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New Sims law to help prevent racial discrimination during traffic stops

police stop 062119CHICAGO—A plan designed to combat racial disparities during traffic stops in Illinois was signed into law Friday.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) spearheaded the legislation, which was originally sponsored by President Barack Obama when he served as a state senator. The plan aims to prevent racial discrimination by collecting data around police stops for drivers and pedestrians.

“Seeing flashing lights in the rearview mirror evokes fear for many, especially people of color, because of the numerous traffic stops that have turned deadly,” Sims said. “This important tool will help ensure that we’re revealing and preventing racial disparities in traffic stops throughout the state.”

Sims commends governor for taking step to ensure all are counted in 2020 Census

sims 052119SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the governor signed an executive order for a comprehensive 2020 Census effort in Illinois:

“It is vital that all communities are accounted for in the next census. Minority communities historically have been underrepresented.

“I commend the governor for taking this crucial step to ensure that census data is as accurate as possible to provide the necessary resources for every community.

Sims: RHA is historic step that protects fundamental right to choose

Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr.SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the Reproductive Health Act was signed into law Wednesday:

“The historic step we took today will protect women’s access to safe, legal reproductive health care for years to come. I am proud that we took a stand to ensure that the people of Illinois are able to make the very personal decision of whether or not to become a parent.

Sims supports budget to put state on path toward fiscal stability

sims 060619SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after a balanced budget for the next fiscal year was signed into law:

“I am proud that we as state leaders were able to work together to pass a budget plan that focuses on the state’s priorities and starts to fix the problems created by the last administration.

“The mood was different this year as we went to the budget negotiation table. There was an air of urgency to do as much as we could to restore financial stability and regain the trust of Illinoisans.

“I believe we accomplished that with investments in key areas that will help educate our young people from preschool through college. We are also protecting Illinoisans by investing more in gun violence prevention.

“We are giving the people of Illinois what they deserve, a budget plan that puts us back on the path toward fiscal stability. I commend my colleagues and the governor for helping us get to this point.”

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