Jacqueline Y. Collins

Jacqueline Y. Collins

Jacqueline Y. Collins

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Collins is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate. A former journalist and Emmy award-nominated editor at CBS-TV, State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins has used her experience and communication skills in support of a progressive agenda to create economic and social welfare policies that reduce inequality, expand opportunity and strengthen communities.

Collins has used her role as chairperson of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee to ensure the passage of legislation that protects Illinois consumers and their families. She has played a key role in addressing predatory lending and high foreclosure rates in Chicago through legislation that protects homebuyers and homeowners with subprime mortgages. Long before the national recession, she warned her colleagues and constituents about the dangers of predatory lending. Collins has advanced legislation to teach financial literacy in schools and laws that keep homeowners in their homes during tough times and strengthen renters’ rights.

For her work on financial literacy, Collins received the 2009 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award. Her numerous other honors include the Egretha Award from AWBC magazine in 2011, the Neighborhood Hero Award for Auburn Gresham from the Neighborhood Housing Service, a Lifetime Achievement Award for commitment to financial issues from the Illinois state treasurer and the Blue Bow Award from Children’s Home + Aid for promoting policies that prevent child abuse.

Her major legislative accomplishments include the Mortgage Rescue Fraud Act, the landmark Sudan Divestment Act and the Payday Loan Reform Act. In addition to chairing the Senate Financial Institutions Committee, she is vice chairperson of the Insurance Committee and sits on the Energy and Transportation committees.

Born in McComb, Miss., Collins moved as a child to the South Side neighborhood of Auburn Gresham, which she represents today. She is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Divinity School and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

In 1983, she worked on the massive voter registration drive that helped elect Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. In 1984, she served as press liaison for the Rev. Jesse Jackson during the Democratic National Convention. From 1987 to 1999, she volunteered as minister of communications for the Faith Community of St. Sabina. In 1998, she was honored as a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and also had the distinction of serving as a 2001 Legislative Fellow for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington, D.C.

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The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices. Our research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals. We identify successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.

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Harvard Divinity School is a nonsectarian school of religious and theological studies that educates students both in the pursuit of the academic study of religion and in preparation for leadership in religious, governmental, and a wide range of service organizations.

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The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications is a constituent school of Northwestern University which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It has consistently been one of the top-ranked schools in Journalism in the United States. Medill received Knight Foundation grant to establish the Knight News Innovation Laboratory in 2011. The Knight Lab is a joint initiative of the Medill and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern, one of the first to combine journalism and computer science.

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Senator from the 16th District
2003 - Current
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