pexels emily 768125MARYVILLE – To ensure quality education resources for students in the Metro East, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced the Mississippi Valley Library District will receive a state grant to fund local mentoring programs.

“This grant will provide an opportunity for students needing extra support, especially in the unprecedented times we’re experiencing,” Crowe said. “I commend the state for investing in our youth.”

The Mississippi Valley Library District in Collinsville received a $13,402 grant to support Project Next Generation, a mentoring program to help students develop technological skills, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills such as effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.

The secretary of state awarded $530,104 in PNG grants to 28 public libraries statewide this year. Grants were awarded to districts serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

Residents are encouraged to review the full list of grantees on the Secretary of State’s website.

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midamericaMARYVILLE – To advance infrastructure goals and create jobs in the Metro East, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) secured a $7 million grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to support the construction of a new Boeing manufacturing facility at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

“Boeing has spurred our state’s economic growth for decades, and today it employs more than 15,000 residents,” Crowe said. “Investments in our aerospace industry create jobs in Illinois, and I look forward to supporting the continued expansion of Boeing’s presence in the Metro East.”

The new 291,000 square-foot facility at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is scheduled to begin construction later this year and will help create nearly 300 jobs for the Metro East region over the next three years.

Boeing is investing $200 million total to build a state-of-the-art facility to produce the MQ-25 Stingray, the U.S. Navy’s first carrier-based unmanned aircraft. Residents are encouraged to learn more on Boeing’s website.

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Crowe ShredEvent Flyer2MARYVILLE – To provide Metro East residents with a secure option to shred documents containing personal information, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) are hosting an event in Granite City offering free shredding services.

Shredding trucks will be available at Granite City High School, located at 3101 Madison Ave., from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 25.

“A proactive way to protect yourself and your family from identity fraud is to securely destroy vulnerable documents,” Crowe said. “Take advantage of this free community shred event to safely dispose of documents with personal information, which can protect you, your loved ones or your business against fraud.”

Examples of documents with personally identifiable information that should be safely discarded include bank statements, outdated medical records, tax returns, utility bills, junk mail, credit card applications and receipts.

For more information, residents are encouraged to call Crowe’s office at 618-251-9840.

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242027200 10158519321732201 5552710714360472283 nMARYVILLE – Six projects totaling nearly $90 million to improve safety while creating jobs are underway or starting soon in the Metro East, State Senators Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) and Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced Thursday.

“As a resident and representative of the Metro East, I applaud the steps Illinois continues to take to ensure our roads are safe,” Belt said. “This funding improves the area’s infrastructure while creating good jobs.”

The following projects are set to be completed this year, with the remainder to be completed in 2022:

  • Interstate 70 resurfacing and bridge painting from Interstate 55/70 to east of Interstate 55/70/270 as well as I-55/70 from east of Illinois 159 to north of Interstate 270
  • Poplar Street Bridge improvements, including pavement patching, concrete overlay, deck repairs and bridge joint replacements
  • Illinois 111/3 resurfacing and patching from Alby Street to Broadway in Alton
  • Illinois 3 resurfacing from north of Monsanto Avenue to south of Ruby Street in Cahokia
  • I-270 at Illinois 111 interchange reconstruction
  • Illinois 157 resurfacing from State Street in East St. Louis to Petroff Drive

“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.”

Over the next six years, the Illinois Department of Transportation is planning to improve more than 3,535 miles of highway and 9 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois program with investments of up to $33 billion.

When construction is underway, drivers should anticipate delays and may wish to seek alternate routes. Belt and Crowe encourage drivers to obey posted construction zone speed limits and watch out for workers on construction projects.

More information and maps on the impact of Rebuild Illinois can be found at A list of the ongoing and upcoming projects in the Metro East can be found on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s website.

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