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March 15, 2016 — Illinois Primary Election

District 19Illinois State Senate — Democratic PartyMarch 15, 2016Illinois Primary Election

March 15, 2016Illinois Primary Election

Illinois State SenateDistrict 19 — Democratic Party

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Senators serve a two-year term at one part of the decade and serve four-year terms for the rest of the decade. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, approve appointments to state agencies, and approve the state budget.
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Attorney; College Professor; Actor
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  • Property tax burden relief
  • Economic development and job growth
  • Education funding reform
Profession:Attorney; College Professor; Actor
Adjunct Professor, South Suburban College of Cook County (2013current)
Trustee, Grande Prairie Public Library District of Cook County — Elected position (2015current)
Valparaiso University School of Law J.D., Law (2012)
Valparaiso University M.A. / Th.M, Theology (2012)
DePaul University B.A., Political Science (2009)
South Suburban College A.A., Political Science (2007)
Volunteer Attorney, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (2013current)
  • Citizens for Hazel Crest
Democratic
State Senator, 19th Legislative District; Attorney
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  • Education Funding – It's my mission to ensure all children receive the education they'll need to compete in a global workforce.
  • Economic Development - The best way to build our economy is to invest in people and support the working class.
  • Mental Health Services – I am committed to taking care of the most vulnerable citizens in our society.
Profession:State Senator, 19th Legislative District; Attorney
Senator, Illinois State Senate (2013current)
State Senator, 19th Legislative District, Illinois State Senate — Elected position (2013current)
Member, Board of Education, High School District 230 — Elected position (20092012)
Clinical Sales Representative, Johnson & Johnson (20082010)
Commissioned Officer, US Army (20032008)
The John Marshall Law School Juris Doctorate, Law (2013)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Masters , Business Administration (2011)
United States Military Academy Bachelor of Science, Leadership and Management (2003)

I am a uniquely qualified candidate for the Illinois Senate. As a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran, I have led soldiers during combat operations in Iraq. As a businessman, I led the turnaround of a multi-million-dollar division of a Fortune 500 company during the economic recession. As an attorney, I fight for families to ensure they get a fair deal in court everyday. I will take my experience as a veteran, businessman, attorney, husband, and father to fight for our community in Springfield. 

  • Hon. David Webb, Jr., Mayor, City of Markham
  • Hon. David G. Seaman, Mayor, Village of Tinley Park
  • Hon. Rick Reinbold, Mayor, Village of Richton Park
  • Hon. Paul O’Grady, Supervisor, Orland Township
  • Hon. Debbie Meyers-Martin, Mayor, Village of Olympia Fields
  • Hon. Jim Holland, Mayor, Village of Frankfort
  • Hon. Rich Hofeld, Mayor, Village of Homewood
  • Hon. Frank Fleisher, Mayor, Village of Mokena
  • Hon. Vivian Covington, Mayor, Village of University Park
  • Hon. James W. Ford, Mayor, City of Country Club Hills
  • Hon. Paul Braun, Mayor, Village of Flossmoor
  • Hon. Timothy Balderman, Mayor, Village of New Lenox
  • Hon. Andre B. Ashmore, Mayor, Village of Matteson
  • Hon. Vernard Alsberry, Mayor, Village of Hazel Crest
  • Hon. Al Riley, Assistant House Majority Leader and Supervisor, Rich Township
  • Hon. Maggie Crotty, Supervisor and Committeeman of Bremen Township
  • Congressman Bobby Rush
  • Hon. Tim Bradford, Rich Township Democratic Committeeman
  • Congressman Dan Lipinski
  • Congresswoman Robin Kelly
  • Secretary of State Jesse White

19th District Issues and Solutions

Summary

The three biggest issues I see facing the 19th Legislative District and what I would do to solve them. 

Education Funding – Education is the most important thing we do as a community. I believe every child should be provided a first class education in a safe environment. Regardless of the tough economic times we face, investing in a child’s education will provide a greater return in the long run. That’s why I fought to increase education finding by over $275 million, including a $25 million investment in early childhood education. It’s my mission to ensure all children receive the education they’ll need to compete in a global workforce.

Economic Development – I believe the best way to build our economy is to invest in people and support the working class. Since elected, I have made job-creating infrastructure upgrades and business development a top priority. I spearheaded efforts to add an interchange at Interstate 294 and Interstate 57, creating jobs, reducing congestion and improving travel times; and passed a bill allowing for the construction of a South Suburban Airport and worked to redevelop vacant business and residential lots and eradicate burdensome food deserts.

Mental Health Services – Unfortunately, our state’s correctional facilities are the newest mental health institutions. A good portion of the mentally ill would not be in our prison system if they just had received the proper treatment. I have fought for funding to provide for additional treatment and services for those that are mentally ill. There is still much work to be done, and I am committed to taking care of these most vulnerable citizens in our society.

Senator Michael E. Hastings speaks to the Sun-Times about his qulificaitons, first-term accomplishments, and why he is running for a second term for State Senator of the 19th Legislative District. 

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