March5 RSSPRINGFIELD- Illinois startups may soon have a new tax credit available, thanks to State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park).

Hastings joined the Illinois State Senate in voting to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1462, which creates a new tax credit to reimburse new startup businesses for state fees associated with forming a new business in Illinois.

“The investments we make in small businesses spur economic development and new jobs for our communities,” Hastings said. “Our communities win when small businesses thrive in Illinois.”

The tax credit will reimburse beginning entrepreneurs who are forming new businesses in the information service, biotechnology and green technology business sectors for state fees associated with starting a new business in Illinois.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Development will administer the program. The program is capped at a total of $500,000 in reimbursements.
Hastings was shocked by Governor Rauner’s veto of legislation that may help build Illinois’ economy.

“I was surprised the self-described ‘business governor’ did not embrace new legislation to enhance Illinois’ economy and encourage new residents to invest in our communities,” Hastings said. “Growing our economy is not a partisan issue. It is our responsibility to work together to create new jobs and encourage entrepreneurs to choose Illinois as their home.”

Hastings says the Department of Commerce and Economic Development will evaluate the program’s effectiveness and report back to the General Assembly and governor to ensure the tax credit is achieving its goal. At that time the General Assembly can work together to enhance and change the tax credit to make sure it is meeting the needs of local residents.

Senate Bill 1462 passed the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration.

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March2 RSTINLEY PARK- During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, State Senator Michael E. Hastings reminds residents that domestic violence is a daily issue that affects many Illinoisans.

“As a state, it is our duty to condemn domestic violence in any form and continue our charge to support a safe living and work environment for all Illinois residents,” Hastings said. “Confronting an attacker is hard process for survivors of domestic violence. When someone is ready to take this step of bravery there are is a new measure in place to help provide them with justice.”

Hastings championed a measure to help protect victims of domestic violence in Illinois during the legislative session.

The new law will improve the processing and review of sexual assault evidence by requiring the Illinois State Police to implement a new statewide sexual assault evidence kit tracking procedure. It also creates the Sexual Assault Evidence and Reporting Commission to research and develop best practices to establish a statewide plan to track and report sexual assault evidence.

“The justice system was created to give our citizens the opportunity to confront their abusers and for the innocent to be absolved of faulty accusations,” Hastings said. “This new law will ensure survivors of sexual assault are equipped with the right evidence to receive their fair day in court.”

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault reports that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. Illinois became the first state in the nation to a enact rape kit reform law in 2010. Hastings believes this new law is the next step in ensuring transparency and ending the backlog of untested evidence.

“Transparency is key to ensure rape kits are tested responsibly and in a timely manner,” Hastings said. “Our hope is this new process will implement a system that stresses accuracy and accountably to give survivors of sexual assault some peace of mind.”

House Bill 528 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The new law is now in effect.

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March 8 RSTINLEY PARK- Military families who have made the ultimate sacrifice will have one less hurdle to jump through in Illinois.

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) championed a new law to update the Line of Duty Compensation Act to include recent military operations: Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve.

“This simple step will remove a hurdle for our brave military families who have already lost too much,” Hastings said. “It is our duty to honor and respect the sacrifices their loved ones made for our great nation.”

The Line of Duty Compensation Act provides for death benefits to be paid through the Court of Claims when law enforcement officers, firemen and military service men and women are killed in the line of duty.

The Attorney General’s Office reached out to the sponsor after a claim filed by the wife of a U.S. Army serviceman who was killed during Operation Freedom Sentinel was not included in the act.

“We need to continue to look for ways to honor our nation’s heroes and their loved ones,” Hastings said. “Illinois needs to remain true to the bravery of our military men and women.”

Hastings advanced to the rank of a captain in the U.S. Army and served as aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq. He earned the Bronze Star for his meritorious service in a combat zone.

“I want my fellow service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice to be honored and remembered for their bravery,” Hastings said. “This small change will make it the process easier for their loved ones and families.”

Senate Bill 860 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. The updates to the Line of Duty Compensation Act are now in effect.

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TINLEY PARK- State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) is proud to announce the state of Illinois will be observing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month throughout October.

“National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a good opportunity for Illinois residents to educate themselves on new laws and scams to protect their personal information,” Hastings said. “There are a number of resources available and new laws that will help us meet the technological challenges of the 21st century.”

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise the awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Hastings, who has been on the forefront of cybersecurity efforts in Illinois, said he hopes area residents will use this as an opportunity to educate themselves and engage others about new laws and precautions recently put in place in Illinois.
Hastings has worked on a number of new measures this year to ensure Illinois’ laws continue to evolve with continuously updated technology.

The 2016 presidential elections were plagued with nationwide security breaches to 21 states’ online voting systems, including Illinois’ voter registration database. This week, Hastings announced Homeland Security confirmed Russian hackers were behind the breach.

Hastings’ new bipartisan law, Senate Bill 707, institutes proper procedures and regulations for state agencies to report and remedy cybersecurity breaches that compromise confidential information.

“Elections are the bedrock of our nation’s democratic values, and its critical for our citizens to know their vote is counted,” Hastings said “This new law mandates Illinois residents be informed of any security breach affecting state agencies and takes steps to prevent similar security breaches from happening in the future.”

As the Chairman of the Illinois State Senate’s Committee on Cybersecurity, Hastings plans to hold additional hearings this fall to discuss legislative remedies for cybersecurity issues and to review further updates from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Another law Hastings championed is the Student Online Personal Protection Act to ensure student data will be protected.

Technology continues to provide great benefits to children’s learning experiences in Illinois. Schools and instructive organizations often use online platforms as core components of classroom experiences.

This new law will prohibit the operator of an educational website, online service or application from selling or renting students’ information to third-party vendors. This prevents educational institutions from gathering information to engage in targeted advertising, and it prevents the gathering of student portfolios for any purpose that is not for the direct benefit and enhancement of the child’s learning experience.

“The way our children learn has changed, we recognize that and we do not want to change that,” Hastings said. “But parents and educators should not have to be worried about how companies use marketing tactics to target our children, so we are working to safeguard our students’ privacy rights.”

Hastings urges area residents to contact his Frankfort office with any internet security concerns or phishing schemes at (815) 464-5431.

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