Crowe reminds business owners to apply for federal PPP loans

Published: Monday, April 27, 2020 12:19 PM

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WOOD RIVER – State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging self-employed and small business owners to call their banks immediately to start the process for the Paycheck Protection Program.

“Small businesses fuel the Metro East economy, providing numerous unique opportunities and countless jobs to qualified residents,” Crowe said. “People who are self-employed, own a small business or employed by one are taking the biggest financial hit from the pandemic, and hopefully this program can provide some much needed relief.”

Crowe urges people with student debt to explore payment-waiving options

Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 03:27 PM

student loan 042220WOOD RIVER — In an effort to help people struggling to pay their student loans during the unprecedented economic challenges facing the state and country, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is highlighting relief options that could benefit nearly 140,000 Illinois residents.

“During this financially difficult time while millions of people are out of work, they should not be held under the weight of their student debt,” Crowe said. “I urge impacted borrowers to contact their loan providers immediately to discuss options to temporarily waive payments.”

Under the initiative, organized by the governor and Secretary Deborah Hagan of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, people with commercially-owned Federal Family Education Program Loans or privately held student loans who are having a hard time making their payments due to COVID-19 will be eligible for expanded relief.


Crowe announces art contest in honor of 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights

Published: Monday, April 20, 2020 04:54 PM

Senator CroweWOOD RIVER – To encourage creativity from students during the state’s Stay at Home Order, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is hosting an art contest in recognition of the historic centennial of women receiving the right to vote.

“While students are not in their traditional classrooms, it’s important to educate them on the history of women’s suffrage, a significant time in our national history,” Crowe said.

Crowe’s art competition is open to all students in the 56th Senate District, and will be divided into three categories: elementary, middle school and high school. The contest’s theme is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote.

All entries must include students name, grade and school. Students should email a photo of the artwork to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: "Art Contest Submission”. The deadline to submit an entry is May 11.

Once all entries are received, they will be narrowed down to the top three pieces in each category. Crowe will then post the final three in each category on her official Facebook account, where people will be able to choose the winners by “liking” their favorite artwork. The winner’s picture will be displayed in the senator’s office and will also receive a certificate and special prize. Voting will take place from the morning of May 12 through May 14th at midnight with the winners announced on May 15.

For questions related to the art contest or for information on learning resources during school closures, Crowe encourages residents to call her office at 618-251-9840 or visit

Crowe chosen by YWCA of Alton as 2020 Women of Distinction honoree

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2020 03:32 PM

crowe 022720WOOD RIVER – Applauding her commitment to empowering women and prioritizing justice for all Illinois residents, members of the YWCA of Alton have selected State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) as a 2020 recipient of the Women of Distinction award.

“As a voice for the Metro East in Springfield, I base every vote and decision on integrity, equality and fairness,” Crowe said. “It is gratifying to be receiving this significant honor alongside so many other inspiring women acting in the best interest of our communities.”

Crowe is one of twelve women selected to be inducted into the YWCA Women of Distinction Academy. Women are awarded for embodying the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Since 1991, the YWCA of Alton have honored and celebrated dynamic leaders who are making a difference in the Riverbend community.

In January, Crowe was the first woman in state history to be appointed to chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She has used her platform to introduce and advance measures concerning women’s rights in court and legal documents, as well as overall public safety.

At the Women of Distinction event, the new honorees will join the prestigious Women of Distinction Academy, a group of more than 300 outstanding female leaders from Madison and Jersey counties.

For additional information on the event, visit

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