Rep. Jimenez today on the House floor stood to encourage colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue working together to end the impasse by passing a compromise state budget.

“This morning, I invited some of my colleagues in the House to visit and tour the Department of Children and Family Services Training Academy at the University of Illinois Springfield. This training academy is an important resource for DCFS to provide real world training that allows them to experience situations they will confront in the field. Joining me were Representatives Randy Frese and Michelle Mussman.

 I would like to thank Acting DCFS Director Walker and her staff as well as Executive Director Susan Evans and Dr. Betsy Goulet from the University of Illinois Springfield for having us out at the facility and answering our questions. For more information on the Training Academy please click here.”         
 “As a member of the House Mental Health Committee, I invited members of the committee to tour the Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Center in Springfield this week to learn about their facility and how we can help facilities like theirs around the state.

I’m thankful that Representatives Rita, Andersson, Severin, Mussman, Lily, Kifowit, Fine, Stratton, Chairperson Conroy, and Feigenholtz were able to attend this tour.

Thank you also to Lincoln Prairie CEO Mark Littrell for providing us with the tour.”

-Rep. Jimenez

"This week the House will continue to meet in special session to discuss and hopefully vote on a comprehensive budget solution that will end the budget crisis with a balanced budget.

The Governor issued a proclamation on June 15th calling for the House and Senate to convene beginning June 21st and ending on June 30th. That proclamation can be viewed by clicking here.

Prior to the start of this special session, the House Republican Caucus put forth its own budget solution that includes a balanced budget, cuts, and reforms that will help spur economic growth. This “Capitol Compromise” is meant to be a starting point for discussion and negotiation between Republicans and Democrats in the House. Details on the House Republican plan can be seen here.

Finally, if you would like to follow the House during special session this week, please visit the Illinois General Assembly website which has video and audio of all floor and committee activity. That can be found here.

As always, if you have any questions on what is happening at the Capitol this week, please feel free to contact my office at (217)782-0044."      
                                                                                     -Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez
Statement of Rep. Jimenez:

“Today I am traveling from the capital city to Chicago, where the House Higher Education-Appropriations Committee will convene yet another subject matter hearing to hear testimony on the financial hardships inflicted on colleges and universities by our ongoing state budget impasse. With all due respect, merely listening again to testimony we’ve already heard on multiple occasions won’t get us any closer to solving the problem. We need to act. Our Committee must move on from re-hashing the problem to advancing potential solutions.

This spring, a bi-partisan agreement to fund higher education was crafted in the Senate that would fully fund MAP grants, and would restore state funding for universities to approximately 90% of funding they received before the impasse (FY 15). We should debate that proposal in an upcoming committee, offer changes, and vote on it.

I support House consideration of any proposal that will provide adequate, long-term funding for our colleges and universities. If other members of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee have other funding proposals to help our Universities in crisis, I am ready and willing to consider them as well, but we must move forward and begin advancing workable solutions.”