July 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, issued the following statement today as the General Assembly passed the first complete budget the state has seen in three years, with bipartisan support in both chambers.

“The General Assembly came together to seek compromise,” Collins said. “It was not easy to make this deal, which contains many items I, too, deeply dislike. It was nevertheless the responsible course of action, and one we should have carried out years ago. I urge the governor to sign these measures into law and end the budget impasse.”

June 28, 2017

CHICAGO — State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, issued the following statement today on news Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a measure that makes important changes to the state’s bail system.

“In our system, a person is always considered innocent until proven guilty,” Collins said. “But, under our bail system, many people who could not afford to pay, regardless of their guilt or innocence, are forced into long stays in jail that throw their lives into chaos and cost taxpayers the expense of detaining them. These reforms strengthen the due process of the bail system and fight against a system that perpetuates inequality. I applaud Senator Donne Trotter for his leadership on this issue.”

Senate Bill 2034, signed into law today, establishes five rights for defendants, including:

  • The right to a presumption against monetary bail

  • The right to counsel at a bail hearing

  • The right to a new bail hearing

  • The right to conditions of release considerate of the defendant's econo...

June 26, 2017

“Their voice is their vote and voting does matter.”

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Jacqueline Collins joined representatives of Common Cause Illinois and numerous other activists, advocates and fellow Springfield lawmakers at a press conference in Chicago yesterday to commemorate the passage of automatic voter registration in Senate

Bill 1933, which passed the General Assembly toward the end of the May legislative session.

Collins said the next step is encouraging people to vote.

“This is indicative of what we can accomplish when we work across the partisan divide,” said Collins, D-Chicago. “I’ve been challenging potential voters to want to move beyond that apathy and the hopelessness, to understand that the vote is their voice, and voting does matter.”

Senate Bill 1933 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly. It awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

To see Collins’ comments and remarks from various advocates and activists, you can watch a vide...

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