untitledESSEX – Beginning in 2020, child-care providers who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program will see reimbursement rates go up 20% in rural counties, Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week. Child-care providers in Grundy County will be included in the program.

“Early childhood development is an essential part of every family’s life,” State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) said. “It’s important that everyone has access to affordable day cares across the state."

Access to day cares is a difficult issue, especially for low-income and single parents. Residents of rural communities often struggle find child-care providers for their children.

Read more: Grundy County child-care facilities will receive a monetary boost in the new year

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ConstructionESSEX – State Senator Joyce (D-Essex) announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation’s five-year Highway Improvement Program will include much needed-updates to roads and bridges, including major improvements on I-55 and I-57.

To protect public safety, IDOT is making major road and bridge repairs on I-55, worth $22 million.  The construction area will stretch roughly from Gardner to Braidwood.

“Illinois is the crossroads of the nation, and it’s absolutely vital to our safety and economy that we maintain our network of highways,” Joyce said. “These repairs will also create good-paying construction jobs for people throughout the region.”

Read more: Joyce announces major road and bridge improvements

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The 40th Legislative District contains portions of the southland as well as a majority of Kankakee County, an eastern portion of Will County and southeastern Grundy County.

Legislative District 40

County Government:


City, Town & Village Government:

Aroma Park
Chicago Heights
Coal City
East Brooklyn
Hazel Crest
Hopkins Park
  New Lenox
Olympia Fields
Park Forest
Richton Park
St. Anne
Sammons Point
South Chicago Heights
South Wilmington
Sun River Terrace
Union Hill
University Park
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A local business owner and fourth-generation farmer, Senator Patrick Joyce has deep ties to the 40th Senate District. He grew up in Reddick and has lived in Essex for 24 years with his wife, Rita.

Joyce brings a focus on health care, the environment and education to the Senate, as well as a deep knowledge of business and agriculture. His top goals include making the health care system easier to navigate and more supportive for individuals and families suffering from serious illness, ensuring that everyone has access to clean and affordable drinking water, and reducing class sizes throughout the state.

Joyce’s experience of losing his daughter, Katelyn, to leukemia in 2011 inspired him to improve the health care system. While she was undergoing treatment, Joyce saw first-hand how difficult the American medical system can be to navigate and how difficult living through a serious illness can be – even for a family with substantial support and resources. He believes that increasing advocacy and support services would improve the American health system immensely. Every year for nearly a decade, Joyce has led a team of friends and family members to raise money at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night fundraiser in Katelyn’s memory.

Water quality is another issue that Joyce has a deep personal connection to. He has long fought for the conservation and protection of the Kankakee River, an effort he plans to continue as a legislator. He also believes that clean, affordable drinking water is a human right and a resource we cannot take for granted. Pollution, private water companies, and outdated plumbing all threaten the safety of our water supply – particularly in the South Suburbs. Joyce’s commitment to the environment isn’t limited to water. He believes global warming is a true threat to our world and that it’s the General Assembly’s responsibility to promote policies that will protect the Earth for future generations.

Senator Joyce also knows that education is a priority that unites everyone in the South Suburbs, Kankakee, and surrounding area. One of his key goals is to promote smaller class sizes. Study after study shows that smaller class sizes improve educational outcomes for children of every background.

Joyce, with a background in agribusiness and a 25-year history of successfully operating his own small business and family farm, understands the challenges families in the South Suburbs, Kankakee, and surrounding communities face. He is committed to being their advocate in Springfield and improving the quality of life for everyone in the 40th District.

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