ngrrecMARYVILLE – The Habitat Strike Team within the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) has received an Illinois Habitat Fund Special Wildlife Funds Grant for restoration activities across 8,000 acres of the Great Rivers Confluence area, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced.

“It’s important that we continue to protect our habitats,” Crowe said. “This grant will give the employees with NGRREC’s Habitat Strike Team the opportunity to continue improving ecosystem health, promoting the growth of native plants, benefiting wildlife and restoring habitats.”

The team is receiving $220,000 to fund a project to restore and improve habitat across 8,000 acres of the Great Rivers Confluence area within a 90-mile radius from East Alton. The awarded habitat stewardship area includes five state parks and three nature preserves. 

The Illinois Habitat Fund Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program is administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to support wildlife habitat restoration by not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities. 

Funding for this program comes from the sale of Habitat Stamps. The Illinois Habitat Committee approved over $950,000 in funding for seven projects.

For more information on the Special Wildlife Funds Grant Program, click here.

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2 28 2017 5 24 50 PM 3044488MARYVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging K-12 students to create and submit artwork for the annual art contest sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education. This year’s theme is “Art Surrounds Us.”

“Creating art is a great way for students to express themselves,” Crowe said. “The Metro East has many talented artists, and I hope students of all ages choose to participate in this statewide art contest.”

The contest includes four entry levels: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. A panel of judges selects a winner and three runners-up in each entry level.

All winners and runners-up will have their work displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. One student’s work will be chosen by the judges as “Best in Show” and will be featured on a poster to celebrate the arts during Illinois Arts Education Week, which takes place March 15-19 this year.

Student submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 12, 2021 to be considered. More information on the competition and how to submit artwork can be found on the ALPLM website.

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opioidSPRINGFIELD - To empower health care providers to prevent opioid abuse, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) voted on a measure Sunday to give every medication prescriber, including e-prescribers, access to the same database.

“By allowing all prescribers access to a universal database, we can give health care providers an accurate resource to make educated decisions when prescribing medications,” Crowe said. “Armed with a patient’s full medical history, a provider may decide the best course of action is to prescribe one of the many viable opioid alternatives.”

The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) collects information on controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in Illinois. The PMP website allows prescribers and dispensers to view a current or prospective patient's prescription history.

The ultimate goal of the PMP is to assist prescribers and dispensers in the effective treatment of patients seeking medical care. However, currently not every prescriber has access to the database. 

House Bill 2488 would tackle that issue. The measure would ensure every person who has prescribing authority has access to the PMP.

Crowe, chair of the Senate Special Committee on Opioid Crisis Abatement, has gathered stakeholders from across Illinois to learn more about the state’s response to the opioid epidemic and is working to draft additional legislation to support the fight against the public health crisis.

HB 2488 advanced out of the Senate Sunday.

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fafsaMARYVILLE – To provide support for families looking to send a student to college, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) are urging residents to explore financial aid resources through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

“The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative effect on the college aspirations of students from low-income backgrounds,” Belt said. “Providing these students and their families the college and career planning resources they need is more important than ever.”

To address pandemic-related challenges facing high schools and graduating seniors as they work to complete financial aid applications for the Fall 2021 semester, ISAC has added initiatives to its college outreach programs, including online workshops and other virtual assistance options.

“Education is one of our strongest tools to regain economic stability, but our school system has been burdened by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Crowe said. “Ensuring students are able to attend higher education after graduation is a valuable step toward getting Illinois back on track.”

From one-on-one assistance to students and families to online financial aid modules for teachers, the state’s college access and financial aid agency is committed to providing free statewide support.

Illinois ended 2020 by ranking first in the nation for having the highest percentage of students complete the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In 2019, Belt and Crowe supported a measure to require all Illinois public high school seniors to complete FAFSA as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma.

For more information, visit ISAC’s website.

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