pexels pixabay 159711MARYVILLE – Patrons of 11 libraries in Madison County will soon see upgrades to services thanks to more than $260,000 in grants, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced Wednesday.

“Libraries provide communities with more than books– they provide a safe space for residents to utilize technology, community resources and education,” Crowe said. “With an increased reliance on technology for work, school and everyday life, libraries are essential– especially for residents in underserved areas.”

The $266,072.52 received by 11 local libraries is part of $18.1 million in grants awarded to 638 public libraries across the state. For more than 40 years, the Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants Program has helped public libraries with a low library tax base to ensure a minimum level of funding for library services.

Libraries will use the grants from the secretary of state’s office to help fund new services and products, such as audiobooks, adult programming, dual language materials and more.  

“In order to provide our communities with robust literacy resources, state funding is instrumental,” Crowe said. “Thanks to these grants, Metro East students, seniors and families will have better-quality reading, writing and creative opportunities at their local libraries.”

The following libraries in the district Crowe represents will receive funds:

  • Bethalto Public Library District, $23,346.30
  • Caseyville Public Library District, $7,038.70
  • East Alton Public Library District, $17,965.50
  • Edwardsville Public Library, $39,280.73
  • Glen Carbon Centennial Library District, $19,077.65
  • Hartford Public Library District, $2,107.78
  • Hayner Public Library District in Alton, $72,826.65
  • Maryville Community Library District, $14,620.20
  • Mississippi Valley Library District in Collinsville, $51,815.28
  • Roxana Public Library District, $2,274.45
  • Wood River Public Library $15,719.08

For more information on the grants, residents can visit the secretary of state’s website.

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04212021HAO0225 rSPRINGFIELD – Citing safety concerns from the Wood River community following an unexpected power plant demolition, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) created a new law requiring any property owner planning to demolish a power plant to notify surrounding communities. 

“Communities need to be aware of any environmental or safety concerns happening in close proximity,” Crowe said. “By requiring companies to notify residents of power plant demolitions, we can help families prepare themselves.”

Earlier this year, Wood River and East Alton residents were alarmed when they heard explosions from the decommissioned Wood River Power Station without warning.

The law amends the Environmental Protection Act by requiring the owner of a coal power plant to notify both the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and populations within 25 miles of the site at least 60 days before commencing a demolition.

Under the law, the notice must include details on the scheduled date and time of the demolition, potential contaminants emitted by the project, and any preventative measures implemented to control, mitigate or prevent pollution.

“Residents’ safety remains my number one priority,” Crowe said. “As a courtesy to the community that will be affected by a demolition, residents must be aware of the plan and any health concerns that may arise from it.”

Senate Bill 1920 is effective immediately.

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Crowe Mobile SOS EventMARYVILLE – Motorists who have been unable to visit a driver services facility to renew their driver’s licenses and purchase vehicle stickers will be able to attend a free mobile unit event in Maryville, sponsored by State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) in partnership with the secretary of state’s office.

“The mobile unit is a simpler, more convenient option for residents to receive necessary services without waiting for long periods of time outside a driver services facility,” Crowe said. “I encourage anyone in need of a safe, easy way to renew and pay fees to attend this upcoming event.”

The unit operates like a DMV office and offers driver’s license renewals, identification cards and license plate stickers. Attendees must wear face coverings, and social distancing rules must be followed.

Crowe reminds residents that REAL ID services will not be available at the mobile unit. The deadline to obtain a REAL ID has been extended to May 3, 2023.

In addition, Crowe invites local veterans to utilize this event to add a veteran designation to their driver’s license or state ID. For veteran designation, residents must bring their DD-214 or NAF 13038. For more information about veteran ID services, residents can call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-437-9824.

With questions or for additional information, residents are encouraged to contact Crowe’s office at 618-251-9840.

WHO: State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe and Secretary of State Jesse White’s office

WHAT: Secretary of state mobile unit event 

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.       

WHERE: 35 Executive Plaza Court, Maryville, IL 62062

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pexels pixabay 54098SPRINGFIELD – To express her respect for the brave men and women who choose to serve their country in uniform, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is highlighting two new laws that strengthen consumer protections and cut down on bureaucracy for military members in Illinois.

“Our state’s military men and women, veterans, and their families endure many challenges in order to keep us safe,” Crowe said. “With these initiatives, Illinois leads the nation in showing appreciation and support for our most courageous heroes.”

Service members and military spouses with nursing, pharmacy or dentistry certifications will be able to return to work in a new community more quickly under House Bill 2776, which requires the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to expedite professional license applications submitted by service members or their spouses within thirty days.

“When families move to the Metro East from other states to work at Scott Airforce Base, it can be a time-consuming process for their families to receive appropriate documentation to start work again,” Crowe said. “By expediting this process, we send a message to incoming military families that we appreciate their service and commitment to our country.”

To prevent service members and veterans from falling victim to misleading marketing and fraud, House Bill 3865 requires private companies that advertise benefits appeal services to publicly disclose identical services are available for free through their county’s veteran service departments.

House Bill 2776 and House Bill 3865 are both effective starting Jan. 1, 2022.

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35 Executive Plaza Court
Maryville, IL 62062
(618) 251-9840 P

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

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

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