FRANKFORT – State Senator Michael E. Hastings is urging communities across the South Suburbs to apply for grants to cover the costs of local park development through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program.

“Our local parks are essential to promoting a healthy lifestyle and the economic and environmental well-being of our communities,” said Hastings (D-Frankfort). “I encourage communities across the fighting 19th looking for assistance to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Hastings supported the Fiscal Year 2023 budget which set aside $56 million for OSLAD, the largest single investment in the program’s history, allowing the Department of Natural Resources to assist more communities than ever before.

The program, which usually requires matching funds for projects, now offers complete assistance for economically disadvantaged communities.

Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30, 2022 and should be submitted to IDNR. For more information on the OSLAD program, visit IDNR’s website.

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RICHTON PARK – Thanks to support from State Senator Michael E. Hastings, the Village of Richton Park will receive $735,000 as an investment from the Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets program.

“The businesses across the fighting 19th District are the heart of our communities,” Hastings (D-Frankfort) said. “The investments we make in our business community is an investment in our local economy. Not only will this help create jobs and grow our economy – this funding will help contribute to the betterment of our neighborhoods and quality of life.”  

With new federal funding made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administered grants to 50 commercial corridors throughout the state.

The Village of Richton received this funding to make needed improvements at the Town Center properties.

The Rebuild Illinois program is a historic $45 billion investment in Illinois’ transportation infrastructure and state facilities, passed in 2019 with support from Hastings.

DCEO originally administered $50 million for the program in 2021. Due to federal funding, the state allocated an additional $56 million to support more projects. With matching funds from recipients, a total investment of $215 million was made in downtowns across Illinois.

For a full list of recipients, visit

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MAMatteson TouchATruck.rsTTESON— State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort) is partnering with local government officials to host a free community Touch-A-Truck event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

The event will allow children and their families the opportunity to touch, sit in and explore real vehicles from a number of different trades.

There will be a wide variety of vehicles such as a PACE Bus, vehicles from the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Matteson Public Works, Will County Farm Bureau, Richton Park Fire Department and more.

 The family-friendly event is open to local residents.

Date: Saturday, July 30

Time: noon to 3 p.m.

Location: Matteson Community Center (20642 Matteson Ave, Matteson)

For more information, call Hastings’ office at (815) 464-5431.

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FRANKFORT – Illinois now has a new crisis line for mental health and substance use emergencies to provide residents in the Southland experiencing a mental health crisis with crucial support.

“Caring for your mental health is important at every age,” said State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort). “This new 9-8-8 helpline will help those needing extra assist with lifesaving resources.”

9-8-8 is a 24-hour hotline for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Illinois launched the helpline on Saturday, July 16.Those who need assistance are now able to dial 9-8-8 and be connected with a trained mental health professional who can provide assistance.

Hastings reiterates that the hotline is a free, confidential service.

“This helpline is another way Illinois is removing barriers to allow residents to successfully cope with their stress, social well-being and anxious moments,” Hastings said. “Mental health is as important as physical health and we must ensure we provide resources to those who need assistance.”

In Illinois’ Fiscal Year 2023 budget, implemented July 1, mental health care and community-based substance use disorder treatment providers were appropriated an increase of $230 million for support services.

Hastings urges residents who need assistance or if they know someone who is struggling with mental health to utilize additional resources that are available at Lifeline 988.


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