IHDA award photoCHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) was honored last week as the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s “Legislator of the Year.”

The IHDA called her “a true champion and the housing expert in the Illinois Senate.”

The award recognizes her eleven years of work in the Senate for consumer protection, foreclosure assistance and renters’ rights. As chairperson of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee, Collins has sponsored important legislation protecting the rights of consumers entering into subprime mortgages, refinancing agreements and loan modifications. Long before the national recession hit, she warned colleagues about the threat of predatory lending, and at the height of the housing bust, she worked to protect consumers from mortgage fraud and mortgage rescue fraud.

Collins has championed financial literacy – including a requirement that high school students be taught about household budgeting, rent and mortgages. In 2012, she sponsored landmark housing legislation, Senate Bill 16, that has made funding available to towns and cities to rehabilitate properties abandoned during the foreclosure crisis.

041014 js 0548CHICAGO - I was proud to co-sponsor and vote in favor of a state constitutional amendment that will expressly forbid discrimination based on race, sex, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or income against anyone attempting to vote or register to vote. Please listen to my remarks on the history of the struggle for our most basic civil right – and keep in mind that the right to vote is still threatened today by the “voter ID” movement, especially because a disproportionate number of registered voters who do not have photo identification are low-income persons of color.

Fair Tax rallySPRINGFIELD - I support the Fair Tax, a proposal to amend the state constitution in order to allow for a fairer, more progressive income tax structure.

Because our constitution requires a flat tax, imposed equally on all taxpayers, regardless of income, the tax burden for low-income Illinois families is currently the third highest in the nation. Three-quarters of states and the federal government already have a graduated income tax that shifts the tax burden toward those who can most afford it and away from those who can least afford to shoulder it.

I was pleased to stand with Fair Tax proponents today to speak in favor of reforming our tax system and reducing the burden on low-income and middle-class Illinois residents.

Please listen to my comments regarding the Fair Tax below.

030414 js 0519LSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement in response to the governor’s budget address:

I applaud the governor’s commitment to a tax structure that uplifts the working poor, particularly through an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit, a proven anti-poverty, pro-work tool that puts money directly into pocketbooks and local economies. I am proud to be the Senate sponsor of legislation that will double the state EITC over the next five years and generate up to $2 in economic activity for every dollar the state invests in this credit.

As we approach a time of tough decisions, a time that will test our moral commitment to “the least of these,” I intend to study carefully the governor’s proposals and all responsible budget plans. I will continue to be a voice for protecting education and social services, improving opportunities and quality of life for our residents rather than laying the burden of the state’s fiscal challenges on the backs of those least able to bear it.

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

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Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1607

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