Senator Collins on the floorSPRINGFIELD – In response to the confirmation of the state’s budget for fiscal year 2023, State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“This year’s budget effectively demonstrates a commitment to reducing the violence in our neighborhoods and making meaningful reform to our systems for the purpose of correcting general disparities and discrimination. With significant allocations to the Reimagine Public Safety Act and funding for law enforcement training, license plate readers and body cameras, we will grow closer to a more equitable and stability-inducing state.”

“Though I am pleased with these investments, I would like to see greater commitments to promoting housing stability in the Black community. This should take the shape of stronger funding initiatives that address incarceration rates, underrepresentation and the lack of economic mobility. We must now take a more active stance against inequity wherever it persists.”

State Senator Jacqueline Collins on the Senate FloorSPRINGFIELD –Illinois Senate Democrats will outline a plan to crack down on the growing threat of unserialized firearms with legislation banning the production and distribution of “ghost guns”–a measure filed by State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago).

“My commitment to banning ghost guns and reducing violence in our state has not been, nor will it be, hindered by any obstacle, legislative or otherwise,” Collins said. “So long as we allow fatal gun violence to run rampant in our communities, we leaders do a disservice to the people we represent, and it is my goal to assure the state is tackling these issues at their source.”
With the alarming rise of gun violence in a number of Illinois communities, the existence of untraceable firearms has become a pressing public safety concern. Ghost guns are firearms that lack serial identification, and they are growing in popularity because of their ease of accessibility. Not only can they be ordered online, but they can also be purchased absent a background check or a FOID card, which is required to carry either a firearm or ammunition in Illinois.

House Bill 4383, an initiative introduced by Senator Collins, would require all firearms –including 3D printed guns –to be serialized, effectively prohibiting the creation and sale of these weapons. Unserialized guns prevent law enforcement from thoroughly conducting their criminal investigations, which hinders their efforts to address the violence in our state. Illinois law enforcement has seen a 400% increase in these types of weapons in just the last five years.

“Our communities have become too accustomed to the tragedies of fatal gun violence,” Collins said. “Protecting our most vulnerable populations requires initiatives like this that stop the proliferation of deadly weapons, prevent crime and support people as they navigate through adverse circumstances.”

This initiative is especially pertinent for communities of color and low-income populations, which typically experience higher rates of armed violence than other communities. HB 4383 passed the General Assembly and goes to the governor for final approval.

Senator Collins on the Senate floorSPRINGFIELD – Illinois families who lose children to gun violence will have an opportunity to receive funding for respectable funeral and burial services thanks to a measure sponsored by State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago).

“The growing problem of gun violence in our communities means there is a growing number of families devastated by its negative impacts,” Collins said. “To support them through unimaginable strain, the Funeral and Burial Assistance Act will help them meet their needs without financial ruin.”

Firearm violence is a leading cause of death for children and teenagers in Illinois with disproportionate deaths among the Black population and an increasing number of deaths among children under 17. House Bill 2985 seeks to address these issues by providing qualifying families with up to $10,000 in aid to pay for funeral and burial services.

HB 2985 is an initiative of the Strength to Love Foundation, which has been actively participating in Chicago communities affected by gun violence through intervention services and youth development programs. Illinois currently offers funeral and burial assistance, but these processes are often lengthy, causing low-income families to go into overwhelming debt while waiting for reimbursement.

“Gun violence is a public health crisis that must be addressed,” Collins said. “While we work to reduce and prevent the violence running rampant in our state, I intend to support the families navigating the tremendous pain of losing their little ones.”

Collins’ measure passed the Senate and moves to the House for concurrence before going to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Senator Collins on the Senate floorCHICAGO - State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) responds to the Florida arrest of former Cook County Judge Daniel Peters, the subject of a large human trafficking investigation. His arrest Friday was one of over 100 during a six-day undercover operation focused on trafficking, prostitution and child predators.

“As this arrest proves, human trafficking is a crime against humanity hiding in plain sight,” Collins said. “Being a woman should not subject any individual to the risk of exploitation, harm or injury.”

Senator Collins sponsored legislation creating the Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force because human trafficking is a problem that affects residents across not only Illinois but all of the United States.

“We must continue to protect and support our vulnerable populations through proper training, evaluation and counseling,” Collins said. “The state and our law enforcement should provide a safe and encouraging environment for women and girls everywhere.“

The growing number of missing women and girls, especially Black women and girls such as Elise Malary, an Evanston resident missing for more than two days, presents a serious problem in the state.

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