04112019CW0329 1MARYVILLE – To offer support to small business owners facing economic hardship as a result of the pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced 25 local businesses will receive funds through the Business Interruption Grant program.

“Our local businesses fell victim to unprecedented revenue loss from the COVID-19 pandemic," Crowe said. “It’s reassuring to see investments going directly into our small business community, and I hope this funding can offer a boost during these tough times.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded a total of $46 million to 2,655 small businesses in the first round of BIG funding. The BIG program offers grants to Illinois restaurants and bars, barbershops and salons, and fitness centers that have suffered pandemic-related losses, with a focus on businesses in the hardest-hit areas of the state.

First round grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs, rent and utilities. The funds may also be used to cover pandemic-related expenses, such as PPE, training and new technology.

“To ensure safety for workers and consumers, the BIG program will allow businesses to prioritize safety while adjusting to new social distancing guidelines,” Crowe said. “While it’s encouraging to see businesses getting assistance, I know our work is just starting to ensure our community fully recovers from this crisis.”

The BIG program is the largest state-run economic support program formed in response to the COVID-19 economic downturn. The full list of grant recipients is available here.

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Lawmakers concerned by low response rates in St. Clair County

2020 logo sharing cardEAST ST. LOUIS – With time running out to count households and St. Clair County recording low response rates, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) encourage Metro East residents to complete the 2020 Census. 

“We have to fill out the census before it's too late,” Belt said. “This simple action determines so much about the resources provided to our community. This is the first step in solving injustices, in public health, racial equity and even law enforcement. The Census Bureau needs the most accurate data in order to help us help ourselves.”

“To ensure our region is counted efficiently and allotted the necessary federal aid, every household is responsible for completing the census,” Crowe said. “If your household has responded, you can help by talking to your family members, friends and neighbors about how simple it is. It takes minutes to complete and makes a difference in our communities for years to come.”

Seven municipalities in St. Clair County and one in Madison County have a rate of 49.9% or lower on the statewide response rate list. The cities and villages included by name and rate listed are:

  • Washington Park – 31.4%
  • Brooklyn – 39.1%
  • Venice (Madison County) – 41.9%
  • Alorton – 43.1%
  • East St. Louis – 44.2%
  • Centreville – 49.4%
  • Fairmont City – 49.7%
  • Cahokia – 49.9%

Residents can complete the census for their household at www.my2020census.gov.

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support smallMARYVILLE – In an effort to drum up support for local businesses and offer an opportunity for owners to share concerns to improve the state’s response to the global pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced she will accept applications to tour small businesses within the 56th District.

“Although the Southern Region is in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, businesses are experiencing difficulty attracting patrons,” Crowe said. “Even as we’re being mindful of safety guidelines, we need to support these businesses that make our local communities unique. With this tour, I hope to highlight the ways owners are prioritizing safety for their employees and guests, while continuing to offer high quality products and services only found in the Metro East.”

Sen. Crowe said she hopes to tour restaurants, retail, and businesses that provide personal services like spas and salons.

Applications are open, and interested business owners can find the application at www.SenatorCrowe.com/SmallBusinessTours. Once the application is received, a member of her team will respond with additional details.

Representatives of businesses with questions can call Crowe’s office at 618-251-9840 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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library grantMARYVILLE – To ensure quality education resources for students in the Metro East, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is announcing a state grant for the Mississippi Valley Library District to aid in mentoring programs.

“This grant will provide an opportunity for students needing extra support, especially in the unprecedented times we’re experiencing,” Crowe said. “I commend the state for investing in our youth.”

The Mississippi Valley Library District received a $27,463 grant to support Project Next Generation efforts, a mentoring program for students to develop technological skills, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills such as effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.

The Secretary of State awarded $559,358 in 2021 PNG grants to 28 public libraries statewide, based on districts serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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35 Executive Plaza Court
Maryville, IL 62062
(618) 251-9840 P

111 N. Wood River Ave., Suite A
Wood River, IL 62095
(By appointment only)
(618) 251-9840 P

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311B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5247 P

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