State Senator Pat McGuire this afternoon toured the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) Joliet. 

He was joined by a number of his colleagues, including State Senator Sue Rezin; State Representatives Jack McGuire, Emily McAsey, and Renée Kosel; Will County Executive Larry Walsh; and a representative from House Minority Leader Tom Cross’ office.  After talking to Youth Center workers and discussing the likely consequences of closing the facility, Senator McGuire is urging the governor to reconsider his plan to close the juvenile detention center.

“The Illinois Youth Center Joliet is the state’s only maximum security facility for young men,” McGuire said.  “The Quinn administration’s reasoning for closing it is that it is the ‘most like an adult prison.’  But, the young men at IYC are behind bars for a reason.  They need to pay their debt to society, be held securely, and receive services to turn them away from a life of crime.”

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Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) is co-sponsoring a bill to cut lawmakers’ pay by nearly five percent and reject raises for other state officials that the governor included in his budget proposal last month.  The total savings for the state is expected to be approximately $900,000.

“Taxpayers deserve a government that works as hard and budgets as tightly as they do,” said McGuire, who has a long history of cutting government expenses to help balance budgets.

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During his first week as State Senator for the 43rd District, Pat McGuire was confronted by the stark reality of Illinois’ budget woes.

 

McGuire was sworn into office Saturday, February 25 and arrived in Springfield Monday, February 27.  To get up to speed, McGuire has:

  • Met with Crest Hill officials seeking state help for infrastructure needs.
  • Joined the Senate Democratic Downstate Caucus to ensure the voices of non-Chicago residents are heard.
  • Participated in House Minority Leader Tom Cross’ inaugural monthly meeting of Will County legislators.
  • Accepted assignment to four Illinois Senate committees: Environment, Gaming, Higher Education, and Transportation.
  • Asked budget officials for a status report on Joliet Junior College’s request for state funding for a new City Center campus building in downtown Joliet.
  • Met with Will County agricultural leaders, firefighters, and small business leaders to discuss their legislative concerns.

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