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Collins commends Attorney General Raoul’s challenge to FDIC decision to allow predatory lending

paydayloan 082720CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago) released the following statement Monday commending Attorney General Kwame Y. Raoul for challenging the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s rule that exempts buyers of high-interest loans from state interest-rate caps.

“Illinois has worked diligently for years to ensure our residents aren’t victims of predatory lenders that target low-income and minority residents. Lenders should not be able to take advantage of our state’s most vulnerable consumers.

“The FDIC’s rule is just another attempt to allow predatory lenders to profit at the expense of the people who can least afford it. I thank Attorney General Raoul for his effort to overturn it.”

Collins speaks as $32M urban farming site announced in Auburn Gresham

collins 080720Green Era facility will focus on sustainable food, energy, sanitation

CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) spoke out in favor of a new $32 million urban farming project announced today to be located in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“Neighborhoods like Auburn Gresham are so often caught in a cycle of disinvestment, with each lost opportunity making them less attractive when the next one comes along,” Collins said. “What should be clear by now to all of us is that investment is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we give communities like this an opportunity to be part of the future, we can make that future a reality.”

Simeon Career Academy receives grant for teaching program

simeon acad 023420CHICAGO – Simeon Career Academy will receive a state grant to develop teacher training programs that cater to educators of color, State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) announced.

“Preparing our students for a future as educators is a direct investment back into our community,” Collins said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Simeon to lay the groundwork for classroom leaders who reflect their neighborhoods.”

The Illinois State Board of Education awarded the City of Chicago Public Schools Education for Employment system a $237,000 grant, of which Simeon will receive a portion, to develop Career and Technical Education programs focused on careers in education. The programs are intended to emphasize recruiting underrepresented students into education careers to help meet the high demand for teachers of color across Illinois.

Collins: We are in a fight for the life of every mother like Sha-Asia Washington

collins 013120Calls for more action to end maternal mortality crisis among women of color

CHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Collins again called for action to end the culture of prejudice, discrimination and dismissal in the medical community that has contributed to the death of women like New York mother Sha-Asia Washington, a Black woman who died in childbirth last week at age 26.

“The events of this year prove that we are in a fight for the life of every mother like Sha-Asia Washington on every front,” Collins said. “We are fighting for Black women like Patricia Frieson of Chicago, who was the first in Illinois to die of COVID-19. We are saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ in the streets, but we need it to mean something in the hospital and the doctor’s office.”

Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins

Deputy Majority Caucus Chair
16th Senate District

Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Financial Institutions (Chairperson); Insurance; Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR).

Biography: Born in McComb, Miss.; grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Studied journalism at Northwestern University and graduated from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Divinity Schoool. Emmy Award-nominated news editor at CBS-TV in Chicago and 2001 Legislative Fellow with U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Recipient in 2011 of a Lifetime Achievement Award for Financial Literacy Leadership from the Illinois state treasurer.

Associated Representatives:
Mary E. Flowers
André Thapedi