04212021CM0127MARYVILLE – In partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced four infrastructure projects to improve roads and bridges throughout the Metro East.

“As our state progresses on the road to economic recovery, these local infrastructure investments come at a critical time for the Metro East,” Crowe said. “By updating local roads and bridges, we can ensure dependable modes of transportation for commuters and families while creating labor jobs for residents.”

IDOT announced four major infrastructure projects representing an estimated $31.2 million in investments for the Metro East, including:

  • $6 million to reconstruct 0.30 miles of Illinois Route 3 on 20th Street in Granite City;
  • $6.5 million to preserve 4.61 miles of Illinois Route 111 on Annex Street;
  • $6.5 million to rehabilitate 3.81 miles of Illinois Route 111 from Horseshoe Lake Road in Madison County to the St. Clair County line; and
  • $12.2 million to improve 6.82 miles of Illinois Route 159 and Troy Road, from Center Grove Road in Edwardsville to Kinloch Ave in Collinsville.

The Metro East projects are part of IDOT’s Multi-Year Plan, which defines $20.7 billion in statewide construction projects for the next six fiscal years through Rebuild Illinois. Of that total, $3.32 billion has been identified for projects set to begin in the coming year.

Passed in 2019, the Rebuild Illinois program promotes economic growth by funding projects to update the state’s aging transportation system.

“Rebuild Illinois is the largest infrastructure investment in Illinois’ history, and it continues to benefit the Metro East in a variety of ways,” Crowe said. “By strengthening roads and bridges, Illinois is prioritizing safety for travelers, creating jobs and spurring long-term economic development.”

To find a full list of projects slated for the 56th Senate District, visit IDOT’s website.

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01132021CM0739SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to educate residents on the risks associated with opioid dependence, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored legislation requiring the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to compile educational materials for patients who have been prescribed opioids.

“Educating residents on the dangers associated with opioid dependency is an effective way to prevent opioids from being misused and abused,” Crowe said. “By authorizing IDHS to publish information through various multimedia paths, Illinois is working collaboratively to educate patients with opioid prescriptions before an addiction starts.”

An initiative of the Illinois State Medical Society, the measure requires IDHS to develop and publish a list of opioid dependence risks on its website and in a pamphlet for pharmacists to distribute.

Since joining the Senate in 2019, Crowe has taken several steps to curb the opioid crisis in communities statewide.

“Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing opioid epidemic continues to devastate families across Illinois,” Crowe said. “Proactively educating residents on the dangers of opioid dependence is intended to stop addictions before they take hold.”

House Bill 3355 passed the Senate Licensed Activities Committee Wednesday and will move to the full Senate for further debate.

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042821HAO00248MARYVILLE – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced the fourth $250 million installment of Rebuild Illinois grants is available for local road projects, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is applauding more than $1.5 million in investments for Madison County infrastructure.

“With our state still recovering from the economic issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this round of grants comes at a critical time for the Metro East,” Crowe said. “By investing in our transportation infrastructure, Illinois is expressing its commitment to local labor jobs as well as reliable transportation for our residents.”

Through the Rebuild Illinois program, investments totaling $1.5 billion are scheduled to be spread out over three years to advance municipal, township and county projects across the state. Projects include road and bridge improvements, traffic signal upgrades, new storm sewers and bike paths, sidewalk replacements, and other long-term maintenance needs.

“Rebuild Illinois is about more than just our state’s transportation infrastructure,” Crowe said. “By strengthening roads and bridges, Illinois is prioritizing safety for motorists, creating good-paying jobs and investing in long-term economic development.”

A complete list of local agencies and awards can be viewed here.

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05062021CM0270SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to stabilize manufacturing economies statewide, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has introduced legislation requiring state agencies to use goods, products and materials made in Illinois and the U.S. before outsourcing.

“Supporting local businesses is one of the best strategies we can adopt to help our economy recover from the pandemic,” Crowe said. “With so many families and industries struggling here at home, Illinois agencies must look local before supporting businesses overseas.”

The plan would require procuring agencies to give preference to products manufactured in Illinois when they are within 12% of the cost of internationally produced goods. The language also mandates when a tie occurs, the bidder who can guarantee products will be manufactured in Illinois will receive preference.

“Workforce development in Illinois depends on the success of our manufacturing businesses,” Crowe said. “By prioritizing products made in Illinois and America, we’re working to stabilize our economic future for years to come.”

The measure awaits action by the Senate Executive Committee.

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