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Crowe named co-chair on new Property Tax Relief Task Force

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 02:49 PM

prop tax house 072219SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe will serve as a strong voice for Metro East residents as co-chair on Illinois’ new state task force, to study how to relieve the burden of high property taxes, the Glen Carbon Democrat announced today.

“I’m looking forward to researching property taxes and reporting back with comprehensive solutions,” Crowe said. “This burden affects the majority of adults in Illinois, and I commend my colleague and friend, Senator Andy Manar, for passing this legislation.”

The Task Force will make recommendations for the development of administrative, electoral, and legislative efforts at property tax relief.

“This task force is one of the first steps in that process and I’m confident that by bringing Democrats and Republicans together to talk about this issue, we’ll be able to work together to find the solutions we need,” State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said.

In addition to lawmakers like Crowe, the Department of Revenue and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget will also work together on the task force.

The initiative was created by Senate Bill 1932, in a unanimous vote in both the House and Senate. The task force’s first report is due Dec. 31, 2019.

Medical cannabis expansion, supported by Crowe, signed into law

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 04:03 PM

crowe 030419SPRINGFIELD – In response to her district’s opioid crisis, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored an initiative to expand Illinois’ medical cannabis program. It was signed into law this week.

“By expanding access to medicinal cannabis, we are giving those with an opioid prescription another option to manage their pain,” Crowe said. “Opioids are highly addictive when abused, and this program will offer qualifying individuals an alternative.”

Earlier this year, the Illinois Department of Public Health successfully launched the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program to give patients access to medical cannabis in exchange for their opioid prescription.

The legislation also expands access to the medicinal cannabis program. It gives nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants the authority to certify a patient’s eligibility for medicinal cannabis. Currently, only doctors have this authority.

The initiative also adds 12 qualifying debilitating medical conditions, bringing the total number of conditions to 54.

Senate Bill 2023 is effective Jan. 1, 2020

Crowe announces Elder Abuse Task Force on State Fair Senior Day

Published: Monday, August 12, 2019 01:32 PM

crowe 081219SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) was recognized at a ceremony at the Illinois State Fair today for championing the Elder Abuse Task Force.

“Elder abuse was one heinous crime that always stuck with me during my time as a prosecutor,” Crowe said. “So when I joined the Senate this year, I made it a priority to do something about it.”

The priorities of the Elder Abuse Task Force are to study and report recommendations on senior mistreatment and protective services and laws.

According to the Illinois Department on Aging, abuse takes many forms and, in most cases, victims are subjected to more than one type of mistreatment. Elder abuse can include physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; confinement; passive neglect; willful deprivation; or financial exploitation.

“Just as I proudly stood against elder abuse in my previous profession, I will stand against it as a member of this task force,” Crowe said. “I look forward to working directly to protect our elders.”

Illinois is the ninth state to create an elder abuse working group.

The task force’s first report is due Jan. 1, 2021.

Governor signs Crowe’s plan for coverage of heart monitors for children

Published: Thursday, August 08, 2019 08:46 AM

crowe 022019SPRINGFIELD – A measure to require insurance companies to provide heart and lung monitors to children advanced by State Senator Rachelle Crowe was signed by Gov. Pritzker today.

This legislation expands health coverage on cardiopulmonary monitors for minors who have had complications in the past and remain at a higher risk for other problems.

“Families who cannot afford heart or lung monitors for their children deserve this relief from their insurance company,” Crowe said.

The measure was brought to Crowe by Mary Cope, a resident of Wood River who lost her infant granddaughter, Marlie, after the child was denied a heart monitor. The legislation is named Marlie’s Law in her memory.

“The heartache my family experiences every day is something I hope this legislation can prevent another family from ever knowing,” Cope said.

“This legislation ensures no child will be denied a life-saving device again,” Crowe said.

House Bill 3471 will go into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020.

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