052520210407SPRINGFIELD – To give young people the tools to recognize and prevent opioid abuse, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced legislation through the Senate to educate students on the dangers of opioid addiction.

“Young students and athletes may be prescribed opiates to relieve pain from injuries or surgeries before learning the risks of abuse,” Crowe said. “It’s important that kids know the health consequences associated with opioid misuse and dependency before entering high school.”

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 54 Illinois residents ages 15-24 fatally overdosed in 2019, with an additional 581 non-fatally overdosing. Crowe’s plan would begin engaging students in age-appropriate discussions on opioid abuse from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Her proposal extends Illinois’ School Code to require instruction for grade school students to learn effective methods for drug abuse prevention and avoidance, including opioids and other substances.

“Our nation’s opioid crisis continues to devastate families across Illinois,” Crowe said. “The earlier we can talk to students about the dangers of opioids and substance abuse, the better chance we have at preventing addictions from taking form during a child’s developing years.”

House Bill 1162 passed the Senate Tuesday.

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04222021CM0238SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate approved a plan supported by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to constitutionally solidify collective bargaining rights for workers Friday. 

“Working families keep our businesses open, support our communities and develop our economies—they deserve to be able to negotiate their employment contracts,” Crowe said. “By ensuring their right to collective bargaining is protected by the Illinois Constitution, we are showing our respect for their local contributions.”

Crowe’s proposal amends the Illinois Constitution to prohibit legislative proposals from affecting workers’ rights set forth by the 2019 Collective Bargaining Freedom Act.

The Collective Bargaining Freedom Act ensured protections for middle-class families by allowing workers to negotiate wages, hours, terms and conditions with employers.

“By amending the Constitution, Illinois guarantees workers’ right to negotiate livable wages and safe working conditions,” Crowe said. “This amendment is an important gesture in support of the men and women who keep our state’s economy running.”

Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 11 passed the Senate Friday.

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04212021CM0127MARYVILLE – In partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced four infrastructure projects to improve roads and bridges throughout the Metro East.

“As our state progresses on the road to economic recovery, these local infrastructure investments come at a critical time for the Metro East,” Crowe said. “By updating local roads and bridges, we can ensure dependable modes of transportation for commuters and families while creating labor jobs for residents.”

IDOT announced four major infrastructure projects representing an estimated $31.2 million in investments for the Metro East, including:

  • $6 million to reconstruct 0.30 miles of Illinois Route 3 on 20th Street in Granite City;
  • $6.5 million to preserve 4.61 miles of Illinois Route 111 on Annex Street;
  • $6.5 million to rehabilitate 3.81 miles of Illinois Route 111 from Horseshoe Lake Road in Madison County to the St. Clair County line; and
  • $12.2 million to improve 6.82 miles of Illinois Route 159 and Troy Road, from Center Grove Road in Edwardsville to Kinloch Ave in Collinsville.

The Metro East projects are part of IDOT’s Multi-Year Plan, which defines $20.7 billion in statewide construction projects for the next six fiscal years through Rebuild Illinois. Of that total, $3.32 billion has been identified for projects set to begin in the coming year.

Passed in 2019, the Rebuild Illinois program promotes economic growth by funding projects to update the state’s aging transportation system.

“Rebuild Illinois is the largest infrastructure investment in Illinois’ history, and it continues to benefit the Metro East in a variety of ways,” Crowe said. “By strengthening roads and bridges, Illinois is prioritizing safety for travelers, creating jobs and spurring long-term economic development.”

To find a full list of projects slated for the 56th Senate District, visit IDOT’s website.

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01132021CM0739SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to educate residents on the risks associated with opioid dependence, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored legislation requiring the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to compile educational materials for patients who have been prescribed opioids.

“Educating residents on the dangers associated with opioid dependency is an effective way to prevent opioids from being misused and abused,” Crowe said. “By authorizing IDHS to publish information through various multimedia paths, Illinois is working collaboratively to educate patients with opioid prescriptions before an addiction starts.”

An initiative of the Illinois State Medical Society, the measure requires IDHS to develop and publish a list of opioid dependence risks on its website and in a pamphlet for pharmacists to distribute.

Since joining the Senate in 2019, Crowe has taken several steps to curb the opioid crisis in communities statewide.

“Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing opioid epidemic continues to devastate families across Illinois,” Crowe said. “Proactively educating residents on the dangers of opioid dependence is intended to stop addictions before they take hold.”

House Bill 3355 passed the Senate Licensed Activities Committee Wednesday and will move to the full Senate for further debate.

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