bikeGLEN CARBON – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is announcing three grants awarded in Madison County to construct additional paths for Metro East bikers on popular routes.

“I applaud Illinois for using these funds to increase construction jobs in our communities while creating more safe space for our bikers and families to enjoy the outdoors,” Crowe said. “These investments show our state’s commitment to attract local recreation opportunities while boosting the economy.”

A grant for Edwardsville totaling $150,000 will be used to construct a 1,100-foot path between the intersections of Terra Verda Drive to IL Route 159 at Plum Street and North to the intersection of West Magnolia Street. Construction will expand upon the existing shared-use path located along the eastern side of IL Route 159.

Madison County Transit was also awarded two grants equaling $385,000. One of the two grants, totaling $185,000, will be used to connect 15.5-mile MCT Schoolhouse Trail to Maryville Pleasant Ridge Park.

The other grant, equaling $200,000 will be used to renovate a 1.2-mile segment of the Nickel Plate Trail beginning at IL Route 143 and ending at Peradotti Road.

“Bike path projects are excellent investments in safe transportation, creating jobs, boosting local economic development efforts, and improving local and regional recreation opportunities,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Trails are great places for bike riders, hikers, joggers and families to enjoy spending time outdoors in our beautiful state.”

Funds for these projects come from the Bicycle Path Grant Program administered by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). These grants are intended for the acquisition of land or development of facilities for bicycle paths. The Bicycle Path Grant Program was approved by the Illinois General Assembly in 1989, and funding comes from a percentage of motor vehicle title fees.

Combined with previous years’ funding, IDNR has awarded grants that have helped develop nearly 1,000 miles of local government bicycle trails in Illinois since 1990.

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lightsSPRINGFIELD – A measure that imposes stricter penalties on distracted drivers who cause a fatal accident and flee the scene without reporting it championed by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) was signed into law last week.

“Fleeing the scene of an accident is irresponsible, potentially fatal for an injured person at the scene and can slow down the efforts of investigators. We have to discourage it,” Crowe said.

Crowe’s measure adds an aggravating factor to sentencing considerations for those who cause an accident by being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or distracted by an electronic communication device and then flee the scene.

Senator Crowe and the Madison County’s State’s Attorney’s Office partnered up to shape this legislation to ensure justice for victims and their loved ones.

“Our office sees the devastation a family goes through after losing a loved one unexpectedly in a car accident, and then as it worsens when justice isn’t served to the driver who refused to report the crash,” said Crystal Uhe, Madison County First Assistant State’s Attorney. “Sen. Crowe worked tirelessly with us to craft this measure to address this growing issue, and we couldn’t be more proud to have a hand bringing those accountable to their consequences.”

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

Senate Bill 1750 goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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produceWOOD RIVER – To increase access to underserved residents for fresh, local produce, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is announcing the Goshen Market Foundation’s ‘Beet Box’ will be in Wood River at Operation Blessing Tuesday morning.

“This incredible traveling market makes its way throughout the Metro East on a weekly basis, but residents in Wood River don’t usually get a chance to take advantage of its fresh produce and other educational benefits,” Crowe said. “I wanted to make sure the Beet Box could be accessible to a different portion of my district.”

The Goshen Market started its Beet Box program in August 2018, and the mobile farmers market is stocked with affordably priced, local produce.

Like all of the Goshen Market’s projects, the Beet Box accepts Illinois SNAP and Link benefits by using double value coupons for these programs. This enables users to double the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they can purchase at the Market on Wheels.

The Beet Box will be open at Operation Blessing at 18 E. Lorena Ave. in Wood River on Tuesday, August 20, from 10 AM until noon.

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08152019CM0226SPRINGFIELD – Legislation requiring a secure, electronic database to simplify the process of accessing all the communications between sexual assault victims and the many other parties involved in investigating their cases was signed into law today. This initiative is co-sponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

“Sexual assault investigations are complicated, and survivors are trying to keep track of everything during this time-sensitive process while also undergoing terrible personal trauma,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “This program will allow secure conversations and status updates for all involved throughout a complex process. This is one more way we can empower survivors.”

The plan, Senate Bill 1411, specifies that survivors, health care facilities, law enforcement agencies and the State’s Attorney’s office are “stakeholders” with access to the files in question. The state will fund the program using moneys for crime labs and through additional funding for Illinois State Police.

“Our strong commitment to prosecuting sex offenders must be complimented by the very best support systems for sexual assault survivors. The criminal justice system can be challenging for victims to navigate- especially for those who have suffered such severe trauma,” said Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney. “This law represents big progress toward providing real support for survivors at a time when the need it most. I am grateful to Senator Crowe for her tireless dedication to fighting for victims of crime with common sense reforms.”

Senate Bill 1411 is effective immediately.

Another measure signed into law today, Senate Bill 1183, allows proceeds from the issuance of Police Memorial Committee license plates to be used for grants and scholarships for spouses of police officers killed in the line of duty.

“There’s a good chance a widowed man or woman will want to further their education in order to provide for their family,” Crowe said. “This initiative gives them a chance to get back on their feet with help from a grateful public whose fees are already going toward supporting the memory of their loved ones.”

Currently, only children can receive this benefit. Senate Bill 1183 is effective Jan. 1, 2020.

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