Collins

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

    collins 021318

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

    sos 013118 1

  • 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

    hunter collins 120617Englewood would have no high schools under proposal by Mayor Emanuel

    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)

    crosscheck 113017

  • 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

    chip2

  • Automatic voter registration initiative becomes law (VIDEO)

    avr signed 082817

  • 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.

  • Collins’ measure to allow video visitation in Illinois prisons becomes law

    Skype call“Isolating inmates from their loved ones tears the fabric of families and communities.”

    SPRINGFIELD – Families will be able to speak with inmates of the Illinois prison system via video call under a new law sponsored by State Sen. Jacqueline Collins in the Illinois Senate. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed that legislation today.

    “As technology improves, we can find ways of lessening the burden of incarceration on families. This allows the Illinois Department of Corrections to facilitate humane visitation rights for inmates while giving families a way of avoiding travel costs,” Collins said.

  • Collins urges governor to sign religious garb discrimination ban

    woman 851893New law would prohibit punishing employees’ religious garb or hair

    CHICAGO – With a non-discrimination measure awaiting the governor’s signature to become law, State Senator Jacqueline Collins and State Rep. Theresa Mah joined Muslim and Arab-American advocates in Bridgeview today to call on the governor to act and make it a civil rights violation for an employer to impose any condition that requires a person to forgo any sincerely held religious practice or attire.

    Senate Bill 1697 passed the General Assembly in June. Representatives of the Mosque Foundation, The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and Arab-American Family Services joined Mah and Collins to speak on the importance of the legislation in today’s political climate.

  • Collins urges governor to sign automatic voter registration into law

    avr presser 060617SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Jacqueline Collins joined representatives of Common Cause Illinois and numerous other activists, advocates and fellow Springfield lawmakers at a press conference in Chicago yesterday to commemorate the passage of automatic voter registration in Senate Bill 1933, which passed the General Assembly toward the end of the May legislative session.

    Collins said the next step is encouraging people to vote.

  • Senate Democrats Balanced Budget vs. Rauner's Rhetoric (VIDEO)

    may31 presser

  • New law strengthens life insurance protections for grieving families

    life insuranceCollins: “This is just one way that state government should be fighting inequality.”

    SPRINGFIELD – Grieving families who might be unaware their departed loved one left them a life insurance policy would be protected by a stronger Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act under new legislation by State Sen. Jacqueline Collins and Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs that passed the Illinois General Assembly today.

    “As our technology and our best practices are updated and improved, we need to consider how that can also improve our accountability to the taxpayer and the consumer,” Collins said. “Dementia might rob an elder of the memory of their insurance policy, and not every grieving family has somebody on retainer to keep such affairs in order. In an age when we can computerize and automate these matters, we owe it to them to make the effort.”

  • Collins' abandoned property, foreclosure prevention program funding extended

    foreclosure 050217SPRINGFIELD – To ensure continued funding for two programs aimed at addressing the aftermath of the recession on the housing market in Illinois, State Sen. Jacqueline Collins successfully argued for the passage of legislation in the Senate Tuesday.

    “Historically, we know that the stability of the housing market has been crucial in leading the broader economy out of recessions,” Collins said. “Abandoned properties, left unsecured and unmaintained, destabilize families, decimate communities, and destroy any hope of future economic development. That is why extending these programs is important.”

    The Abandoned Property Program and the Foreclosure Prevention Program are both funded through filing fees levied on lenders. The Abandoned Property Program provides funds to local governments for the purposes of demolishing or rehabilitating such homes, while the Foreclosure Prevention Program provides counseling and other services to help families at risk of foreclosure to gain firm financial footing and stay in their homes. Both fees are structured to exact the highest costs on the institutions which deal in the most foreclosures.

    “Something is amiss in society when we continue to reward, to the tune of millions of dollars, the failure of the financial elite who brought our economy to the brink of disaster,” Collins said. “It’s time for relief for the hardworking taxpayers and homeowners who bailed out these banks.”

  • Biss, Collins propose ban on car insurance premium redlining in Illinois

    Biss Collins car ins 041717

  • Report: Car insurance companies charging minorities higher rates

    Car insuranceCollins: “This is a pattern of discrimination all too familiar to people of color.”

    SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Jacqueline Collins expressed disappointment at news that a major insurer has been charging minority clients more for car insurance, and also called for a renewed push for car insurance rate regulations Wednesday.

    “This is a pattern of discrimination all too familiar to people of color at every level of modern life,” said Collins, D-Chicago. “I commend the journalists who looked into this issue. Their work verifies what many suspect: That the playing field is not level.”

  • Democrats reject Rauner’s empty promise of CPS funding, demand real money to fix his mistake

    033117montage

    SPRINGFIELD — Months after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would have secured funding for Chicago Public Schools, Illinois Senate Democrats rejected his attempt to promise $215 million to the school system without any funding source to provide it.

    “This measure would have made yet another promise to Chicago students without taking the necessary steps to ever follow through on it,” said Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago. “We already approved a measure last year – which the governor saw fit to veto – that would have addressed this very problem in a responsible way, with the necessary funding. As it is, this is another broken promise in the making.”