Springfield – During his first week as State Senator for the 43rd District, Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) was confronted by the stark reality of Illinois’ budget woes. Less than a week earlier, the governor presented his budget proposal, which called for closing the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) in Joliet.
“Illinois faces lots of red ink. I understand that we are going to have to make some extremely difficult choices this year—choices with real impacts on people’s lives,” McGuire said. “But I have to question closing the Illinois Youth Center on McDonough Street in Joliet. I discussed this with aides to the governor yesterday. I’ve shared my concern with elected officials of both parties at the state, county, and local level. I will visit the IYC Monday to see for myself.”
McGuire was sworn into office Saturday, February 25 and arrived in Springfield Monday, February 27. To get up to speed, McGuire has:
--Met with Crest Hill officials seeking state help for infrastructure needs.
--Joined the Senate Democratic Downstate Caucus to ensure the voices of non-Chicago residents are heard.
--Participated in House Minority Leader Tom Cross’ inaugural monthly meeting of Will County legislators.
--Accepted assignment to four Illinois Senate committees: Environment, Gaming, Higher Education, and Transportation.
--Asked budget officials for a status report on Joliet Junior College’s request for state funding for a new City Center campus building in downtown Joliet.
--Met with Will County agricultural leaders, firefighters, and small business leaders to discuss their legislative concerns.
McGuire also announced that his district office will remain at 2200 Weber Road, Crest Hill 60403 with Robin Goulding continuing as District Director. McGuire invites 43rd District residents to contact him at (815) 207-4445 or McGuire@senatedem.illinois.gov.