98150438 3284261178275295 4207884295747928064 oWOOD RIVER – In an effort to connect job seekers with training and open positions throughout the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have partnered to create Get Hired Illinois. State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging unemployed residents to check out the available resources.

“No one could have predicted the economic downfall we’re experiencing now, but everyone unemployed at this time, especially residents out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, should log on to Get Hired Illinois to see what their options are,” Crowe said.

The portal is designed for job seekers of all levels and backgrounds and allows employers to upload jobs, virtual career fairs, and training opportunities.

Nearly 60,000 job opportunities across a range of industries are currently available on the Get Hired portal, and more will be made available in the coming weeks. Additionally, more than 70 employers have committed to hosting virtual job fairs through the site.

The state is also launching a new partnership with Coursera to provide professional development opportunities for individuals looking to navigate new career pathways. After completing these online programs, participants will have the opportunity to continue their studies at a local community college or university, or to connect with employers through their local workforce boards.

More information is available at https://www2.illinois.gov/gethired.

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WOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced the top three winners from her art contest celebrating the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote Friday.

“I want to commend all of the students who participated in the contest. I was thoroughly impressed by every entry centered around a theme I am so proud to highlight,” Crowe said. “I hope students found this experience as fun and inspiring as I did as the host.”

In April, Crowe launched an educational art contest in response to statewide school closures to give students a project to keep them occupied at home. Students ranging from first to tenth grade created original pieces of artwork centered around the theme of constitutional equality in recognition of 2020 being the centennial of ratifying the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

The finalists’ artwork were divided into three groups, elementary, middle and high school, and put on Crowe’s Facebook page, where students and residents had the opportunity to choose the winners. The winning pieces will be put on display in the senator’s office and they will receive certificates and a gift card to a local, small business of their choosing. The winners are Eden Beasley, Mia Muniz and Corrina Pohlman.










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91oZHYSO3gLWOOD RIVER – In honor of 2020 being the centennial of women receiving the right to vote, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) partnered with librarians at the Caseyville Public Library to choose a book highlighting the movement for Illinois Senate Women’s Caucus members to read to students throughout the state.

“The book they selected perfectly explained the hardships women have gone through to get the same constitutional rights as men, in a way that children of all ages can understand,” Crowe said. “We are so fortunate to have dedicated, competent librarians at the Caseyville Public Library serving the learning needs of Metro East residents.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools for the academic year, all 21 members of the Senate Women’s Caucus were given a copy of “A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights” by Kate Hannigan under the recommendation of Caseyville Library to read to students to promote education on women’s voting rights.

With respect to the state’s social distancing guidelines, several members recorded a video of them reading the book in the comfort of their homes. The compilation video has been shared with several school and library districts to be communicated with students.

To watch the video, click here.

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restore il 2EDWARDSVILLE – After looking at data reflecting the area’s recovery in the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, state Sens. Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, and Christopher Belt, D-Centreville, and state Reps. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, LaToya Greenwood, D-East St. Louis, and Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville, delivered a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker urging his administration to move the Metro East to the next phase as part of the Restore Illinois plan, which would allow for a safe opening of manufacturers, retail stores, barbershops and salons. The legislators issued the following statement Tuesday:
“Our number one priority is, and will always remain, the health and wellbeing of Illinoisans. It’s clear that the damage done by the novel coronavirus is much more than just physical. It has taken a large toll on our communities’ financial health, as well on those families that grieve the loss of their loved ones. Because of the work from residents to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread, we have been able to maintain a steady and declining number of new cases of COVID-19 over the past two weeks.
“We believe that our region has met the criteria to move to phase 3 of recovery under the reopening plan that has been provided by the governor. Using proper safety precautions, businesses could safely reopen and put people back to work, helping to start the road to recovery for our region from this crisis. Many of our hardworking residents are struggling financially — from the small business owners to people like hair stylists and barbers. Under the next phase, many of those people would be able to go safely back to work while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
“We also propose that our region move to the next phase this Friday, May 15, as we currently meet the criteria to move forward, rather than waiting until the end of the month. These businesses represent the livelihoods of many, whether it’s a decades-old family owned retailer or a new start up that took years of savings in order to open its doors. Each day that a business remains closed is another day without profit while expenses incur, making it only harder to financially recover. We also believe that moving forward, our state should implement a 14-day waiting period rather than a 28-day period to move to the next phase to help other businesses across the state.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and continue to be the ones that support our communities and organizations. This pandemic has put their futures in jeopardy, and when looking at the numbers, we are encouraged that progress is being made in fighting this virus. We all share the goal of getting people back to work in responsible manner that will safely protect Metro East workers, business owners, and residents.”
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