siue hearingEDWARDSVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomed area mayors, community leaders, labor officials and fellow legislators to Edwardsville today for the first in a series of statewide hearings to discuss a plan to invest in Illinois’ roads and bridges. 

“While our region is fortunate to sit in close proximity to an expansive network of highways, rail lines and the Mississippi River, we lose our economic advantage if we do not properly invest in our infrastructure,” Crowe said. “Today’s hearing was a wonderful opportunity for legislators across the state to hear the needs of our local communities and reaffirms the need for a comprehensive capital plan in Illinois.”

Today’s hearing took place on the campus of SIUE and included members of the Senate Appropriations II and Transportation Subcommittee on Capital. Lawmakers took recommendations for local projects as they determine the best path forward to improve roads, highways, bridges and sewer systems across the state.

“Our roadways have been ignored for decades,” said Joe Silkwood, mayor of East Alton. “I’m optimistic our leaders will be able to come together and pass a proposal that puts Illinoisans to work while investing in the future.”

Illinois last passed a capital plan in 2009.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2019, in Decatur.

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Glidden ParkCOLLINSVILLE – Glidden Park in Collinsville will receive a $400,000 state grant to help with park improvements, State Senator Rachelle Crowe announced today.

The grant is through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“It is truly exciting to see the money going to such a deserving park,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “Parks play an important role in countless communities across my district, and I am thrilled for the families that will get to spend time and make memories enjoying the improvements at Glidden Park for years to come.”

The Glidden Park Revival Development project is one of 89 statewide OSLAD grant recipients announced today.

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generic classroomSPRINGFIELD – Legislation cosponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to increase the minimum salary for teachers passed the Senate Education Committee today.

“Illinois’ teacher shortage is a problem I’ve seen firsthand in my district. We need to be encouraging our students to enter the teaching profession, and a great first step would be to pay them appropriately,” Crowe said.

The bill would gradually increase the minimum full-time teacher salary to $40,000 over a period of four years beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. The rates would be:

•$32,076 for the 2020-2021 school year;

•$34,576 for the 2021-2022 school year;

•$37,076 for the 2022-2023 school year; and

•$40,000 for the 2023-2024 school year.

Senate Bill 10 is similar to legislation introduced last year, which was vetoed by former Gov. Bruce Rauner.

“I’m hopeful the 101st General Assembly will see the importance in this bill like before, so we can get it implemented as quickly as possible and start paying our teachers wages they deserve,” Crowe said.

 

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IMG 4439BELLEVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) joined Gov. JB Pritzker and other downstate lawmakers to announce a comprehensive review of Illinois’ economic growth strategy.

“Four years of lurching from crisis to crisis have created economic instability across our state,” Crowe said. “It’s a relief to hear that Gov. Pritzker is committed to crafting a long-term plan to attract businesses and create new, good-paying jobs.”

The review, which will be conducted by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will use a data-driven approach to identify growth industries and determine the best strategies for the state to spur economic development.

“Job creation will always be my top priority as an elected official,” Crowe said. “I look forward to joining the governor to determine the best approach to encourage investment in our region.”

The findings from the report will be delivered to the governor’s office within 90 days.

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