Attorney General Madigan is wrong to try to block state employees’ pay

Most of you have probably read or heard by now that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is going to court to try to stop state employee paychecks until the state budget stalemate is resolved.

In the midst of an unprecedented budget crisis, our state employees have continued to perform their work every day and have provided services to the people of Illinois while facing tremendous pressure and uncertainty. I am thankful that every state employee has continued to receive a paycheck throughout this impasse.

It is extremely disappointing that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is attempting to block state employee pay until a budget is finalized. We have seen tremendous progress in the last couple of weeks towards hopefully ending this stalemate. I am calling upon Attorney General Madigan to drop her efforts to block state employee pay and allow the members of the General Assembly to finish the work that the Senate has begun and negotiate a balanced budget that will get our state back on the right path.

State of the State Address Provided a Realistic Assessment, Hopeful Outlook


This week, the Governor delivered his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly. I think it was a fair and realistic assessment on where we stand and the serious challenges we still face; most notably, passing a responsible, full-year budget.  I agree with the governor that we need to grow, and we need to work together to create jobs and to move our state forward and I’m optimistic that we can do that.  You can view my full video response here.

“In the midst of an unprecedented budget crisis, our state employees have continued to perform their work every day and have provided services to the people of Illinois while facing tremendous pressure and uncertainty. I am thankful that every state employee has continued to receive a paycheck throughout this impasse. It is extremely  disappointing to hear that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is attempting to block state employee pay until a budget is finalized. We have seen tremendous progress in the last couple of weeks towards hopefully ending this stalemate. I am calling upon Attorney General Madigan to drop her efforts to block state employee pay and allow the members of the General Assembly to finish the work that the Senate has begun and negotiate a balanced budget that will get our state back on the right path."

Following the Governor's State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly, Rep. Jimenez said she was pleased with his focus on the need for increased bi-partisan cooperation to address our budget stalemate and other challenges.

Governor Rauner's State of the State Address starts at noon today. You can watch the live video here.
The 100th General Assembly is Underway
All 118 house members of the New General Assembly took the Oath of Office Wednesday at Sangamon Auditorium on the UIS Campus. 

I am deeply honored to have been chosen by my neighbors to be their voice in the Illinois House for
this historic 100th General Assembly, and we have a lot of urgent work to do. Unfortunately, we’re starting out the New Year and the new General Assembly without a state budget. Getting a responsible plan in place must absolutely be our first priority. I’m encouraged by the recent bi-partisan discussions in the Senate, and I want to work to build on that foundation.

I’m also looking forward to continuing efforts begun last year to bring state jobs back to our district. A study I initiated revealed that hundreds of good state jobs could be brought back to the Capitol city area. This year, we need to move forward with the plan to begin their relocation.

Edge Tax Credit Program to be Temporarily Extended

Before the new General Assembly was sworn in this week, the outgoing 99th General  Assembly in its final hours voted to extend for four months the state’s EDGE tax credit program.

 EDGE, which has served as one of the state’s leading economic tools to encourage employers to locate or expand here in Illinois, expired on December 31st. Senate Bill 513, which passed both chambers by large, bi-partisan margins,  extends the program through April 30th while the new General Assembly considers options for its revision and improvement.  Governor Rauner has indicated he will sign the four month extension into law.
Before family, friends and supporters, Sara Wojcicki Jimenez today took the oath of office to represent the 99th district in the new 100th General Assembly. All 118 house members were sworn in at noon today at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Rep. Jimenez (R-Leland Grove) said this year it’s more important than ever that the new General Assembly hits the ground running.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen by my neighbors to be their voice in the Illinois House, and we have a lot of urgent work to do,” Rep. Jimenez said. “Unfortunately, we’re starting out the New Year and the new General Assembly without a state budget. Getting a responsible plan in place must absolutely be our first priority. I’m encouraged by the recent bi-partisan discussions in the Senate, and I want to work to build on that foundation.”


The Inauguration ceremony for the 100th Illinois General Assembly begins at noon on Wednesday,  January 11th in Sangamon Auditorium on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus. Watch the ceremony live here.