Crowe announces library grants to local school districts

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:03 AM

library 072519GLEN CARBON – Six local school districts will receive more than $14,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant program, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced today.

The grants, which are issued by the Illinois State Library, are meant to help public schools offer more library books and materials to students.

“School libraries have the tools to increase a child’s lifelong learning and literacy skills, enabling their individual social participation both in the classroom and at home,” Crowe said. “I applaud our state for recognizing the importance of providing our children with the opportunity to find a passion for reading.”

Schools receiving school library grants include:

  • Alton Community Unit School District 11 – $4,395.00
  • Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 – $2,877.00
  • Granite City Community Unit School District 9 – $4,280.25
  • Central School District 104, O’Fallon – $750.00
  • Roxana Community Unit District 1 – $1,302.75
  • East Alton-Wood River Community High School District 14 – $750.00

From Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations approved by the General Assembly and the governor, school library grants were awarded based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant award of $750.

School libraries can use the funds to acquire fiction and/or nonfiction books, educational CDs and DVDs, and library subscriptions to electronic resources, as well as to improve technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity.

Crowe champions initiative keeping aviation repair industry in Illinois

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2019 12:28 PM

crowe jet 111419SPRINGFIELD – Legislation showing vast support to the aviation repair industry in Illinois is one step closer to becoming law under the firm leadership of State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“I am delighted the majority of the Senate agreed this exemption is necessary in support of the economic contributions jet repair companies provide to the entire state of Illinois,” Crowe said. “But this fight is not over.”

The measure reinstates Illinois’ sales tax exemption for aircraft materials, which expired Dec. 31, 2014.

Crowe pushes measure prioritizing jobs, promoting aviation business

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 05:01 PM

crowe 111319SPRINGFIELD – In support of the good-paying jobs and vital economic contributions jet repair companies provide to the Metro East, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) advanced an initiative out of the Senate Revenue Committee to help keep their doors open.

“West Star Aviation provides over 500 good-paying jobs in the East Alton region,” Crowe said. “We need to keep them here.”

The measure reinstates Illinois’ sales tax exemption for aircraft materials, which expired Dec. 31, 2014.


Crowe announces grant to build the first indoor recreation center in Edwardsville

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 01:46 PM

fitnesscenter 102119EDWARDSVILLE – The City of Edwardsville will receive a $2.5 million grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to construct the city’s first indoor facility for recreational activities, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced today.

“This grant will provide numerous recreation opportunities for residents, especially when the weather is too rainy or cold to spend time outdoors,” Crowe said. “I can’t thank our state leaders enough for being committed to creating more shared space for people to exercise while strengthening our community’s core.”

The center will be located near the Madison County Bike Trail and Governor’s Parkway and will feature an indoor ice-skating rink and an elevated 175-meter, a four-lane track with a 3,000-square-foot physical fitness center.

Edwardsville is receiving one of eight grants totaling more than $10.1 million made available through the IDNR’s Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act grant program.

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

Sen. Rachell Crowe

56th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Judiciary (Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities; Veterans Affairs; Subcommittee on Capital (AP); Subcommittee on Tort Reform (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Sub. on the Const.& Redistricting (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com. (Chairperson).

Associated Representatives:
Monica Bristow
Katie Stuart