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With the ringing in of the New Year, 253 new laws have taken effect in Illinois that have wide raging impact.

Public Act 100-0850 creates the Frail Individual Family Visitation Protection Act and was spearheaded by a the daughter of an aging parent here in the 99th district who was being denied the right to see her loved one. This new law will create a potential pathway for family members to secure visits in cases where they are being unreasonably blocked from seeing Mom or Dad by another close relative. It allows the court to order visitation to be permitted if it is in the aging parent's best interest.

Here are few other new laws families should know about:

Children under the age of 2 years old must be restrained in rear facing car seats unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall. (PA100-0672)

Every Illinois school will be required to conduct at least one law-enforcement led active shooter drill a year. School safety drills must be conducted within 90 days of the start of the school year. (PA100-0996)

Nursing mothers upon request will be exempt from jury duty. (PA100-0696)

Stalking laws expanded to include messages sent through social media. Additionally, businesses, places of worship and schools can seek restraining orders against stalkers.

The Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act was enacted opening the door in Illinois for new treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. (PA100-1137)

All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination. (PA100-829)

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“It was my honor to present on the House floor the Sangamon County Minute Book from the 1830s and congratulate the school children of Sangamon County for their hard work in collecting 1.8 million pennies to purchase this historic Abraham Lincoln book which includes a passage attesting to Lincoln’s good moral character. President Lincoln needed that in order to practice law in Illinois at that time."




"I am so proud of the over 60 schools across the county that participated in the Illinois Proud Penny Drive and to all the incredible partners they had in the community to raise the necessary funds to bring this book back home to Sangamon County as part of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration. The Minute Book will now be permanently housed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum for everyone to come and learn about the early history of Abraham Lincoln’s career right here in Springfield. The Illinois House passed HR1271 to officially congratulate all the students for their hard work on this campaign. Congratulations again to all who participated in the Illinois Proud Penny Drive!” -Rep. Sara Jimenez
A historic Abraham Lincoln artifact purchased through the Illinois Proud Penny Drive by Sangamon County schoolchildren is now home in the Capital City and ready for viewing at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to help celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday this year.

At an event this morning at Feitshans Elementary School, the children of Sangamon County gifted the Sangamon County Minute book to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  In the April of this year, the students raised more than $18,000 during the Illinois Proud Penny Drive to use toward the purchase and preservation of this historic document that was in New York.

“I looked under the couch, I went outside because there was money on the ground that people drop and I saved up my money,” said Brook Gibbons, Feitshans Elementary 5th grade student.

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, who helped organize the Illinois Proud Penny Drive, said the Sangamon County Minute Book includes the written certification to Abraham Lincoln’s "good moral character", which was a necessary certification for a person to become a lawyer in Illinois in the 1860's.


The sacrifice of Corporal James “Chad” Young of Chatham was honored in his home community today as the section of Illinois Route 4 that runs through the village was officially designated  the U.S. Army Corporal James “Chad” Young Memorial Highway. The dedication ceremony was attended by Corporal Young’s family, Chatham Village President Dave Kimsey and State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.

“Corporal Young is a true hometown hero, and his sacrifice will be honored and remembered,” said Representative Jimenez. “I was proud to sponsor House Joint Resolution 74 that proclaims this official memorial highway designation. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Corporal Young’s family and friends.”

Corporal Young was a Springfield, IL native who graduated from Glenwood High School in Chatham in 2003. He joined the United States Army in 2004 and was serving his second tour in Afghanistan when he was killed in the line of duty in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on November 10, 2010.

“Chatham is a community that honors and respects all those who have worn the uniform of our country. Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms deserve an honored place in our country. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Corporal Young than to designate Illinois Route 4 through the Village of Chatham in his name,” said Chatham Village President Dave Kimsey.
A new law initiated by a local advocate will protect adult children’s visitation with their elderly parents. House Bill 4309 was signed into law this week. Chief House sponsor State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez said the need for the change was brought to her attention by a Springfield resident who was being blocked from visiting her elderly father.

“I’m grateful to Sandy Baksys from Springfield who shared her personal story and made this new protection possible to help families across Illinois,” Representative Jimenez said. “This new law will create a potential pathway for family members to secure visits in cases where they are being unreasonably blocked from seeing Mom or Dad by another close relative.”

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez’s push to return state jobs to the capital city today culminated in the signing of a new law mandating that Sangamon County be the default location for state positions in agencies under the Governor. House Bill 4295 directs state agencies to set a geographic location for each job, and if there isn’t a geographic necessity for the state job, then it should be located in Sangamon County.
 
“For all of my time as state representative, I have made it a priority to push State agencies to identify positions within State government that can and should be located in Sangamon County. A recent report identified hundreds of jobs that could potentially be relocated to the capital city. By making Sangamon County the default location for state jobs in state law, it sends a clear signal that state jobs should be in the capital city, unless they need to be located somewhere else in the state to best serve our residents,” said State Representative Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), the legislation’s chief sponsor.
 
Rep. Jimenez thanks Omar (La Fiesta) and Thomas (CKM Self Defense) and their local businesses for donating more than 60 backpacks to the Lincoln Presidential Museum’s drive for Springfield District 186 students.

You too can donate this month and you will receive a free ticket to the museum for each backpack you give.  The local business sponsors generously donated these vouchers to the district too.

To donate a backpack, click here!