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Dear ,
Please find included in this email information related to the 2014 Spring Legislative calendar, school closures, grant opportunities and several job opportunities that have been forwarded to our office.  Additionally, I am resending information on cold weather assistance available to area residents. 
2014 Spring Legislative Calendar
The General Assembly returns to Springfield this month to begin its Spring legislative session and I encourage constituents to visit me in our State's Capitol to see our state legislature at work.  Additionally, as we endeavor to develop our next generation of leaders, children are encouraged to see our legislature up close by serving as a "House Page for a Day;" age restrictions apply.  To assist with planning visits to the Capitol and to see when the Illinois House is in Session, please find the Illinois House of Representatives calendar here.  

For information and assistance with children participating in the House Page program, setting up tours or to obtain passes to observe deliberations of the House, please contact Michelle Merwin-Sheppard in my Springfield office at (217) 782-6476.
Chicago Public Schools to remain closed on Tuesday
As our area continues to experience record cold temperatures and high winds many schools and organizations are closing in an effort to protect our children and the constituencies they serve.  For your information, the Chicago Public Schools ("CPS") have announced that for a second day schools will remain closed.  

Please see the statement from CPS forwarded to my office here

Grant Opportunities with the State of Illinois
Please find the most recent listing of federal grant notices for state and local governments and community agencies here.

Employment opportunities with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has announced two employment opportunities that we wanted to pass along to you:
  • Diversity Officer - this individual will assist the District implement its affirmative action policies, see here for more information. 
  • Environmental Specialist - this individual will work to coordinate and conduct industrial waste surveys, for more information see here.
For additional information on these two job opportunities please contact the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago directly here.  Also, please visit our website at www.RepElgieSims34.com for the latest job opportunities and announcements we have available. 
Cold weather assistance 
The inclement weather Illinois is currently facing represents a danger to our health and safety, so please take precautions.  State and local officials have declared emergency situations and have asked individuals to stay inside unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. 


Please check on elderly neighbors and make sure that you and any children under your care are sufficiently bundled up if you must go outside.  Please do not forget pets and keep them indoors during these extreme conditions.


Please use the following resources to keep you safe and warm:

  • Please visit the Keep Warm Illinois website, which is a website aimed at identifying warming centers around the state and other information necessary to assist with keeping warm during the cold months of the year here.
  • Please visit the Getting Around Illinois website for  information regarding the status of our roads here
  • Customers are encouraged to notify ComED as quickly as possible if they experience a power outage.  Please text OUT to 26633 to report any outages and receive restoration information, or contact ComED directly by calling 1-800-EDISON-1.
Please stay warm and safe, and as always do not hesitate to reach out to us at (773) 783-8800 or via email at info@repelgiesims34.com if you have questions or concerns.


Warmest regards,


Elgie R. Sims, Jr.

State Representative - 34th District


State Representative Elgie Sims
Email: info@repelgiesims34.com