Green Festival Speakers

Senator Jacqueline Collins



A former journalist and Emmyaward nominated editor at CBSTV, Senator Collins has used her journalism experience and communication skills to support progressive agendas that seek to create economic and social welfare policies that reduce inequality, expand opportunities and strengthen communities.
As chairperson of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee, some of her major legislative accomplishments include the Mortgage Rescue Fraud Act; the landmark Sudan Divestment Act to End Atrocities and Terrorism in the Sudan; and the Payday Loan Reform Act. For her work on regulating the payday loan industry, Senator Collins was the recipient of the 2005 Monsignor John Egan Campaign Leadership Award. Other committee assignments include Appropriations I (ViceChair); Revenue; and Housing and Community Affairs.

Senator Collins is a graduate of Harvards John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Divinity School, and majored in journalism at Northwestern University. She has served as press secretary to Congressman Gus Savage, 1983; press liaison for Rev. Jesse Jackson, 1984; and minister of communications for the Faith Community of St. Sabina, 19871999. In 1998, she was honored as a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and also had the distinction of serving as a 2001 Legislative Fellow for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington, D.C.
Senator Collins believes her political sentiments mirror those expressed by Dr. King, I have the audacity to believe that people(s) everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.