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Statement of Rep. Jimenez:

“Today I am traveling from the capital city to Chicago, where the House Higher Education-Appropriations Committee will convene yet another subject matter hearing to hear testimony on the financial hardships inflicted on colleges and universities by our ongoing state budget impasse. With all due respect, merely listening again to testimony we’ve already heard on multiple occasions won’t get us any closer to solving the problem. We need to act. Our Committee must move on from re-hashing the problem to advancing potential solutions.

This spring, a bi-partisan agreement to fund higher education was crafted in the Senate that would fully fund MAP grants, and would restore state funding for universities to approximately 90% of funding they received before the impasse (FY 15). We should debate that proposal in an upcoming committee, offer changes, and vote on it.

I support House consideration of any proposal that will provide adequate, long-term funding for our colleges and universities. If other members of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee have other funding proposals to help our Universities in crisis, I am ready and willing to consider them as well, but we must move forward and begin advancing workable solutions.”

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On Monday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed SB 1238 on a vote of 108-1-0. SB 1238 expands the Illinois Veterans Treatment Courts to allow for the Chief Administrative Judge in a Circuit to expand the specialty courts to be located in one or more county in the circuit. This legislation passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.

“This legislation is important for our veterans, especially in more in rural parts of the state that are participating in these veterans treatment courts,” said Representative Jimenez. “When our service men and women return home from serving our country, often times they struggle with the transition from military to civilian life and turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope. Veterans service courts provide our veterans who have committed non-violent offenses the ability to receive rehabilitation services as an alternative to the traditional judicial system.”

"The finances of the state of Illinois are in crisis, and we must do better. The time for resolution is now. We are a bipartisan group of House members committed to seeing that happen.
There have been many ideas submitted both inside and outside the Statehouse. The key question for any of them is “do they have the votes to pass?” The Senate offers one set of ideas in the form of a grand bargain negotiated by both Democrats and Republicans in that chamber. 
We believe a solution that can pass the House and Senate and be signed by the Governor needs to include a package of bills that fundamentally addresses the needs of the state, and most importantly provides a normal, full-year budget for our state agencies, schools, and social service providers.
Let’s be clear; we aren’t looking at a simple all or nothing vote on a package sent from the Senate. We understand that a package sent from the Senate will not be complete or perfect, and it will change. Our legislative process allows hearings and amendments from both chambers, and we think that’s the best way to negotiate a deal that serves our constituents and the state as a whole.
We want to do what we were elected to do; govern the state. To do that we need to pass a budget. We understand a package from the Senate will be complex. Some parts may make members uncomfortable, and that’s not unusual in a negotiated deal.
We ask the Senators from both parties to pass the best negotiated package they can, and then we will take up their work in the House.  We publicly support the hard work of the Senate and wish to continue their efforts."
Signed by:

Representative Ann Williams,   Representative Kelly Cassidy,
Representative Anna Moeller,   Representative Linda Chapa LaVia'
Representative  Barb Wheeler,   Representative Litesa Wallace,
Representative Bob Pritchard,   Representative Marcus Evans,
Representative Camille Lilly,   Representative Mike Fortner,
Representative Carol Sente,   Representative Norine Hammond,
Representative Chad Hays,   Representative Sam Yingling,
Representative David Harris,   Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez,
Representative Elaine Nekritz,   Representative Sonya Harper,
Representative Elgie Sims,   Representative Stephanie Kifowit,
Representative Grant Wehrli,   Representative Steve Andersson,
Representative Jehan Gordon,   Representative Terri Bryant,
Representative Jerry Costello,   Representative Tim Butler,
Representative Keith Wheeler,   Representative Tom Bennett,
Representative Kelly Burke,   Representative Juliana Stratton
Speaker Madigan and House Democrats have pushed through the House another temporary state spending plan. Rep. Jimenez said the time for temporary measures has passed. The Speaker must join the other three legislative leaders and the Governor in negotiating a full year compromise budget.