Senator Jacqueline Collins

Dec. 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

I want to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday and a blessed new year. As we approach 2018, I feel it's important to acknowledge what we accomplished this year and what meaningful work we must strive toward completing in the future. And I also want to make a few important announcements about upcoming events and job opportunities near you. Click the flyers below to view larger versions of the images.

 

Sincerely,
Jacqueline Collins
Senator Jacqueline Collins
16th District – Illinois

 

AN END TO THE BUDGET STALEMATE

 

The legislative solution we arrived at this past summer brought an end to more than two years of devastating political gridlock, and it unfortunately came about despite overtures by Governor Rauner to Republican members of the General Assembly to keep that stalemate going. With my cooperation and support, the Senate took the lead in crafting a balanced budget, with cuts, revenue increases, and major reform that we believe will make funding for our schools fairer for all students in Illinois.

 

This has been one of the most trying times I have ever seen in Springfield, and the solution we came to was one which 100 percent satisfied nobody. That is often how we must move forward in a democracy. I am grateful to my Republican colleagues who saw that this pointless and harmful conflict had to come to an end.

 

PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE

 


 

Illinois continues participation in a deeply flawed and discriminatory voter database program. Administered in Kansas, Crosscheck has been found to adversely affect voters with similar last names and to take truly inadequate measures to safeguard the personal data of voters. It is unthinkable that in 2017 we face, through malice or simple incompetence, a system that threatens not only the rights of citizens to vote, but their personal information.

 

The right to vote means the right to participate in democracy without fear of reprisal or surveillance. That's why I joined Senator Kwame Raoul and Senator Bill Cunningham last month to call for an end to Illinois' participation in that program. A deadlocked Illinois State Board of Elections means our state continues to participate in this program. We can end that, and I will support doing so.

 

CALL ON GOVERNOR RAUNER TO SUPPORT WORKERS

 

Governor Rauner's Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced it wants to allow a hike in the rate on cashing checks at Currency Exchange and other such companies. This is an even greater burden on a service that largely exists to exploit the most vulnerable workers: Unbanked individuals with access to little money, unstable or seasonal pay, or who live in underserved areas with no transportation options. If you think this is unfair, use the information below to make your voice heard.

 

 

HOW TO APPEAL YOUR PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT

 

Each year, many individuals appeal their property tax assessment. This process may save you significantly in property taxes. Consider attending the seminar below Dec. 7 to learn how this process works.

 

 

WORK IN PUBLIC TRANSIT

 

The Chicago Transit Authority is seeking a variety of positions. For more information, visit the CTA website here and see if some of these positions are right for you.

 

The Illinois Tollway System also needs a Senior Systems Analyst. Do you think you qualify? See the requirements and application information here.

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF HOPE

 

On Dec. 12, Operation Hope will seek to provide free meals to elders, adults, children and families in need in the community. For more information on how you can help, call 773-483-4300, and see the flyer below.

 

 

PURPOSE OVER PAIN

 

I was proud to attend a Purpose Over Pain event honoring the memory of the children our city has lost to gun violence. I'm pictured here with Pamela Bosley, Purpose Over Pain's (POP) co-founder, and Glenda Franklin as we join parents who have lost their children to violence adorn a tree in memory of their loved ones. My ornament symbolizes my commitment in continuing the fight for common-sense gun laws.

 

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Contact Info

Chicago Office:
1155 W. 79th St.
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 224-2830

Springfield Office:
M114 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1607

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