Senate committee hearing to focus on Black Caucus’ education agenda

black college student 092320JOLIET – To continue efforts to address structural racial inequality in Illinois, the Senate will hold a joint Education and Higher Education Committee tomorrow.

“As chair of the Higher Education Committee, I've learned that the foundation for successful post-secondary education is built early in one's life,” said Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill). “Tomorrow's hearing will explore how to provide that foundation for every Illinois child.”

The committee serves as another step in building the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ agenda for the upcoming legislative session. Education is one of four major policy areas the ILBC is targeting this year, along with criminal justice, health care, and economic access.

State economic aid available for area businesses under COVID restrictions

Small BusinessJOLIET — State Senator Pat McGuire urges businesses in Will County affected by the current COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to apply for economic assistance announced today by Governor JB Pritzker.

“The measures needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 require extra sacrifice from certain businesses,” McGuire said. “That’s why the new Business Interruption Grants grant competition prioritizes those businesses.”

McGuire urges people to donate blood, register as organ donors during National Donate Life Month

donatelifeflag 041620JOLIET — To help the many people who will need it during the pandemic, State Senator Pat McGuire, D-Crest Hill, urged residents to donate blood, bone marrow and organs during April, which is National Donate Life Month.

“The pandemic is a cruel double whammy,” McGuire said. “Patients need blood now, and those who survive might need organs later in life due to the virus' damage to the body. People need donated blood and organs for lots of other medical conditions, too.”

General Assembly approves Houbolt Road Bridge to relieve I-80 travel traffic

mcguire 053119SPRINGFIELD — A new dedicated truck route in the Joliet area will ensure traffic along I-80 runs more smoothly and more safely under a plan that State Senator Pat McGuire that sponsored in the Illinois Senate today.

“Every Senator voting backed this innovative plan to make I-80, I-55 and IL 53 safer by giving trucks a different route into and out of the intermodals,” McGuire said. “Democrats, Republicans, business and labor are cooperating to save lives.”

Senate Bill 158 allows the construction of a privately financed 1.5-mile extension of Houbolt Road to include a toll bridge over the Des Plaines River.

The new route would be built upon land leased for 99 years from the City of Joliet and would serve as a more efficient alternative access route for trucks entering the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. The four-lane, two-way bridge would also include pedestrian and bike paths.

Under the legislation, the Will County Board has the authority to fix toll rates along the bridge, and the Illinois Toll Authority’s open-road tolling technology could be used. The project would be a joint venture between CenterPoint Properties and United Bridge Partners, a private firm that operates private toll bridges.

SB 158 earlier passed the Illinois House with Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. as chief sponsor. The legislation awaits the governor’s signature to become law. The 24-month construction project would begin this summer, pending the governor’s approval.

Sen. Pat McGuire


43rd District

Years served:
2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Higher Education (Chairperson); Revenue; State Government (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Prisons (Sub-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).

Associated Representatives:
John Connor
Lawrence Walsh, Jr.