Press Release

Sims Hosts “State Rep. for a Day” Essay Contest for Students


CHICAGO – State Rep. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago, is partnering with area schools to host a “State Rep. for a Day” essay contest offering winners and their families the chance to join him in Springfield for a legislative session day this spring as a prize.

“A quality education means thinking about how to engage the world around us as well as individual classroom assignments,” Sims said. “I’m hosting this writing contest to get students thinking critically about ways to improve our state, and offer winners a chance to see policy making in action during the spring session.”

Sims is offering the essay competition as a way for elementary and junior high school students to display their writing skills while having a forum to learn and voice their opinions about Illinois’ legislative process. Participants should create an essay of no more than 500 words responding to the prompt: “If I were a State Representative, I would…” Essays should outline ways a state Representative could improve the community and the state. One winner will be chosen from the 5th and 6th grade division and one from the 7th and 8th grade division. Winners and their families will join Sims as his guest in Springfield during a legislative session day this spring. Essays can be submitted to participant’s homeroom or social studies teacher no later than Jan. 15, 2016 with winner’s announcement on Feb. 1.

Any 5th – 8th grade student living in or attending school in the 34th House District is eligible to participate. Visit or call Sims constituent service office at 773-783-8800 to find out if your child lives or attends school in the district and are is eligible to participate.

“Children are the future leaders of our community, and it’s never too early for them to start thinking about ways to help our neighborhoods,” Sims said. “I look forward to reading the essays and meeting our winners for a fun and engaging day at the Capitol.”