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.”
The U.S. Human Services and Resource Administration (HRSA), reports that 20 Americans die every day waiting for an organ transplant. Despite the 150 million Americans who are already registered as organ donors, current conditions mean there is an immediate need for more. Right now, there are over 110,000 people waiting for potentially lifesaving organ transplants. You can find information about how to register at
“Please help others during National Donate Life Month by donating blood and registering to be an organ donor,” McGuire said.
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McGuire2014JOLIET — State Senator Pat McGuire spoke before those gathered at a long-awaited groundbreaking of the new In-Patient Treatment Center to be co-located on the grounds of the existing Joliet Treatment Center in a ceremony this morning.

“My hometown of Joliet has been home to state correctional facilities over a span of three centuries. The oldest facility is the Joliet Correctional Center, built in 1858. In a building there called 'north seg,' the statement of faith 'It is never too late to mend' is set in tile in the main entrance floor,” McGuire said.

“We know that dictum is true for individuals. Today's groundbreaking demonstrates that it is true for our state, as well. Illinois is setting right its treatment of offenders with mental illness.

“I thank all who are cooperating in this project, especially Director John Baldwin and his DOC team.”

McGuire has for years focused efforts on bringing the facility to Joliet, including helping to secure the plans and state appropriations for the planned 180,000-square-foot, $150 million facility. The project will be one of the largest state construction efforts in recent years. The 200-bed inpatient treatment center is designed to accommodate male and female inmates and is expected employ more than 400 staff, including physicians, nurse practitioners and licensed psychologists.

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Sen. Pat McGuire and Rep. John Connor will be co-hosting an Illinois Treasurer’s I-Cash event at their joint district office Feb. 16. This event, which provides assistance to citizens in searching for and recovering unclaimed property held by the state, is free and open to the public. The flyer below has more details.

Feb. 16 I Cash event FLYER

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McGuire2014State Senator Pat McGuire released the following statement after the Illinois Senate voted to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2025:

“Fair pay for hard work is the American way,” said McGuire (D-Crest Hill). “A higher minimum wage will boost families and the Illinois economy.”

Senate Bill 1 would increase the minimum wage according to the following incremental schedule:

  • $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020
  • $10 per hour on July 1, 2020
  • $11 per hour on Jan. 1, 2021
  • $12 per hour on Jan. 1, 2022
  • $13 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023
  • $14 per hour on Jan. 1, 2024
  • $15 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2025

Having passed the Senate, the bill heads to the Illinois House for consideration.

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