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.

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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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Childcare and early intervention programs now more accessible to families

DCFS committeeLegislation championed by Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) to support children whose families are involved with the Department of Children & Family Services was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner Aug. 14.

McGuire is the chief sponsor of HB 4885, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The legislation makes DCFS-involved children under five years of age eligible for the state Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and makes children under three years of age eligible for the state Early Intervention (EI) program.

“Quality childcare now is assured for children from troubled families,” McGuire said. “In addition, access to the EI program means those infants and toddlers now will have any developmental delays identified and treated.”

This measure is one of several actions taken by the Illinois General Assembly and DCFS to improve protection of children following the April 2017 death of Semaj Crosby in unincorporated Joliet Township. Improvements have been made at the Joliet DCFS office in staffing and coordination with local human service providers, and the legislature voted to fund a special unit within DCFS to address high-risk households.

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