siue hearingEDWARDSVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomed area mayors, community leaders, labor officials and fellow legislators to Edwardsville today for the first in a series of statewide hearings to discuss a plan to invest in Illinois’ roads and bridges. 

“While our region is fortunate to sit in close proximity to an expansive network of highways, rail lines and the Mississippi River, we lose our economic advantage if we do not properly invest in our infrastructure,” Crowe said. “Today’s hearing was a wonderful opportunity for legislators across the state to hear the needs of our local communities and reaffirms the need for a comprehensive capital plan in Illinois.”

Today’s hearing took place on the campus of SIUE and included members of the Senate Appropriations II and Transportation Subcommittee on Capital. Lawmakers took recommendations for local projects as they determine the best path forward to improve roads, highways, bridges and sewer systems across the state.

“Our roadways have been ignored for decades,” said Joe Silkwood, mayor of East Alton. “I’m optimistic our leaders will be able to come together and pass a proposal that puts Illinoisans to work while investing in the future.”

Illinois last passed a capital plan in 2009.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2019, in Decatur.

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08222018CM0014SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) issued the following statement reacting to today’s budget address by Gov. JB Pritzker:

“Gov. Pritzker and his budget team made tremendous strides for Illinois today, focusing on our children and the future is something to be celebrated. I commend Gov. Pritzker for his commitment to invest more in both K-12 and higher education institutions.

Under the proposed budget scheduled to start July 1, 2019, school districts across the state will get $25 million more than required by the new school funding formula – an increase to $375 million from $350 million.

Higher education will also see a $50 million increase for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) and a $55.2 million increase for public universities’ operating expenses.

‘Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and other area public schools have been decimated for too long, and stability must be brought back into our classrooms to invest in our state’s economic growth,’ Crowe said. ‘I appreciate his effort and for sharing my main priority.’

I look forward to working with Gov. Pritzker on his bipartisan Downstate Revitalization Plan while having discussions on this proposal to agree on a final spending plan that is fiscally responsible to taxpayers.”

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opioidSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) issued the following statement regarding the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announcement today that the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances has answered 10,000 calls:

“On this day meant for celebrating our loved ones, it’s important to remind people that there is more help than ever in the state of Illinois for those struggling with an opioid addiction.

My district unfortunately knows this epidemic too well, and I am actively working with IDHS to identify more services that could be provided to help fight this crisis.

Additionally, I have filed Senate Resolution 88 that urges the Illinois Department of Public Health to adopt new guidelines for painkillers; it is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Health Committee next week.

IDHS has expanded a successful program that helps patients with opioid use disorder at hospitals receive immediate treatment after their hospital visits, and I commend Alton Memorial Hospital for being a participant.

I strongly urge other area hospitals to adopt the ‘Warm Hand-off’ program.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing opioid use disorder, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP or visit

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resize 1 Facebook ImageThe minimum wage plan is aimed to support working families by providing a path to a $15 per hour living wage. Scores of Illinoisans are stuck trying making ends meet and begging for income stability. All the while, costs keep rising and wages haven’t changed in a decade.

Equally as important, however, are the considerations of small businesses who drive our local economies. The plan includes a meaningful tax rebate for small business owners to help transition to the new wage rates. The conversation has advanced today, but I remain hopeful that the effort to adjust the wage increase timeline will continue. Reasonably lengthening the implementation of the final $15.00 per hour rate - especially for downstate communities - is an important consideration to further assist employers.

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