Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Jimenez wants Sangamon County to get priority for most new state jobs
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Jimenez wants Sangamon County to get priority for most new state jobs

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018

* SJ-R

Seeking to address longstanding fears of state jobs being poached from Springfield, a local lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require most new and vacant positions to be located in Sangamon County.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-Leland Grove, said the legislation, House Bill 4295, would make Springfield and the county the default location for employees of most state agencies and the governor’s office. It would require the director of Central Management Services to give a reason why a job needs to be based elsewhere.

“It’s my opinion that if those folks are providing a direct service or need to be in a different part of the state, they should be,” Jimenez said. “But for all jobs that don’t need to be in a specific geographic location, I believe and many of my constituents I think would agree that those jobs should be located in the capital city because we are the seat of state government.”

A 2016 study conducted by CMS found that nearly 400 state jobs, both filled and vacant, could be moved back to Springfield.

A total of 267 of the jobs were filled, and Jimenez had said she had no desire to uproot families by relocating them to Springfield. However, the survey said the other 119 jobs were vacant at that time.


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:31 am:

    The Bill Cellini/Springfield Full Employment Act of 2018.

    Making Sangamon Great Again.

  2. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:31 am:

    Don’t Springfield area lawmakers introduce a bill like that every year?

    If not, they sure missed a trick. That’s the steak tartare of red meat for the locals.

  3. - Macbeth - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:32 am:

    Does it not dawn on Jimenz that jobs these days don’t — literally — need to be *anywhere*, let alone Springfield.

    Most IT jobs, for example, could be wherever the workers *happen to be* — Chicago, Cairo, Quincy, Springfield — and then when folks need to be brought together, use Gitter or Slack or Skype.

    The fact that DoIT isn’t pressing more for telecommuting solutions for jobs is mind-boggling to me. People still travel three hours between Chicago and Springfield? What, for a meeting and then a 4pm drink?

    Yeah, that’s smart. (And that’s the issue — meetings or presentations that aren’t linked via video and require an actual physical presence.)

  4. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:33 am:

    Just relocate the capital.

  5. - Real - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:34 am:

    Most jobs are already located in Sangamon county. Wasteful bill.

  6. - Piece of Work - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:35 am:

    Blago did more to devastate the economy in Sangamon county than any recession.

  7. - LizPhairTax - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:36 am:


    Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, R-*happen to be* might introduce something like that.

    Now my recipe for beer can chicken…

  8. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    Spoken like a true fiscal conservative.

  9. - SuburbanRepublican - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:42 am:

    Seems like a pretty straight forward bill. If a position isn’t tied to a facility or location based service, it should be in the Capital.

  10. - Almost the Weekend - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    We can’t pick up our own bootstraps so we need government to do it for us.

  11. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    Ah, I mentioned this the other day

    Geographical transfer

    It’s in the contract. AFSCME really can’t stop it.
    Basically, “Your job is now located in Springfield”

    Again a way to attack AFSCME
    And reduce the state workforce.
    Perfidy in action

  12. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    She floated this during her ‘16 campaign. I doubt she’s going to get very far with it on her way out the door.

  13. - Chambananon - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:06 pm:

    Honeybear, time to take off the Perfidy!-colored glasses for a bit; not everything is about destroying AFSCME. The attempt to return jobs to Springfield has been an issue for the better part of two decades now, and is all about 1) pro-Downstate/anti-Chicago sentiment, 2) lower cost of operations, 3) centralized government, 4) jobs for Sangamon county and the surrounding area. AFSCME hasn’t (and shouldn’t) really care about this issue, especially since it typically (as here) notes that it would not be used to uproot existing positions but only re-centralize new positions or vacant ones.

    Don’t get me wrong — there are a LOT of folks out to get AFSCME, but this isn’t one of those nefarious plots. It is what it says on the label, in this case.

  14. - Yup! - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:07 pm:

    - Honeybear

    Page 2 paragraph D says this bill will not preempt collective bargaining agreements.

  15. - Lucky Charms - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:24 pm:

    Businesses are relocating to large US cities for a reason; namely to recruit and keep young talent. While its fine with me that most of the jobs are in Springfield, I don’t agree that we should exclude some jobs being located in Chicago where many people would prefer to live.

  16. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:32 pm:

    Once again the party of smaller government and doing more with less, AKA, the Sangamon County GOP their love for all things big government.

  17. - Mando - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:43 pm:

    We should also add cost of living adjustment in that bill for state employees that live in Cook County. The feds do it why not us… Just saying

  18. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:49 pm:

    Mando. Just what we need. Increase the cost of state govt.

  19. - Why though??!! - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:52 pm:

    There are so many state workers in Cook County namely Chicago who are looking to be promoted. There are people here who are qualified and looking for work. N The job board is flooded with open positions in Sangamon County and I’m guessing they don’t have people to fill those positions. Why not put the jobs where the people are who can fill those positions. What is this really about??

  20. - Pick a Name - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 12:55 pm:

    Weak sauce. Must thinking about a countywide run next cycle.

  21. - theq - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 1:01 pm:

    ahh yes the same Rep that voted against the union contract going to an arbiter …..

  22. - Yep - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 1:02 pm:

    They’re already doing this. There are more state job openings for Sangamon County then any other county.

  23. - Really - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 1:03 pm:

    Are they trying to force state workers to move to Sangamon County?

  24. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    Trying to create a job seekers’ market for her upcoming search?

  25. - Mr.Black - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    Springfield is not going to attract young, hungry talent. You don’t fix the car by taking out one of the pistons.

  26. - Signal and Noise - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 1:13 pm:

    This just screams Free Market Capitalist

  27. - Ron - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 2:53 pm:

    At least compensation should be cheaper in Springfield than in the Chicago metro. Should save a little money.

  28. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    Geographical Transfer - Article XXII of the collective bargaining agreement. (Contract)

    Look it’s already been used in several agencies to eliminate positions. geographical transfer is allowed in the contract.
    I know this tactic is being used already.

    Chambananon- it is being used to uproot existing positions. I know of a whole agency office that was moved. This is the play they were going to use when they thought they could sell the Thompson center. Now that Rauner has been wrestled to the ground legally with AFSCME I’m certain these other tactics will be employed.

    Here’s the clue. If filling positions was important they would been filled. Whole agencies are mere husks.
    No, floating a bill now indicates that there is going to be a lot of openings coming down the pike.

    Look, I’m like this because there is only one thing Rauner cates about. Destroying labor
    His toady Jimenez is just doing as told.

  29. - Ron - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:13 pm:

    The state needs to cut spending, so be it if state workers jobs are cut. We have massive pensions to pay.

  30. - NorthsideNoMore - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 5:39 pm:

    H Bear so let me understand, moving an agency to the seat of government where there is ample space and cheap rent vs the opposite in chitown is somehow anti union? Those that are in said jobs can relocate. Cost of livin in the patch whole lot cheaper than the rents in Chicago. Its called good management of limited resources (which happen to be the peoples tax dollars). If I were king the JRTC would be imploded and turned into green space or sold at market value, what ever that is for that rat hole.

  31. - justacitizen - Tuesday, Jan 23, 18 @ 8:01 pm:

    ===Again a way to attack AFSCME
    And reduce the state workforce.
    Perfidy in action===

    Blago transferred some jobs to Chg such as people who managed state office buildings in Spfld like the Willard Ice (Dept of Revenue) Building that made no sense whatsoever. That person needed to be in Spfld to oversee that building. I see where Sara is coming from.

  32. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 9:25 am:

    ===so be it if state workers jobs are cut. We have massive pensions to pay===
    Vested employees get paid pensions no matter if they are on the payroll or not. And less employees on the payroll means less employing making contributions.

TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* *** UPDATED x1 *** SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser list, a new poll and a harsh new anti-Durkin TV ad
* Republican files lawsuit over HRO mailers tying him to Madigan
* Your moment of un-Zen
* Your moment of Zen
* Question of the day
* Madigan's House to advance a package of gun legislation next week
* Campaign Workers Guild coming to Springfield
* A new Madigan question: Can he survive?
* Hinz: "The governor is in full Pinocchio mode"
* *** UPDATED x1 - 150 explains *** Local 150 makes good on its pledge to file First Amendment lawsuits
* *** UPDATED x1 - Kennedy responds *** Pritzker hit again on the lack of women in his companies
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Diversity is more than drinking a glass of milk
* Dems use Greitens to attack Rauner
* A look at gubernatorial ad spending
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Anybody have any ideas how to fix this problem?
* Support HB4469
* Crain's not-so-wholeheartedly endorses Rauner, Pritzker
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...







* Rauner declares Vermilion, Iroquois, Kankakee c.....
* Rauner declares Vermilion County disaster area .....
* Rich Miller: The high tax of controversy - Bloo.....
* Governor Rauner declares it Engineers Week - FO.....

* EXCHANGE: Lincoln honored through Mount Zion woman's weaving
* EXCHANGE: Geneva teacher uses storytelling to teach science
* Illinois governor issue disaster proclamation for 3 counties
* Midwest flooding expected to last through weekend
* Murder charges filed in DCFS worker's death
* Freeport man creates giant sculpture of Harry Caray
* Chicago fires back at Feds' request in sanctuary city fight
* Illinois group homes still troubled despite reform promise
* Illinois officials announce plan to stabilize mine
* Gothamist news sites brought back to life by public radio

* Rauner issues disaster proclamation for three counties
* Madigan: Illinois House to vote on gun bills next week
* Part of ceiling falls in Illinois State Fairgrounds' Livestock Center
* Rauner drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate commitment to diversity
* AG candidate Erika Harold says GOP county official used racial slur
* AG candidate says GOP county official used racial slur
* Illinois Democrats move toward licensing gun stores
* Rauner 're-evaluating' whether to move veterans out of Quincy home
* Recreational marijuana ballot question clears committee
* Biss, Pritzker clash at Springfield debate

* Edward-Elmhurst Hospital plans another round of cuts
* Edward-Elmhurst Health plans another round of cuts
* Gun-control forces prepare for key Springfield vote
* Your guide to the 2018 Illinois gubernatorial primary
* Who we're backing for governor

* MAP: Chicago weekend shootings tracker for Feb. 23 – 26
* 8 men wounded, 2 critically, in shootings across Chicago since Friday night
* New Acura TLX gets back to performance
* Man wounded in South Shore drive-by shooting
* Man critically wounded in Lawndale shooting
* Man shot and seriously wounded while riding in vehicle on South Side
* Man shot while walking on sidewalk in Lawndale
* Man, 37, wounded in Austin shooting
* Fugitive charged with sexual assault after arrest in Arlington Heights
* Dear Abby: Why is my boyfriend checking out male models online?

* American men win Olympic curling gold, upsetting Sweden
* Man shot by hit-and-run suspect among 8 injured in city shootings
* Exclusion at work worries team member
* Victorian-inspired home in Oak Park: $1.2M
* Woman found dead face down off road near Joliet
* Disabato: Several Southland boys basketball teams have chance to play Peoria
* Ester Ledecka gets second Olympic gold, this time in snowboarding
* Rating NBC Olympics announcers: Who deserves gold, silver, bronze ... or lead?
* What is Gateway Pundit, the conspiracy-hawking site at center of bogus Florida 'crisis actors' hype

» State Week: Madigan Cuts Second Aide, Dems Debate, Republicans React To Racist Language
» Lawmakers Seek To Curve 'Predatory' Car Title Loan Industry
» Local 150 Sues Rauner, Anticipating 'Janus' Loss
» Early Voting Gets Late Start In Some IL Districts
» Illinois’ Storied History of Choosing Its Second-in-Command
» Speaker Madigan Among Lead Topics At Democratic Gubernatorial Debate
» The Primary Race That’s Almost Guaranteed To Hit Your Bottom Line
» More Gun Legislation Filed At Illinois State Capitol
» Lawmaker Rips Rauner On Legionnaires' Response At Vets' Home
» Illinois Lawmaker Looks To Ban AR-15, 'Ghost Guns'

* Rauner issues disaster proclamation for three counties
* Guest View: A statewide governing board not the answer for Illinois higher education
* Ed Rogers: CPAC has been hijacked by the gun debate
* Madigan: Illinois House to vote on gun bills next week
* Part of ceiling falls in Illinois State Fairgrounds' Livestock Center
* Rauner drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate commitment to diversity
* AG candidate Erika Harold says GOP county official used racial slur
* Counterpoint: NAFTA a good deal for corporations, a bad deal for the country
* Point: North American energy trade boosts our economic and energy security
* Thumbs Up: Work and fellowship for those who need a boost

* MARK-TO-MARKET: What’s behind Walmart’s historic sell-off?
* Daily Digest 2/24/18
* Area students learn about health careers at DACC
* Land bank receives grant
* Rauner declares Vermilion County disaster area
* Fresh start: Families not alone in recovering from fire
* Column | Gary W. Moore: Why reading is more important than ever
* Area Calendar 2/24/18
* Fire breaks out at Marissa auto repair store
* Here’s what it means for students, visitors when a school goes on ‘soft lockdown’

* Jokic's triple-double leads Nuggets over Spurs, 122-119
* Prolific Davis lifts Pelicans past Heat in OT, 124-123
* Lisle runs out of victories
* Berube makes 42 saves, Blackhawks beat Sharks 3-1
* The Latest: Crowds low at Olympic hockey playoff games

* Hultgren visits Parkview third-graders - K...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* River Town Chronicles: Randy Hultgren is T...
* Primary candidates vie for Democratic nomi...
* Duckworth taps downstate principal as Stat...
* 14th Democratic hopefuls talk guns at Bata...
* A New Congressional Caucus Backs Planetary...
* House passes bill boosting funding to Illi...
* Before the State of the Union, a chance to...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Italian-American Political Coalition makes endorsements in some Cook County judicial races
* Will political pressure get Illinois to act responsibly w/ regard to firearms?
* SportsMonday: Radio Days
* The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #189: Stevie Sunshine's Gold
* Judge's impromptu remarks result in controversy
* Government, John Stossel, and the TSA
* All Illinois GOP Congress members receive 100% rating on family group's scorecard
* Clerical error mistakenly ties Liberty Principles PAC to pro-Madigan mailing
* Antifa groups support Univ. of IL Urbana-Champaign instructor who punched Trump Supporter
* The 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* MWC 2018: Boots on the ground (Video)
* HTC hit with layoffs in the US, putting their American smartphone business in doubt
* Nope, Android isn’t getting a system-wide dark mode (at least not yet)
* Deals: T-Mobile Launches iPhone/Apple Watch S3 Offer, Belkin Debuts Weekend Sale, and More
* MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Seaboard Block From ROLI
* Android TV’s YouTube app gets a small redesign, includes video quality control
* Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

* Highlights from White Sox Photo Day
* Burger thrilled by first taste of Majors
* Rodon to sit out spring, likely back in June
* Sox pitching is prickly in Cactus League opener
* White Sox see rebuild timeline shortening
* Rodon to sit out spring, likely back in June
* White Sox 2018 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller