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Hastings-vets-roundtableOn April 2, State Senator Michael Hastings (D–Tinley Park) met with other members of the Illinois Discharged Servicemember Task Force and representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs for a roundtable discussion focused on challenges faced by the veteran community.

The purpose of the discussion was to develop guidelines for legislation that will lead to increased opportunities for veterans relating to employment, education and entrepreneurship. The group focused on ways to expand college training programs, tax incentives and government contracts for veteran-owned businesses as well as updating state licensing requirements for veterans utilizing military experience.

“As the Federal Government continues to scale back the number of troops overseas, we are starting to see a greater number of post 9/11 veterans transition back to civilian life,” Hastings said. “This task force was created to focus state and private resources in assisting with that transition.”

Created in 2011, the Returning Veterans Task Force consists of members from specified veterans' organizations tasked with developing policy guidelines as well as coordinating efforts to open doors for returning veterans who have sacrificed for our nation.

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Hastings-IMG 3009HOMEWOOD – On Sunday, Senator Michael Hastings (D–Orland Park) joined hundreds of cancer survivors, family members and friends for the Walk of Hope, a charity walk to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Hastings provided the opening remarks at the walk and noted that funding research is important to discovering new treatment methods.

“The Centers for Disease Control estimate doctors are diagnosing more than 18,000 cases of cancer for people under age 19,” Hastings said. “That number is too high. I believe funding for cancer research must be a priority.”

Hastings supported a measure in the spring legislative session to create an 11-member Childhood Cancer Research Board to work with the Illinois Department of Public Health to award grants to public and private not-for-profits to conduct research on childhood cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is still the leading cause of death for children over one year old. Cancer kills more children than cystic fibrosis, AIDS, asthma and juvenile diabetes combined.

Currently, the state’s Childhood Cancer Research Board has the ability to provide funds for at least one fully-funded cancer research project grant.

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Will-County-Fire-Official-Legis-ForumThe Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) and the Will County Chiefs recently hosted a Will County Legislative Forum at Station I of the Frankfort Fire Protection District. The event was attended by fire officials from over 20 fire departments/protection districts throughout Will County. State Senators Mike Hastings (D-Orland Hills) and Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) along with State Representative Renee Kosel (R-New Lenox) were the keynote speakers and provided an update of the current state of affairs in Springfield and ways in which the issues impacting the fire service could be addresses through legislation.

IFSA Government Affairs Director Margaret Vaughn provided an overview of fire service legislation awaiting action during the upcoming legislative session. The event wrapped up with a question and answer session in which fire officials had an open discussion with their legislators about local concerns.

Frankfort Fire Chief Jim Grady was pleased with the event. “The Forum was a great opportunity for local fire officials to ask questions regarding pressing issues such as EMS, fire fighter training and ways to improve response to expressway/Tollway incidents, just to mention a few,” Grady said.  “The lawmakers who attended were very professional and forthright with their answers. They are committed to supporting emergency services yet aware and even cautious on spending and our State’s economic outlook.”

"I appreciate the opportunity to discuss these issues directly with fire officials,” Hastings said.  "We need to continue to ensure that our first responders have the necessary tools to do their jobs and operate efficiently and effectively." 


PHOTO: seated, first row:
State Rep. Renee Kosel (R-New Lenox), Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet), and Sen. Mike Hastings (D-Orland Hills) Back row standing: Frankfort Chief Grady, IL Fire Safety Alliance Past President Jim Saletta, Mokena Chief Howard Stephens, IL Fire Safety Alliance President Jim Kreher, Joliet Assistant Chief Ray Randich, IFSA Government Affairs Director Margaret Vaughn, and Plainfield Deputy Chief Dave Riddle.

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