05222019CW0495SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a measure last month doubling the benefits for families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, an initiative supported by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“With the cost of funerals rising, this legislation aims to lift one burden off grieving families’ shoulders,” Crowe said. “These public servants made the ultimate sacrifice and should be honored for doing so.”

House Bill 2028 increases the burial benefit for a firefighter or law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty from $10,000 to $20,000. The increased benefit applies to those individuals killed in the line of duty after June 30, 2018. 

Neither the benefit for State Police officers nor the benefit for local law enforcement officers and firefighters has been raised since its creation in the late 1990s.

House Bill 2028 passed the Senate without opposition on May 16 and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. 

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Fraud seminarCASEYVILLE – Continuing her effort to protect senior citizens, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) will host a seminar in Caseyville July 10th for constituents to learn about fraud and scam prevention.

“Scammers are learning new tricks as technology evolves, so it’s absolutely critical we keep our older population informed,” Crowe said. “This past session I created the Elder Abuse Task Force to analyze our state’s protection laws for people over 60, and I’m looking forward to helping more seniors individually.”

The event is from 10-11:30 AM at the Caseyville Public Library, 419 S. 2nd St. in Caseyville. Financial experts from the Attorney General's office will be available to discuss common scams targeting older adults and answering questions on fraud protections and other elder abuse.

Although the event is primarily for seniors, tips for preventing identity theft and avoiding scams are useful for any age or group.

The event is free and open to the public with no RSVP necessary. For more information, call Tracy in Sen. Crowe’s office at (618) 251-9840.

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02202019CM0792WOOD RIVER – To provide assistance to the hungry this summer, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is partnering with State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) to bring in non-perishable food items to those in need in the Metro East.

“We can all make a difference right here in our own neighborhoods by donating a few food items to those in need,” Crowe said. “This food will be available to our friends and neighbors who are struggling to find their next meal.”

Non-perishable food items are being collected at Sen. Crowe’s office located in Wood River at 111 N. Wood River Ave. in Suite A and also at Rep. Bristow’s office in Alton at 102 W. 9th St. in Suite 104.

Hunger relief is one of the core programs Operation Blessing employs to help families around the world rise up out of poverty. The nonprofit, humanitarian organization, with a branch in Wood River, is dedicated to alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world.

Sen. Crowe is also coordinating with the Goshen Market to bring its “Beet Box” program to Wood River by the end of the month, more details will be available soon.

For questions on district events and constituent services, call Tracy in Sen. Crowe’s office at (618) 251-9840.

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64555421 10157311386962889 3864479494106513408 oSPRINGFIELD – Several counties along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers have been affected by massive flooding in recent weeks. State senators Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Christopher Belt (D-Cahokia) from the Metro East area of Illinois issued the following statements regarding the state’s comprehensive effort to combat the rising water:

“It’s overwhelming to see the impact the rivers have had on homes and businesses, but the work of the National Guard, IEMA, elected officials, law enforcement and volunteers proves that Madison County can handle anything,” Crowe said. “The men and women who have bagged sand, kept an eye on levees, supported citizens evacuating and kept everyone safe through this over 100-day progression are the true heroes.”

“This flooding has affected numerous of communities throughout the state and many neighborhoods in my district that border the Mississippi River,” Belt said. “These communities have seen a substantial amount of hardship over the past few months, so I commend Gov. Pritzker for providing resources that will help them recover from the destruction that this heavy rain has done.”

Crowe and Belt also remind residents to be cautious when hiring contractors to repair damage to their homes and businesses. Scammers often move quickly into communities to exploit people with damage to their homes or businesses. A few tips: never pay in cash, ask to see state and local licenses and get all terms in writing.

Residents needing assistance are urged to reach out to Crowe or Belt’s district offices.

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District Office
111 N. Wood River Ave.,
Suite A
Wood River, IL 62095
(618) 251-9840 P

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

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