car accidentSPRINGFIELD – Distracted drivers who cause a fatal accident and flee the scene face tougher penalties under new legislation by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“Distracted driving is potentially fatal and entirely avoidable. We need to send the message that this isn’t acceptable,” said Crowe.

Crowe’s measure would add an aggravating factor to sentencing considerations for those who cause an accident by being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or distracted by an electronic communication device and then flee the scene.

Aggravating factors can influence a court’s decision to include an imprisoning sentence or increase the chance for a more severe sentence.

“Fleeing the scene of an accident is irresponsible, potentially fatal for an injured person at the scene and can slow down the efforts of investigators. We need to discourage it,” Crowe said.

Senate Bill 1750 was approved by the Senate Criminal Law Committee today and goes to the full Senate for further debate.

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02202019CM0694SPRINGFIELD – To protect senior citizens from the many scams that target them, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is seeking to create a new state task force.

“We hear of a new scam or someone trying to take advantage of the elderly every day,” said Crowe. “I wanted to make sure we have an educated group of people looking out for our most vulnerable population’s best interests while strengthening our protections for them.”

The measure creates an Elder Abuse Task Force, consisting of 20 members to investigate the effectiveness of current elder protective services and laws while increasing public awareness of elder abuse and encouraging people to report it.

Crowe’s legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 13 was approved by a Senate committee today and will go to the Senate floor for further consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe to protect workers from local right-to-work laws passed the Senate today.

“The Collective Bargaining Freedom Act solidifies the state’s commitment t02052019CM0312ro provide protection for our middle-class workers,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said. “Workers have the right to negotiate livable wages and safe working conditions without worry.”

Senate Bill 1474 is designed to support economic development, protect the quality of important services that are provided to the taxpayers of Illinois and confirm the state’s obligation to producing a highly trained workforce.

The bill will now be considered by the House.

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe is urging Illinois to adopt “buy Illinois” and “buy America” steel policies – a nod to her region’s vital contributions to the nation’s steel production.

Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon, introduced a resolution that recognizes the importance of the steel industry and the jobs it supports in Illinois.

“With all our steel manufacturers in mind, it’s vital that their work be appreciated throughout the state,” Crowe said. “Steel manufacturers employ thousands of hard-working people in my Senate district and across Illinois. We should support their work to keep people employed and create even more jobs.”

In Illinois, the steel industry employs more than 9,000 workers and supports about 64,000 jobs. Production has steadily declined over the years because of imported steel.

“I am proud of our state for taking initiative to support our steel mills,” said Dan Simmons, president of United Steelworkers Local 1899 in Granite City. “It’s about time we recognize the damaging effects outsourcing steel has on the local economy. Capital funded projects support hard-working men and women, and it would be beneficial to all if the materials were American made.”

Senate Resolution 84 passed the Senate Labor Committee and will now be considered by the full Senate.

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