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COLLINSVILLE –State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) joined area legislators and officials with the Illinois Department of Transportation in Collinsville Tuesday to announce funding for the Metro East’s next projects as part of the state’s ongoing multi-year construction plan.

“Although Illinois is experiencing vast economic issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, this announcement comes at a time when residents need good-paying, labor jobs as well as reliable transportation,” Crowe said. “By investing in our state’s infrastructure, we’re committing to both of these necessary expectations.”

In total, the governor announced the state’s $21.3 billion plan to improve Illinois roads and bridges over the next six years. The program will create hundreds of thousands of job opportunities for residents across the state.

Earlier this year, construction began on multiple projects within the Rebuild Illinois plan, including the ongoing $67 million Interstate 255 rehabilitation project in St. Clair and Madison counties. The project is expected to be completed on time.

Passed in 2019, IDOT’s complete Multi-Year Plan can be found here.

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Chairwomen Crowe, Stuart pleased by collaborative effort

05092019CM0773MARYVILLE – Recognizing the devastating effects isolation and emotional abuse could have on seniors during the pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) led a discussion about how to create additional protections for seniors at the final meeting of the Elder Abuse Task Force held Wednesday via teleconference.

“As a former prosecutor, I have witnessed numerous cases of older people being targeted, from scams to criminal abuse. Getting all involved departments into one discussion was an effective way to hear about the many forms elder abuse can take and the many ways it can harm,” Crowe said. “Considering the initiatives the group is exploring, I’m confident they’ll provide solutions we can act on to fight this growing threat to our elders.”

“The unique circumstances of COVID-19 can lead to more instances of elder abuse going undetected or unreported,” said State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville). “Our most recent task force meeting yielded several good ideas on how to strengthen current elder protections and bring awareness to this often hidden problem, and I am encouraged by the work of everyone involved to protect our seniors.”

Members of the task force discussed potential legislative solutions, including expanding the statute definitions of abuse and mandated reporters. The public were also allotted time to discuss their ideas with the task force.

“I thank Senator Crowe, Representative Stuart and the 22 members of the Elder Abuse Task Force for their leadership in confronting this under-identified and under-reported crisis,” said Paula Basta, Director of the Department of Aging. “We all have the right to be treated with dignity and respect - to feel safe and secure. When it comes to the mistreatment of elders and persons with disabilities, we cannot assume that someone else will report it. We need every Illinois resident to engage to make the change.”

Created in 2019, the Elder Abuse Task Force is a committee consisting of agency heads, elder abuse experts, legislators and law enforcement. Illinois is the ninth state to create a working group focused on fighting elder abuse.

Two members of the task force, Lt. Kristopher Tharp of the Madison County’s Sherriff’s Office and Tonya Genovese of the Madison County State’s Attorney Office, are leading local efforts to protect older residents. Madison County has implemented a senior resource program called TRIAD, comprised of members of the sheriff's office, area senior citizen service providers and area senior citizens.

“By working together with our community partners, law enforcement has evolved with a better understanding of those they have sworn to protect and provided an enhanced response to issues important to our elderly citizens,” said Lt. Tharp.

“Within my role as an Assistant State’s Attorney, my concentration as a prosecutor has been to protect seniors,” said Genovese. “I commend the work of Sen. Crowe, Rep. Stuart, the Madison County’s Sherriff’s Office and the task force.”

The task force’s first report is due Jan. 1, 2021.

Those who are experiencing abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation - or suspect someone they know is experiencing them - should call the statewide 24-hour Abuse Hotline at 866-800-1409, or visit the Dept. on Aging's website.

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SBA PoweredBy FINAL 1MARYVILLE – After securing an extension, the federal government is accepting more applications for the Paycheck Protection Program, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging business owners to research the forgivable loan programs available through the Small Business Administration.

“Although Illinois is in Phase Four of the state’s reopening plan, small businesses continue to struggle with lost revenues and additional costs in enacting guidelines,” Crowe said. “I’m strongly encouraging self-employed residents and small business owners to explore the benefits of applying for a federal, forgivable loan program.”

To help provide financial support to businesses, the Federal Treasury Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration extended the application period for the Paycheck Protection Program. Businesses can get up to $10 million in relief funding through the first come, first served program. Under the extended deadline, businesses must apply by Aug. 8.

The financial lifeline helps employers keep people on the payroll and pay overhead expenses. If used as intended, the loans don’t have to be repaid.

More than 27,000 Illinois businesses have already taken advantage of the loans – saving an estimated 1.36 million jobs – according to the Small Business Administration.

PPP loans have an interest rate of 1% and can be fully forgiven if they are used for payroll costs, rent, utilities or interest on mortgages.

To find participating lenders, business owners and managers can visit the Small Business Administration’s website, found here.

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s Small Business Development Center is ready to assist entrepreneurs and companies by helping to find information and provide confidential business guidance, training and other resources to small businesses. More information is available at the SIUE SBDC website.

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Leadership Council of Southwestern IllinoisMARYVILLE – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded 12 organizations with new state grants to support broadband advancements, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is excited to congratulate Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois as a recipient.

“Because of their experience of drawing private investment and economic advancement, Leadership Council SWIL supports nearly 700,000 residents and more than 250 leaders in business, industry, labor, education and government,” Crowe said. “This grant will allow the Southwestern Illinois region to advance and improve the reliability and consistency of internet connectivity for remote workers, telehealth, and e-learning for students.”

The Illinois Connected Communities grant program was created to support building broadband capacity in some of the most underserved areas with awards up to $15,000.

“The Leadership Council SWIL Education Committee is excited to participate in this this very important Broadband Connectivity planning effort,” said Dr. Ronda Sauget, Executive Director and CEO of Leadership Council SWIL.” It is more critical than ever before to have internet connectivity for remote work, e-learning, telemedicine, agricultural, and so many other sectors. This grant will help us to identify a path for SWIL to move forward.”

The 12-month program enables each Illinois Connected Community to complete a plan for expanding broadband that identifies actions to improve internet access in the areas of community and economic development, education, civic engagement, healthcare, agriculture, and more.

The program directs $150,000 in state-funded small grants for 12 community and local government partners to help improve access to high-speed broadband in their communities.  The state grants will be matched by $150,000 in philanthropic funds.

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