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Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr.

SEN. ELGIE R. SIMS, JR. is serving his first term as State Senator for Illinois’ 17th Senate district, which includes portions of the South Side of Chicago, Chicago's south suburbs, and Will and Kankakee counties. He previously served nearly six years as the State Representative of Illinois’ 34th House district.

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, he did the same while putting himself through law school.

Elgie continues to make a positive impact on every community he is a part of. As he was always taught: “to 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 a State Senator, Elgie continues to put families and communities first. During his time in the Illinois General Assembly, 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. 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 women-owned businesses working on transportation projects for the State of Illinois.

Widely regarded for his legislative knowledge and ability to forge compromise, Elgie led efforts in the House for Illinois to become the first state in the nation to pass 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. As a State Representative, 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 Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and as a member of the: Criminal Law, Appropriations I & II, Telecommunications and Information Technology Committees. He also serves as a member of the General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

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.

Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr.

Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr.

17th District

Years served: 2012–2018 (House); 2018–Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Criminal Law (Chairperson); Judiciary; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology; Subcommittee on Capital.

Biography: Attorney; born in Chicago; B.S., Political Science, Illinois State University; M.P.A., University of Illinois; J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law; married, has two children.

Associated Representatives:
Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
Nicholas K. Smith