Michael Hastings (politician)

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Michael E. Hastings
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 19th district
Assumed office
January 2013 (2013-Jan)
Preceded by Maggie Crotty
Personal details
Born (1980-10-06) October 6, 1980 (age 37)
Political party Democratic
Residence Tinley Park, Illinois
Alma mater U.S. Military Academy (B.S.)
University of Illinois (M.B.A.)
John Marshall Law School (J.D.)
Profession Military officer
Business executive
Attorney
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years 1998 — 2008
Rank Captain
Unit United States Military Academy
1st Infantry Division
Iraq Assistance Group
National Training Center
Battles Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Full list

Michael E. Hastings (born October 6, 1980) is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate from the 19th district. The 19th district includes all or parts of Lockport, New Lenox, Mokena, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Homer Glen, Joliet, Richton Park, University Park, Matteson, Homewood, Flossmoor, Park Forest, Olympia Fields, Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Markham, and Oak Forest.[1]

Prior to his election as a State Senator, Hastings was an officer in the United States Army, a businessman and as vice president of a school board.

Early life and education[edit]

Michael E. Hastings was born and raised in Orland Township as one of six children of Mary and Kyle Hastings. Hastings was an Illinois All-State Football offensive lineman in high school. He served as student government president of Andrew High School, and then qualified for an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.[2]

Hastings earned his Bachelor of Science degree in leadership and management at West Point and played as an offensive lineman on Army’s Division-I football team for four seasons, including the annual Army-Navy rivalry game in Washington D.C. Hastings graduated from West Point in 2003 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army.[3] Hastings was at West Point when al-Qaida terrorists attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001. He later served in Iraq, advanced to the rank of captain and served as aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division. He earned a Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone.[4]

In 2008, Hastings joined Johnson & Johnson’s Biosurgery sales division in Chicago serving hospitals, health care facilities and surgeons.[5]

Hastings’ public service career began with his election to the Board of Trustees for High School District 230 and then as vice president of the board. Hastings also served as co-chair of the district’s finance and education committees.[6] Hastings earned a master’s degree in business administration with honors from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.[7]

Illinois Senate[edit]

Pension reform[edit]

Hastings sponsored Senate Bill 2591[8] to help combat the state's nearly $100 billion pension shortfall. The plan, created with help from the University of Illinois Institute for Government and Public Affairs, calls for workers at state colleges and universities to kick in an additional two percent to their pension funds. The increase would be phased in over a four-year period. Also under the plan, the three percent compound interest on cost-of-living-adjustments, or COLAs, would change to one-half of the inflation rate. Although the proposal involves the State Universities Retirement System, Glenn Poshard, President of Southern Illinois University, said it could “serve as an example for a more comprehensive pension reform plan.”[9]

Hastings also sponsored HB 4691 which provides that, upon creation of a new downstate police pension fund by referendum or census, the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) shall transfer to the new pension fund the employee contributions for service as a police officer of the municipality that is creating the new pension fund, plus interest, and an amount representing employer contributions, equal to the total amount determined under item (1). Provides that the transfer shall terminate any further rights of such employees under IMRF that arise out of that service.[10] House Bill 4691 was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn on July 16, 2014.

South Suburban Airport[edit]

Hastings co-sponsored Senate Bill 20, which was signed into law by Governor Quinn on July 25, 2014. The act, co-sponsored by Hastings, dedicated funding to the development of a new airport in Peotone. The airport will be built by the Illinois Department of Transportation and operate in a public-private partnership, known as a “P3”. “I made a commitment to the residents of the 19th District that I would look for new opportunities to create jobs and foster growth in the Southland,” Hastings said. ”[11]

An excerpt from Hastings' speech on the Senate Floor: "It is our job as legislators to create policy to foster an economic environment to create jobs, good paying jobs to bring a quality of life that our people expect and deserve. But when you when you travel around the Chicago Southland area and you see the economic blight due to the downturn of our economy, you see our businesses closing and families out of work and struggling to make ends meet. That is why this legislation comes at the right time. The Chicago Southland is uniquely positioned geographic region for an airport. Not only is it one of the largest and fastest growing regions in the State of Illinois. But we have the convergence of major highways, proximity to rail hubs and the land available necessary to construct such an airport. The South Suburban Airport will initially help create close to 11,000 jobs for our skilled laborers in addition to providing the much needed direct and ancillary economic development to business that surround the community."[12]

Committee assignments[edit]

Committee Assignments, 99th General Assembly[13]
  • Appropriations I
  • Appropriations II
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary (Vice Chairman)
  • Subcommittee on Special Issues (Sub-Chairperson)
  • State Government & Veterans Affairs
Committee Assignments, 98th General Assembly[14]
  • Appropriations II
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance
  • Judiciary
  • Legislative Petitions
  • State Government & Veterans Affairs

Legislative awards[edit]

Senator Hastings has received the following awards:

  • University of Illinois Impact Alumni of the Year Award, 2014[15]
  • Illinois Environmental Council Champion Award, 2014

Electoral history[edit]

Illinois State Senate 19th District Primary Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael E. Hastings 32,084 81.1
Democratic McStephen O.A. "Max" Solomon 7,474 18.9
Illinois State Senate 19th District General Election, 2012[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael E. Hastings 62,029 62.2
Republican Edgar Montalvo 37,704 37.8
Illinois State Senate 19th District Primary Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael E. Hastings 11,480 76.8
Democratic Gregory Hannon 3,476 23.2
Consolidated High School District 230 Election, 2009 [17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Frank J. Grabowski 7,433 14.45
Independent Carol Baker 6,453 12.54
Independent Laura Murphy 8,569 16.66
Independent Linda Peckham 6,290 12.23
Independent Thomas E. Brennan 5,911 11.49
Independent Kathleen J. Murphy-Peterson 6,417 12.47
Independent Michael E. Hastings 6,679 12.98
Independent Bob Shelstrom 3,696 7.18

Military Awards and decorations[edit]

U.S. military decorations
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
U.S. Unit Awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal (with 1 Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
Combat service identification badge of the 1st Infantry Division.svg 1st Infantry Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

worn as his Combat Service Identification Badge

005 Field Artillery Regiment DUI.png 5th Field Artillery Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
ArmyOSB.jpg 2 Overseas Service Bars

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