Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
8658 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 783-8773 (fax)
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-0952 (fax)
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Elgie Sims is serving his second full term as State Representative of the 34 District, which includes portions of the South Side of Chicago, Chicago's south suburbs, and Will and Kankakee counties.
Sims offers a wealth of legislative experience as an attorney, second-generation small-business owner, and former appropriations director for the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus. He understands the value of hard work and how to develop common-sense solutions to tough challenges.
Sims' commitment to public service began while working in the youth ministry at his church. Sims continues working to make a positive impact on every community of which he is blessed to be a part; as he was taught, "to whom much is given, much is required." Sims remains active in many civic organizations that are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the communities they serve.
Before entering public service, Sims worked for his family's business, where he learned that nothing in life is given – it must be earned. Throughout college and during his time working in Springfield, he often commuted from downstate Illinois to help run his family's business on Chicago's South Side, a routine he repeated while putting himself through law school.
As our State Representative, Sims continues to put our families and communities first. He worked to pass a law to help revitalize the local economy by allowing low-interest loans to be awarded to small minority-owned and woman-owned businesses working on transportation projects for the state.
Finding good and affordable housing can be a major challenge for many local residents, and Sims is working to make sure that families in our neighborhoods have options like housing cooperatives, which can allow for home ownership in a community setting. When a local housing cooperative wanted to dissolve without any public input or vote by affected homeowners, Sims introduced and passed a law requiring non-profit cooperative housing corporations to hold an open meeting and vote before the cooperative can be dissolved.
Sims believes that no person's life should be ruined forever over past mistakes. He helped to pass a law that gives more Illinois residents with criminal histories a better shot at a good future and a good job by allowing the records of certain non-violent crimes to be sealed. In order to have a record sealed, the applicant cannot have been in any additional trouble and would be required to pass a drug test.
Sims knows that to help keep our children and families safe and avoid tragedies like the shooting in Cornell Square Park, we must do a better job keeping dangerous weapons out of our neighborhoods. Sims helped pass a law requiring universal background checks and requires lost or stolen guns to be reported within 72 hours.
Born in Chicago, Sims holds a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois State University, an M.P.A. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He and his wife reside in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood with their two daughters.
• Member and Immediate Past President, Board of Directors, Chatham Park Place Homeowner's Association
• Member, Chairman's Advisory Council, Big Shoulder's Fund
• Member, Chatham-Avalon Park Community Council
• Member, Greater Chatham Alliance
• Member, West Chesterfield Community Association
• Member, Park Manors Neighbors Community Council
• Member, Rosemoor Community Association
• Member, South Holland Business Association
• Member, Board of Directors, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
• Member, Board of Directors, Charles H. Wesley Foundation
• Member, Board of Directors, Alpha Phi Alpha Building Foundation
• Member, Illinois State University, Black Colleagues Association
• Member, University of Illinois at Springfield Alumni Association
• Member, Loyola University Chicago Alumni Association
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