State Representative Calls For More State Jobs In Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Springfield) says she wants state agencies to study the feasibility of moving state jobs to Springfield.
“Springfield is very proud to be Illinois’ capital city,” Jimenez said. “As many state functions and as many state employees as possible should be based here in the seat of state government.”
Jimenez has introduced a resolution calling on agencies under the statewide elected officials to compile a report listing the number of state employees in each county, their job description and a justification of why those positions, specifically upper and middle management, cannot be located in Springfield. The report would not require detailed information about direct service workers, just the number of such positions by division and facility.
Jimenez said the goal of the study would not be to force any state employee to move to Springfield immediately, but to see if a vacated position could be re-located to Springfield to be filled.
"Springfield became Illinois' capital city because of the passionate efforts of Abraham Lincoln. We should follow Lincoln's leadership to ensure that state operations are conducted in the capital city whenever feasible,” said Jim Langfelder, Mayor of Springfield. “I support these efforts that will benefit Springfield as the capital city."
The resolution goes on to urge state agencies and Constitutional officers to fill vacant positions in Springfield first. The reports should be completed by August 31.
The legislation is HJR 133. It is awaiting a committee hearing.