Jacqueline Collins

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Jacqueline Collins
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Illinois State Senate District 16
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 12
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwestern University
Master'sSpertus College, Harvard University (2001), Harvard Divinity School (2003)
Place of birthMcComb, Mississippi
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Campaign website
Jacqueline Collins is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 16. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Collins earned her Bachelor's from Northwestern and earned her two Master's degrees in Theological Studies and Human Services Administration at Harvard. Her professional experience includes working as a Policy Fellow for then-Senator Hillary Clinton, Communications Director for Rainbow PUSH Chairman Rev. Jesse Jackson, Engineer for WBBM-AM and TV News Editor for WBBM-TV 2.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Collins served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Financial Institutions, Chairperson
Insurance, Vice-Chairperson


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Collins served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Collins served on these committees:[1]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Collins won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 16. She was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20[2][3] and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

Illinois State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJacqueline Collins Incumbent 100% 69,155
Total Votes 69,155


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Collins won re-election to the 16th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate with no opposition. The election took place on November 2, 2010.[5]

Illinois State Senate, District 16 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jacqueline Collins (D) 42,253 100.0%

Collins ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.[6]


On November 7, 2006, Democrat Jacqueline Collins won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 16 receiving 43,349 votes, ahead of Republican Matthew Szydagis (3,686 votes).[7]

Illinois State Senate, District 16 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jacqueline Collins (D) 43,349
Matthew Szydagis (R) 3,686

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Collins received $54,158 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]


In 2006, Collins collected $59,382 in donations.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Friends of Clayborne $5,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
Illinois Federation of Teachers $2,000
Chicago Teachers Union $2,000
AT&T $2,000
Comed $2,000
Illinois Bankers Association $2,000
Illinois State Medical Society $1,500
Kraft Foods $1,500
Infrastructure Engineering $1,500
Illinois Credit Union League $1,300
Community Bankers Association of Illinois $1,000
Comcast $1,000
Crown Food Inc. $1,000
Illinois Education Association $1,000
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw $1,000
Citizens for John Cullerton $1,000
Shore Bank $1,000
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $1,000
Luking & Associates $1,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[10][11]


Collins received a score of 0.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the lowest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[11]

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