Tuesday, March 01, 2016 01:24 PM
SPRINGFIELD — High school students from across the state visited the Capitol on Tuesday to meet with legislators and advocate for agricultural education funding. State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) met with FFA students during the 2016 Illinois Agriculture Legislative Day.
“Every year, Will County agricultural leaders and I work to keep ag education funds in the state budget,” McGuire said. “We’ll have to do so again this year since the governor’s proposed budget this year wipes out funding for ag education at high schools and community colleges.
“Agriculture provides jobs and income throughout the 43rd District,” McGuire said, “from the corn and bean fields in Elwood and Channahon, to the barges hauling grain through Joliet, to the food processing plants in Romeoville and Bolingbrook.”
Sen. Pat McGuire
Years served: 2012 - Present
Committee assignments: Environment and Conservation; Appropriations II; Higher Education (Chairperson); Revenue; Transportation; Committee of the Whole; State Government & Veterans Affairs (Vice-Chairperson).
Biography: Former teacher, school board member, Will County treasurer and Braidwood City Clerk; attended Joliet Catholic schools from first grade through college; married (Lora) with one daughter (Molly).