001collinsDear Neighbor,

The spring legislative session is in full swing, and the main topic of conversation is the looming state budget crisis. If the 2011 income tax increase is allowed to expire, pre-K through 12th grade public education could lose almost a billion dollars in state funding, 45,000 college students could lose access to financial aid and many social services could lose at least 14 percent of their funding, already sharply reduced during the past few budget cycles.

Lawmakers must undertake a thorough review of our tax structure so that we do not neglect funding of the core state services needed to combat generational poverty. I believe the answer is a “fair tax” that taxes the wealthy at a higher rate than the poor. I support the effort to allow voters to decide this November whether to allow different tax rates for different income levels, as do three-fourths of states with an individual income tax.

I also have introduced legislation to double the state Earned Income Tax Credit over the next five years. The EITC is a proven anti-poverty tool that kept 294,000 Illinois residents out of poverty between 2010 and 2012. Working families use their EITC checks primarily for necessities such as rent, groceries, school supplies and car repairs, thus putting money back into the economy — between $1.50 and $2 for every dollar the state spends on the tax credit. This supports local businesses and boosts employment.

I urge you to contact me with your thoughts and questions on this or any other legislation. As always, be sure to visit my website (www.SenatorJacquelineCollins.com) for the latest news. You may also call my office at (773) 224-2830 if I can be of assistance to you or your family.


Jacqueline Y. Collins
State Senator, 16th Legislative District

Read more: March 2014 Newsletter

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CollinsFloorShot3SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) secured passage last week of legislation creating the Long-Term Services and Supports Disparities Task Force to examine whether, in the wake of nursing home reforms enacted four years ago, individuals experience differences in quality of care depending on race, language and geography. The task force will then issue recommendations as to how state government can best address all remaining disparities.

“Illinois is a diverse state, and our aging population is also diverse,” said Collins, who co-sponsored the 2010 nursing home reform package. “Without studying the problem, we cannot know if our long-term care facilities and workforce are prepared to offer appropriate, competent and culturally sensitive care to all of our residents who need it.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 2773, would require the task force to report back to the General Assembly with its findings by July 1, 2015. The panel, on which government agencies, nursing homes, home care providers and the advocate community will all be represented, would examine levels of care in various settings: nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day care facilities and home health services.

The Senate approved the task force by a vote of 48-0 last Tuesday. The legislation is now under consideration in the House of Representatives.

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The Cook County Department of Planning and Development is now accepting applications for Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants. Municipalities, government agencies and non-profits are eligible.

Please click here for more information and to apply.

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CHICAGO - After learning about the depth of the truancy crisis in Chicago’s public schools and how it cheats children out of an education and decreases the amount of state aid flowing to schools in desperate need of resources, I decided to act. I sponsored legislation forming the Truancy in Chicago Public Schools Task Force to study why so many CPS students are not making it to school and how we can reverse this alarming trend before more children miss out on the educational opportunities they need to succeed.

The task force has met to discuss the problem and existing approaches to it. Now it’s your turn to tell us what is working, what is not working and what you believe could work to keep young people in class in your community. During the next three months, we will hold three public hearings and gather testimony to use in formulating our recommendations. All hearings are accessible to persons with disabilities, and translators will be present for our Spanish-speaking neighbors. Please contact my office at (773) 224-2830 for more information or if you require any other accommodations in order to participate in this vitally important process.

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Contact Info

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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