041415CM0438ResizeSPRINGFIELD – Undocumented veterans currently struggle with the citizenship process, and a resolution introduced by Senator Hastings would urge Congress to reform that process.

“All veterans risk their lives to protect our freedoms. As a veteran I find it appalling that our government is currently deporting veterans,” Hastings said. “If anything the government should be actively working to help those undocumented veterans on the path to citizenship and expedite their path.”

Many veterans return home and struggle to integrate back into normal life. Some veterans who had legal permanent residence though were deported after returning to the United States.

Senate Resolution 1913 recognizes the risks many undocumented veterans undertook in serving the United States. It also urges the United States Congress to pass the Restoring Respect for Immigrant Service in Uniform Act, HR 5012.

HR 5012 would prevent the deportation of veterans who have not committed a felony or significant misdemeanor. It also urges the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow veterans to be re-admitted to the United States if they have not committed a serious crime.

The resolution has been adopted by the Illinois Senate.

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IncomeSharesWebSPRINGFIELD – Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) sponsored legislation to modernize the state’s child support laws, by requiring both parents’ income to be considered in determining child support.

“Illinois has a lot of archaic laws. The child support laws on the books do not consider the modern family when determining the necessary child support for many families,” Hastings said.

House Bill 3982 would update a portion of  Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act for the first time since 1984.

The new model is called the “income shares” model. It would consider the income of both parents and what it would be if they were living together. It also would modernize the costs of raising a child in Illinois.

“It is time we bring Illinois in line and make a more equitable system for not only the child, but for both parents involved in raising that child,” Hastings said.

This legislation passed the House. Should HB 3982 be signed into law, Illinois would join 38 other states and the District of Columbia in utilizing the income shares model.

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Hastings3402SPRINGFIELD – Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) recently co-sponsored legislation that would remove the statute of limitations on sexual assault crimes against children.

“The fact that sexual predators can get away with these crimes and their victims have to live with it forever is disturbing,” Hastings said. “We need to be protecting children as much as we can and that includes ensuring their victims can see justice being served.”

Senate Bill 3402 is in response to the Dennis Hastert case where the statute of limitations had already expired. The legislation would remove the limitation if the victim was a child.

The legislation is currently under consideration in the Senate.

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050416CM0387WebRSPRINGFIELD –Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) proudly introduced a resolution in the Illinois Senate to declare November 2016 Lung Cancer Awareness Month on the behalf of Ian Piet, a fifth-grader from Tinley Park in the 19th District.

Piet lost his father in 2015 to a fight with lung cancer, motivating him to become an advocate and fundraiser for a cure.

Working closely with a variety groups to find a cure and collect donations, Piet raised over $800. Participating in the Hancock Hustle, Piet took to the steps of the John Hancock building in Chicago and raised $200 by running up to the top of the building and met United States Senator Mark Kirk on his way up.

“People like Ian are our future and I am so glad to see young people fighting for a great cause like curing cancer,” Hastings said. “I am proud to represent community leaders like Ian and join him in his fight to find a cure.”

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