Safe Communities ILCHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health are seeking applicants for grants of up to $20,000 as part of the Safe Communities for Illinois program. Non-profit and civic organizations, public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and other health care facilities and local government agencies are all eligible to apply. Grant recipients will use the funds to create public education programs in at-risk neighborhoods to warn of the dangers of drunk driving and not wearing a seat belt while in a motor vehicle.

Grant-funded campaigns will coordinate with IDOT’s “Click it or ticket” and “Drive sober or get pulled over” messages. The goals of the program, which will be conducted from February through September of 2014, are to increase seat belt usage, especially among Chicago males ages 18-34, reduce the number of car accidents and fatalities among Chicago males ages 18-34 and help other agencies and community institutions to integrate IDOT’s safety messages into their existing public outreach.

Applications are due Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Grantees will be notified on Feb. 24. This Friday (Jan. 31), UIC will hold an information session for those interested in applying or in need of assistance with the application process. This event will be held at the UIC-School of Public Health Auditorium at 1603 W. Taylor St. from 10 a.m.-noon. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the Safe Communities for Illinois website.

CRS King event cropCHICAGO - On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) joined the Community Renewal Society and its supporters to rally for progressive policies that further Dr. King’s legacy of opposing poverty and income inequality. Sen. Collins pledges to:

1) Support a reduction in the statutory period during which an individual may be held prior to a preliminary hearing from 30 days to 10 days;
 
2) Oppose any new or enhanced mandatory minimum sentences;
 
3) Support legislation that removes lifetime bans preventing those previously convicted of certain felonies or misdemeanors from being considered for public sector jobs in a variety of settings; and
 
4) Support letting voters decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would allow Illinois’ income tax to be graduated, with different tax rates for taxpayers at different income levels.

Dear Neighbor,

001collinsOn Monday, I observed King Day at the 24th Annual PUSH Excel Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast along with Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and other veterans of the civil rights movement. This year’s theme was “Dr. King’s Unfinished Agenda.” Indeed, Dr. King’s dream is not yet a reality. Racial and socioeconomic disparities remain an appalling fact of life in 2014, while growing income inequality threatens the progress that has been made.

While attending this event, I was honored to receive a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson Dream-Makers Award. The “Faith in Politics: Game Changer” recognition acknowledged my work to alleviate poverty by opposing foreclosure, mortgage scams, unfair lending practices, abuse and neglect in nursing homes, violence, the exploitation of children and other threats to economic and social justice.

It is an honor to hold a position of trust from which I am able to oppose injustice and advocate for the “least of these.” The collaboration between Dr. King and President Johnson to pass civil rights legislation and launch the War on Poverty remains an example I look to as I work with churches, non-profits and others to further the dream of equal opportunity.

I also attended the Community Renewal Society’s Faith in Action Assembly. I was proud to stand with people of faith to endorse criminal justice reform and a fair tax structure. As I return to Springfield next Wednesday for the start of the 2014 spring legislative session, I am aware of the great challenges facing our state and its people. I look forward to working together with you toward the dream we share of a just society that cares for its vulnerable members and offers every individual the opportunity to succeed and to serve.

As my colleagues and I introduce and debate legislation this spring, I urge you to contact me with your opinions, questions and concerns. As always, be sure to visit my website (www.SenatorJacquelineCollins.com) for the latest news. You may also call my office at (773) 224-2830 if I can be of assistance to you or your family.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline Y. Collins
State Senator, 16th Legislative District

Read more: January 2014 Newsletter

PUSH Award MLK breakfast cropCHICAGO – Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) was honored Monday with a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson Dream-Makers Award at the 24th Annual PUSH Excel King Scholarship Breakfast. The “Faith in Politics: Game Changer” recognition acknowledged Collins’ work in addressing, focusing attention and showing accountability in efforts to eradicate poverty.

“It is an honor to hold a position of trust from which I am able to oppose injustice and advocate for the ‘least of these,’” said Collins, who serves on the Governor’s Commission on the Elimination of Poverty. “The collaboration between Dr. King and President Johnson to pass civil rights legislation and launch the War on Poverty remains an example I look to as I work with churches, non-profits and others to further the dream of equal opportunity.”

During her decade of service in the Illinois Senate, Collins has fought against foreclosure, mortgage scams, unfair lending practices, abuse and neglect in nursing homes, the exploitation of children and other threats to economic and social justice.

PHOTO: From right to left in the front row, Rev. Clay Evans, Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell. Sen. Collins is holding the King-Johnson Dream-Makers Award she received from PUSH Excel on Monday for her contributions to the War on Poverty.

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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