Sims BudgetAddress Orange

SPRINGFIELD – Majority Appropriations Leader Elgie R. Sims, Jr. released the following statement after the governor outlined his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2025:

“By building on our shared commitment to fiscal responsibility, Illinois has made significant strides in achieving strong financial footing, marking a pivotal turning point in our state's fiscal trajectory. Key indicators demonstrate we continue our progress toward financial stability. Together, we have implemented responsible budgetary practices that prioritize fiscal discipline, transparency and accountability.

“Our commitment to economic growth and job creation has yielded positive results. With targeted investments in education, infrastructure, and workforce development, we are laying the groundwork for sustained prosperity not only for the next fiscal year but the next generation. By fostering an environment conducive to business expansion and innovation, we are attracting new investments and generating revenue that bolsters our financial resilience.

“Additionally, our efforts to reform our state’s pension systems and address long-term liabilities are bearing fruit. While challenges remain, we are making progress toward achieving fiscal sustainability and ensuring the long-term solvency of our pension funds.

“I stand firm in my unwavering commitment to serving the best interests of the people of Illinois. By promoting economic growth, supporting education, ensuring public safety and enhancing the overall well-being of our communities, we aim to build a stronger, more prosperous and more equitable future for all residents of our great state.

“The governor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2025 is a good first step toward investing in educating our students, protecting our most vulnerable populations, and preparing for our future, but our work is far from done. I look forward to joining my colleagues in the General Assembly in having a robust discussion about this year’s budget and passing a budget that is balanced, fiscally sound, and addresses the very real needs of the people of this great state.”