CHICAGO – State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. was recently elected to serve as the National Vice-Chair of the Council of State Governments.


“It is an immense honor to have been elected by my colleagues from all 50 states to serve in this important position,” said Sims (D-Chicago). “I have derived much of my knowledge and skills from people I have met through the Council of State Governments and I am proud to help shape future generations of leaders.”

The Council of State Governments is the nation’s largest nonpartisan organization serving all three branches of state elected and appointed officials. The mission of the group is to champion excellence in state government.

In July, Sims was nominated by his peers at CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference to join the national leadership team. That nomination was approved in December at the CSG National Conference by the nonpartisan group’s executive committee.

Senator Sims has been involved with the Council of State Governments since 2012, when he served in the Illinois House of Representatives. He previously served as the group’s Midwest chair and hosted its regional conference in Chicago in July 2019.

“By joining forces with hundreds of other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle from all states, we will work to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls this great nation home,” said Sims. “I look forward to years of continued service with the Council of State Governments.”

Sims was elected to the position during the Council of State Governments’ national conference earlier this month. He will assume office Jan. 1, 2023 and is in line to be National Chair-Elect in 2024 and National Chair in 2025

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CHICAGO – Following the death of his friend and colleague, Scott Bennett, State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. released the following statement.

“To say that I am devastated by the loss of my friend and colleague Scott Bennett is an understatement. 

“Senator Bennett always led with much grace and dignity, and I will forever be grateful for his stewardship, partnership and friendship.

“Scott worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents, evidenced most recently by his work on the subsequent trailer bills of the SAFE-T Act where he willingly sacrificed time with his family over the holiday weekend to improve the lives of people he would never meet. His service is indicative of his commitment to his District and the people of Illinois. 

“I will forever remember his smile, words of encouragement, quick wit and unmatched sense of humor. 

“My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Stacy, two children, and all who knew him. Scott loved the people he represented, but he loved his family more — they truly were his pride and joy. His legacy will forever live on.”

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CHICAGO – To provide local residents with a one-stop shop to receive free health screenings and assistance from local elected officials, State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. is leading a Community Health Fair.

Sims CommunityHealthFair

The Community Health Fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Park, located at 8800 S. Clyde Ave. Participants will be able to receive free blood pressure, diabetes and vision screenings. State, local and city agencies will also be available to provide resources and information.

The fair is in partnership with Alderwoman Michelle Harris, Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore and State Representative Nicholas Smith. Attendees should bring a valid ID card in order to take advantage of some of the available resources.

People with questions can reach out to Sims’ office at 773-933-7715.

WHO: Residents of the 17th District and surrounding areas

WHAT: Community Health Fair

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: Jesse Owens Park, 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

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CHICAGO – Illinois taxpayers can expect to see up to $700 in tax rebates in the coming weeks thanks to the State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr.-championed Illinois Family Relief Plan.


"Our goal in crafting this year's budget was to build upon our sound spending decisions to put Illinois on the right fiscal path after years of financial challenges, coupled with other tax incentives announced this year,” said Sims (D-Chicago). “This rollout of the income and property tax rebate will provide additional financial relief for millions of Illinoisans.”

Championed by Sims, the Senate’s lead budget negotiator, Senate Bill 157 provides millions of Illinois taxpayers with financial relief – including direct tax rebates.

Under the law, people who filed 2021 Illinois taxes are eligible to receive up to $700. Individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per dependent, with a maximum of three. 

Additionally, people who paid property taxes in 2021 on their primary residence in 2020 – and make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointly  – are eligible for up to $300. The rebate will be equal to the property tax a resident was qualified to claim on their 2021 taxes.

People who filed taxes will automatically receive their rebate starting this week – otherwise they have until Oct. 17 to do so. 

"Families across our state have been experiencing some very challenging times, from the pains of the pandemic to the increased costs of living, but we are facing these challenges together. I am pleased we were able to create this credit to offer taxpayers some needed relief."

For more information on how the funds will be dispersed or to see qualification criteria, people can visit

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