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Crowe joins fight against high insulin costs for Illinois residents

Published: Monday, July 22, 2019 09:29 AM

insulin 072219SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe is working to make insulin more affordable for Metro East residents.

Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is a chief cosponsor of Senate Bill 667, which caps the out-of-pocket costs for patients to $100 for a 30-day supply of prescription insulin.

“People who require insulin do not have a choice in their medication,” Crowe said. “Drug manufacturers should not be able to raise the cost to line their own pockets at a patient’s expense.”

For people with severe diabetes, insulin could mean the difference between life and death, but regular price hikes make insulin difficult to afford for the uninsured and those whose coverage requires significant cost sharing.

Senate Bill 667 also directs the Attorney General's office to investigate reasons for rising prescription insulin costs to ensure sufficient consumer protections. The Attorney General's office will issue a one-time report detailing its findings and make public policy recommendations for controlling and preventing overpricing of prescription insulin.

The lead sponsor of Senate Bill 667 is State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill).

Crowe’s event educated seniors on fraud and identity theft prevention

Published: Friday, July 12, 2019 09:14 AM

State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) greet the crowd in Caseyville Public Library on Wednesday morning.CASEYVILLE – As technology evolves and scammers find new ways to target the older population, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) reminded people of the many ways in which they should protect themselves during the seminar for seniors she hosted Wednesday.

“Scammers are getting more and more creative over the phone and internet, and are targeting elders’ wallets,” Crowe said. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I wasn’t trying my best to provide seniors with the skills to fight back.”

The event was free and open to the public at the Caseyville Public Library on Wednesday. The Attorney General’s Office and State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) co-hosted the event with Crowe.

Crowe supports legislation increasing line-of-duty death benefits

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 12:55 PM

police fire 032019SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a measure last month doubling the benefits for families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, an initiative supported by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“With the cost of funerals rising, this legislation aims to lift one burden off grieving families’ shoulders,” Crowe said. “These public servants made the ultimate sacrifice and should be honored for doing so.”

House Bill 2028 increases the burial benefit for a firefighter or law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty from $10,000 to $20,000. The increased benefit applies to those individuals killed in the line of duty after June 30, 2018. 

Neither the benefit for State Police officers nor the benefit for local law enforcement officers and firefighters has been raised since its creation in the late 1990s.

House Bill 2028 passed the Senate without opposition on May 16 and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. 

Gov. Pritzker joins Crowe in Metro East to celebrate capital legislation

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019 02:45 PM

crowe 062819EAST ST. LOUIS – Sen. Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomed area legislators and state officials to discuss the importance of Illinois’ updated, comprehensive infrastructure plan.

“Illinois’ capital initiative shows that we are steadfast in our commitment to creating good-paying jobs that in turn improve each community’s conditions,” Crowe said. “This bipartisan effort puts people back to work while making meaningful investments in every community in the state.”

The list of capital projects for the 56th District is still being finalized, but among the funding is $200,000 each for the Boys and Girls Club in Bethalto and the Edwardsville YMCA for building updates and repairs.

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Committee of the Whole; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs.

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart