Press Release

Sims Passes Legislation to Address Unemployment


from the Office of State Rep. Elgie Sims
Oct. 26, 2017 State Rep. Elgie Sims

Sims Passes Legislation to Address Unemployment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Working to address the unemployment crisis among youth of color, state Rep. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago, passed legislation to extend the statewide youth unemployment task force.

“The unemployment rate for youth and youths of color is significantly high and it is important to take proactive steps towards minimizing the number of teens and young adults without employment opportunities and extending this task force puts us on the right path toward accomplishing this goal,” said Sims. However, before we can begin finding solutions to address the issue we must gather the most accurate data and information to address the crisis of unemployed youth in our state.” said Sims.

Sims’ House Bill 201 would extend the Youth Unemployment Task Force Act by one year from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019 giving the task force until October 1, 2018 to file a report with the legislature. The youth unemployment task force was first created to examine the statewide youth unemployment crisis, and its particular effect on young people of color. Sims’ measure incorporates community-based organizations that focus on youth employment initiatives to be members of the task force as well and to help ensure the most accurate information on addressing youth unemployment is being collected.

“There are many brilliant and hardworking youth throughout our state who want the opportunity to find employment and become a productive member of society,” said Sims. “We must focus their energy into positive behavior by creating opportunities for our youth to succeed and not fall victims to deviant behavior or street gangs.”

Sims’ measure passed the house unanimously with bipartisan support.

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