State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove) received the Friend of Agriculture
Award from the Illinois Farm Bureau at a farm in Sangamon County on September 23. The Friend of Agriculture Award is an honor given only to legislators who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the agriculture industry in Illinois.

“I am honored to receive the Friend of Agriculture Award today from the Illinois Farm Bureau. Agriculture is not only a critical industry in the 99th district, but across the state of Illinois as well. I will continue to advocate for issues that are important to the agriculture industry so farmers across Illinois can thrive during these very challenging economic and financial times”, said Representative  Jimenez

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez spoke to members of the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities at the State Capitol in Springfield about her experiences in state government and her communications background and how members of IARF can effectively advocate the legislature on issues important to them.
From the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity:

State Announces September 1 Start of Low Income Energy Assistance Program Enrollment

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance announced today that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning September 1, 2016.
LIHEAP and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Rauner.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting on September 1, 2016.
State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez participated in the unveiling of Walgreens’ latest medication drop-off box in the state of Illinois at the Walgreens location on S. Macarthur Blvd.

“I was honored to have been invited by Walgreens to participate in the unveiling of their latest medication drop off box in Illinois. With over 40 current locations in Illinois, this 24 hour drop box is a convenient location for residents of Springfield to turn in unused medications that have been in their cabinets for years. The issue of drug addiction and abuse is something that has impacted virtually every community throughout Illinois and the United States. With 41 opiate intoxications in Sangamon County in 2015, it is critically important that we work diligently to combat drug abuse in our area. Medication drop boxes are an excellent tool we can use to combat this epidemic that is harming too many of our communities. I am grateful that Walgreens chose this location for its first drop box in Springfield and am glad to see so many people utilize it since its establishment,” Representative Jimenez said.
State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez hosted her third economic development meeting in the 99th District on Monday August 29th at the New Berlin Village Hall. The meeting included elected officials and business leaders from New Berlin and Pleasant Plains. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provided information to the attendees about economic development programs that are offered through the state that can help local communities with attracting businesses, improving local roads, and maintaining open lines of communication with the State.

“I was glad to be able to bring local officials in the 99th district together to talk about economic development issues here in Sangamon County. While we face tremendous challenges as a state, it is critically important to keep the lines of communication open between local and state government. IDOT and DCEO play an important role in our state’s economic development prospects and allowing our local leaders to hear from them and ask questions will be beneficial to the long-term economic progress of Sangamon County. My thanks to New Berlin Mayor Steve Frank for hosting us and for the great conversation at the meeting," Representative Jimenez said.