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Crowe encouraging residents to support upcoming local food drive

Published: Monday, May 18, 2020 12:36 PM

foodpantry 051820WOOD RIVER – In response to the lack of inventory available for Metro East residents at food banks, organizers have planned a multi-city community food drive, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is urging residents who can to donate to help those in need.

According to event organizer Tom Anderson, the collection site will be on the corner of Illinois Rt. 140 and Texas Blvd. in Bethalto from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. With a drive-thru style drop-off plan, volunteers will be accepting donations at that location for Community Hope Center in Bethalto, Crisis Food Center in Alton and Day Spring Four Square Church in South Roxana.

Crowe highlights new job-training resources for unemployed residents

Published: Friday, May 15, 2020 04:51 PM

get hired 1 051520WOOD RIVER – In an effort to connect job seekers with training and open positions throughout the state, the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have partnered to create Get Hired Illinois. State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging unemployed residents to check out the available resources.

“No one could have predicted the economic downfall we’re experiencing now, but everyone unemployed at this time, especially residents out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, should log on to Get Hired Illinois to see what their options are,” Crowe said.

The portal is designed for job seekers of all levels and backgrounds and allows employers to upload jobs, virtual career fairs, and training opportunities.

Nearly 60,000 job opportunities across a range of industries are currently available on the Get Hired portal, and more will be made available in the coming weeks. Additionally, more than 70 employers have committed to hosting virtual job fairs through the site.

The state is also launching a new partnership with Coursera to provide professional development opportunities for individuals looking to navigate new career pathways. After completing these online programs, participants will have the opportunity to continue their studies at a local community college or university, or to connect with employers through their local workforce boards.

More information is available at https://www2.illinois.gov/gethired.

Crowe congratulates Centennial of Women’s Suffrage art contest winners

Published: Friday, May 15, 2020 11:22 AM

crowe art 051520WOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) announced the top three winners from her art contest celebrating the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote Friday.

“I want to commend all of the students who participated in the contest. I was thoroughly impressed by every entry centered around a theme I am so proud to highlight,” Crowe said. “I hope students found this experience as fun and inspiring as I did as the host.”

In April, Crowe launched an educational art contest in response to statewide school closures to give students a project to keep them occupied at home. Students ranging from first to tenth grade created original pieces of artwork centered around the theme of constitutional equality in recognition of 2020 being the centennial of ratifying the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

The finalists’ artwork were divided into three groups, elementary, middle and high school, and put on Crowe’s Facebook page, where students and residents had the opportunity to choose the winners. The winning pieces will be put on display in the senator’s office and they will receive certificates and a gift card to a local, small business of their choosing. The winners are Eden Beasley, Mia Muniz and Corrina Pohlman (artwork left to right).

Crowe applauds Caseyville Public Library for educating state on women’s suffrage

Published: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 04:57 PM

crowe reading 051220WOOD RIVER – In honor of 2020 being the centennial of women receiving the right to vote, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) partnered with librarians at the Caseyville Public Library to choose a book highlighting the movement for Illinois Senate Women’s Caucus members to read to students throughout the state.

“The book they selected perfectly explained the hardships women have gone through to get the same constitutional rights as men, in a way that children of all ages can understand,” Crowe said. “We are so fortunate to have dedicated, competent librarians at the Caseyville Public Library serving the learning needs of Metro East residents.”

Before the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools for the academic year, all 21 members of the Senate Women’s Caucus were given a copy of “A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights” by Kate Hannigan under the recommendation of Caseyville Library to read to students to promote education on women’s voting rights.

With respect to the state’s social distancing guidelines, several members recorded a video of them reading the book in the comfort of their homes. The compilation video has been shared with several school and library districts to be communicated with students.

To watch the video, click here.

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