Hastings2016MOLINE -- Illinois Public Transportation Association, which includes every major transit organization in the State of Illinois, named Senator Michael E. Hastings the Legislator of the Year for 2016.

"This is a distinct honor coming from a group of individuals committed to ensuring the people of Illinois first class public transportation," Hastings said.

Senator Hastings was lauded for his work with the PACE Bus System in the south suburbs where he passed legislation allowing for the purchase of compressed natural gas buses, the construction of a new compressed natural gas fueling station, and assisted the RTA to ensure that they are able to operate during the financial crisis facing Illinois.

"I am proud to work with people like Rocky Donahue of PACE, my fellow legislators and community leaders to ensure that the people of the south suburbs have great public transportation. We have done great things and I am committed to continuing my efforts to advocate for transportation in the south suburbs."

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ChineseDelegation1NEW LENOX— State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) met with a Chinese delegation of faculty from the Zhejiang Institute of Administration earlier this month.  Among the topics of conversation were municipal and state government and the various roles of a State Senator.  

“Taking the time to meet with foreign dignitaries is a way to build bridges between cultures,” Hastings said.  “I am extremely proud to present the south suburbs and the State of Illinois.  Although we may have our challenges at times, I believe our democracy works and should be on display.”  

The Chinese delegation works in partnership with the 21st Century Institute in Chicago.  The delegation will visit Springfield and other historic sites throughout the State of Illinois.  

“We chose to host this delegation in New Lenox, the home of the Proud Americans, because of its beauty and effective municipal government,” Hastings said.  “Mayor Baldermann and the village staff gave presentations and answered numerous questions.  The Chinese were very impressed by what they saw.”



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030315CM1147SPRINGFIELD— Illinois National Guard members and members of the reserves soon will be able to receive a veteran’s designation on their license due to legislation, sponsored by Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park), that was signed into law on Friday.

Senate Bill 2173 expands access to the veteran’s designation for anyone who served in the reserves or National Guard even if they didn’t participate in active duty.

“National Guard members and reservists are veterans just the same as those who serve active duty,” Hastings said. “Their commitment to serving our state and country should be honored and recognized like any other veteran.”

The law goes effect immediately.

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041415CM0438ResizeSPRINGFIELD – Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) responded to a court decision on Tuesday that will require the State of Illinois to add Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) to the medical marijuana pilot program currently underway in Illinois.

“It is long overdue that people suffering with post-traumatic stress, a medical issue that was recommended by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, will finally be able to participate in a program that can relieve them of some of their symptoms,” Hastings said. “This was about protecting the health and safety of veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress.”

The judge in the ruling criticized the Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah for not listening to the review board.

“Director Shah hid from the people when it came to making a decision that could affect thousands of Illinois veterans who wanted relief from their symptoms,” Hastings said. “Rejecting their right to know why Shah denied post-traumatic stress for the medical marijuana program is simply unpatriotic.”

The state has 30 days to comply with the court order to add PTS to the medical marijuana program. Governor Rauner currently has Senate Bill 10 on his desk that would bring the state into compliance with the court order.

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