001collinsSPRINGFIELD – Secretary of State Jesse White has announced more than $15 million in funding to libraries statewide through Illinois Public Library Per Capita, including libraries in the 16th Senate District.

“Libraries are a public investment in enrichment and opportunity for all,” said State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago). “Grants like these help our libraries continue to provide everything from reading programs for young people to assistance for job seekers in our communities.”

Per Capita grants like the ones awarded in the 16th District help fund library expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology.

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Senator Jacqueline CollinsSPRINGFIELD – To continue pushing for equality and break down the social and economic barriers that continue to hold back women, State Senator Jacqueline Collins advanced a new measure that would focus state resources on researching and implementing policies to help women and girls in Illinois.

Senate Bill 3402 would create the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, a group that would advise the governor and the General Assembly on policy issues with a female focus. The council would be required to issue twice-yearly reports on its policy recommendations by June 30 and Dec. 31 of each year. The Senate State Government Committee approved the measure Wednesday.

“The Illinois Council on Women and Girls would focus on finding those areas of systemic disadvantage or bias in our policies and seek realistic ways of reforming them,” Collins said. “I urge my colleagues in the Senate to take this step toward knocking down the barriers that stand in the way of our sisters and daughters.”

03132018CollinsState Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation that would impose licensing on gun dealers in Illinois:State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed legislation that would impose licensing on gun dealers in Illinois:

“In every corner of our country, the voices of young people who have seen the lives of their friends and loved ones cut short are raised in unison to call on us to act,” said Collins, D-Chicago. “By choosing to veto this legislation, the governor has chosen to ignore the clear voice of the people in favor of a gun lobby whose aims no longer represent the views of even the vast majority of gun owners.

“To do this is to turn his back on the families who, united in pain, have pushed for change and found support in the legislature.”

Collins is a chief co-sponsor of the legislation, SB 1657.

Senator Collins joins activists to discuss check cashing ratesSPRINGFIELD – A rate hike on check cashing services will be lower than originally proposed, and rates for those on public assistance will become lower, under a compromise reached today.

State Senator Jacqueline Collins joined activists from a number of groups pushing against a higher proposal at a press conference today to thank advocates and explain the impact of new rates.

“Today is a good day for unbanked households, which are disproportionately lower-income, African-American, Hispanic and working-age people with disabilities,” said Collins (D-Chicago). “working with the Woodstock Institute and other consumer advocates, we were able to protect consumers from an across-the-board double-digit increase on the maximum fees that could be charged for check-cashing by Currency Exchanges. Most importantly, public assistance checks will see a rate decrease. We must continue to reform a system where those with the least pay the most.”

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