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Collins urges governor to sign synthetic cannabinoid legislation

Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 01:43 PM

collins 042418SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Collins is urging the governor to sign her legislation adding synthetic cannabinoids to the Controlled Substances Act.

The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday announced more cases of severe bleeding among individuals using synthetic cannabinoids. According to the agency, more than 160 people in Illinois have experienced similar symptoms, and four people have died.

Will County public officials examine students’ safety needs

Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 11:27 AM

jbt 030918PLAINFIELD – A group of Will County public officials met last week to examine how the community addresses the safety of students.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) applauded the efforts taken by community stakeholders to be proactive in preventing school violence. She was joined by several elected officials, school administrators and area police chiefs at the forum. 

Collins questions CPS on sexual abuse allegations against staff

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 04:43 PM

collins 042418SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) joined members of the Illinois Senate Education Committee in a public hearing in Chicago to question Chicago Public Schools representatives in the wake of reports that allege faculty and staff have permitted a culture of sexual harassment and abuse against students for years.

CPS CEO Janice Jackson was not present at the hearing at the Bilandic Building Wednesday.

“Dr. Jackson’s absence today is inexplicable. The CPS witnesses were not the decision makers and they failed to answer many of the more detailed questions required to discern negligence,” Collins said. “The Chicago Public Schools system is a public entity, accountable to the public. We should have heard from the CEO today.”

Collins called for the hearing after an in-depth report by the Chicago Tribune detailing a lax background check policy which allowed the hiring of teachers with red flags in their histories and allegations by dozens of students against faculty and staff within the school system across a 10-year period. She has called for a study into what mandatory reporting laws are already on the books and how and why personnel have allegedly failed to comply with them.

“I don't think apologies are enough,” Collins said, addressing Morgan Aranda, 22, a former student of Walter Payton College Prep who testified to the committee about her experiences while she was a student. “I think we already have laws on the books that were violated. What’s to say once the media spotlight is off the issue, we won't be confronted with the same issue? If we're all in this endeavor to protect our children, this has been a systemic failure by all adults.”

Van Pelt on governor’s claims: I have my doubts

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:15 PM

vanpelt 062018CHICAGO – State Senator Patricia Van Pelt of Chicago reacted to Governor Bruce Rauner’s assertion yesterday that he has done more for Black community than any other governor, including Black-owned businesses, education and human services program. Sen. Van Pelt released the following statement:

“I would like to hope the governor is projecting future efforts to improve his record in working with the Black community. But since past performance is the best predictor of future actions, I have my doubts.

“I would like to see the governor put Illinois on the right side of history by refusing to send Illinois National Guard troops to the US border. We should take no part in the president’s human rights debacle, tearing families apart without justice, and the governor can make that statement on behalf of our state.”

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