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Sims Recognized as One of Illinois Emerging Leaders, Named 2013 Edgar Fellow


CHICAGO, IL – State Rep. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) has been selected to participate in the Edgar Fellows initiative to promote responsible and responsive leadership throughout Illinois. Led by former Gov. Jim Edgar and the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA), the 41 fellows will gather from August 4-7 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

"I am proud and honored to have been named one of 41 leaders selected to participate in the 2013 Edgar Fellows initiative," Sims said. "This initiative is a perfect opportunity to discuss the important issues facing the state, work with other elected officials and develop ideas to get Illinois moving in the right direction."

Sims was one of 41 Edgar Fellows selected from more than 160 nominees. Nominees included elected and appointed government officials, non-profit leaders, and entrepreneurs. The objectives of the Edgar Fellows initiative are to enhance leadership skills and promote understanding, networking and cooperation across regional, partisan and ethnic lines as the fellows proceed with their public-service careers.

During the program Sims will participate in executive training and work with policy experts in a variety of fields, such as health care and transportation. After the session is complete, the fellows will remain involved with periodic briefings on major policy issues, such as health care and government finance.

"As we have seen with the 2012 Fellows, relationships and trust build as they recognize they must work together to help promote progress in their communities and our state," former Gov. Jim Edgar said. "I am confident these emerging leaders representing the great diversity of our state will become friends. They will realize that they have much in common and appreciate differences in perspective. They will form bonds and sharpen leadership skills that should help them solve problems as they assume even more responsibility."

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