road workCHICAGO – Building on the smart infrastructure investments supported by State Senator Jacqueline Collins, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced an investment of more than $220 million in the 16th Senate District.

“Drivers rely on well-maintained roads to get to work and around our community, and we’ve neglected the state of our infrastructure for far too long,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “Thanks to the Rebuild Illinois program, these investments will improve roads and bridges across the state and provide improved access to jobs and opportunity in our area.”

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Senator CollinsCHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago) released the following statement after meeting with senior White House officials and leaders from across the country on efforts to prevent gun violence:

“I am grateful to the Biden Administration for convening leaders from across our nation to support our efforts to hold gun manufacturers accountable in Illinois. It is past time that we send a clear message to these manufacturers that we value lives above profits.

“Our communities have unnecessarily suffered and too many lives have been cut short by firearms. Even with some of the more common-sense gun laws in the nation, Illinois is not immune to these tragedies. With the support of leaders in Delaware, New York and the White House, we are working to develop new legislation to end the market for assault weapons by going after the manufacturers directly.

“Assault weapon manufacturers understand that they produce the weapons of choice for mass shooters, yet remain unwilling to stop the flow of these deadly weapons into their hands. Laws providing immunity to assault weapon producers have stopped families from seeking justice and shielded the source of gun violence from any accountability. It is time for that to end.

“With the counsel of leaders who have progressed this fight in their communities, I am confident that we can reduce the gun violence epidemic here in Illinois. Together, a safer future is possible for all of us.”

booksCHICAGO – Children in the district State Senator Jacqueline Collins represents now have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Book Club hosted by the senator and her district office.

“Books have the power to transport you to a new and exciting world,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “They allow you to take a vacation without even leaving the house.”

Children in the 16th State Senate District can fill out this form to join the summer fun. After reading eight books of their choice, young people should receive confirmation from a guardian that the listed books were read. Everyone who submits the completed form to the district office by Aug. 11 will be rewarded with a certificate.

“Keeping up with healthy reading habits while students are out of school helps them prevent learning loss,” Collins said. “I hope that our community’s kids take advantage of this program.”

The district office is located at 1155 W. 79th St., Chicago, IL 60620. Residents can also call the district office at 773-224-2830 for more information.

Senator CollinsCHICAGO – To improve conditions at nursing homes across Illinois, a new law to reform how the state assesses and reimburses nursing facilities, and link funding to staffing levels and quality of care, co-sponsored by State Senator Jacqueline Collins, was signed into law last week.

“Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nursing homes were struggling,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “From understaffing to poor quality of care, our state’s older adults have endured a grave disadvantage of care.”

House Bill 246 includes the most recent efforts by the state to implement needed change at nursing facilities. The legislation overhauls the state’s nursing home assessment and reimbursement methods by transitioning to a Patient Driven Payment Model and increasing the base per diem rate by $7 to a total of $92.25. Under the current RUG-IV assessment model, nursing homes are incentivized to over-prescribe certain services, such as rehabilitative services, to increase their Medicaid reimbursement. The Patient Driven Payment Model more accurately accounts for clinically relevant factors, and brings Illinois in line with the federal Medicare model.

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