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News Channel 20 is following the progress of Rep. Jimenez's House Bill 4309, which has passed the House and is now being discussed in the Senate. The legislation was initiated by a constituent fighting for her right to visit her elderly father. Watch the latest update here.
Contributing their pennies and spare change, Sangamon County school children have raised the money required to purchase an historic Abraham Lincoln document and return it to Illinois for the state’s bicentennial celebration. State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and Illinois Bicentennial Commissioner Rikeesha Phelon announced today that children from schools throughout the county boosted by local business partners have raised, at current count, $18,031; surpassing the $15,000 needed to purchase the Minute Book of Sangamon County that includes the testament to Abraham Lincoln’s “good moral character” needed for him to begin practicing law in Illinois.

Local kids participating in the Illinois Proud Penny Drive are getting a big fundraising boost from two local organizations just days before the drive ends. Both the Sangamon County Bar Association (SCBA) and Staab Funeral Homes presented checks that each equal to 100,000 pennies to Chatham Elementary School and Catholic grade schools gathered at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception School, two of the more than 60 schools collecting donations for the campaign that ends on April 27, 2018.

“We are delighted by the partnership of Sangamon County Bar Association and Staab Funeral Homes. Students will be blown away by their partnership and contribution at this moment in Illinois history,” said Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.

The two week penny drive encourages Sangamon County school children to donate pennies to purchase a historic Abraham Lincoln artifact that contains the certification of his “good moral character” and permitted him to begin his law career in Springfield. The artifact, The Minute Book of Sangamon County from July 1835 to July 1838, also includes information about some of Lincoln's first legal cases.
Two pieces of legislation crucial to two local families cleared the Illinois House Friday, according to their chief sponsor, Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez. 

HB 4309, the Kasem-Baksys Act, will allow an adult child of an elder parent to petition a court for visitation when there is no legal guardian or power of attorney for the elderly parent. According to Rep. Jimenez, the bill will create a potential pathway for a family member to visit their aging parent in a case where they are being unreasonably blocked from seeing mom or dad by another close relative.

“I am so proud of my constituent, Sandy Baksys, for telling her story before the House Judiciary Civil Committee a few weeks ago,” said Jimenez. “House Bill 4309 has gained several sponsors from both sides of the aisle, and now simply awaits Senate approval.”

The House on Friday also honored the sacrifice of Corporal James “Chad” Young of Chatham, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. Corporal Young’s family was in the gallery to receive representatives’ gratitude and well wishes. The House then passed House Joint Resolution 74 which designates a section of Route 4 through Chatham the Corporal James “Chad” Young Memorial Highway.

“We can never forget the sacrifices that our military men, women and their families have made in defense of our nation. Today we honored the life of Chatham’s Corporal Young on the House Floor and soon we will name IL Route 4 through Chatham in his honor. I am so thankful to his mother, Mrs. Young, his sister, Katie Young Powell, his niece, Sydney Robbins, his cousin, Jennifer Duffy and Chatham mayor Dave Kimsey for joining us in the gallery today," added Jimenez.


"We can never forget the sacrifices that our military men, women and their families have made in defense of our nation. Today we honored the life of Chatham’s Corporal Young on the House Floor and soon we will name IL Route 4 through Chatham in his honor. So thankful to his mother, Mrs. Young, his sister, Katie Young Powell, his niece, Sydney Robbins, his cousin, Jennifer Duffy and Chatham mayor Dave Kimsey joined us in the gallery today" - Rep. Jimenez


Two bills sponsored by Rep. Jiminez that were initiatives of constituents of the 99th district have  recently passed out of committee. HB 4309, the Kasem-Baksys Act, will allow an adult child of an elder parent to petition a court for visitation when there is no legal guardian or power of attorney for the elderly parent. Rep. Jimenez noted that she is  proud of her constituent, Sandy Baksys, for telling her story before the House Judiciary Civil Committee a few weeks ago. HB 4309 has gained several sponsors from both sides of the aisle. On Friday, the legislation passed the House, clearing another important hurdle so families like Sandy’s can have a path towards petitioning for visitation of an elderly family member they’ve been denied the right to see.



Another important bill that was brought to Rep. Jimenez by a constituent passed out of the House Executive Committee last week. HB 4539 will prohibit inmates convicted of sexual offenses against minors from possessing photos of minors while they are incarcerated if Department of Corrections mental health personnel believe they should not have them. Rep. Jimenez will work with all parties to address some of the concerns that were raised in committee so this bill may be passed out of the House as quickly as possible.
Representative Jimenez passed an important piece of legislation out of the House Wednesday that will make Sangamon County the default location for State jobs unless there is a reason they must be located elsewhere in the state.