Rep. Lakesia Collins
Born in 1985; graduated from Proviso East High School; served as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in nursing homes; served as a labor advocate for working families, organizer for nursing home workers, and Fight for 15 spokesperson for healthcare workers; former executive board member for SEIU Healthcare Illinois; founded Future Fighters organization for worker rights; received the Florence Criley Award from the Chicago chapter of the Coalition of Labor Women (CLW) in 2019; mother of three boys.
CHICAGO – To crack down on the illegal sales of guns and keep Illinois families safer from gun violence, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, sponsored legislation to strengthen regulations on gun sales and increase funding for mental health programs in communities most affected by gun violence.
CHICAGO – To help build back a better recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and train the next generation of workers, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is encouraging local businesses and organizations to join the newly expanded Apprenticeship Illinois program.
CHICAGO – As families continue to recover from obstacles posed by the pandemic, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, supported legislation that protects residents from having to pay back overpayments from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) used during the pandemic
CHICAGO – Continuing her efforts to stand in solidarity with workers and union rights, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, joined Service Employees International Union Local 73 members in a strike to demand fair wages and health care premiums for Cook County front-line workers.
CHICAGO – To help Illinois families access additional financial support, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is encouraging households unable to pay rent to apply for the 2021 Illinois Rental Payment Program as the second application period for tenants opens.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To prevent social isolation in long term care (LTC) facilities, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, recently backed legislation to require all long term care facilities to develop guidelines that allow for the availability of technology to prevent social isolation.
CHICAGO – After many Illinois families suffered losses due to the pandemic, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is encouraging those who lost a loved one to COVID-19 to apply for FEMA’s Funeral Assistance Program.
CHICAGO – To recognize the historic struggle of Black Americans, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is encouraging residents to pause and celebrate Juneteenth this year on Saturday, June 19.
Collins Reflects on Session, Champions Legislation for Healthcare, Families, Workers Rights and Affordable Housing
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – At the conclusion of this spring’s legislative session, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, issued the following statement:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help crime labs address the critical issues facing the evolving field of forensic science and improve forensic laboratory turn-around times in criminal investigations, state Rep. Lakesia Collins (D-Chicago), sponsored legislation to create the Illinois Forensic Science Commission under the Illinois State Police.