition and apprenticeship supplies, bringing Illinois on par with neighboring states.

“Twenty-two states—including several of our bordering states like Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin—consider K-12 tuition and apprenticeship costs eligible expenses under qualified tuition plans,” Crowe said. “This initiative builds on Illinois’ commitment to give students the best opportunities by helping families afford K-12 education and job training.”

Qualified tuition plans, also known as 529’s, are tax-advantaged savings plans sponsored by states, agencies or institutions to encourage families to save for future education costs.

These plans allow residents to open an investment account to save for future qualified higher education expenses, like tuition, mandatory fees, or room and board.

The proposed plan expands the list of expenses that can be covered using 529 funds.

Under Crowe’s legislation, families could use these funds to pay for enrollment at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school, as well as fees, books, supplies and equipment required for apprenticeship programs.

“Access to a quality education is vital for student prosperity,” Crowe said. “Illinois must get up to par with our neighboring states in making this option available to families.”

Senate Bill 558 passed the Senate State Government Committee Wednesday and now moves for further consideration before the full Senate.

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cropppedSPRINGFIELD – To help ensure residents are notified of unclaimed property quickly and efficiently, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced an initiative to allow state agencies to work together to locate rightful property owners.

“The Illinois Treasurer’s Office proactively searches for owners of unclaimed property throughout the state, but one office shouldn’t have to do it alone,” Crowe said. “Other state agencies should be utilizing their resources to help identify owners so property can be returned quickly.”

The initiative would allow the Illinois Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections to partner with the Treasurer’s Office to compare information in an effort to locate owners of unclaimed property valued at $2,000 or less.

Through its iCash program, the Treasurer’s Office is holding more than $3.5 billion in unclaimed funds for Illinoisans. Unclaimed property includes accounts and other financial means being held at corporations, financial institutions, financial intermediaries, courts or life insurance companies that have gone dormant for a period of time.

Crowe has previously partnered with the Treasurer’s Office to connect residents with cost-saving resources throughout the state, including the iCash program.

“During a pandemic that has caused nationwide financial devastation, receiving unclaimed property could make a notable difference for a struggling family,” Crowe said. “This initiative is intended to streamline the process for residents to receive the dollars they are entitled to.”

Senate Bill 338 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday and moves for further consideration before the full Senate.

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