Press Release

Sims Pushes Economic Reform Agenda to Help Working Families


SPRINGFIELD, Ill – State Rep. Elgie Sims released the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address Wednesday:

“Today, the governor outlined one vision for Illinois. The people I represent have many of the same hopes and concerns for our state like good jobs, strong schools and safe communities, but a very different vision as to how to overcome these challenges; that’s the vision I’m working to advance in Springfield.

“I agree with the governor Illinois must improve our business climate and create new good paying job opportunities, but I reject the idea that the only way to achieve these goals is to cut middle-class wages and take away protections from workers in order to increase profits for big businesses. The House Democrats’ economic reform agenda will create good paying jobs and improve our state’s business climate, all without hurting hard-working middle class families. Increasing the minimum wage, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit to help working families keep more of what they earn, and investing in education at all levels are measures we urge the governor to support. We are confident these measures will move Illinois towards a brighter future.

“It is important that we all work together as elected officials to ensure the needs of working families are reflected in our budget and the overall legislative process. People have struggled for far too long and it’s time that we put aside our political differences and focus on what’s really important by getting Illinois back on track and moving forward.

“Today we heard a speech, but I’m ready for action. Let’s put the rhetoric aside and invest in our schools, strengthen the middle class and build up our communities.”