About Elgie Sims

REP. ELGIE R. SIMS, JR. is serving his fourth term as State Representative of Illinois’ 34th House district, which includes portions of the South Side of Chicago, Chicago's south suburbs, and Will and Kankakee counties.

An attorney and second-generation small business owner, Elgie's commitment to hard work began at an early age while working in 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 and while putting himself through law school.

Elgie continues to make a positive impact on every community of which he is blessed to be a part; as he was always taught, “too whom much is given, much is required.” He remains active in many civic organizations whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the communities they serve. As a community leader, he has worked to provide scholarships and books to children in need and worked to make our communities safer.

As our State Representative, Elgie continues to put our families and communities first. During his time in the Illinois House of Representatives Elgie has championed legislation focused on improving the quality of our schools, strengthening the middle class by creating good jobs, bringing fiscal discipline to Springfield, and passing common sense public safety initiatives with the aim of making our streets safer.

Elgie focuses on creating economic opportunities and good paying jobs for our communities. Recently, he passed a law requiring the state of Illinois to create a plan to address the crisis of high unemployment among young people. He also worked to pass a law to help revitalize the local economy by allowing low-interest loans to small, minority and woman owned businesses working on transportation projects for the state of Illinois.

Widely regarded for his legislative knowledge and ability to forge compromise, Elgie led Illinois’ efforts to pass, first in the nation, legislation to improve community and law enforcement relations. The Police and Community Relations Improvement Act has been used as model legislation on improving relations between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. The Act establishes and includes statewide protocols for the implementation of body cameras and training requirements for law enforcement officers.

Elgie is a firm believer in second chances, and believes that once a person has paid their debt to society they should be returned to their fullest usefulness as a productive citizen. He helped pass a law giving more Illinois residents with criminal histories the opportunity to turn their lives around and obtain gainful employment by allowing certain non-violent crimes to be sealed, if they have not been in any additional trouble and pass a mandatory drug test.

Elgie is also one of the leading voices seeking to implement common sense gun laws by keeping guns out of the hands of those who are a threat to themselves or others. He helped pass a law requiring universal background checks and the reporting of lost or stolen guns within 72 hours.

Elgie currently serves as Chairman of theJudiciary – Criminal Committee and as a member of the: Business Occupational Licenses; Higher Education; Revenue & Finance; Transportation: Regulation, Roads; and Elementary and Secondary Education - Curriculum & Policies Committees.

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.



PROFESSIONAL

  • State Representative, 34th District
  • Of Counsel/Government Relations and Public Policy Lawyer, Foley & Lardner LLP.
  • Former Budget Director for retired Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, Jr.
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Cook County Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Member, 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, South Holland Business Association
  • Member, Illinois State University, Black Colleagues Association
  • Member, University of Illinois at Springfield Alumni Association
  • Member, Loyola University Chicago Alumni Association
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Vice Chair, Midwestern Legislative Conference Economic Development Committee – The Council of State Governments

AWARDS AND HONORS

    1996 - 2008
  • Mu Delta Lambda President’s Award (1996-97)
  • Alumni Brother of the Year, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Illinois District, 1998
  • Alumni Brother of the Year, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Midwestern Region, 1998
  • Alumni Brother of the Year, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Illinois District, 2000
  • Staff of the Year, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts, 2001
  • Leadership and Service Award, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2007
  • Leadership Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Mu Lambda, Mu Mu, and Pi Sigma Chapters, 2007
  • Outstanding Leadership and Service Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Theta Mu Lambda Chapters, 2007
  • “Lou Webster Brother of the Year” Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mu Delta Lambda Chapter, 2008
    2013
  • Edgar Fellow, University of Illinois
  • Career Day Speaker, Schmid Elementary School
    2014
  • “Living Legends Passing the Torch” Award, Black United Fund of Illinois
  • Legislative Champion, The Center for Developmental Advocacy and Disabilities Supports
  • Fellow, Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, Council of State Governments – Midwest
  • Commencement Speaker, Clissold Elementary School
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Rosemoor Little League
  • Partners in Quality Award, Leading Age Illinois
    2015
  • Steve and Sandi Adams Legacy Hall of Fame, Illinois State University
  • Kentucky Colonel, Commissioned by Hon. Governor Steven L. Beshear of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Voice of Senior Care Award, Illinois Health Care Award
  • Regional Legislator of the Year, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Trailblazer Award, Chatham Avalon Park Community Council
  • Fellow, Henry Toll Fellowship, Council of State Governments
  • Commencement Speaker, Kershaw Magnet School
    2016
  • 2nd Vice-Chair, Midwestern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments
  • Legislative Award, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
  • Legislative Excellence Award, Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois
  • Courageous Leadership Award, Save our Schools Coalition
  • Commencement Speaker, Thomas J. Higgins Elementary School
  • Monarch Man of the Year, Public Service, Monarch Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Nu Omega Chapter

EDUCATION

  • Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Illinois - Springfield, Master's in Public Administration
  • Illinois State University, Bachelor's of Science
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