McGuire calls for new budget compromise plan, higher ed funding

Sen. Pat McGuire“We need progressive agendas like the one being put forth this morning.”

SPRINGFIELD — With no direction from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration on how it will address a lack of funding for higher education that has persisted since Jan. 1 in the absence of a state budget, Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Pat McGuire called for cooperation on a new series of proposals aimed at breaking the state budget gridlock.

Speaking alongside other lawmakers from the House and Senate, McGuire said the newly introduced Comeback Agenda is a necessary compromise at a time when universities and community colleges remain adrift and uncertain due to the governor’s refusal to discuss funding for the current fiscal year.

“Affordable higher education serves the interests of families and corporations,” McGuire said. “Job creators don’t get excited by term limits. They get excited by a skilled, talented, well-educated workforce. In the face of this increased obduracy from the governor, we need progressive agendas like the one being put forth this morning.”

The Comeback Agenda includes legislative proposals focused on fixing the budget, reforming state government, job creation, education reform and community health and safety.

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.