backtoschoolMARYVILLE – Working families and teachers may see lower back-to-school shopping costs next year, thanks to a measure introduced by State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) filed Senate Bill 4008, which would create a tax holiday on clothes and school supplies starting with the 2021-2022 school year.

“As a nod to our working parents, guardians and teachers in Illinois, lowering the tax rate on school supplies is one less burden when preparing for the academic year,” Crowe said. “It is my hope by instituting a tax holiday, we can help relieve families and educators of some financial costs in order to prepare students for success.”

The measure would impose a lower tax rate on clothes and school supplies from 6.25% down to 1.25%. Illinois last promoted this initiative in 2010.

To offer more opportunities for savings, Sen. Crowe is pushing for the holiday to last from Aug. 6 through Aug. 8, 2021, as well as Aug. 13 through Aug. 15, 2021.

Every year, Missouri holds a “Tax Free Weekend” on school supplies, and historically Metro East families living near the border travel across the river to take advantage of the lower costs.

“By lowering the tax rate to be competitive with Missouri, we can give residents one more reason to shop local,” Crowe said. ““We need to do whatever we can to support small businesses in our communities.”

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secretary of stateMARYVILLE – To help keep Illinois’ senior residents from waiting in line at the DMV, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) alerted drivers age 75 and older that their driver’s license expiration dates have been extended by one year.

“With long wait times at the DMV, usually requiring patrons to wait outside, the one-year extension for senior drivers is the latest action to help seniors avoid or delay a visit during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Crowe said. “This extension will give our elder population the option to plan a visit when they are comfortable, with no penalty.”

To qualify for the extension, drivers must be 75 years of age or older and have a valid license—drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked do not qualify for the one-year extension. Eligible drivers should soon receive a letter from the secretary of state as proof that they qualify.

For drivers under age 75, expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended until Nov. 1, 2020. Customers who choose to visit a facility must wear a face mask. In addition, customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and to be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather.

“Within our community, I’ve heard from veterans and other seniors, including my own sweet grandmother, concerned with waiting in line at the DMV, because they are unable to access the online services,” Crowe said. “I hope this extension can offer them all some peace of mind in this difficult time.”

Crowe continues to encourage drivers to visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com to avoid waiting in line and take advantage of online services, including replacements and renewals of registrations, driver’s licenses and ID cards.

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132042 179525178738190 8042175 oMARYVILLE – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity released $39.5 million in new grants for projects through Rebuild Illinois, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is congratulating America’s Central Port in Granite City as a recipient.

“As one of the largest freight hubs in the Midwest, America's Central Port advances economic development throughout Southwest Illinois,” Crowe said. “By funding Opportunity Zone grants, the state is investing in transportation infrastructure improvements while creating sustainable jobs for Metro East residents.

The $636,755 grant will be used to repair roadways within the port’s region.

America’s Central Port grant is one of ten Opportunity Zone grants totaling $14.7 million supported by Rebuild Illinois. According to the program, Opportunity Zones are distressed or economically underserved area census tracts.

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crowe 08172020GRANITE CITY – In an effort to help teachers adapt to a school year that will rely heavily on e-learning, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) coordinated with officials at Granite City Community Unit School District #9 to ensure 3,000 Chromebooks were ready for students to begin class next week.

“Spending the day unboxing Chromebooks is not how I think anybody expected to be spending their time leading up to school this year, but teachers have stepped up to the task of teaching students while also keeping them and their community safe,” Crowe said. “By offering this service, we’re doing our part to provide a safe environment for students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I thank Senate President Don Harmon for agreeing to this partnership.”

Responding to a call for help from Granite City administrators, Crowe brought a small group of staff from Springfield to the school’s district office to help unpack the Chromebooks in time for distribution.

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