jersey county courthouseGLEN CARBON – Jersey County is getting assistance from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) to fix up vacant properties under a state grant plan State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced today.

“It’s imperative to get these small towns the funds to keep up the appearance of their streets,” Crowe said. “I think it will have a domino effect, providing work for those who need it and ultimately attracting people to our communities.”

The Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Program (APP) will provide Jersey County with a $20,000 grant to be used for maintaining weeds and grass, trimming trees and bushes, installing fences to protect the public and repairing or demolishing abandoned property.

Jersey County is one recipient of 62 community stabilization grants awarded by the IHDA, totaling $8.1 million.

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05212019CM0381SPRINGFIELD – Mothers needing donated breast milk would benefit under new legislation carried by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

The initiative would require insurance companies to cover costs of pasteurized donated human breast milk for mothers with infants deemed medically necessary in Illinois.

“Mothers incapable of producing milk should still have access to the benefits and nutrients of breast milk for their newborns with medical conditions,” Crowe said.

Under the measure for coverage, the milk must come from a milk bank licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health or a source that meets guidelines set by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. The mother must be unable to produce milk to meet the infant’s needs, and the infant must also be critically ill.

This legislation requires the breast milk to be prescribed by a licensed medical professional.

House Bill 3509 will now return to the House for a concurrence vote.

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04222019CW0523SPRINGFIELD – People convicted of assault or battery in a church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship would face stricter consequences under legislation carried by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon, is pushing to add an aggravating factor to sentencing considerations for those who commit assault or battery when committed in religious settings.  

“The right to worship, free from fear, is sacred,” Crowe said. “We must not only condemn the recent attacks on churches, mosques and synagogues as the acts of terrorism they are, but seek more severe punishment for them.”

Aggravating factors can influence a court’s decision to include an imprisoning sentence or increase the chance for a more severe sentence.

This initiative continues the work of Senator Crowe’s predecessor, former State Senator Bill Haine. The legislation was inspired by a shooting that occurred at First Baptist Church in Maryville in 2009.

Current law distinguishes aggravated assault as a Class A misdemeanor and aggravated battery as a Class 3 felony. Crowe’s legislation would classify aggravated battery as a Class 1 felony when the accused causes great harm or permanent disability to a victim engaged in prayer or religious service.

House Bill 38 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is scheduled for further consideration before the full Senate.

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05092019CM0362SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to further protect senior citizens, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has moved to deny inheritance to those convicted of assaulting their elderly family members.

Under the current Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, a person convicted of financial exploitation, abuse or neglect of an elderly person is prohibited from benefitting from the victim’s estate. Crowe’s measure expands the law to include assault, aggravated assault, battery and aggravated battery against people over 60 years old.

“We hope not to merely punish cruelty, but to deter it with this law,” said Crowe. “The message for abusers should be clear: You get nothing.”

House Bill 347 passed the Senate today and awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

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