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|U.S. House, Illinois, District 1|
|High school||Richard T. Crane High School (1988)|
|Associate's||Harold Washington Community College (1995)|
|Bachelor's||Lewis University (2007)|
|Birthday||February 20, 1969|
|Place of birth||Chicago, Illinois|
Collins was born on Chicago’s west side on February 20, 1969.
- William H. Brown Elementary School
- Richard T. Crane High School (1988)
- Harold Washington Community College (1995)
- Lewis University (2007)
- Chicago Police Officer
On his campaign website Collins had 13 leading issues that he was concerned about. They are:
- Job Growth: Excerpt: "Spending is not the sole solution; the key is trust between the public and private sector. The reality is that no one will hire without incentives. Businesses need to be confident that profits that will rise, so that people can be offered work – moving America toward vibrant growth and strength. To boost confidence, businesses need tangible incentives to hire employees. Compensating business owners for on-the-job-training or temporarily supplementing salaries of new hires are short-term solutions to reduce unemployment but not a comprehensive answer to the problems we face in the current economy."
- Debt and Deficit Reduction: Excerpt: "Vigilance is a vital part of the solution. Cracking down on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security fraud along with stringent reviews of government contracts and grants can ensure that spending and the taxpayer’s dollars are no longer wasted."
- Making College Affordable: Excerpt: "We need the residual effect of expanded state and federal funding for students seeking bachelor and postgraduate degrees. Our global economy demands this training foundation, as a nation, we will not be competitive if higher education is unaffordable, especially as wage disparities increase."
- Education: Excerpt: "The lack of broad and comprehensive curriculum supported by cutting-edge technology is short-sided and will result in students who are drilled rather than engaged in the process of learning. Often the focus has to be discipline rather than teaching. Without a sound education, the children of today and future generations will have minimal opportunities to compete and succeed in the current global market."
- Teachers: Excerpt: "Comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the quality of an educator’s work is essential. One understands that merit-pay, tenure and other performance measures are vital to the conversation. However, in the end – the student should always come first. School districts must reorganize to generate results that will continually benefit the students."
- School Choice: Excerpt: "With the cornucopia of educational options, there is a newfound emphasis on granting parents and student’s access to alternative schools that have longer academic days, diverse curricula, smaller classes and other desired enhancements. Successful charters must abide by a higher standard where the rate of achievement far outpaces those of “traditional schools”. If not, then we are failing our children by telling them that these alternative venues are the preferred solution."
- Poverty: Excerpt: "In this economic recession, we still have inflation, increasing higher cost of living and expensive commodities that magnify the cost of our food, clothing, gasoline, utilities and education. The reality is that we cannot end poverty in a year by waving a magic wand. Elected public servants must help all Americans to reach and strive to obtain their dreams of providing a decent life for their families. Citizens must have the opportunity to grow and become successful in their communities."
- Taxes: Excerpt: "If we eliminate corporate tax loopholes along with billions of subsidy tax dollars to big oil companies, we will achieve greater equality in the tax process and revenues will rise. Lower rates with fewer brackets can benefit the United States’ incessant debt if the government can reduce tax expenditures. If the tax code abides by the edict of fairness for all instead of the few, we propose a fair tax plan. If all income levels pay the same equal tax rate, there will be less confusion."
- Social Security: Excerpt: "The Simpson-Bowles Commission has some useful proposals. By making the benefit payout more progressive, the program becomes more efficient and prolongs its lifespan. Increasing the lowest bracket to $15,000 grants more individuals access to 90 percent of their average lifetime income. The other higher brackets would receive progressively less. Long term, low-income people garner more assistance while those with larger incomes receive lower benefits. This may seem unfair but those on the higher end of the scale generally have other retirement savings such as, 401Ks, pensions, and real estate. Also, increasing the cap on payroll taxes from the proposed $168,000 in 2020 to $190,000 would introduce more revenue into the trust. Increased taxable income equals greater benefits for Social Security as a whole."
- Medicare: Excerpt: "An increase in Medicare taxes for high-income earners designates more funding to the program, but cutting some payments to medical providers and subsidies to Medicare Advantage may mean that patients and hospitals suffer in the long term. Vouchers are not the solution. We need a Medicare program that sustains low costs for seniors, however, if doctors and hospitals are not receiving payments then there is no question that healthcare costs will rise for everyone."
- Agriculture: Excerpt: "Many large corporate farmers admit that in today’s climate, subsidies are not as crucial. In upcoming deficit negotiations, one should expect subsidies to be on the chopping block. However, using the money to help develop technologies and methods that are more cost effective is more than a reasonable idea. Small and medium sized farms may be able to deliver their products to market faster by using measures that require less time and reduce expenses – thereby increasing profits for today’s family farmers."
- Abortion: "I am pro-life. But as a male, I cannot make a life choice on behalf of a potential mother, nor would I dare. This is not a lighthearted decision, it is one that a person must live with for the rest of their life. Though many have personal objections to such a procedure, one individual has little right to stipulate what another individual must do with their own body, especially in a case where aborting the pregnancy is a decision made because it was caused by a rape or by incest -or where the fetus become a life or death decision for the mother."
- Same Sex Marriage/ Civil Unions: "I believe that marriage is between a man and woman, but I realize that people have their own prerogative and right to choose who they wish to love and spend their life with."
Collins ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 1st District. Collins sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.
|U.S. House, Illinois District 1 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jimmy Lee Tillman II||6.4%||1,501|
- Illinois' 1st Congressional District
- Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012
- United States House of Representatives
- ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
- Frederick Collins for Congress "About Frederick" Accessed January 13, 2012
- Collins for Congress "Positions" Accessed January 4, 2012
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
- Chicago Tribune "Illinois congressional candidates seek spots on ballot" Accessed December 27, 2011
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