041415CM0438ResizeSPRINGFIELD – On Wednesday, the 100th General Assembly was sworn into office. Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) joined his colleagues in taking swift action by implementing legislative leader term limits in the Illinois Senate. The new rule would limit a senator from holding the office of senate president or minority leader for only 10 years.

“This chamber receives its power through the people who put us in there,” Hastings said. “Every voice in the state should be heard and by implementing this we can help ensure that happens.”

The measure was adopted and Hastings hopes that the House will follow suit.

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HastingsSPRINGFIELD – Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) on Tuesday advocated for the testing of water in schools and daycares that have children from preschool to fifth grade. Currently, there is no requirement for the testing of water.

“Seeing the conditions in Flint, Michigan and what people went through, we as a state must take proactive steps to protect our children,” Hastings said. “Our children are our greatest asset, we must protect them.”

The measure would also require that school districts notify the parents or legal guardians of all students if substantial amounts of lead are found in the drinking water.

“When we have problems with our drinking water, we need to be transparent about what steps are being taken to protect the children,” Hastings said. “This measure is both proactive and transparent so that parents can feel comforted that we are looking out for the well-being of their children.”

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Hastings Holiday giveaway2MATTESON – Families throughout the 19th District were able to enjoy the holidays over the weekend thanks to an event hosted by Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) and the Laynie Foundation in Matteson.

The event hosted over 1,500 children, who all received a Christmas gift, and their families for the giveaway and a holiday meal.

“I was happy to join the Laynie Foundation in providing some holiday cheer in our community,” Senator Hastings said. “The holidays should be a joyous occasion for everyone and this event provided that for many children and their families.”

The Laynie Foundation is a non profit mental/behavorial health agency in Matteson, Illinois. The foundation is dedicated to providing services for youth and their families. Their mission is the pursuit of restoring mental balance through their specialized intensive outpatient program.

“Services like the Laynie Foundation are critical to our local communities,” Hastings said. “We as a state should continue to work with these groups to continue to provide excellent services throughout the State of Illinois.”

The community holiday giveaway was held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Matteson Recreation Center.

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HastingsSB2931sSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has reconvened for their fall session to consider legislation that the governor either outright vetoed or amended. One piece of legislation would give home health workers and personal assistants a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

“These home health workers and personal assistants are doing extremely difficult and stressful work,” Hastings said. “This proposal will give them a much needed wage increase, the opportunity for health insurance and the mandatory training they need to provide quality care to their clients.”

Senate Bill 2931, sponsored by State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park), would raise the minimum wage from $13 per hour. Many home health care workers throughout the state are living in poverty, only making $17,000 a year, as they continue to try and put others needs before their own.

“These are people who have committed to putting others first,” Hastings said. “But when they can’t provide for their own families they can no longer commit to the people they desire to serve. These people want to serve and we should be helping them by ensuring they can provide for their own needs.”

The legislation now moves to the House for an override vote.

 

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