McGuire, state officials announce $150 million project, 200 construction jobs, 445 permanent jobs

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JOLIET — State Senator Pat McGuire today joined leaders of the Illinois Department of Corrections and Capital Development Board in announcing construction of a 210-bed In-Patient Treatment Center to be operated by Corrections on McDonough St. in Joliet. The new facility will be located immediately west of the Joliet Treatment Center, formerly Illinois Youth Center-Joliet. The two facilities will be linked by a new administration building.


The In-Patient Treatment Center will provide round-the-clock treatment to male and female offenders with the most severe mental illnesses. The Joliet Treatment Center currently houses over 100 offenders receiving treatment for less-severe mental illnesses.

Construction of the In-Patient Treatment Center will employ up to 200 union building trades members and is expected to be completed in mid-2021. Upon completion, the center is projected to employ 445 persons ranging from psychologists to nurses to security staff.

“This significant project has many benefits,” McGuire said. “It will provide hundreds of jobs with fair pay and benefits. It will help the state fulfill its legal and moral obligations. It will help prepare offenders to return to their communities as productive, law-abiding citizens. This will help cut crime and reduce recidivism and state costs.

“The co-location of the In-Patient Treatment Center and the Joliet Treatment Center puts Joliet at the forefront of a new era of criminal justice and public safety,” McGuire said.