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Senator Jacqueline Collins


Dear Friends,


The governor has made his priorities clear: profits before people, corporate tax breaks before compassion and an anti-worker agenda before revenue reform.


This week, a majority of my Senate colleagues responded by reaffirming our priorities. We voted to override Gov. Rauner's irresponsible vetoes of budget measures needed to fund juvenile justice services, assistance for those with developmental disabilities, the state's ethics commission, care for wards of the state, public health initiatives, in-home aides for senior citizens and much more.


I was also honored to co-sponsor legislation to fund the state's most vital services and pay state employees during the stalemate. This emergency, one-month budget is now on its way to the governor's desk. It is the bare minimum needed to liberate those held hostages to the Rauner administration's refusal to compromise on his extreme agenda.


Unfortunately, the governor has already said he will veto even this stop-gap measure. Please continue calling (312-814-2121) and writing to Gov. Rauner, and I will continue working to keep services operational, make sure state employees are paid for their work on behalf of the people and negotiate a responsible and moral state budget.


In this edition of my newsletter, you will find more information about a very important program Gov. Rauner has already slashed: child care assistance for low-income working parents. I've also included resources and events that may be of interest to you - including a workshop I will co-host this Monday for anyone seeking to know more about securing an apprenticeship in a trade.


As always, please contact me at (773) 224-2830 or through my website with any questions, concerns, ideas or requests for assistance. It is an honor to represent you and work alongside you to improve our community, especially in these challenging times.


Jacqueline Collins
Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins
16th District – Illinois


Pathway to Apprenticeship


Are you in need of a job? Better yet, a career? I am pleased to co-host this free informational fair designed to help you on the pathway to an apprenticeship and a solid career practicing a trade.

apprenticeship flyer



Child care in crisis


Although he vetoed the budget the General Assembly sent him in May and continues to force a stalemate in an attempt to push through his anti-worker agenda, Gov. Rauner wasted no time in almost completely freezing new applications for the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps low-income parents afford child care so they can work and/or attend school.


More than 80 percent of new applicants who would otherwise have been eligible for the program are now excluded because they earn too much to qualify under new income standards.


Families with household incomes amounting to half of the federal poverty level or greater can no longer receive help paying for child care unless they are headed by a teen parent or receive TANF, or unless the child in need of care has a qualifying disability. That means that a family of two (one parent, one child) must earn $664 or less per month to qualify for assistance, while the average cost of infant child care in Illinois is $1047 per month. The math is simple; without a friend or relative willing to provide child care at no cost or at a discount, many low-wage workers raising children will be forced out of the labor market. Meanwhile, families who were enrolled in Child Care Assistance prior to July 1, 2015, may stay in the program, but most will face higher co-payments.


Here, I discuss the governor's responsibility for the current child care crisis and my deep concerns about his plans for Illinois:

CCAP video


Kidney Action Day


Most people don't spend much time thinking about their kidneys. On August 26, pay attention to your kidneys for a change and have some family fun by coming to Daley Plaza for free screenings, food samples and entertainment.

Kidney Action Day



Free parenting classes


Summer is the perfect time to meet other parents and learn skills that will help you become a better and more confident parent. These free classes are a good place to start.

Parenting classes


Geek is chic in Chicago this summer


Help the youth in your life become interested in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts (and get in touch with the geek inside you, too) at the Geek Street festival on Wednesday, July 22. Enjoy gadgets, gizmos and games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Daley Plaza.


Geek Street



District Office

1155 West 79th Street • Chicago, IL 60620

773-224-2830 (Phone) • 773-224-2855 (Fax)


Springfield Office

M114 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-1607 (Phone)



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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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