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Crowe to create scholarship program for non-traditional, vocational students

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 06:28 PM

Senator CroweSPRINGFIELD – Non-traditional students seeking vocational training would be eligible for a new scholarship program under new legislation cosponsored by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“Our trade students are essential to the future of our economy,” said Crowe. “If we can encourage more people to take advantage of our trade schools when they have the opportunity a little later in life, we’ll be making better use of state resources and helping local job markets.”

The legislation establishes an Adult Vocational Community College Scholarship Program, run by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. To be eligible, a student must be over the age of 30 and unemployed but actively searching for work.

The scholarship would be enough to cover the cost of tuition and fees to attend the community college without exceeding $2,000 per recipient per academic year.

Senate Bill 1167 passed the Senate Higher Education Committee today and is scheduled for further debate before the full Senate.

Crowe pushes for tougher sentences on those who cause a fatal accident and flee scene

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 05:56 PM

text drive 031219SPRINGFIELD – Distracted drivers who cause a fatal accident and flee the scene face tougher penalties under new legislation by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“Distracted driving is potentially fatal and entirely avoidable. We need to send the message that this isn’t acceptable,” said Crowe.

Crowe’s measure would add an aggravating factor to sentencing considerations for those who cause an accident by being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or distracted by an electronic communication device and then flee the scene.

Aggravating factors can influence a court’s decision to include an imprisoning sentence or increase the chance for a more severe sentence.

“Fleeing the scene of an accident is irresponsible, potentially fatal for an injured person at the scene and can slow down the efforts of investigators. We need to discourage it,” Crowe said.

Senate Bill 1750 was approved by the Senate Criminal Law Committee today and goes to the full Senate for further debate.

Crowe creates task force to combat elder abuse

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 04:46 PM

crowe 022019SPRINGFIELD – To protect senior citizens from the many scams that target them, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is seeking to create a new state task force.

“We hear of a new scam or someone trying to take advantage of the elderly every day,” said Crowe. “I wanted to make sure we have an educated group of people looking out for our most vulnerable population’s best interests while strengthening our protections for them.”

The measure creates an Elder Abuse Task Force, consisting of 20 members to investigate the effectiveness of current elder protective services and laws while increasing public awareness of elder abuse and encouraging people to report it.

Crowe’s legislation, Senate Joint Resolution 13 was approved by a Senate committee today and will go to the Senate floor for further consideration.

Crowe: Use Illinois steel to keep employment up and create jobs

Published: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 04:32 PM

Sen. CroweSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe is urging Illinois to adopt “buy Illinois” and “buy America” steel policies – a nod to her region’s vital contributions to the nation’s steel production.

Crowe, a Democrat from Glen Carbon, introduced a resolution that recognizes the importance of the steel industry and the jobs it supports in Illinois.

“With all our steel manufacturers in mind, it’s vital that their work be appreciated throughout the state,” Crowe said. “Steel manufacturers employ thousands of hard-working people in my Senate district and across Illinois. We should support their work to keep people employed and create even more jobs.”

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