Rep. Jimenez’ State Jobs Resolution Passes the House

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez today passed legislation through the Illinois House aimed at bringing as many state jobs as possible back to the capital city. House Joint Resolution 133 was approved unanimously.

“For years, state jobs have left the capital city, and in many cases it just might not make sense economically for the state, or for the employees and their families,” Representative Jimenez said. “If there’s a compelling reason why a specific state job needs to be located in another part of the state that’s fine, but it’s important for efficiency and for our bottom line to return as many state jobs as possible to the seat of state government.”

Jimenez’ resolution 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. 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. The reports should be completed by August 31.

“This is a priority of city leaders and families here in the 99th district. In fact, Springfield Mayor Langfelder testified on its importance before the House Executive Committee. We need to be able to make good, informed decisions about where state jobs will best be located, and this study will help us do that,” Representative Jimenez said.

HJR 133 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.