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SPRINGFIELD—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.”

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SPRINGFIELD—A plan to fund numerous construction projects throughout the state passed through the Senate today.

State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr., a Chicago Democrat, supported the comprehensive infrastructure plan that totals more than $45 billion.

“This is a meaningful investment in communities throughout Illinois,” Sims said. “Modernizing the state’s infrastructure will solve many safety and traffic issues while spurring economic growth by creating jobs.”

The last major capital plan was in 2009. The current measure will fund a variety of different projects, including fixing 2,300 bridges, renovations at community colleges and road construction.

Capital investments are as follows:




Roads and bridges

$33.2 billion



$3.4 billion


State facilities

$4 billion


Environment and conservation

$1.1 billion


Broadband deployment

$420 million


Health care and human services

$465 million


Economic and community development projects

$1.8 billion



“It is completely unacceptable that we’ve closed down bridges because of safety concerns, such as the busy Lake Shore Bridge near my district,” Sims said. “After hosting a town hall on this issue, I know we are addressing some of my constituents’ key concerns, including $33 million for renovations at Chicago State University and $150 million for an airport in the South Suburbs.”

The capital plan is set to head to the governor’s desk for approval.

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SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after the Senate passed a balanced budget for the next fiscal year:
“This balanced budget truly reflects our commitment to provide the people of Illinois, particularly the 17th District, the stability and quality of life they deserve.
“It includes additional funding for education from preschool through college. One-fifth of the budget will invest in P-12 education, almost $500 million more than last year. This record investment in education ensures we keep our promise to provide school funding equity.
“We also prioritize helping our students go to college by adding $50 million to the Monetary Assistance Program and $10 million to the AIM HIGH grant program, which providesmatching grants to public universities for undergraduate students based on merit and financial need.
“As a budgeteer, I went to the budget negotiating table with the safety concerns of my constituents in mind. This year we dedicated $12 million in new spending to prevent gun violence in our communities.
“I am pleased that we were able to craft a spending plan that will continue our state on its path to normalcy and certainty with fiscally responsible investments.”
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SPRINGFIELD— Two bills sponsored by State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) to help lower the alarming maternal death rate in Illinois passed the General Assembly this week.

“We’ve lost far too many mothers to child birth, especially women of color,” Sims said. “We have to do all we can to prevent this from happening in the future, including ensuring our medical professionals are receiving the proper training to save women who find themselves in crisis as they bring life into this world.”

According to the Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report released by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in October 2018, an average of 73 women die annually within a year of giving birth, and black women are six times more likely than white women to be one of them because of a pregnancy-related condition.

Under House Bill 2895, IDPH must work toward birth equity by developing best practices for birthing facilities and ensuring all of them do yearly maternal hypertension and postpartum hemorrhage training for providers that care for pregnant and postpartum women. The department’s report showed these were among the top pregnancy-related conditions.

“Black women need to see more people that look like them in our doctor’s offices and hospitals,” Sims said. “Far too often they are not taken seriously when they seek medical attention. We must strive to diversify the field of physicians to make sure they receive sound medical advice.”

House Bill 2896 would create a Diversity in Health Care Professions Task Force to find ways to encourage more inclusion of minority physicians in Illinois. The bill requires the task force to prepare annual summary reports and recommendations to the governor and legislature starting Dec. 1, 2020.

HB 2896 was approved by the legislature and awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

While HB 2895 was sent back to the House for approval of Senate amendments. If they approve those amendments, the bill will then be sent to the governor.

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