Other laws Collins has sponsored include SB 2136, removing criminal prostitution charges, and SB 2137, a bill that requires virtual visitation options for people in long-term care facilities, in addition existing in-person visitation policies.
HB 588 and SB 1599, which create a human trafficking task force to investigate the disparity in the investigation of missing black women and girls and the lack of resolution for their families, and SB 1600, which demands Truck stops and restaurants to train staff to recognize signs of human trafficking in public places and washrooms are additional pieces of legislation that Collins sponsored.
Collins has been pushing for the aforementioned $ 30 million Auburn Park station, located at 79th Street in the community of Auburn Gresham, which will operate on the Rock Island line from Metra and include parking.
Collins and others interested in replacing the iconic Rush, including Senator Robert Peters (D-13th), will have an uphill battle given the Congressman’s 30-year tenure and both his historic past in terms of health, activism and politics.
Last month, Rush, 75, who is fully vaccinated, confirmed he had tested positive with a breakthrough case of COVID-19, having already received a booster. He conquered cancer which made his speech impaired. The former Black Panther fought back and once again prevailed.
First elected to Congress in 1992, Rush is the only elected official to defeat former President Barack Obama in the first Democratic Congressional District of 2000.
Rush faced other personal challenges in his life when his wife of 36, Carolyn, 68, who had been ill for some time, died of congestive heart failure in March 2017. Rush lost her son Huey in 1999, victim of armed violence.
But the biggest challenge Rush faced was successfully escaping death during the Chicago Police Department raid on December 4, 1969 on the Black Panther apartment, 2337 W. Monroe St., led by the District Attorney’s Office. Cook County, Edward Hanrahan. Rush was then the co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party.
As more than a dozen police officers sprayed the West Side apartment with numerous bullets, killing Fred Hampton, 21, and Mark Clark, 22, as they slept, Rush was not there. Learning that he was also a target, Rush hid in various places and eventually transformed into Reverend Jesse Jackson, who allegedly told police that it was best not to have a scratch on Rush’s body for during his custody. Rush has repeatedly thanked Jackson for saving his life.
In July 2018, Rush, who is the pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ, married Reverend Paulette Holloway, who is also an author.
Rush announced his retirement on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022, at the historic Roberts Temple Church of God, 4021 S. State St., where the open casket funeral of 14-year-old Emmett Till was held in September 1955.
The funeral for Till, a Chicago resident, who was kidnapped from his uncle’s house in Money, Mississippi, by two white men who claimed the teenager hissed at 21-year-old saleswoman Carolyn Bryant, drew worldwide attention after her mother, Mamie Till, decided to hold an open casket funeral “so the world can see the ugly face of racism”.
Bryant, whose husband Roy with JW Milam beat Till, mutilated his body and shot him in the head before putting a large cotton fan around his neck. They dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River.
At the funeral, lines of people marched past the teenager’s coffin to see his dead face. His death sparked a strong civil rights movement that ultimately led to the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and the passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.