Senator Pat McGuire is a lifelong resident of Will County. He grew up in Joliet, the oldest of six children, and he was educated at Joliet’s Catholic schools from first grade through college. His father, Paul, was a Joliet firefighter, and his great-grandfather helped found the local union at Lockport’s Texaco refinery. His wife, Lora McGuire, is a native of Channahon and is deeply involved in the community as a leader in health and women’s issues. The McGuires have one daughter, Molly.
Senator McGuire is a teacher by profession, who spent a decade teaching English in our local public and Catholic high schools. He was also elected to the Joliet Township High School District 204, where he successfully fought for stronger graduation requirements that prepared our students for post-secondary education and employment. McGuire also has worked with the education, business, and religious communities on education funding and property tax reform. In 1997, McGuire joined Joliet Junior College’s Project Achieve, where he helped first- generation, low-income, and special-needs college students learn the writing skills needed for successful lives.
McGuire’s school board experience with property taxes motivated him to run for Will County Treasurer in 2006. As treasurer, McGuire streamlined his office, reduced staff and budget, and assisted thousands of homeowners with property tax problems. McGuire helped lead an effort to provide foreclosure prevention programs, particularly in northern Will County.
Senator McGuire is a proven leader who believes taxpayers deserve results from a government that works as hard and budgets as tightly as they do. McGuire will work to strengthen the state’s efforts to attract jobs and investment to Will County. McGuire understands that we need better schools, more jobs, and to protect our seniors from Tea Party tactics. Senator Pat McGuire is a proven leader we can trust.