Springfield – State Senator Pat McGuire’s plan to deter domestic abuse with greater penalties for repeat offenses passed the Illinois Senate today. This is the first legislative proposal McGuire introduced after taking office February 25. “Domestic violence destroys families,” McGuire said. “And it’s a recurring problem. Studies show that 40 to 80% of the people who...Read More
The Illinois Senate passed a balanced budget for the next fiscal year that spends $255 million less than last year’s, fully funds the state’s pension obligations, and sets aside $1.3 billion to pay old bills. While making across-the-board cuts to most agency budgets, it avoids reductions to K-12 education, MAP grants, and other priorities. The budget...Read More
Springfield – State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) is supporting two important pieces of legislation to fight the deadly heroin epidemic in Will County and other suburban areas. One lowers the amount of heroin drug dealers can have in their possession before they are subject to mandatory imprisonment. The other stiffens penalties for fatal overdoses in...Read More
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.
The 43rd District
The 43rd Legislative District is located entirely within Will County. It encompasses the entirety of the following communities:
Elwood, Fairmont, Manhattan, Preston Heights, and Rockdale. It includes large portions of – Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Lockport and Romeoville. On top of this it also includes small parts of Channahon, Lemont, Naperville, Shorewood and Woodridge.
Major employers in district communities include Argonne National Laboratory, Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Commonwealth Edison, Caterpillar’s earthmoving equipment factory, Silver Cross Hospital, Harrah’s casino, and several local school districts.
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