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  • Senator Collins passes broader K2 ban (VIDEO)

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    SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a wave of deaths related to synthetic cannabis overdoses, the Illinois Senate approved a plan by Sen. Jacqueline Collins to broaden the classification of such drugs, which often skirt the law through minute tweaks to their formulae.

    “After the careful consideration taken to weigh the implications of new restrictions on drugs, I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate for swiftly passing this legislation, and I urge the House to do the same,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “Many synthetic cannabinoids are already illegal, but by broadening the criteria, we ensure that they can’t be made legal by small and potentially deadly changes to their chemical formulae.”

  • Van Pelt introduces plan to reform use of controversial gang databases

    Sen. Patricia Van PeltSPRINGFIELD – Use of controversial gang databases by police would be reformed under legislation introduced today by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt.

    “My goal is to reform the use of gang databases so that we can ensure the data is accurate and can be effective in helping reduce gang-related activity while still protecting people’s rights.” Van Pelt, a Chicago Democrat, said. “We need to make sure people aren’t being added to the gang database when they shouldn’t be, something that has proven to be problematic for countless Chicagoans over the years.”

    The legislation was crafted after experts, advocates and community members voiced their concerns at an April 20 Senate committee hearing about the Chicago Police Department’s use of gang databases and its effect on communities.

  • Parks and recreation take center stage in the Capitol (VIDEO)

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  • Collins plan to study early childhood absences passes Senate

    collins 042418SPRINGFIELD – The problem of chronic absences weighs heavily on a school’s ability to educate students, a problem State Senator Jacqueline Collins continues to address this year with a plan that passed the Senate today.

    The measure, approved by the Senate in a 50-1 vote today, extends studies of chronic absence to include early childhood programs. Schools must collect and review absence data, using it as the basis for recommendations on what can be done to reduce absences and truancy.

    “To attack the causes of absence from all sides, we must fully understand it, and that means starting with our youngest students,” Collins said. “We know that a pattern of absence or truancy can develop from an early age. Collecting this data and hearing these stories from our schools will help us to understand why, and to develop strategies to keep our kids in class.”

    Data from the University of Chicago, the Consortium on Chicago School Research and reports by California-based Attendance Works highlight the critical importance of consistent preschool attendance. Students who attend preschool regularly are significantly more likely than chronically absent preschoolers to be ready for kindergarten and to attend school regularly in later grades.

    Senate Bill 3536 heads to the Illinois House for consideration.

     

  • Collins’ plan for Illinois Council on Women and Girls moves forward after committee approval

    13074364353rTo continue pushing for equality and break down the social and economic barriers that continue to hold back women, State Senator Jacqueline Collins advanced a new measure that would focus state resources on researching and implementing policies to help women and girls in Illinois.

    Senate Bill 3402 would create the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, a group that would advise the governor and the General Assembly on policy issues with a female focus. The council would be required to issue twice-yearly reports on its policy recommendations by June 30 and Dec. 31 of each year. The Senate State Government Committee approved the measure Wednesday.

  • Collins: Check cashing rate compromise will spare some of the state’s poorest

    collins 031318 2SPRINGFIELD – A rate hike on check cashing services will be lower than originally proposed, and rates for those on public assistance will become lower, under a compromise reached today.

    State Senator Jacqueline Collins joined activists from a number of groups pushing against a higher proposal at a press conference today to thank advocates and explain the impact of new rates.

  • Collins: Governor’s intended veto of gun dealer licensing turns back on families

    collins sb1657veto“The governor has chosen to ignore the clear voice of the people.”

    State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today after hearing reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will veto legislation that would impose licensing on gun dealers in Illinois:

    “In every corner of our country, the voices of young people who have seen the lives of their friends and loved ones cut short are raised in unison to call on us to act,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “By choosing to veto this legislation, the governor has chosen to ignore the clear voice of the people in favor of a gun lobby whose aims no longer represent the views of even the vast majority of gun owners.

    “To do this is to turn his back on the families who, united in pain, have pushed for change and found support in the legislature.”

    Collins is a chief co-sponsor of the legislation, SB 1657.

  • Collins' senate committee questions bank on security measures

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  • Senate Dems react to governor's Fiscal 2019 budget address

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  • Collins, activists gather to oppose rate hike on check cashing (VIDEO)

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  • Senators react to governor's State of the State speech

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  • Collins to push for lower check cashing rates at currency exchanges

    collins 012418Joins activists to protest Rauner rate hike proposal

    CHICAGO – In response to a move yesterday by the Rauner administration’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to impose a double-digit increase in fee caps for check cashing at Illinois currency exchanges, State Sen. Jacqueline Collins joined activists in Chicago today to call for a rejection of the proposal.

    Speaking at the headquarters of The Woodstock Institute, Collins also announced legislation that would cut check cashing rates and expand consumer protections for customers.

  • Collins, Hunter express outrage over planned school closures

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    CHICAGO – Joined by fellow lawmakers Wednesday morning, State Senators Jacqueline Collins and Mattie Hunter voiced their opposition to a move by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shutter four schools in the Englewood neighborhood.

    “I stand alongside my colleagues, united in disappointment and outrage as, once again, Mayor Emanuel chooses to pull the rug out from under our public schools,” Collins said. “Years of negotiations in the General Assembly finally came to fruition this year when Democrats and Republicans rejected politics, embraced compromise, and came together to make a fairer system for our children.

  • Collins: “I am outraged” at planned closures of Englewood schools

    collins 022817CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Collins responded to news last week that all four of the high schools in the Englewood neighborhood are slated for closure with the following statement:

    “On behalf of the families and students of the 16th District, I am outraged that all four Englewood high schools are slated to be closed. The crisis confronting this community and these schools, Hope, Robeson, Harper and Team Englewood, is the result of the decades-long disinvestment in neighborhood schools and the proliferation of charter schools across the South and West Sides of the city.

    “When you systematically and callously undermine the foundation of public education, you close the door of opportunity for many of our most vulnerable and poor students. Now, our children, through no fault of their own, will unfairly face difficulties in safety and transportation that may prove insurmountable.”

  • State Senators: It’s time to stop using flawed Crosscheck system (VIDEO)

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  • Collins joins protesters at bank over security measures

    Buzz-In DoorwayCHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, gave the following prepared remarks this morning, joining citizens in protesting at 8140 South Ashland Ave. over security measures they see as obtrusive.

    “As a community, we know it is the prerogative and the duty of Fifth Third Bank to protect its property, its assets, its employees and its customers. At the same time, what I believe we are all here to point out is that security measures such as the buzz-in doors and conspicuous metal detectors ultimately do little to deter bad actors while they simultaneous foster an environment that tells customers they are not trusted. Further, as these measures are not in force at other branches in neighborhoods with smaller minority communities, it sends a message of prejudice.

  • Collins’ legislation ensures more families will receive life insurance benefits

    collins 110817SPRINGFIELD – Rejecting a move that would have severely weakened the standing of grieving families in the face of misbehavior by insurance companies, the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation by Senator Jacqueline Collins Wednesday.

    The measure, House Bill 302, would further strengthen the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act by requiring insurance companies to search their records back to the year 2000 if they have electronically searchable files to determine if life insurance policyholders have died, and to take steps to get money to beneficiaries.

  • Illinois Legislative Senate Black Caucus: Congress needs to act on CHIP

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  • Automatic voter registration initiative becomes law (VIDEO)

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  • Plan to study chronic absence cases becomes law

    Empty school hallwayCHICAGO – To better understand the scope and effects of truancy and absences so officials can address them, a new law will require schools to collect and review chronic absence data. Sponsored in the Illinois Senate by State Senator Jacqueline Collins, the measure was signed into law Friday.
     
    “There are many complex causes behind absences or chronic truancy,” Collins said. “We need to identify those factors and how widespread they are so we can work directly with schools and families to address the root causes of why so many of our children are not making it to class. And I want to thank the bill’s House sponsor, Representative Linda Chapa LaVia for sponsoring this legislation.”
     
    The legislation also encourages schools to provide support to students who are chronically absent. The legislation was House Bill 3139, and takes effect in July of 2018.