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 SPRINGFIELD – Following the election of a new Senate President, Senator Michael E. Hastings offered the following statement:

“I want to congratulate President Harmon on the outcome of today’s election. During his time in this chamber, he has demonstrated the ability to lead on important issues and work with our colleagues to achieve a consensus on how to best serve the people of this state,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. “With the spring legislative session quickly approaching, I am eager to move forward and get to work under his leadership.”

Lawmakers will return to Springfield on Jan. 28 for the beginning of the spring legislative session.

“With the implementation of the Rebuild Illinois plan, clean energy reform, continuing the March to Mental Health and working toward solutions to the serious property tax issues we face, these next several months will be crucial for our state,” Hastings said. “I have no doubts that under President Harmon’s leadership, we will accomplish all of these things and much more.”

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030315CM1147SPRINGFIELD – To help Will County residents stay warm during the winter, State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) is partnering with fellow lawmakers to launch a winter clothing drive.
From Nov. 25 to Dec. 13, local and state elected officials will work to provide organizations throughout the region with the necessary goods that benefit Will County residents.

“The winter months in the South Suburbs are brutal and unforgiving,” Hastings said. “Those who struggle to come by adequate winter gear know this fact better than anyone, which is why I’m proud to join my colleagues to ensure that anyone who is in need has access to the clothing necessary to stay warm this winter.”

Organizations are in need of all sizes of gently used or new winter gear including coats, socks, sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and more.

Hastings joins State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood), who spearheaded this initiative.

“Seniors, children and veterans in our own communities may struggle to afford the proper winter gear to survive the season,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “For you it may be a simple gesture, but to our neighbors who need an extra helping hand, it may mean the world.”

Hastings urges residents to drop off donations at the following sites:

• State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ Office (20855 S. LaGrange Rd., Suite 102, Frankfort)
• State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant’s Office (15300 Rt. 59, Unit 202, Plainfield)
• State Senator Napoleon Harris’ Office (1350 E. Sibley Blvd., Suite 403, Dolton)
• State Senator John Curran’s Office (7501 Lemont Rd., Suite 315G, Woodridge)
• State Senator Patrick Joyce’s Office (270 Main St., Park Forest)
• State Senator Pat McGuire’s Office (16151 Weber Rd., Suite 103, Crest Hill)
• State Senator Sue Rezin’s Office (1421 N. Division St., Morris)
• Plainfield Village Hall (24401 W. Lockport St., Plainfield)
• Channahon Village Hall (24555 S. Navajo Dr., Channahon)
• Romeoville Village Hall (1050 Romeo Rd., Romeoville)
• Crest Hill City Hall (1610 Plainfield Rd., Crest Hill)
• Mokena Village Hall (11004 Carpenter St., Mokena)
• Wilmington City Hall (1165 S. Water St., Wilmington)
• Rockdale Village Hall (79 Moen Ave., Rockdale)
• Lockport City Hall (222 E. 9th St., Lockport)
• Manhattan Village Hall (260 Market Pl., Manhattan)
• Joliet City Hall (150 W. Jefferson St., Joliet)

The winter clothing drive will benefit the Will County Veterans’ Assistance Commission and other organizations in the region.

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SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would create a new, faster process for issuing veteran's driver's license and ID cards passed the Senate yesterday.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings is the sponsor of this initiative.

“Under the current process, it’s very easy for things to be slowed down by red tape,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. “The simpler we can make this process for our veterans, the better.”

HB 3216 would require the Secretary of State to issue the veteran license or ID and then send the documentation to the Department of Veterans Affairs to confirm that the individual meets the proper criteria. In addition, the bill allows Department of Defense DD-2 forms and DVA summary of benefits letters as acceptable documentation to receive an ID or driver's license with a veteran designation.

“It’s important to provide multiple options for those who are seeking to acquire an ID card,” Hastings said. “This makes the process a bit easier and more accessible to those veterans who are taking the time to get their proper identification cards.”

The legislation awaits Governor Pritzker’s signature to become law.

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SPRINGFIELD – A package of legislation that would address Illinois’ teacher shortage crisis passed the Senate Wednesday night.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings is a sponsor of the initiative.

“It’s no secret that we have a crisis on our hands,” Hastings (D-Tinley Park) said. “At the present moment there simply are not enough students entering the teaching profession in Illinois upon graduating college.”

Senate Bill 1952 contains the following provisions:
• It reinstates the 6 percent cap for teacher salary increases to be covered by the state. Last year, lawmakers lowered the cap to 3 percent.
• It removes the requirement that teachers must pass a basic skills test to be licensed.
• It permits K-12 student teachers and early childhood student teachers to be paid.
• It creates a refund program for teachers in underfunded, hard-to-staff school districts to recoup the cost of the teacher performance assessment.
• It allows early childhood student teachers to be paid and receive credit.

“The need for a comprehensive package that will address our current predicament has been evident for some time,” Hastings said. “I’m pleased that we in the General Assembly are taking proactive steps to ensure we are able to compete for the top talent in the teaching profession.”

This legislation moves to the House for consideration.

 

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