Senate Passes Jimenez Initiative to Bring State Jobs Back to Sangamon County

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez applauds the Senate for passing legislation this week that aims to ultimately bring state jobs back to Sangamon County.

With the help of Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), House Joint Resolution 133 was approved unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday.  HJR133 calls on state agencies to produce a workforce report that would include data about state jobs, their locations and an explanation regarding why that job could not be located in the capital city.

“Over the years, the capital city has lost thousands of state jobs, 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. I thank Senator Manar for sponsoring this Resolution in the Senate and working in a bipartisan fashion to support the capital city.”

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 in the future.

“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 passed both the House and Senate unanimously.  The resolution will now go to each state agency which will submit a report to the General Assembly and the Governor by August 31.