03272019CM0106SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to further protect senior citizens, an initiative by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) to deny inheritance to those convicted of assaulting their elderly family members was signed into law last week.

“It’s disheartening that we need legislation such as this to prevent family members from taking advantage of their elders,” Crowe said. “Seniors are targeted every day for their estate, and I’m proud to put this legislation forward to prevent abusers from benefitting after committing this serious crime.”

Under the current Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, a person convicted of financial exploitation, abuse or neglect of an elderly person is prohibited from benefitting from the victim’s estate. Crowe’s measure expands the law to include assault, aggravated assault, battery and aggravated battery against people over 60 years old.

“Every day, we see the devastating effects of abuse of senior citizens, often by family members,” said Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney. “I’m thankful to Senator Crowe and our legislators passing this important measure to prevent abusers from profiting from their abuse.”

Crowe has championed other protective legislation for seniors by creating the state’s Elder Abuse Task Force. She plans to be a member of the task force and to study senior mistreatment and protective services and laws, and report the findings back to officials.

House Bill 347 is effective Jan. 1, 2020.

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WOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and state Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) are partnering to bring the Treasurer’s office to the Metro East for an I-Cash Event in Wood River next Tuesday.

“I strongly urge any Illinois resident that is available to stop in to check if they have any unclaimed property,” Crowe said. “Experts will be there to help with filing claims and to answer any questions.”

The event is Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Wood River City Hall, located at 111 N. Wood River Ave in Wood River. At the event, the Treasurer’s office

The Treasurer’s office has $2.9 billion in unclaimed property owed to Illinois residents.

For more information on events Crowe is hosting, contact her district office at (618) 251-9840 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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05212019CM0381SPRINGFIELD – A measure to prevent more tragic losses of emergency responders and highway workers, co-sponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), was signed into law this week.

“This initiative’s purpose is to encourage drivers to slow down and move over whenever any vehicle is stalled on the side of the road,” Crowe said. “Our first responders are losing their lives because of carelessness, and we can’t tolerate it.”

This year, Troopers Christopher Lambert, Brooke Jones-Story and Gerald Ellis were killed in the line of duty when vehicles hit them while their vehicles were stalled on the side of the road. The law was initially passed in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen.

Senate Bill 1862, as amended, takes the following steps to strengthen Scott’s Law:

  • • Increases the minimum fine for a Scott’s Law violation without damage or injury from $100 to $500
  • • Makes a Scott’s Law violation that results in damage to a vehicle a Class A Misdemeanor
  • • A violation that results in injury or death would be a Class 4 Felony
  • • Adds a Scott’s Law violation to the list of aggravating factors that may be used in sentencing for reckless homicide
  • • Increases the penalty for a reckless homicide conviction based on a violation of Scott’s Law that results in the death of a firefighter or emergency medical services personnel to a Class 2 felony from a Class 3 felony
  • • Applies Scott’s Law to the requirements for approaching any disabled vehicle

The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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073019 WRPDWOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe invited area mayors and law enforcement to an informational event on Tuesday morning to allow open discussion on adult-use cannabis and crime-free housing programs.

“As laws are being updated, it’s critical to get local government officials and law enforcement into one room to talk through how the updates will affect each community,” Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) said.

The meeting was held at the new police station in Wood River on Tuesday morning. 

Granite City Police Lieutenant Mike Parkinson led the discussion on crime-free housing programs.

“The crime-free housing program in Granite City has benefited our community, so today we were able to continue the conversation on implementing these programs in other cities,” Parkinson said. “I want to thank Senator Crowe for being proactive and allowing us to talk out the pros and cons.”

“Today was an example of how government should work, you get all of the people in the same room to find out how to make our region the best and safest it can be,” Joe Silkwood, Mayor of East Alton said.

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111 N. Wood River Ave.,
Suite A
Wood River, IL 62095
(618) 251-9840 P

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311B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5247 P

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