The sacrifice of Corporal James “Chad” Young of Chatham was honored in his home community today as the section of Illinois Route 4 that runs through the village was officially designated  the U.S. Army Corporal James “Chad” Young Memorial Highway. The dedication ceremony was attended by Corporal Young’s family, Chatham Village President Dave Kimsey and State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez.

“Corporal Young is a true hometown hero, and his sacrifice will be honored and remembered,” said Representative Jimenez. “I was proud to sponsor House Joint Resolution 74 that proclaims this official memorial highway designation. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Corporal Young’s family and friends.”

Corporal Young was a Springfield, IL native who graduated from Glenwood High School in Chatham in 2003. He joined the United States Army in 2004 and was serving his second tour in Afghanistan when he was killed in the line of duty in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on November 10, 2010.

“Chatham is a community that honors and respects all those who have worn the uniform of our country. Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms deserve an honored place in our country. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Corporal Young than to designate Illinois Route 4 through the Village of Chatham in his name,” said Chatham Village President Dave Kimsey.
A new law initiated by a local advocate will protect adult children’s visitation with their elderly parents. House Bill 4309 was signed into law this week. Chief House sponsor State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez said the need for the change was brought to her attention by a Springfield resident who was being blocked from visiting her elderly father.

“I’m grateful to Sandy Baksys from Springfield who shared her personal story and made this new protection possible to help families across Illinois,” Representative Jimenez said. “This new law will create a potential pathway for family members to secure visits in cases where they are being unreasonably blocked from seeing Mom or Dad by another close relative.”

State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez’s push to return state jobs to the capital city today culminated in the signing of a new law mandating that Sangamon County be the default location for state positions in agencies under the Governor. House Bill 4295 directs state agencies to set a geographic location for each job, and if there isn’t a geographic necessity for the state job, then it should be located in Sangamon County.
 
“For all of my time as state representative, 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. A recent report identified hundreds of jobs that could potentially be relocated to the capital city. By making Sangamon County the default location for state jobs in state law, it sends a clear signal that state jobs should be in the capital city, unless they need to be located somewhere else in the state to best serve our residents,” said State Representative Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), the legislation’s chief sponsor.