Pat fought for funds for a new state of the art women’s health center, ER renovations and expanded mental health services at Swedish Covenant Hospital.
The health center is improving women’s health and providing culturally-aware treatment for the community. And, the Emergency Room renovation expand mental health services that provide on the spot diversion of patients from ER rooms to mental health professionals on site.
Pat is making the ward a better place to live and play. He’s improved all the parks in the 40th Ward and he’s torn down dangerous hotels along Lincoln Avenue and replaced them with a public library, police station, and the Legion Park Fountain. Pat has brought new streetscapes to Devon, Bryn Mawr, Clark, Foster, and other streets and has secured funding for the new Lawrence Avenue Streetscape in 2020, in his effort to make the community more walkable and enjoyable.
Pat spearheaded the 20.5-acre West Ridge Nature Preserve project in Rosehill Cemetery, saving the area from development that would wipe out the natural habitats. The park includes prairies, wetlands, walking paths, a 4.5-acre pond perfect for fishing, children’s play space and outdoor classroom settings.
Pat led the fight for Chicago’s minimum wage increase to thirteen dollars an hour to help working and single mothers provide for their families. He supports equal opportunity and equal pay for women. He supports a woman’s right to choose and believes that every woman and child should have access to affordable healthcare.
Pat knows that we can’t fight crime through law enforcement alone. Education and job creation are at the root of solving the rising crime issue. Crime is not just a police issue but a societal issue. Pat support anti-violence programs that address gun and gang violence from multiple approaches, and support for before and after school programs. Youth sports and Park District programs also need to be made available and affordable as alternatives for at risk youth.
Pat is also a leader in fighting crime in our communities. Pat works closely with the police department and neighbors to make our neighborhoods safe for every family, senior citizen and child. Pat supports retraining police officers from desk jobs to boots-on-the-ground patrols in high crime areas.
Lastly, when the State’s Attorney announced the creation of a community prosecution office for the purpose of outreach into neighborhoods in Cook County, Pat helped to find them space in the 40th Ward.