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05042017AM6640 RSTINLEY PARK – A new law in Illinois will put a stop to payroll “offshoring” in the governor’s office.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed House Bill 5121 to force transparency from the governor’s office when it comes to paying employees. It was signed into law Tuesday.

“South Suburban residents deserve to know how and where their valuable tax dollars are spent,” Hastings said. “This new law will encourage transparency and responsible tracking of state finances.”

For years, governors have used appropriations for various state agencies to pay for personnel costs for individuals working in the governor’s office – a practice that siphons much-needed funds from the operation of state agencies.

With this now-outlawed practice, a governor’s administration could pay an individual out of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services fund even if they do no direct work for the agency. This allows a governor to falsely diminish the apparent financial footprint of their staff.

In Gov. Rauner’s office, 60 of 105 employees were paid out of funding from state agencies, making it look like the governor’s staff cost the state $4.9 million when it was actually closer to $10 million.

This new law will prohibit the governor's office from using other agency funding to pay for governor's office employees.

“Going forward, governors – regardless of political party – will not be able to use crooked practices to bend the rules,” Hastings said. “Fair and open accounting will promote the responsible use of state funds.”

House Bill 5121 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and goes into effect immediately.

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Senator Hastings

November 21, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

I hope everyone is preparing for a lovely holiday season. I just wanted to make you aware that we have moved recently to a new office in Frankfort, Illinois.

 

My new district office address is:

20855 S. La Grange Road Suite 102B
Frankfort, IL 60423

 

If you need to reach my office by phone, our new number is (815)464-5431. We are also avaialable by email by clicking here.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

Sincerely,
Michael Hastings
Senator Michael Hastings
19th District – Illinois

 

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20855 S. LaGrange Road Suite 102B • Frankfort, IL 60423

815-464-5431 (Phone)

 

813 School Avenue • Matteson, IL 60443

 

1 Veterans Parkway, First Floor • New Lenox, IL 60451

 

Springfield Office

118 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-9595(Phone) • 217-558-6006 (Fax)

 

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Senator Hastings

 

Dear Friends,

 

Yesterday, the Illinois Legislature passed a temporary, "stopgap" budget. The "stopgap" budget authorizes the governor to initiate spending on state operations, K-12 education, higher education, human services, road projects and other services.

 

Although there are many good things that will come of this temporary budget, I acknowledge there are still many struggles ahead. I remain committed to fighting for the hardworking, middle class residents of the Fighting 19th!

 

Below is a brief overview of what this plan will do.

 

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you over the summer!

 

Sincerely,
Michael Hastings
Senator Michael Hastings
19th District – Illinois

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State Operations

 

$720 million will be appropriated to help pay for costs that have been incurred at state facilities and agencies for expenses such as utilities, food, medical care, gas auto repairs and more.

 

Higher Education

 

$1 billion of funding for universities, community colleges, MAP grants, adult education programs, career and technical education programs and other related grants and programs.

 

P-12 Education

 

A $331 million increase to education funding, including a $75 million dollar increase to early childhood education. It ensures funding for 2017 to ensure that schools can open on time and operate the entire school year.

 

Specific to the 19th Legislative District, our schools will see an increase of $219 per pupil, which will help some of our financially struggling schools.

 

Human Services

 

$670 million in resources to support non-Medicaid clients served through the Community Care Program, addiction treatment program and individuals receiving mental health services. It also includes funding for Breast and Cervical Screening program, AIDS/HIV services, Adult and Juvenile Redeploy, senior services, homeless services, youth programs, funeral and burial services, immigration services and minority family commissions.

 

 

District Office

813 School Road • Matteson, IL 60443

708-283-4125 (Phone) • 708-253-1313 (Fax)

 

1 Veterans Parkway, First Floor • New Lenox, IL 60451

708-283-4125 (Phone) • 708-253-1313 (Fax)

 

Springfield Office

118 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-9595(Phone) • 217-558-6006 (Fax)

 

www.SenatorHastings.com

 

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With the governor’s proposed budget set to impose devastating cuts on the Sertoma Center, Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) visited the center to stress that maintaining funding for individuals with mental health and developmental disabilities needs to be a priority.


“When you make cuts to services on paper it is one thing, but when you step into the shoes of those men and women who suffer from mental health and developmental disabilities it shows that it is not about the money,” Hastings said. “Actual lives are at stake here and it is important to invest now before we have liabilities later.”


The Sertoma Centre offers a number of programs including autism services, developmental training, mental health services, behavioral health services and a number of residential services.


Hastings had the opportunity to speak with the staff and clients at the Sertoma Centre about what the governor’s proposed budget cuts would mean for the facility, the people they serve and the community.

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Welcome to the official website of Senator Michael E. Hastings. Please fill out our contact form to contact Senator Hastings directly or you may call any of our offices. We look forward to hearing from you.

Springfield Office:
118 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-9595

East Office:
813 School Ave
Matteson, IL 60443

District Office:
20855 South LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 464-5431

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