covid 19MARYVILLE – To protect workers’ rights, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) supported a legislative package to expand protections for employees who are working during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was signed into law by the governor Friday.

“For the unique circumstances workers are enduring on a daily basis, it’s crucial to increase security for them and their families,” Crowe said. “By expanding protections, Illinois shows its commitment to the safety and well-being of its essential workers tolerating the unfavorable conditions in the interest of public health.”

Senate Bill 471 expands disability benefits for some frontline state employees, allows horse racetrack casino, or racino, employees to organize and protects retail workers from assault.

Certain state employees, including firefighters, law enforcement and other members of the public sector, are eligible for an additional 60 days of paid disability leave if their injury recovery has been hindered by difficulties accessing treatment due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Racino employees would also have the opportunity to engage in collective bargaining as a requirement for any horse racetrack with more than 10 employees that wants to expand to include a casino.

“Although previously left out of coverage, employees at horse racetracks, like those at Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville, now have protected collective bargaining rights to have a say in their working conditions, benefits and other issues,” Crowe said.

To recognize the enhanced roles being asked of retail workers, battery of a retail worker would be enhanced to aggravated battery if the worker was performing duties that may include relaying directions for health care or safety, or during a declared disaster or state of emergency due to a public health emergency and for six months after either declaration.

Senate Bill 471 is effective immediately.

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Shred DayMARYVILLE – To aid residents in their quarantine cleaning, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is hosting a shredding event Saturday morning in Granite City with State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville).
 
“While residents have made an effort to stay home during the pandemic, we wanted to ensure they have access to safe disposal of documents with personal information,” Crowe said. “Organizers of the event will wear proper PPE and observe social distancing, and I thank officials at Granite City High School for coordinating a location.”
 
The free event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Granite City High School, 3101 Madison Avenue, Granite City.
 
Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted bank statements, medical records, tax returns, bills, receipts and other documents with personal information to be safely discarded.
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imageMARYVILLE – With construction slated to begin in the next year, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is announcing more than $6 million in state investments for road projects within her district.

“By investing in our local infrastructure, our state is committing to the transportation needs of Metro East residents,” Crowe said. “Ensuring reliable transportation for seniors, working families and students while creating construction jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic is a start to getting our local economies back on track.”

Totaling more than $6.4 million, 10 major projects are scheduled to begin on local highways in Crowe’s district by next summer. The projects are listed by county below:

Madison County

  • Replace bridge on Albers Lane over Rocky Branch Creek in Bethalto
  • Restore 0.14 miles of North Prairie Street from Corbin Street to Williams Street in Bethalto
  • Reconstruct intersection of Sugar Loaf Road and Illinois Route 157 in Collinsville
  • Restore 0.34 miles of pavement on North Buchanan Street from East Union Street to Hillsboro Avenue in Edwardsville
  • Restore 0.34 miles of pavement on Keebler Road from Illinois Route 162 to Old Keebler Road in Glen Carbon
  • Restore 0.2 miles of pavement on Johnson Road from Terrace Lane to Nameoki Road in Granite City
  • Restore 0.47 miles of Wood River Avenue from Eckhard Avenue to Ferguson Avenue in Wood River

St. Clair County

  • Restore 0.18 miles of pavement and repair sidewalks on Morris Street from Illinois Route 157 to 2nd Street in Caseyville
  • Improve intersection of Hartman Lane and Central Park Drive in O’Fallon
  • Restore 0.32 miles of pavement on Venita Drive from Taylor Road to the entrance of the O’Fallon Sports Park

The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Multi-Year Plan will invest $21.3 billion to improve the state’s infrastructure over the next six years. Projects included in the program were selected based on objective criteria, such as pavement conditions, traffic volumes and crash history.

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ufacts logoMARYVILLE – Those who haven't applied for unemployment benefits but receive a debit card claiming to provide them could be the target of a scam, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) warned residents.
 
“It’s beyond disappointing scammers are targeting vulnerable residents and their unemployment benefits during this time of economic crisis,” Crowe said. “In an effort to bring scammers to justice, IDES is aggressively cracking down on fraudsters filing false claims.”
 
Last week, reports surfaced of individuals receiving KeyBank debit cards and unemployment letters in the mail, despite never having applied for benefits. According to IDES, people who received these erroneous mailings may be targets of fraud.  
 
After receiving these reports, IDES launched an investigation into what appears to be a nationwide fraud scheme targeting applicants to the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. IDES said ambiguous federal guidelines—developed hastily to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic—leave PUA claimants open to attack. IDES maintains this scheme is not connected to the PUA program access issue experienced in May.
 
A dedicated team of staffers is now working directly with individuals whose identities are being used or have possibly been stolen. The department is also working with local and federal law enforcement authorities to pursue and prosecute those committing fraud.
 
Individuals who have received debit cards in the mail without applying for benefits should not activate them, and are urged to call IDES immediately at 1-800-814-0513 to report identity theft. 
Victims of fraud should also check their credit reports for possible suspicious activity, post a fraud alert and visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for helpful tips on recognizing and reporting identity theft.
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