The Illinois House and Senate took a step forward today to pass a series of  revisions in Illinois law that will increase transparency and accountability in our laws that will better help protect employees in the area of discrimination and sexual harassment in Illinois, but there is more work to do.

“These protections are the result of numerous hearings and dozens of hours of testimony from victims and others. We must make changes to ensure that everyone who works at the Capitol in Springfield or in any public service job in Illinois is safe from harassment, intimidation, or unwanted sexual advances,” said State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), who serves as the minority spokesperson on the Illinois House Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Task Force.

Bringing State Jobs Back to Springfield
Big news for state jobs in Sangamon County, as HB 4295 passed the Senate on a vote of 53-0-0. This legislation will make Sangamon County the default location for State jobs unless the position is required to be in another location due to a facility or constituency. Thank you to Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and Senator Andy Manar for sponsoring this legislation in the Senate and for his support of this important legislation for our capital city. I am honored to represent the capital city in the Illinois House of Representatives. This legislation rightfully recognizes Sangamon County’s unique position in our great state. The legislation will now head to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

Budget Update
The end of the regular session of the General Assembly is six days away. If a budget is not adopted by that time, it will take a supermajority vote of the House and Senate to pass a budget. Over the last several weeks, a budget working group has been meeting regularly to discuss details about the budget and to craft what I hope will be a bipartisan, balanced budget, that can pass the House and Senate by May 31st. I am hopeful that we will be able to finish their work on time so we can pass a balanced budget and avoid another budget stalemate. Passing a balanced budget is essential for Sangamon County and our whole state. I will continue to have discussions with my colleagues in the House over the next few days to do what I can to ensure that we pass a responsible, balanced budget that will improve the financial condition of our state and provide needed services to the most vulnerable.

News Channel 20 is following the progress of Rep. Jimenez's House Bill 4309, which has passed the House and is now being discussed in the Senate. The legislation was initiated by a constituent fighting for her right to visit her elderly father. Watch the latest update here.
Contributing their pennies and spare change, Sangamon County school children have raised the money required to purchase an historic Abraham Lincoln document and return it to Illinois for the state’s bicentennial celebration. State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez and Illinois Bicentennial Commissioner Rikeesha Phelon announced today that children from schools throughout the county boosted by local business partners have raised, at current count, $18,031; surpassing the $15,000 needed to purchase the Minute Book of Sangamon County that includes the testament to Abraham Lincoln’s “good moral character” needed for him to begin practicing law in Illinois.