I represent a unique district on the west side of Springfield and Sangamon County – one with many dedicated state workers and many others who rely on the state for funding or services.  We also have folks who work at our hospitals and other medical facilities, social service agencies, many small businesses, universities and colleges, associations and local farms, governments, among others.  As I talk to residents in the 99th district, they tell me they want certainty from our state government, especially with a balanced, full year budget, and for us to work together. We all want stability and I am doing my best to make that happen. We need to move forward. I am doing my best to balance all of these interests for the good of the state and the good of central Illinois.

Members of the General Assembly worked together in June across the aisle and with the governor to formally end an 18 month long stalemate that had left Illinois languishing without a state budget. But our work on our Fiscal Year 2017 state budget is far from complete. The stopgap spending plan approved this summer to fund most state operations and services expires on December 31. If no new plan is in place by then, we will once again be without a budget.

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez hosted the second economic development meeting in the 99th District on Monday August 15th. The meeting was held at the Auburn City Hall and included elected officials from Auburn, Pawnee, and Divernon. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provided information to all three towns about programs offered through the State that can assist those communities in economic development through attracting businesses, improving roads and infrastructure, and maintaining open lines of communications with the State.

I was pleased to meet with officials from Auburn, Pawnee, and Divernon to discuss economic development issues that are important to their communities. As I said at the meeting, what is good for Auburn, Pawnee, and Divernon is good for Sangamon County as a whole. I feel that it is important to ensure that our local communities are given the resources they need to succeed. Connecting them with DCEO and IDOT is critically important for these towns to begin planning their growth and development for the long-term.” Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.

Representative Jimenez will host a 3rd economic development meeting in New Berlin on Monday August 29th at 5:30pm. Learn more by clicking here.
https://drive.google.com/a/ilhousegop.org/file/d/0B--kX4sC8rqWUTdIYW5qOUhmV2ZZbXhhaElRQWtIRVVjY05Z/viewArea families can read more about the state’s stopgap budget, state funding increases for local school
districts and other important issues from this year’s legislative session here on State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez’s website.  Rep. Jimenez has posted a Session Review to keep local residents up to date without the costs associated with a mailed newsletter.

“While the budget and school funding were certainly the most critical state issues we tackled this spring, we also made progress on other initiatives important to Sangamon County families and our local economy. You can read more about them all in the Session Review posted on my website.” Rep. Jimemez said.

Representative Jimemez said the Session Review is readily accessible here on the website by clicking the Session Review 2016 icon in the top right hand margin of the homepage. The Review is also printable.
“On Monday, I hosted an economic development meeting in Chatham that brought together local elected officials and business owners in Chatham to hear from and discuss with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity (DCEO) economic development issues. Both IDOT and DCEO provided information about economic development programs offered through their agencies that local units of government can utilize that can help spur economic growth in their communities. I am pleased that the Village of Chatham, along with the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, participated in this important discussion. “ - Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.

You can read more about the Economic Development Summit here.

Pictured left to right:  Ben Denney (DCEO Office of Business Development), Chatham Village President Thomas Gray, State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, Denise Johnson (IDOT Economic Development Program), and Shellie Petty (Chatham Chamber of Commerce).