122160473 10157875382969370 4877417037618228972 oMARYVILLE - To ensure local fire departments are prepared to protect residents, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) are highlighting the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s (OSFM) Small Equipment Grant Program and encouraging fire departments to apply.

“Local fire departments are the first to respond to life-threatening emergencies, and to continue to do this extremely important job, they need the right equipment,” Belt said. “The Small Equipment Grant Program will offer the support our local fire departments deserve, which is why Sen. Crowe and I are urging them to apply.”   

The Small Equipment Grant Program was established to provide grants of up to $26,000 for small firefighting and ambulance equipment. OSFM will award $3.3 million total to eligible fire departments and ambulance services.

“Downstate small fire protection districts often have difficulty funding purchases of personal protective equipment, such as masks, gowns and gloves,” Crowe said. “Especially right now, it’s critical that our firefighters are protected—this grant program can help our fire departments secure these essential items.”

Nearly all of Illinois’ fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments are eligible. Additionally, stand-alone, not-for-profit ambulance service providers are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 29, 2021. For the application and additional information, visit OSFM’s website.

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mctlogoMARYVILLE – To provide safe, reliable public transportation to residents across the Metro East, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced a $15.2 million state grant for Madison County Transit (MCT) to construct a new administrative building and make other helpful upgrades for riders.

“Many residents depend on public transportation for access to health care, work and school, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other necessary travel,” Crowe said. “By investing in upgrades for MCT, we are making sure our transportation services keep up with the needs of the Metro East community.”

As part of the Rebuild Illinois Capital Program, MCT was awarded a grant totaling $15,251,000 to design and construct a new administrative building, as well as make security improvements at the Transit Operations Center. 

To upgrade MCT’s existing communications infrastructure, the grant will also be used to purchase new transit communication technology to improve its ability to prepare for increased real-time data transmission and retention. This upgrade includes installing screens on fixed-route buses and at transit stations to provide passengers with real-time information about MCT services. 

MCT was awarded funding in the first round of Rebuild Illinois grants, which will be distributed in three cycles totaling $355 million to transit providers outside the Chicagoland area.

“The state’s capital plan strategically invests in critical areas,” Crowe said. “By prioritizing downstate projects, Illinois is supporting working families, seniors and students in all corners of the state.”

For MCT’s transit schedule, visit www.mct.org

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Crowe to host Facebook live with Treasurer Frerichs to share details about unclaimed property, college savings and COVID-19 small business relief program
SenCrowe TMF FBLiveEvent IGFBMARYVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) will host a Facebook Live with Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. to share details about programs within the Illinois Treasurer’s Office, including the popular I-Cash program. 
 
“The Illinois Treasurer’s Office offers a wide variety of opportunities for individuals and government bodies across our state,” Crowe said. “This event will be a great resource for residents that may have unclaimed property, have questions about college savings, or interested in learning more about our state’s investments.”

Frerichs is the state’s Chief Investment and Banking Officer and actively manages approximately a $35 billion portfolio. Frerichs’ office protects consumers by safeguarding more than $3.5 billion in unclaimed property, encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, assisting people with disabilities save without losing government benefits, and removing barriers to a secure retirement.

“Thank you to Senator Crowe for helping to spread the word about opportunities within the Treasurer’s Office,” Frerichs said. “We want Illinois residents to know that our office can help them find their unclaimed property, assist with saving for college for a loved one and provide relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
 
The virtual event will be streamed live on Sen. Crowe’s Facebook page.
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National Apprenticeship Week logo 2020 0MARYVILLE - State Senators Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) and Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 8-14. 

“Apprenticeships give aspiring professionals the real-world experience they need to get an advantage in the job market,” Belt said. “Apprenticeships also help employers retain and develop a highly skilled staff, which helps increase the efficiency and growth of their business.” 

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to highlight their apprenticeship programs and apprentices, as well as to demonstrate the value apprenticeship programs offer businesses, career seekers and their communities.

“By prioritizing fulfilling careers in the labor industry, apprenticeships provide quality experience and opportunities to trade students while increasing workplace success,” Crowe said. “Working families support the Metro East’s safety, prosperity and economic development. I commend their contributions to our communities during National Apprenticeship Week and all year round.”


For more information on apprenticeships and National Apprenticeship Week, visit https://www.apprenticeship.gov/.

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