05312021CM0052SPRINGFIELD – To expand workers’ rights protections and economic opportunity for communities, casino applicants will be required to use union labor when seeking a new or renewed casino license thanks to a measure co-sponsored by State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) that was signed into law Thursday.

“Illinois workers need access to economic opportunity and deserve assurance their jobs are secure,” Belt said. “This measure is exactly what our state needs to protect the hard working individuals, especially to ensure jobs in the Metro East continue to be available in the future.”

Casino owner applicants must provide evidence that they have entered into a project labor agreement which conforms to requirements of the Project Labor Agreements Act. The agreements will apply to employees engaged in construction and will also ensure the protection of Illinois jobs by eliminating the ability to bring in out-of-state workers at low wages.  

“With this initiative, Illinois is working to create jobs and ensuring good paying jobs stay in downstate,” Crowe said. “By upholding promises to our local labor unions, we can express our appreciation for their local contributions.”

Required contents of project labor agreements include:

  • Goals for apprenticeship hours to be performed by underrepresented minorities and women
  • Procedures for resolving jurisdiction labor disputes and grievances
  • Ensuring a reliable source of skilled and experienced labor
  • Guarantees against strikes and lockouts
  • Allowing the selection of the lowest qualified responsible bidder, without regard to union or non-union status at other construction sites
  • Binding all contractors and subcontractors on the project through appropriate bid specifications in all relevant bid documents

Any pending new casino application before the Illinois Gaming Board must provide evidence of the project labor agreement within 30 days after the effective date.

The law is effective immediately.

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pexels pixabay 38296MARYVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced more than $2 million in state investments to construct bike and pedestrian paths for residents to enjoy and add options for safe transportation in the Metro East.

“Bike paths provide a safe public space for residents, families and visitors to be physically active and enjoy the outdoors,” Crowe said. “These investments will allow residents to enjoy our scenic landscape while offering even more opportunities for safe transportation and recreation.”

Two notable projects in the Metro East include $823,500 to build a shared-use path on Route 157 in Edwardsville, and $1.3 million to complete phase 4 of the Safe Routes to School bike path in Alton. 

Rebuild Illinois is awarding $106 million to 99 projects statewide, including recreational paths and trails, through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). A complete list of projects can be found on ITEP’s website

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04222021CM0238EDWARDSVILLE – In an effort to allow local business owners to voice economic concerns to their state lawmakers, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) will host a subject matter hearing in the Senate Tourism & Hospitality Committee on Thursday at Buckminster Fuller Dome on Southern Illinois University’s campus in Edwardsville.

“While nearly every industry has faced unique challenges over the last year and a half, our state’s tourism and hospitality businesses have suffered extensively,” Crowe said. “With Illinois expected to enter Phase 5 on Friday, it’s critical that lawmakers speak with local business owners to learn how we can help them recover from pandemic-related losses.”

The committee is scheduled to hear testimony from representatives with the Bella Vista Winery in Maryville, Great Rivers & Routes Tourism, AltonWorks, the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Alfresco Performing Arts Center in Granite City, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Breakthru Beverage in Belleville, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. 

WHAT: Senate Tourism & Hospitality Committee

WHO: Senator Rachelle Crowe, Tourism & Hospitality Committee members and local small business advocates

WHEN: Thursday, June 10 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Buckminster Fuller Dome 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

81 Circle Dr. Edwardsville, IL 62026

To view virtual committee proceedings, visit https://ilga.gov/senateaudvid.asp and click "Watch Live Virtual Committee Video." The link will become available when proceedings begin. 

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06012021CM0522SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has approved a plan led by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to create a state task force designed to review and address discrepancies in laws regarding child physical and sexual abuse.

“In my background as a prosecutor, I have witnessed the effects of abuse on sexual assault survivors, particularly children,” Crowe said. “By creating a task force with the common goal to improve the state’s handling of these incidents, we can defend our children as they undergo tremendous trauma.”

To address concerns in the medical response to child abuse, the Child Sexual and Physical Abuse Task Force will investigate, assess and make recommendations on the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA).

In partnership with the Madison County Children’s Advocacy Center, the task force will study the current SASETA concerning pediatrics and dealing with children who endure sexual and physical abuse. The task force will also ensure child development and medical needs are addressed in the medical response to child sexual abuse.

Doctors, advocacy groups and medical associations will be invited to contribute to the group’s recommendations.

“I have worked closely with the Child Advocacy Center in Madison County for years, and I believe creating a unified task force to recommend treatment solutions will benefit abused children statewide,” Crowe said. “I proudly stood for survivors as a prosecutor, and I plan to continue advocating for their interests as a lawmaker.”

Senate Resolution 58 was adopted by the Senate Monday.

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