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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!
Recently, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced a six year FY 2019-2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program. The $11.05 billion investment will be made across Illinois, including $2.2 billion in FY 2019 alone. IDOT is proposing 23 projects in the 99th district between 2019-2024 totaling nearly $68 million and covering 28.46 miles of roadway.

In this Multi-Year Program, IDOT is moving away from its traditional “worst-first” investment strategy. Historically, the department waited for roads and bridges to deteriorate to the worst condition before addressing them, even though this is the costliest time to make improvements. IDOT will pursue assessment management strategies that will continuously evaluate infrastructure and apply low-cost treatments that will produce better long-term benefits over IDOT’s past practices.

For a list of all proposed projects in the 99th district, please click here.
The Illinois House and Senate took a step forward today to pass a series of  revisions in Illinois law that will increase transparency and accountability in our laws that will better help protect employees in the area of discrimination and sexual harassment in Illinois, but there is more work to do.

“These protections are the result of numerous hearings and dozens of hours of testimony from victims and others. We must make changes to ensure that everyone who works at the Capitol in Springfield or in any public service job in Illinois is safe from harassment, intimidation, or unwanted sexual advances,” said State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), who serves as the minority spokesperson on the Illinois House Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Task Force.