Rep. Jimenez calls for study on moving state jobs to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Springfield) is calling on state agencies to study the feasibility of moving state jobs to Springfield.

“Springfield is very proud to be Illinois’ capital city,” Jimenez said. “As many state functions and as many state employees as possible should be based here in the seat of state government.”

Jimenez has introduced a resolution calling on agencies under the statewide elected officials to compile a report listing the number of state employees in each county, their job description and a justification of why those positions, specifically upper and middle management, cannot be located in Springfield. The report would not require detailed information about direct service workers, just the number of such positions by division and facility.

Jimenez said she understood the need for frontline personnel who interact directly with the public to be stationed throughout the state, but she wants to find out which personnel could be located in Springfield. The goal of the study would not be to force any state employee to move to Springfield immediately, but to see if a vacated position could be re-located to Springfield to be filled. 

"Springfield became Illinois' capital city because of the passionate efforts of Abraham Lincoln. We should follow Lincoln's leadership to ensure that state operations are conducted in the capital city whenever feasible,” said Jim Langfelder, Mayor of Springfield.  “I support these efforts that will benefit Springfield as the capital city."

“Springfield is the state capital,” said Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield). “We need to do all we can to ensure that state jobs are located here. I commend Rep. Jimenez for looking after the interests of the capital city and ensuring that we have a good workforce here in Springfield.”

The resolution goes on to urge state agencies and Constitutional officers to fill vacant positions in Springfield first. The reports should be completed by August 31.

“Our central business district has suffered in recent years as more state jobs have left the capital city. I want to see if we can reduce that decline,” Jimenez said. “Not to mention the potential for improved efficiencies that would come from having much of the management of state government centralized in the state capital.”

The legislation is HJR 133. It is awaiting a committee hearing.