Go Red for WomenSPRINGFIELD – Along with colleagues, staff and visitors to the Capitol, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th), co-chairwoman of the Illinois Conference of Women Legislators, wore red today to promote awareness of the number one cause of death in women: heart disease.

“As women, we should be aware that heart disease claims more of our sisters’ lives than all forms of cancer combined, and a woman is even more likely to die of heart disease than a man,” Collins said. “COWL is proud to partner with the American Heart Association again this year to encourage women to know their risk factors, talk to their doctors and adopt healthy lifestyles.”

An estimated 43 million women in the United States suffer from heart disease each year, and cardiovascular disease kills one American woman every minute. While 90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease, only 20 percent identify it as their greatest health threat. Women are still underrepresented in clinical trials pertaining to heart disease and are less likely to call 911 when they themselves are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack than when another person reports symptoms. The gap between the survival rates of men and women with heart disease continues to widen each year.

Both male and female legislators wearing red suits, dresses, ties and lapel pins gathered in the rotunda before the governor’s State of the State address to show their support for the Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, which is sponsoring its tenth annual National Wear Red Day on February 7.

042313br0242SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement after Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State address today:

I was encouraged by the focus on extending a helping hand to those who bore the brunt of the recession and are not reaping the rewards of the recovery. I am resolved that as Illinois moves forward from this time of crisis, we will not leave our wounded behind.

That’s why I stand with the governor and many of my colleagues in support of increasing the minimum wage this year. As Pres. Obama leads the charge for a higher federal minimum wage to ensure the fair treatment of workers in all states, here in Illinois we are motivated by the core belief he expressed last night: that a man or woman working a full-time job should not have to live in poverty.

Doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit, focusing on job creation and extending access to early childhood education will likewise help break the cycle of poverty for families especially hard-hit by the housing crisis and recession. I look forward to working hard this year to enact policies that bring recovery and promise to the neighborhoods of my district and throughout the state.

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.

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Chicago, IL 60620
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Springfield, IL 62706
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