SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr., a Chicago Democrat, released the following statement in response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s first budget address on Wednesday:

“The governor’s budget proposal represents a reasonable and responsible first step on a path toward financial stability, while addressing the fiscal challenges left in the wake of his predecessor’s manufactured budget crisis.

“This plan prioritizes a quality education for our young people by increasing funding for Pre-K-12 education, which is crucial to ensure that students all over the state have the resources they need to succeed.

“It also helps low-income students further their education by investing more in MAP grants and the AIM HIGH Grant Program.

“While investing more in community-based programs is a good start to ending the senseless violence that we unfortunately see all too often, we have much more work to do to address the underlying issues driving violence and making a real impact in communities across our state.

“I look forward to working with the Governor, his administration and my colleagues to pass a full, balanced budget by the end of this legislative session.”

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SPRINGFIELD—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour was signed into law on Tuesday.

“Today is a historic day for working families throughout our state,” Sims said. “One that puts us on the path to providing a wage to match the rising cost of a family’s basic needs.”

Senate Bill 1 will raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The gradual implementation and a payroll tax credit is meant to help businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees adjust.

The minimum wage has been $8.25 since 2010. The first increase will be on Jan. 1, 2020 to $9.25.

“As state leaders, it is our responsibility to provide economic stability to the people of Illinois,” Sims said. “I commend Gov. Pritzker for signing this legislation, so we can finally take a step toward addressing the issue of income inequality by helping to improve the lives of hard-working individuals throughout our state."

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SPRINGFIELD—State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr., a Democrat from Chicago and Senate Criminal Law Committee chairperson, released the following statement after the governor took executive action to form the Justice, Equity and Opportunity (JEO) Initiative, which aims to centralize and modernize the state’s criminal justice reform efforts:

“Communication, research and action are crucial to reform our state’s criminal justice system. For that reason, I commend Gov. JB Pritzker and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton for forming this initiative, which aims to tackle this issue on all three fronts.

“It is vital that we do everything we can to ensure that we are best serving at-risk communities, and actively working to help individuals gain stability once they are released from prison.

“I appreciate that the executive order includes efforts to improve economic development in struggling communities, reduce recidivism and build stronger lines of communication between related agencies.

“Lt. Gov. Stratton has my full support on this initiative. I know she is a passionate advocate on these issues and will be a capable leader in this effort. I look forward to working with her and the administration on the issues of equity, justice and opportunity and reading the first report in the next three months.”

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SPRINGFIELD—Legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr. (D-Chicago) to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 passed the Senate on Thursday.

“Raising the minimum wage throughout the state is crucial to help struggling, working families in Illinois,” Sims said. “This effort was unfortunately blocked by the past administration, but the time is now to provide Illinoisans across our state with a fair wage and provide them the stability they deserve.”

Senate Bill 1 would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025.  This extended roll-out will allow businesses to prepare for the change and provide businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees the ability to take a payroll tax credit.

The minimum wage has remained at $8.25 since 2010.

The first pay bump will take place on Jan. 1, 2020 to $9.25. 

“I was proud to stand with my colleagues to pass this historic legislation and help improve the lives of hard-working individuals throughout the state.” Sims said. “I know this plan will help working families by bridging the pay gap for seniors, women and minorities across our state.”

Senate Bill 1 passed with a vote of 39-18. It will now head to the House for consideration.

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