2024 CSG National Officers impart importance of communication, compromise with constituents, peers in demonstrating effective leadership 

By Trey Delida, Cody Porter and Lexington Souers

Sen. Elgie Sims


Sen. Elgie Sims has an extensive history with CSG, dating back to 2014 with his graduation from the CSG Midwest Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development. He then graduated from the CSG Henry Toll Fellowship in 2015, thus embarking on his journey of leadership. 

In 2019, Sims was selected to serve as chair of the Midwestern Legislative Conference before being nominated by his peers to join the CSG Executive Committee, resulting in his selection as 2023 CSG National Vice Chair. 

“I think CSG is uniquely positioned as a nonpartisan organization focused on excellence in state government to create opportunities for discussion that can occur in an authentic way to help forward policies that create pathways to understanding,” Sims said. 

Throughout Sims’ career, he has shown dedication to the communities of Illinois, both as a community leader and a public servant. He got his start in public service representing the 34th District in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2012-18. Sims later transitioned to his current role as senator for the 17th District, representing Chicago’s south side, south suburbs, and Will and Kankakee counties. 

As a senator, Sims has championed legislation to create economic opportunities for residents and focused on the enhancement of the education system to foster the future of his community. 

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