Higher Education stop-gap funding signed into law

I’m very pleased to report that emergency funding is finally on its way to universities, community colleges, and students waiting for their MAP grants. 

The new plan passed last week and signed into Law Monday is a bi-partisan effort that will provide $600 million from the Educational Assistance Fund to fund a four- month emergency appropriation to universities and one semester of MAP grants.  There is money available in that fund, and Comptroller Munger said she will begin processing payments immediately.

Republicans and Democrats were ultimately able to work together to provide this desperately needed funding.  Its passage is a testament to what is possible when rank and file members put politics aside and do what is best for our constituents. I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to solve the budget impasse and get Illinois on the right track. The passage of this bill is a good first step towards hopefully finding a comprehensive budget solution.

Resolution advances aimed at returning state jobs to the Capital City

I am advancing legislation in the General Assembly aimed at bringing as many state jobs as possible back to the capital city.

With the help of Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder, HJR 133 has cleared the House Executive
Committee and now awaits consideration by the full House. It calls on agencies under the Governor 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 resolution also urges state agencies to fill vacant positions in Springfield first.

As I’ve talked with local leaders and residents in the district, moving state government back to the capital city is a major priority.  In addition, now more than ever, we need to find ways to cut costs and improve efficiency in state government. This study and the resulting report will help provide a roadmap.

If approved, the reports should be completed by August 31.
 
Statement of State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez on Passage of Senate Bill 2059 as amended:

“I am very pleased that Republicans and Democrats were able to work together to provide desperately needed funding for our colleges and universities across Illinois, and to fund students’ MAP grants. The passage of this higher education emergency appropriations bill is a testament to what is possible when rank and file members put politics aside and do what is best for our constituents. I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to solve the budget impasse and get Illinois on the right track. The passage of this bill is a good first step towards hopefully finding a comprehensive budget solution.”

                                             - State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove)

The Legislation allocates $600 million from the Educational Assistance Fund to provide stop-gap funding for universities and community colleges, and to fund one semester of MAP grants for students.

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State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez today advanced legislation in the Illinois House aimed at bringing as many state jobs as possible back to the capital city. Rep Jimenez (R-Leland Grove) stressed that the home of Illinois’ state government should also be home base for as many of our state government employees as possible.


Jimenez’ resolution, HJR 133, calls on agencies under the Governor 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.

“As I’ve talked with local leaders and residents in the district, moving state government back to the capital city is a major priority,” Representative Jimenez said. “In addition, now more than ever, we need to find ways to cut costs and improve efficiency in state government. This study and the resulting report will help provide a roadmap.”

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Another week of session is underway in the Illinois House of Representatives.  Last week was the first week since I started as a legislator that I really felt encouraged by the tone and real efforts toward cooperation both in committee and on the House floor, so I was extremely disappointed that the Speaker started off our new week yesterday with a very partisan speech on the House floor regarding the budget.  The partisan speeches need to end, and we need to work together to solve the enormous challenges we face. We need to keep trying to find places where we agree instead of where we disagree—that’s the way we will get it done.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois.

On Thursday, Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez joined the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and others at a Capitol press conference stressing that everyone has a role to play in protecting our children.

For more information on how you can get involved click here.

It was an honor to visit with Senior Services of Central Illinois' Nutrition Program and to help deliver meals to home-bound seniors in our community. For more information on SSOCI and their programs, please visit www.ssoci.org.