State Rep. Evans stays connected to the community

Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans, D-Dist. 33, has been elected Vice President of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Photo provided by Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans.
Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans, D-Dist. 33, has been elected Vice President of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Photo provided by Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans.

 State Rep. Evans stays connected to the community

By Tia Carol Jones

Illinois State Representative Marcus Evans has been representing the 33rd District since 2012 and was recently elected Vice President of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Veto Session begins in October. During veto session, legislators will make last checks to the budget and prepare for the next session, which begins January 2024.


Evans was able to get 13 bills signed, out of the 30-40 bills he sponsored. Those bills include everything from health care to education. Energy and energy reliability are important to Evans. Bills have been passed in regards to that, including being the chief House sponsor of SB2408, a clean energy bill.


“The budget is the most important thing for the State, making sure that we’re funding education appropriately and we’re funding the human services and our local hospitals, like South Shore Hospital, Jackson Park Hospital, making sure they’re receiving some money,” Evans said.


The 33rd District includes Calumet City, Lansing, Lynwood and portions of Burnham, as well as South Shore, Avalon Park, South Chicago, Burnside, Calumet Heights, East Side, Hegewisch, Pill Hill and Jeffery Manor.


Evans is the Chairman of the Labor and Commerce Committee and the Business and Innovation Subcommittee, Income Tax Subcommittee, Minority Impact Subcommittee and Wage Policy and Study Subcommittee. He also is a member of the Appropriations-Human Services Committee, Ethics and Elections Committee, Executive Committee, Health Care Availability and Access Committee, Revenue and Finance and the Workforce Development Subcommittee.


The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that consists of staffs and legislators across the country. With the new role as Vice President of the National Conference of State Legislatures, Evans will go across the country to communicate the thoughts and ideas of the members of state legislatures. The goal is to inform legislators on different topics and issues so they can in turn spread information and best practices on policymaking.


Evans will serve as Vice President for one year, then become President-elect a year later and serve as President at the Legislative Summit in 2025.


“NCSL has done an exceptional job promoting legislative institutions and supporting legislators and staff,” Evans said in a press release. “As your next vice president, one of my principal goals is to increase the number of legislators participating in NCSL. I truly believe this organization nurtures every state policymaker across the country reinforcing the strength of the nation. Better state policymakers equals better legislatures that produce quality legislation for the hardworking people of this country.”


During the summer Evans has been engaging with his constituents by attending meetings hosted by residents. He wants to be able to represent the thoughts and ideas of the people in the District. To ensure the needs of the residents are reflected in policy and legislation, he wants to connect with his constituents.


“I’m from the community, I live in the community. Every relationship is about constant contact, constant connection. Anyone who has a thought or idea should be reaching out to their local elected official, emailing them and connecting to them,” he said.

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