March5 RS

TINLEY PARK- Illinois will now be able to tackle consolidating more than 7,000 units of government.  

Senate Bill 3 which allows counties to dissolve certain units of local government through a voter referendum was signed into law today.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed the new law to help south suburban taxpayers find property tax savings and update government services.

“The goal is to make sure government is working for the people,” Hastings said. “Eliminating redundant and ineffective units of government will result in better services and lower property tax bills.”

Senate Bill 3 expands the ability of townships to consolidate and create greater efficiencies for taxpayers. The plan allows adjacent townships to merge, allows townships to take over the duties of smaller township road districts, removes the current cap on township size and allows voters to approve the dissolution of townships that are coterminous with a municipality.

Illinois currently has more units of government than any other state in the nation. Hastings believes updating outdated government bodies will help streamline services.

“This is one small step we can take to reduce taxes without sacrificing the quality of government service,” Hastings said.

Senate Bill 3 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The measure will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

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March 8 RS

TINLEY PARK- A major barrier to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases against children is the short period of time survivors have to confront their attackers.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings’ legislation, Senate Bill 189 that gives survivors of sexual abuse the ability to confront their attackers, was signed into law today.

“At times, survivors of abuse need time to discover the courage to address these horrific and awful crimes.” Hastings said. “This new law will put in place the best practices for dealing with sexual assault cases statewide and puts a system in place that will encourage survivors to come forward and receive justice when they are ready to do so.”

Most recently, Illinois’ statute of limitations child for sexual assault came to light during developments
involving former Republican U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who admitted in court that he sexually abused teenage boys when he was a wrestling coach in Yorkville.

“It’s important for government to evolve with the needs of the people,” Hastings said. “The time had come to change laws to reflect the needs of the people of Illinois.”

During Hastert’s trial, Judge Thomas Durkin noted that Hastert avoided serious legal consequences because of current statute of limitations in Illinois’ state courts.

Statutes of limitation restricts the time during which authorities can charge someone with a crime after it occurs.

Senate Bill 189 will remove the statute of limitations for felony criminal sexual abuse and sex crimes against children, which allows for the prosecution of these offenses at any time.

“This new law will help us protect our children,” Hastings said. “We are creating a system to give survivors of sexual assault the option and time to confront their abusers when they are ready.”

Under current law cases similar to the charges brought against Hastert, victims must report cases of abuse within 20 years after they have turned 18.  

This new law passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 189 goes into effect immediately.

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TINLEY PARK- Illinois now has a more efficient and transparent procurement process, thanks to a new bipartisan law championed by State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park).

Senate Bill 8, a structural reform to the way state government purchases goods and services, was signed into law today after passing the House and Senate earlier this year with support from Hastings.

“Our local businesses are the heart of our economy,” Hastings said. “This new law will cut red tape and eliminate barriers to streamline the state procurement process. These changes will make it easier for Illinois businesses to bid on state contracts to help grow our economy and put our state back on track.”

Hastings continued to hear from residents across the Southland that procurement rules can be difficult for vendors, state agencies and universities to navigate.  He said Senate Bill 8 will go a long way toward making the process more accessible and transparent, helping local businesses receive more state contracts.

“This new law will save our state millions of dollars, yet allow us to invest more money into Illinois businesses,” Hastings said.

This new law expands the ability of state universities to purchase needed products and services without having to navigate through costly and time-consuming obstacles. Illinois would be allowed to enter into joint purchasing agreements with other governmental units, and vendors would be given more flexibility when registering or submitting a bid.

Hastings has worked to pass a series of structural reforms such as term limits, workers compensation reform and a bipartisan government consolidation plan.

Senate Bill 8 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and goes into effect immediately.

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TINLEY PARK — The members of the Illinois General Assembly will not receive a pay increase again this year thanks to legislation sponsored by State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park).

Hastings sponsored House Bill 643, which stops automatic increases in mileage reimbursements or per diem rates. The measure is currently awaiting the governor’s approval.

“We are on day 723 of Illinois’ budget impasse,” Hastings said. “The people of the South Suburbs are hurting. Our schools do not know if they will open this fall, our rape crisis centers are cutting their hours and the most vulnerable are searching for relief as life-saving services continue to be cut and eliminated. If people back home are suffering and not getting a pay increase, we should not either.”

House Bill 643 freezes the Illinois General Assembly's mileage reimbursement and per diem rates for the upcoming year. In addition, the initiative eliminates the upcoming cost of living adjustment for the members of the legislature and other offices set by the Compensation Review Board. The Comptroller's Office states that the cost of living adjustment would be 2.1 percent without the passage of a freeze.

This is the fifth time Hastings voted to cut his own pay. He has voted stop automatic pay increases and surges to reimbursement rates for General Assembly members since he has been in office.   

“I’m here to serve the people of the 19th District,” Hastings said. “We are in the midst of trying times. I will continue to fight to ensure our legislature is working in the best interests of the people of Illinois.”

Hastings said that he hopes the legislature will work together to pass a bipartisan, long-term budget solution that will fund crucial state programs and services.

House Bill 643 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support.

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