MARYVILLE – The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has announced the recipients of Strong Communities Program (SCP) grants, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is celebrating the City of Alton’s $161,000 award.
“By providing local governments with assistance to restore abandoned lots and damaged properties, the Strong Communities Program supports leaders in strategically revitalizing their communities,” Crowe said. “The program makes smart investments in communities while our state responds to the fiscal challenges of the pandemic.”
Created in August 2020, SCP provides grants of up to $250,000 to local government agencies to return vacant residential properties to productive and taxable use. To support neighboring residencies from harmful effects of blighted properties, grants can also be used to reimburse municipalities for acquisition, rehabilitation, landscaping maintenance and demolition if necessary.
The City of Alton is one of 68 local governments and land bank authorities to receive funding through SCP.
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ADV Cost of Diabetes Insulin Petition 550 no textSPRINGFIELD – State Senators Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) and Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced a new law will require pharmaceutical and insurance companies to cap insulin prices for Illinois residents with diabetes starting Jan. 1, 2021.

“For years, pharmaceutical companies took advantage of the millions of Illinois residents who depend on insulin to live,” Belt (D-Centreville) said. “Because of the passage of Senate Bill 667, Illinois residents who need insulin will no longer be subjected to price gouging and other predatory practices.”

Senate Bill 667 will cap patients’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply and requires the Departments of Insurance, Human Services, and Healthcare and Family Services to jointly issue an “insulin pricing report” to the public that details findings on insulin pricing practices and recommendations to control and prevent overpricing of prescription insulin drugs.

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 30 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 7.4 million Americans depend on insulin. Around 1.3 million Illinois residents live with diabetes and rely on insulin to manage their blood sugar levels. Data has shown that insulin prices tripled between 2002 and 2013, which has led many patients to ration their insulin and sacrifice other daily needs to pay for insulin.

“Over the years, greedy drug companies have lined their pockets at the expense of people with diabetes, who rely on insulin for survival," Crowe said. “By capping the cost of insulin, Illinois is standing firmly with working families to put lives over profits.”

Illinois is the second state in the nation to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $100 per month for all patients using a state-regulated insurance plan.

The measure was signed into law in January 2020 and chief sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

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04112019CW0329 1aMARYVILLE – As the spring legislative session approaches, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging Metro East residents to share their ideas for potential new laws.

“The pandemic has posed countless new challenges to our families and communities over the past year,” Crowe said. “As an elected official, it’s my job to listen to residents to learn more about these challenges and develop smart, comprehensive solutions.”

Ahead of the beginning of the 102nd General Assembly, Crowe is encouraging residents to send in ideas for new bills that could help improve the state of Illinois. Bill ideas can be submitted via email to Crowe’s office using the contact form at

“When we work together, we can make our community better,” Crowe said. “If there’s something about Illinois or the Metro East that you think could be improved, I encourage you to contact my office to tell us your ideas.”

Crowe represents the 56th Senate District along the Illinois-Missouri border, known commonly as the Metro East, including parts of Jersey, Madison and St. Clair counties.

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Food Drive 1WOOD RIVER – To brighten the holiday season for families in need, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Wood River City Councilman Mike Anderson are partnering to host a food drive in an effort to replenish the stock at food banks in Wood River.
“Although the holidays are some of the most joyful times of the year, many families are struggling,” Crowe said. “While there are many ways to help our friends and neighbors through the pandemic, I strongly encourage anyone able to donate to this food drive.”
Nonperishable food items will be accepted starting Jan. 1, 2021 in donation boxes at two locations in Wood River:
  • Sen. Crowe’s Office, 111 N. Wood River Ave. Ste. A
  • Russell’s Corner Café, 84 E. Ferguson Ave.
“Thank you in advance to our community for helping each other in this time of uncertainty,” Anderson said. “This is a great opportunity to start the new year helping local people in need.”
For more information, call Mira at (618) 401-4165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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