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Hastings champions landmark infrastructure revitalization plan

hastings 070119SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael E. Hastings released the following statement after the signing of legislation that would modernize Illinois’ infrastructure and provide the South Suburbs with new jobs.

“The South Suburbs will see some long-needed infrastructure repair under this capital bill. Our roads, bridges, schools will be renewed and local governments entities will see an extraordinary amount financial support to build new infrastructure for the 21st Century. From Markham and Matteson to Lockport and Joliet, our communities will undeniably benefit from this bill.

I want to thank Governor J.B. Pritzker for working with the South Suburban delegation and listening to the wants and needs of our communities. I look forward to seeing Illinois rebuilt.”

The $45 billion plan includes funding for highways and bridges as well as local projects. A few examples include:

  • $6 million for local government infrastructure improvements
  • $848 million to improve I-80 in Will County and rebuild structurally deficient bridges over the Des Plaines River.
  • $32 million in funding for improvements at Governors State University
  • $43 million in funding improvements at Moraine Valley Community College
  • $1,000,000 in grants to local non-for-profit developmentally disabled and mental health treatment organizations.

Hastings votes to approve landmark infrastructure revitalization plan

hastings 060219SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael E. Hastings voted in favor of a package of legislation that would modernize Illinois’ infrastructure, providing the South Suburbs with much needed job creation and additional revenue.

“It is our job as lawmakers to ensure the needs of the communities we represent are met, and overall the South Suburbs stand to benefit immensely from this capital plan,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. “Our schools will be receiving sorely needed maintenance, our roads and bridges will be modernized and we will be able to reap the financial benefits the gaming industry can provide for our community.”

Currently, 2,300 bridges around the state are rated structurally deficient, including the I-80 bridge in Joliet. This landmark legislation will work to fix this problem.

“Prolonging a capital plan is simply inviting tragedy to strike. During this spring session, we sought solutions in order to update our infrastructure so it is safe to use for the millions of individuals who frequent Illinois roads,” Hastings said. “By approving the capital plan, we have been able to accomplish that while also creating new, good-paying jobs.”

Under this capital plan, the South Suburbs would also be eligible to build a casino and racetrack in the future, providing the area with revenue while simultaneously cementing the community as a statewide destination.

Hastings encouraged to see stability provided by a balanced budget

hastings 060219SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Michael E. Hastings voted today to approve a fiscally responsible state budget for the upcoming year, paving the way for a return to stability in Illinois.

“With this budget we’ve made smart investments in education and human services, while also ensuring our pension obligations have been made,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. “We had to demonstrate to working families that we’re on their side, and I feel we’ve accomplished that.” 

The proposed budget would fully fund the evidence-based formula, allocate an additional $50 million for early childhood education and double funding for higher education. MAP grants would also receive $50 million increase over last year in an effort to provide postsecondary education options for students.

“By increasing funding for higher education and MAP grants, we’ve adopted disciplined approach to incentivize students to stay in Illinois should they choose to pursue a college education.” Hastings said. “Students at every level need to know that we’re prioritizing them and striving to give them the best possible education opportunities.” 

Additionally, nearly $30 million in additional funding is included to increase eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program to provide reliable child care for working families.

Pension obligations would also be made for the seventh year in a row.

“In a broader sense, it’s a relief to see our state on a new path toward normalcy,” Hastings said. “We have only just begun to repair the carnage left to us by the Rauner administration, but I’m encouraged by the action we in the legislature have taken to earn back the trust of the people of Illinois.”

Hastings pushes to lower license plate fees for disabled veterans

hastings 022119SPRINGFIELD – Disabled veterans would see lower costs on license plate registration fees under legislation by State Senator Michael E. Hastings that passed the Senate today.

“License plate registration fees can be costly, and considering the sacrifice these brave men and women made, waiving those fees is the least we can do to express our gratitude,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said.

HB 2618 allows any veteran with to obtain any military series license plate without a registration fee.

“Illinois currently offers a wide variety of military-related license plates, and the only one disabled veterans can receive without registration fees is the disabled veteran license plate,” Hastings said. “If you’ve served your country and are living with any sort of disability as a result of that service, you ought to be able to represent yourself in a way that reflects your service beyond your disability without registration fees.”

This legislation awaits the governor’s signature to become law.

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

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19th Legislative District

Years served: 2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive Appointments; Executive (Chairperson); Insurance; Judiciary; Subcommittee on Election Law; Subcommittee on Gaming.

Biography: Born October 6th, 1980, in Orland Hills; B.S. in Leadership and Management, Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, M.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; former US Army Captain; Bronze Star recipient; former trustee and vice president for High School District 230.

Associated Representatives:
Margo McDermed
Debbie Meyers-Martin