Elgie (Elgie) R. Sims, Jr. (D-SS17)
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Room 417-B Capitol Building 301 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
8233 South Princeton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620
Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Shivonne   
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SEN. ELGIE R. SIMS, JR. is serving his first full 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, and he did the same while putting himself through law school.

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.

PROFESSIONAL State Senator, 17th District Of Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP Former State Representative, 34th District Former Budget Director Illinois Senate Democrats under leadership of former Senate President Emil Jones, Jr.

Member, Illinois State Bar Association Member, Cook County Bar Association Member, Chicago Bar Association Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers Member, National Bar Association COMMUNITY SERVICE Member, Board of Directors, Chatham Park Place Homeowner's Association Member, Chairman's Advisory Council, Big Shoulders Fund Member, Chatham-Avalon Park Community Council Member, Greater Chatham Alliance Member, West Chesterfield Community Association Member, Park Manors Neighbors Community Council Member, South Holland Business Association Member, Illinois State University, Black Colleagues Association Member, University of Illinois at Springfield Alumni Association Member, Loyola University Chicago Alumni Association Past Member, National Board of Directors, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Chairman, Council of State Governments - Midwestern Legislative Conference AWARDS AND HONORS 2013 Edgar Fellow, University of Illinois Career Day Speaker, Schmid Elementary School 2014 "Living Legends Passing the Torch" Award, Black United Fund of Illinois Legislative Champion, The Center for Developmental Advocacy and Disabilities Supports Fellow, Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, Council of State Governments - Midwest Commencement Speaker, Clissold Elementary School Certificate of Appreciation, Rosemoor Little League Partners in Quality Award, Leading Age Illinois 2015 Steve and Sandi Adams Legacy Hall of Fame, Illinois State University Kentucky Colonel, Commissioned by Hon. Governor Steven L. Beshear of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Voice of Senior Care Award, Illinois Health Care Award Regional Legislator of the Year, National Black Caucus of State Legislators Trailblazer Award, Chatham Avalon Park Community Council Fellow, Henry Toll Fellowship, Council of State Governments Commencement Speaker, Kershaw Magnet School 2016 Legislative Award, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Legislative Excellence Award, Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois Courageous Leadership Award, Save our Schools Coalition Commencement Speaker, Thomas J. Higgins Elementary School Monarch Man of the Year, Public Service, Monarch Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Nu Omega Chapter 2017 2nd Vice-Chair, Midwestern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments John W. Maitland, Jr. Leadership Award, Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization Legislative Service Award, Illinois Probation and Court Services Association Legislative Service Award, ACLU of Illinois CAARE Visionary Award, Safer Foundation Principal for a Day, Je-Neir Elementary School and Manteno Elementary School Honorary Chair, Evers Academy for African American Males (ATEAAM) Excellence in Public Service Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Excellence in Service Award, Cassius L. Rudolph Scholarship Luncheon Keynote Speaker, 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet 2018 1st Vice-Chairman, Midwestern Legislative Conference, Council of State Governments; elected Chairman for 2019 Emerging Leaders Program, State Legislative Leaders Foundation Most Distinguished Men of Illinois, Continuing Academic Training Program Legislative Service Award, ACLU of Illinois Appointed, Vice-Chairman, National Conference of State Legislatures Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Friend of Agriculture Award, Illinois Farm Bureau Recognition for "Excellence in Politics" Bronzeville Academy Career Day Speaker, Arthur L. Dixon Elementary School Volunteer escort, Father-Daughter Dance, Miles Davis Magnet School Commencement speaker, Arthur L. Dixon, Elementary School Commencement speaker, Jane A. Neil Elementary School Keynote Speaker, Concerned Christian Men, Annual Scholarship banquet.

EDUCATION Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, Juris Doctor University of Illinois - Springfield, Master of Public Administration Illinois State University, Bachelor of Science

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