Jimenez Initiates the Next Step in Moving State Jobs Back to the Capital City


State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez this week initiated the next crucial step to moving more state jobs back to Sangamon County. Jimenez (R-Leland Grove) filed legislation directing that state jobs should be filled in the Capital City unless there is a reason they must be located elsewhere in the state.
 
“In recent reports, there are potentially hundreds of state jobs that could be moved to Sangamon County. Returning them to the center of state government could save money and improve efficiency in the long run,” Rep. Jimenez said.
 
Rep. Jimenez previously spearheaded passage of a resolution that urged agencies under the Governor to compile a report listing the number of state employees in each county, including justification for the location. The report released indicates the potential for nearly 400 jobs to move back to the Capital City. House Bill 4295, filed Monday, takes the next step in the process, requiring the Director of Central Management Services to relocate to Sangamon County all State employment positions under the Personnel Code that are not required by their nature or function to be located in another area. It also requires that all new positions created be located in the Capitol City unless required to be located in another specific location.
 
“It is because of the passionate efforts of Abraham Lincoln that Springfield became our state capital. We need to follow in his footsteps, ensuring that state operations are conducted in the Capital City whenever feasible. I support House Bill 4295 that will benefit Springfield as the Capital City,” said Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder.
 
Rep. Jimenez said she will work with CMS and Springfield city leaders to move the bill through the committee process in the coming weeks so that it may receive a fair debate and vote on the House floor this spring.

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