SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. is leading a measure to ensure that teenagers who are wrongly accused of crimes will be able to obtain innocence.

“Adj022223CM0263udication of delinquency – especially at a young age – can ruin a person’s life,” said Sims (D-Chicago). “Justice isn’t served until a person’s innocence is reconciled to not just them, but the public.”

Under Senate Bill 1844, if a juvenile is falsely adjudicated for a crime they did not commit, they will have the power to petition the court for a certificate of innocence within two years of the charges being dismissed.

“Adjudication of delinquency carries collateral consequences that can hinder the rehabilitative goal of the juvenile system,” said Sims. “We must do everything we can to ensure young people receive the justice they deserve.”

Senate Bill 1844 passed the Special Committee on Criminal Law and Public Safety. It now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD – For the seventh time in less than two years, Illinois has seen another improved bond rating. S&P Global Ratings – one of the nation’s major rating agencies – announced upgrades Thursday thanks to the fiscally responsible decisions made by Illinois Democrats.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. – the Senate Appropriations Committee chair and Majority Caucus Appropriations leader – released the following statement:

“Today’s news is yet another sign the years of fiscal responsibility from the General Assembly is paying off. In recent years, we have been able put money back in the pockets of the state’s hardworking families and provide funding for the people who need the most help – all while paying down our bill backlog. Illinois is a standout state when it comes to putting the needs of our residents first, and we do so in a responsible and equitable way.

“S&P Global Ratings’ upgrade of Illinois bonds shows our fiscally responsible budgeting approach is working and is independent proof that our state is headed in the right direction. Our future looks bright and I look forward to continued collaborative efforts during this year’s budget negotiation process to keep the state on this upward economic trajectory.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. – the chief sponsor of the SAFE-T Act – will serve as chair of the newly established Senate Special Committee on Criminal Law and Public Safety.


“Our number one priority as a General Assembly is to center public safety by and for the people,” said Sims (D-Chicago). “Our collective efforts have allowed us to reimagine public safety and provide historically marginalized communities with access to the resources they need to address the challenges plaguing our communities. However, our work is not done. This committee will give us an opportunity to continue maintaining public safety for all, not just a few.”

Since first entering the legislature, Sims has served as a leading voice in the effort to reform our state’s criminal justice system. Sims most recently spearheaded efforts to pass a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that changes current use of force policy, how courts impose bail and sentences people convicted of crimes, and advance rights to all Illinois citizens, including detainees and prisoners, to better improve interactions with law enforcement professionals.

The Senate Special Committee on Criminal Law and Public Safety will prioritize violence prevention, focusing on deterrence from the criminal justice system and approaching criminal justice reform through a community-based approach.

“Until systemic racism in our criminal justice system is fully eradicated, our work is not done,” said Sims. “The special committee will allow us to focus on ensuring all people – regardless of their ZIP code or the color of their skin – have the same fair and just chance at safety and success.”

Sims will serve as chair of the 10-person committee throughout the 103rd General Assembly.

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SPRINGFIELD — State Elgie R. Sims, Jr. is honored to be named Majority Caucus Appropriations Leader and to serve as chair of the Appropriations Committee during the 103rd General Assembly. 


“I am proud to continue my work prioritizing fiscal responsibility and smart spending for the people of this great state,” said Sims (D-Chicago). “We have made immense fiscal progress in recent years, and I look forward to building upon those efforts.”

Senator Sims has served in the General Assembly since 2012, first serving in the House until 2018. While Sims previously served as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and as the Senate’s lead budget negotiator, this is his first year on the Senate President’s leadership team.

“Senate President Don Harmon has led our caucus — and the entire Senate — with immense poise and leadership,” Sims said. “I am honored he trusts me to serve as the Majority Caucus Appropriations Leader.”

Sims will also serve as vice chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be a member of the Senate Financial Institutions and Revenue Committees.

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