04112019CW0329 1MARYVILLE – As overdoses rise across the nation, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is grateful for $36.7 million in federal funds to fight back against the opioid crisis in Illinois.

“Swelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing opioid epidemic continues to devastate families across Illinois,” Crowe said. “Putting funds directly into communities that have suffered so much as a result of opioid addiction will save lives and put us on a road to recovery.”

The State Opioid Response federal grant will be used to support the following initiatives:

• Expand access to Medication Assisted Recovery (MAR) services for residents with opioid use disorders, including those in the criminal justice system;
• Hospital screenings and strengthening links to community treatment programs for patients;
• Supportive housing and digital resources for persons in recovery from opioid use disorder;
• Access to medication-assisted recovery for patients at federally qualified health centers;
• Recovery support services for pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorders;
• Mentoring and coaching for medical professionals prescribing medications for opioid use disorder;
• A toll-free Helpline for opioids and other substances;
• Expanded treatment for residents with stimulant use disorder, in response to rising rates of methamphetamine and cocaine use.

This grant was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Anyone experiencing problems with substance use disorder can call the state’s Helpline for Opioids and other Substances at 1-833-234-6343, text “HELP” to 833234 or visit HelplineIL.org.

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IMG 0725MARYVILLE – To highlight individual social-distancing efforts and give business owners an opportunity to voice concerns, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has completed the first round of her small business tour, visiting nine locally-owned businesses within the Metro East region.

“From visiting retail employees to optometrists, every business owner I had the pleasure of meeting with is taking the pandemic seriously and imposing mask requirements, social distancing and deep sanitizing,” Crowe said. “My goal with this tour was to highlight their efforts, while also offering a casual conversation in order to have a better understanding of the effects of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

To invite different perspectives from business owners and employees in all industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Crowe visited:

  • Kloss Furniture in Edwardsville,
  • Aphrodite Skin Care in Maryville,
  • Financial Adviser Dustin Jumper’s Edward Jones office in Maryville,
  • Escape Salon & Spa in Edwardsville,
  • Behavioral Health Alternatives in Wood River,
  • Leiber Vision Center in Alton,
  • St. Peter’s Hardware & Rental in Alton,
  • Advanced Outsource Solutions in Alton and
  • Cleveland Heath in Edwardsville.

“Several of the businesses I visited were approved for PPP loans, which has relieved some financial stress from payroll and other operating costs,” Crowe said. “To ensure our small businesses aren’t held personally liable, I’m now working to facilitate the loan forgiveness portion.”

Every business will be featured with more information from each visit on Sen. Crowe’s Facebook page. Business owners interested in inviting Sen. Crowe to tour are encouraged to apply at www.SenatorCrowe.com/SmallBusinessTours.

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covid 19EDWARDSVILLE – In response to new mitigation efforts released by the governor’s office surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in the Metro East region, State Sens. Christopher Belt, D-Centreville, Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, and State Reps. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, and LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, issued the following statement Tuesday:

“The safety and wellness of residents of the Metro East and across Illinois will always remain our number-one priority. As we have continued to talk with local residents, families, business owners and employees, the damage caused by the coronavirus is very evident and is not solely on the physical health of those around us. Many small and family-owned businesses across the region have suffered tremendously and have been forced to make very difficult decisions in order to keep their doors open.

“We believe that in this decision process, more consideration should be given to these business owners and operators, who have already faced the economic brunt of this pandemic. We must work to ensure that the Hospitality Emergency Grant and the Business Interruption Grant are adequately funded and provide immediate relief to the businesses such as restaurants and bars that will be affected by this decision.

“While this critical situation requires tough decisions, those who are affected should be allowed a seat at the table to make sure that the livelihoods of many residents we serve are given ample consideration in the process. We stand behind our small businesses, who are the backbones of our local economies. We all want to see our Metro East businesses and workers succeed, and we will continue to work together to get our region running again.”

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backtoschoolMARYVILLE – Working families and teachers may see lower back-to-school shopping costs next year, thanks to a measure introduced by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) filed Senate Bill 4008, which would create a tax holiday on clothes and school supplies starting with the 2021-2022 school year.

“As a nod to our working parents, guardians and teachers in Illinois, lowering the tax rate on school supplies is one less burden when preparing for the academic year,” Crowe said. “It is my hope by instituting a tax holiday, we can help relieve families and educators of some financial costs in order to prepare students for success.”

The measure would impose a lower tax rate on clothes and school supplies from 6.25% down to 1.25%. Illinois last promoted this initiative in 2010.

To offer more opportunities for savings, Sen. Crowe is pushing for the holiday to last from Aug. 6 through Aug. 8, 2021, as well as Aug. 13 through Aug. 15, 2021.

Every year, Missouri holds a “Tax Free Weekend” on school supplies, and historically Metro East families living near the border travel across the river to take advantage of the lower costs.

“By lowering the tax rate to be competitive with Missouri, we can give residents one more reason to shop local,” Crowe said. ““We need to do whatever we can to support small businesses in our communities.”

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