ARCPARK FOREST - Due to the cancellation of blood drives around the state because of COVID-19, blood centers are facing a decrease in blood donations.
 
“If you’re able to donate blood, please do so,” State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) said. “Our state and nation can’t afford a blood shortage during the coronavirus pandemic.”
 
The American Red Cross Donor Center is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and taking every precaution to protect donors from contracting COVID-19 while donating blood. There is also no known risk of the safety of the nation’s blood supply, only the sufficiency of the supply at this time.

Read more: Joyce: Blood banks in need of sufficient supply

Category: News

11122019CM0378SPRINGFIELD – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  is now accepting applications from local governments, non-profit groups, and even private companies for a an $80 million economic development grant program, State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) announced.

DCEO will allow organizations to compete for $50 million in public infrastructure investments, $16.5 million in regional economic development projects and $13 million for shovel-ready construction projects. Only local governments can apply for the public infrastructure grants, but the other programs are also open to local organizations and businesses.

Projects that may include improvements to utility lines and waste disposal systems, land and building acquisition, and architectural planning and engineering design.

“The projects funded by these grants could attract businesses and jobs to the South Lands,” Joyce said. “These grants are competitive, so I encourage as many local groups to apply as possible.”

Read more: Joyce announces opportunities for economic development funding

Category: News

IMG 6680KANKAKEE – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) visited Nucor Steel while they are in the middle of an expansion that will add 100 full-time, permanent positions.

“Nucor is an important part of our community that provides many good-paying jobs,” Joyce said. “I want young people to know that trade jobs are always a great option to build a career.”

Sen. Joyce also spoke to workers about how he is proud to know that establishments like Nucor help the community’s economy. 

Category: People of the 40th

PEMBROKEJoyce pembroke use – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) is working to improve quality of life for Pembroke residents.

For decades, residents of Pembroke Township have been using stoves and electric space heaters in order to warm up their homes. Winters are often brutally cold in Kankakee and Grundy counties, which causes many residents to live in dangerously cold temperatures.

“Most communities have had access to natural gas for heating and cooking since the 1920s,” Joyce said. “It’s shameful that Pembroke doesn’t already have access to this basic service.”

In an effort to give the community of Pembroke a helping hand, Sen. Joyce introduced the Pembroke Township Natural Gas Investment Pilot Program.

Read more: Joyce fights to ensure Pembroke residents stay warm

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