Rep. Jimenez Advances Measure to Make Sangamon County the “Default” Location for State Jobs

Representative Jimenez passed an important piece of legislation unanimously out of the House Executive Committee today that continues the work of bringing more State jobs to the capital city by directing that the default location for State jobs be Sangamon County unless there is a reason they must be located elsewhere in the state.

“Over the last 2 years, I have made it a priority to push State agencies to identify positions within State government that can and should be located in Sangamon County. We have identified potentially hundreds of jobs that could be moved to Sangamon County that are not needed for a specified reason elsewhere in Illinois. HB 4295 takes the next step in relocating more jobs to Sangamon County by codifying into law that State employment positions should be at the seat of government in Illinois,” Representative Jimenez said.

Representative Jimenez previously spearheaded passage of a Joint 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 indicated that nearly 400 jobs could move back to the capital city. HB 4295 requires the Director of Central Management Services to relocate 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 capital 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.

HB 4295 will now head to the House floor for consideration. Representative Jimenez will reach out to colleagues in the House to urge their support of this important legislation.

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