04112019CW0046 1MARYVILLE - In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging residents to nominate local female business owners to recognize for their leadership and service to residents.

“To celebrate our local female entrepreneurs, I hope to highlight their achievements during the month of October,” Crowe said. “These amazing women enrich our communities by not only offering high-quality products and services, but also expanding employment opportunities throughout the Metro East.”

Nominations can be submitted to Sen. Crowe’s office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and providing a name, business title and reason for recognition.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is hosting a series of webinars specifically targeted to female small business owners to offer support and resources for success. For more information, visit DCEO’s website.

“As the holiday season approaches, I am taking every opportunity to encourage residents to shop local,” Crowe said. “Our small business community is hurting, and we can offer our support by buying gift cards, referring friends and engaging on social media.”

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loginNew tracking system will support, protect and empower sexual assault survivors throughout evidence collection and processing

MARYVILLE - As a former prosecutor with experience working with survivors of sexual assault, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is gratified to announce the Illinois State Police Division of Forensic Services has launched a new electronic system to allow survivors to track their sexual assault kits.

“From my past professional experience as a prosecutor, I can attest to the importance of survivors having access to their case’s progress,” Crowe said. “Sexual assault cases are time-sensitive, complicated and emotional, and this new system will support survivors through the grueling process.”

Crowe sponsored Public Act 101-0377, formerly known as Senate Bill 1411, to require ISP to establish a secure, effective sexual assault evidence tracking system. The measure was signed into law in August of 2019.

Drawing on recommendations made by the 2018 Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission, the system will allow survivors of sexual assault to monitor the status of their evidence throughout the entire collection and analysis process.

 To ensure privacy, the system will use unique case numbers and passwords to limit access to survivors and law enforcement.

“With this new system, sexual assault survivors will have the ability to check the status of their evidence as it transitions from collection at the hospital, through the forensic lab and ultimately to the final results from their local state’s attorney’s office,” Crowe said. “This program will allow secure conversations for survivors to speak with law enforcement throughout the complex process, and it’s one more way we can empower survivors.”

The system can be found on the Illinois State Police website at https://paets.isp.illinois.gov/. 

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istockphoto 534200826 612x612MARYVILLE – With flu season approaching, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) urge older Illinoisans to get their flu shot as an added layer of protection during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“It’s important for all Illinois residents to get their flu shot, but especially our older adults,” Belt said. “Older adults are at greater risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus and influenza, so getting the flu shot is critical to protecting their health this winter season.” 

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, older adults and people with chronic health issues are more likely to develop serious complications resulting from the flu. While flu seasons are variable in their severity, people 65 years and older tend to be the most vulnerable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 70-85% of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in adults 65 years and older. 

“Health experts insist getting a flu shot is an easy but vitally important way to avoid getting sick,” Crowe said. “With many concerns surrounding hospitals and our aging population due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage residents to take recommendations from their healthcare professionals to keep themselves healthy.”

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover one flu shot per flu season. It is always advisable to consult a health care provider before seeking medical treatment. Find a flu vaccine provider near you with Vaccine Finder.

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MARYVILLE - The Illinois State Board of Education has chosen two teachers at schools in the 56th District to recognize as exemplary educators, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is congratulating both women on the prestigious honor.

“As educators find new methods to connect with students, it’s important for me to express my appreciation for their time, sacrifice and commitment to provide stability for our Metro East communities,” Crowesaid. “Especially in the age of e-learning, dedicated teachers are one of our best hopes to protect our students from falling behind.” 

ISBE selected Jennifer Bhooshan as Regional Teacher of the Year in the state’s Southwest area. Bhooshan is an elementary music teacher at Maryville Elementary School in Collinsville Community Unit School District 10.

Additionally, ISBE officials have named Kimberly Engelman of Eunice Smith Elementary in Alton Community School District 11 as its first-ever Early Childhood Teacher of the Year for the state of Illinois.

During the board’s virtual meeting on Oct. 21, ISBE will recognize all its Teacher of the Year awardees and select one of the 10 Regional Teachers of the Year to receive the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year award.

The Teacher of the Year program was created to celebrate the teachers who serve an exceptional role in achieving educational equity for Illinois students.

Photos and bios of the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year finalists are available at www.isbe.net/teacheroftheyear.

Kim Engleman

Kimberly Engelman

Jennifer Bhooshan

Jennifer Bhooshan


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