opioidSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) issued the following statement regarding the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announcement today that the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances has answered 10,000 calls:

“On this day meant for celebrating our loved ones, it’s important to remind people that there is more help than ever in the state of Illinois for those struggling with an opioid addiction.

My district unfortunately knows this epidemic too well, and I am actively working with IDHS to identify more services that could be provided to help fight this crisis.

Additionally, I have filed Senate Resolution 88 that urges the Illinois Department of Public Health to adopt new guidelines for painkillers; it is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Health Committee next week.

IDHS has expanded a successful program that helps patients with opioid use disorder at hospitals receive immediate treatment after their hospital visits, and I commend Alton Memorial Hospital for being a participant.

I strongly urge other area hospitals to adopt the ‘Warm Hand-off’ program.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing opioid use disorder, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP or visit HelplineIL.org.

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resize 1 Facebook ImageThe minimum wage plan is aimed to support working families by providing a path to a $15 per hour living wage. Scores of Illinoisans are stuck trying making ends meet and begging for income stability. All the while, costs keep rising and wages haven’t changed in a decade.

Equally as important, however, are the considerations of small businesses who drive our local economies. The plan includes a meaningful tax rebate for small business owners to help transition to the new wage rates. The conversation has advanced today, but I remain hopeful that the effort to adjust the wage increase timeline will continue. Reasonably lengthening the implementation of the final $15.00 per hour rate - especially for downstate communities - is an important consideration to further assist employers.

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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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