Press Release

Sims Votes to Continue Essential Services for Middle-Class Families, Pay for State Workers


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago, is working to protect middle-class families, the elderly and the sick and disabled from the devastating effects of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s government shutdown by voting to pass emergency funding for crucial state services and continue pay for health care workers, law enforcement officials and other state employees.

“Our state’s leaders owe it to Illinois’ most vulnerable residents to find a way to ensure that they are taken care of,” Sims said. “This temporary budget will continue some life-saving services, and also ensure our state workers continue to be compensated for the work they do keeping our communities safe and healthy.”

Sims voted to pass Senate Bill 2040, which provides temporary funding for state employee salaries and essential state service while legislators continue working to pass a long-term budget. The Sims-backed bill would continue funding for policing, health care for former service members in state veterans’ homes, health care and meals for elderly residents and therapy for the developmentally disabled.

“I believe that it’s irresponsible for the governor to play politics with people’s lives and abandon those who are counting on our state to be there for them,” Sims said. “I remain committed to staying in Springfield as long as necessary to pass a long-term budget that works for the people I represent.”